The Ottumwa High girls basketball team came up just short in its first game of 2015, falling 54-49 at home to Des Moines East. The Bulldogs fell to 2-6 on the season, 2-2 in the CIML Metro Conference.
OHS only trailed by a point after the first quarter, but a combination of turnovers and poor free throw shooting allowed the Scarlets (3-5, 3-1) to lead 25-17 at the half and 41-28 after three quarters. Ottumwa never did find its way from the charity stripe despite tying a season high for attempts, hitting only 19 of 34 shots.
The Bulldogs, though, nearly came all the way back in the fourth quarter. Jami Nickerson hit a pair of three-pointers in the final frame, on her way to leading OHS with 14 points. In her first career start, Jada Schrage scored six of her nine points in the final quarter. Ottumwa cut the lead to three on two separate occasions, but could not pull any closer.
Rachel Zingg had 13 points for the Bulldogs. Dariann Garrison-Nickerson, playing in her first game of the season for East, led all scorers with 20 points.
Ottumwa returns to action Tuesday night at Des Moines North.