OSBORN, Mo.—West Nodaway Rockets’ head coach Skyler Zimmerman got the best of his brother last season in the Rockets 38-33 win over Osborn. But on Friday night in Osborn, Wildcats’ head coach Tyler Zimmerman got payback with a 61-27 win over his brother.
“I’ll have to hear about this at Christmas and at all of the dinners,” Skyler Zimmerman said.
The Wildcats could not have asked for a better start to the game. Osborn made a 3-pointer on each of their first three possessions and a 2-pointer under the basket on their fourth.
The game had the potential to get out of hand after a turnover on the Rockets’ next possession and Osborn’s Allie Jackson scored back-to-back baskets to give the Wildcats a 15-2 lead. But West Nodaway fought their way back with a quick 4-0 run in which they got baskets from Chloe Schimming and Mackenzie Finney.
Osborn extended the lead to 19-6, but West Nodaway’s Brittney McIntyre ended the first quarter with four-straight points.
“It feels really good to get things going offensively,” McIntyre said. “I think we’ve improved a lot so far and I think we’re going to keep on improving.”
The Wildcats hit a three before the quarter could end, giving them a 22-10 lead. The second quarter saw less scoring from both teams. The two teams traded baskets to start and then West Nodaway’s Erin Cook hit the Rockets’ first 3-pointer of the game.
“All of our drills are intense, and all of our drills translate to basketball skills and I think they’re finally starting to pay off,” Skyler Zimmerman said.
The back-and-forth continued throughout the entire second quarter. Regan Hagey broke open with just seconds left before halftime to pull the Rockets to within nine of the Wildcats at halftime.
West Nodaway kept the game close throughout most of the third quarter. The Wildcats started with a 5-0 run that was followed up by Cook’s second 3-pointer of the game. Lexi Moore scored on the Rockets’ next possession to match Osborn’s 5-0 run with one of their own.
Osborn ended the third quarter with an 8-2 run and that momentum carried over in the final quarter. Leading 45-24 to start the quarter, the Wildcats went on a 7-0 run that was interrupted by a McIntyre 2-point basket.
“On offense we run through the plays and we’ve gotten really good at looking down low, and that’s what we need to do,” McIntyre said.
The Wildcats finished the fourth quarter by outscoring the Rockets 16-3. Osborn also made 12 3-pointers in their win, compared to just two for West Nodaway. McIntyre said it’s something they’ll need to be better at defending in the future.
“We need to remember to get out on them because we know how much they struggle with people on them,” McIntyre said.
The 27 points scored by the Rockets was a new season-high and the first time this season they’ve broken the 20-point barrier.
The Rockets will take the court again next week with a road game at Rock Port on Tuesday.