Cutthroat girls outscore
Pauli Ochi has hot hand
Pauli Ochi had the hot hand last week for The Community School girls’ varsity
basketball team, leading the Cutthroats to their first Northside Conference
Ochi (20.0 ppg)
burned the net for 16 points including four 3-pointers as the Cutthroats (1-2,
1-0 league) rallied from a three-point half-time deficit and defeated host Bliss
found our rhythm in the second half," said Cutthroat coach Ryan Waterfield,
whose team out-pointed foul-troubled Bliss 41-18 after intermission.
Cutthroats put four players in double figures, it was solid team defense that
fueled the rally.
Rutherford (10 points) and Erika Connelly (11) sparked the defense. Kristin
Hickey (4 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals) did a fine job on the
boards. Adding key rebounds to the Cutthroat success story were Gussi Ochi (2
points) and Caitlin Cairncross.
"Jenny, Pauli and Erika really led the comeback with their steals on the
full court press. They work well together. Kristin’s rebounding was stellar.
She also made a great defensive play on charge."
So did 5-11
sophomore Jackie Goddard, who gained a ton of varsity confidence with 16 points.
Waterfield said, "We’re asking quite a lot from Jackie as a sophomore,
but she’s getting stronger down low."
It was a good
week for the Cutthroats, who played Carey tough in a 52-47 home league loss
Tuesday. Only a slow start—Carey led 11-5 after one—prevented the Cutthroats
from going down to the wire.
"We saw moments of the team we aim to be. Now we just need to maintain it
for four quarters. Everyone scored, but we only had Erika and Pauli in double
figures. We need to be more well-rounded than that."
Not only did
Pauli Ochi score in double figures, she ended up with a career-high 27 points
(2-8-9-8 by quarter) including six 3-pointers, five of them coming in the second
"Wow! Pauli had a great passing game as well. And Erika had another solid
game with 11 points, with good passing and good decisions for the most part.
excellent defense. There were times on our full court press that I couldn’t
believe my eyes—Erika, Jenny and Pauli just dominated. Our goal is to be a
pressing team so we can dictate the pace of a game because of our defense."
The Cutthroat JV
(1-1) dropped a 32-20 game to the Wood River freshman last Wednesday, but it was
a good experience for the younger Sun Valley players, Waterfield said.
NOTES—The school’s single-game scoring record of 41 points was set by
Lindsey Woodcock in a 48-33 home win over Richfield Dec. 10, 1999. She also had
19 rebounds and 16 blocked shots.