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Panthers off the mark : Sports : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Panthers off the mark
Offensive struggles lead to 1-4 finish at War-Hawk Tournament

by Kristin Sharp


The Oswego girls' basketball team posted a 1-3 finish in the War-Hawk Tournament, dropping the final game to DeKalb to end the opening week of the season.

"All four games were the same; we still have struggled to find our groove offensively," Oswego head coach Chad Pohlmann said. "We didn't shoot the ball well in any of the four games. We're making the right reads and the right plays, but the ball just isn't dropping right now. It gets frustrating mentally, so it's been a challenge to keep grinding. It's a combination of defensive miscues and not being able to finish off the plays.

"We had a chance to win all four games and all of it is correctable this week in practice to get ready for the next two weeks," Pohlmann continued."

Last Saturday, the Panthers kept pace with the Barbs early, but DeKalb used a 14-5 run before halftime to take a 17-14 lead at intermission and never looked back.

Senior Amri Wilder had 16 points including eight in the fourth quarter, while senior Kelsey Nelson chipped in with six points. Junior Erin Sinnott had seven rebounds.

"The game just never had any flow. We got out to a good start and they went on a run to end the half," Pohlmann said.

"We made a run in the fourth quarter, but once again just missed some shots down the road and a couple defensive miscues and they were able to hold on for the win. We've been right there. The girls showed a lot of resiliency. DeKalb is a good team. They have a Division I forward and their point guard is awfully tough. We fought back and had a chance to win the game."

On Friday, Oswego earned its first win of the season, defeating Waubonsie Valley 43-40 behind a basket from junior Jordan Campbell in the third quarter that put the Panthers ahead for good.

Oswego led 19-14 at halftime, and held off a furious effort from the Warriors, who scored 17 points in the fourth period. Nelson scored 10 points and 11 rebounds while junior Siarra O'Neill chipped in with two three-pointers for nine points in the game. Sinnott had eight points and four steals and Campbell had eight points and seven rebounds.

"We made plays at the end and Erin had a phenomenal fourth quarter, scoring eight points and taking the game over in the foruth quarter," Pohlmann said. "She hit some clutch free throws."

Oswego opens Southwest Prairie Conference play on Friday at Plainfield South at 6:30 p.m. before traveling to Minooka next Tuesday. The Panthers' first home game of the season is Dec. 13 against Plainfield Central.

"This is the time, especially after playing some games and getting a chance to see ourselves on tape, figuring out what we need to work on, it gives us a chance to come in this week and really work on what we need to work on. Then we have eight games in 15 days. It's a really important week of practice and we have to be focused and dialed in," Pohlmann said. "Hopefully we grow and come out Friday and play with some reckless abandon and get a good feeling about ourselves. Once this group gets confident in their ability and know they can win games, I think they will take off."

The Plainfield South game kicks off a six-game homestand that includes the Oswego Holiday Classic. Tournament play begins Dec. 14 and runs through Dec. 21.

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