Courier sports staff
OTTUMWA BOYS AND GIRLS BASKETBALL VS. DES MOINES EAST
Time and Place: The girls game will start at 6:15 p.m tonight at Evans Middle School in Ottumwa, with the boys game to follow at approximately 7:45 p.m.
Records: The Ottumwa girls team is 2-6 overall, 1-1 in CIML Metro Conference play. fourth-ranked Des Moines East is 6-1, 3-0. The Ottumwa boys are 0-6, 0-3, while the Des Moines East boys are 0-5, 0-3.
Scarlet Fever: The Des Moines East girls’ only loss this season is to fifth-ranked Ankeny. The Scarlets are led by Shareece Burrell (13.4 ppg.) and junior Roichelle Marble (9.3 ppg.), the daughter of former Iowa Hawkeye great Roy Marble and sister of current Hawkeye starter Devin Marble.
Visitors From East: The Des Moines East boys come to Ottumwa looking for their first win of the season, as are the Bulldogs. Malique Ziegler scores seven of East’s lowly 33 average points per game.
Ottumwa girls coach Kevin Patterson says: “Handling pressure has hurt us all season, and as a coach, I have to get this team ready for that. We simply need to learn where the ball should go at what time.”
Ottumwa boys coach Chris Gravett says: “I keep looking at our guys and I know they are down, and they want to win really badly ... We’re really young. We’ll get there. We’re just not there yet.”