Prep basketball: Reedsville girls playing tough

Prep basketball: Reedsville girls playing tough

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Prep basketball: Reedsville girls playing tough

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The Reedsville girls basketball team is six points away from being undefeated in Olympian Conference play, making huge strides under second-year coach Paul Ourada.

The Panthers were 4-19 overall last season and 2-16 in the OC. A year later, Reedsville (6-2, 4-2 OC) stand a game out of first place with wins over Roncalli and St. Mary Central and a pair of three-point losses to Wrightstown and Manitowoc Lutheran.

Reedsville especially showed a fighting spirit against the Jets, prevailing 64-62 in triple overtime.

It’s a stark contrast to last season, when the Panthers lost all eight matchups against the four teams jockeying for conference supremacy. In fact, in none of those games was the margin of defeat less than 11 points.

A key factor in the renewed spirit from Reedsville is the play of 5-10 sophomore Shelby Otto, who leads the Panthers by averaging a double-double 14.4 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. Fellow sophomore Riley Grimm has stepped up, scoring just over nine PPG while averaging nearly four steals to give Reedsville a strong core to build around.

Entering the season, Ourada decided to give playing time to the best five players on the court no matter their age. It looks like that plan has worked out even better than Ourada could have imagined.

In the next week, Reedsville will play three teams in the bottom four in the OC, traveling to take on Valders and Brillion on Friday and Tuesday, respectively, before hosting Chilton on Jan. 10. On Jan. 18, the Lancers will visit Reedsville giving the young Panthers a chance to avenge their earlier loss.

Ourada was not able to be reached for this story.

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