Defense again shines in Titan win

LIMA, OH – Another game another strong defensive effort out of the gate for the Ottawa Glandorf Lady Titans leads the #1 team in Ohio’s Division 2 rankings to their 15th win over the season, 57-38 over Shawnee.

OG jumped out to a quick 12-0 lead in the first stanza as they forced a handful of Indian turnovers and turned them directly into fast break markers en route to a 21-6 advantage at the end of the opening eight minutes of play. Kylie White and Kadie Hempfling each scored six for the Titans in the period while Lexi Schroder tossed in five.

Shawnee’s first points of the ballgame came from 5’10 Junior and leading scorer Alissa Stahler who connected on a jumper with 2:42 remaining in the first to cut into the visiting squads lead.

Things didn’t get much better for Shawnee coach Jeff Heistan’s crew in the second quarter as the turnovers continued to pile up alongside the Titan point total. Erin Kaufman scored 7 of her 9 half points in the second quarter including her 21st three pointer of the season to help push the advantage out to 32-15 when the clock hit triple zeroes.

Allie Boone was a bright spot for the Indians in the second as she tossed in 7 of her team high 15 points including a three pointer of her own.

Kinsey Heistan’s three pointer from feet behind the arc early in the third period would help pull Shawnee closer to their opponents, but also represented the only points not to come from the free throw line where her team went 5/8 in the quarter.

Kadie Hempfling’s second quarter of scoring six points gave OG a 47-23 lead headed to the final stanza but it was Ashley Schroeder’s three pointer that provided one of the highlight reel plays in the quarter for the Titans.

The Indians finished the game with 31 turnovers on the evening but did find themselves outscoring OG 15-10 in the fourth quarter. Lexi Schroeder’s three pointer midway through the period helped her finish with a dozen markers on the evening and put the final touches on a 57-38 Ottawa Glandorf victory.

OG (15-0, 5-0) remained as the Western Buckeye League’s only unbeaten team with the win thanks to a 46-22 victory from Bath on the evening over Wapak that sees both teams behind the defending league champions at 4-1 in WBL play. The Titans will play host to Miami East on Saturday afternoon starting with a noon JV tilt inside the Supreme Court in Ottawa.

Shawnee (5-9, 0-5) saw their first eight possessions of the game go as turnovers Thursday night, they will next take on Kenton on January, 26th in a Western Buckeye League contest.

Box Score:

OG (57):
Ashley Schroeder 7
Paige Sutter 1
Erin Kaufman 11
Lexi Schroeder 12
Kylie White 10
Kadie Hempfling 16

FT: 6/10
3PT: 3 (A. Schroeder, L. Schroeder, Kaufman)
TO: 21

Shawnee (38):
Laken George 3
Dionna Lewis 3
Allie Boone 15
Alissa Stahler 6
Zariah Johnson 1
DeAsia Smith 2
Trinity Gearing 2
Mariah Painter 1
Kinsey Heistan 3
Ijah Austin 2

FT: 12/24
3PT: 2 (Boone, Heistan)
TO: 31

JV: OG 47-27

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Prichard joins 1,000 point club in Bearcat win

SPENCERVILLE, OH – Dakota Prichard pumped in 29 points for Spencerville and helped his squad improve to 9-3 on the season Monday night as the Bearcats downed visiting Ottoville 73-56.

Prichard, a 6’4 Senior entered play Monday night needing 21 points to become just the sixth member of the schools 1,000 point club. Seven points in the opening eight minutes found their way on the board for the Bearcat leading scorer this season but it was an eight point first period from classmate Bailey Croft that helped push Spencerville to a 21-11 lead at the first quarter stoppage.

Ottoville responded to their opponents markers shot for shot in the second stanza as the Big Green outscored Spencerville 18-11 to trim the halftime lead to just three at 32-29 at the buzzer on a three point goal from Nick Moorman. Five first half shots from deep for Ottoville dropped in the hoop as Todd Turnwald’s crew were led by Moorman, Logan Kemper, and Eric Von Sossan’s makes.

In the third period the Bearcats added four shots from deep themselves including one from Prichard that beat the quarter buzzer and sent the home fans into a frenzy when it was announced that the make put Dakota at exactly 1,000 points and gave the home team a 56-42 lead.

Moorman finished the game with 26 points for the Big Green and did a lot of his damage from the free throw line in the second half as he connected on 6/7 in the final two quarters to couple along with a pair of shots from inside the arc and a late three for half of his scores on the evening.

Along with Prichard the Bearcats added two in double figures as the duo of Gary Schrolucke (12) and Bailey Croft (18) helped Spencerville secure their 11th win in 14 all-time meetings with their Route 66 Putnam County League foes.

Ottoville sees their record fall to 7-5 on the season with the loss and will travel to Miller City on Friday night in an attempt to hand the defending PCL winners their first conference loss of the season. Spencerville, the leaders of the Northwest Conference at 3-0 welcome Allen East to the Walk-In Closet Friday night for a league battle before Arlington finishes a three game home-stand for the Bearcats on Saturday night.

The previous five members of the Bearcat 1,000 point scoring club feature four players coached by current mentor Kevin Sensabaugh, who himself is a club member along with Zach Goecke, Logan Nourse (schools all-time leading scorer at 1500 points), Isaac Bowers and now Dakota Prichard. The remaining member of the group for the Bearcats to accomplish the feat is Mick Miller.

Box Score:

Spencerville (73):
Daniel Corso 4
Gary Schrolucke 12
Brady Nolan 3
Dakota Prichard 29
Bailey Croft 18
Griffen Croft 3
Ben Dues 4

3PT: 7 (Prichard 4, Schrolucke 2, Nolan)
FT: 10/16

Ottoville (56):
Ryan Bendele 5
Andy Schimmoeller 3
Logan Kemper 11
Eric Von Sossan 7
Nick Moorman 26
Zane Martin

3PT: 9 (Moorman 3, Kemper 2, Von Sossan 2, Martin, Bendele)
FT: 21/25

JV: Spencerville 39-15 *2 quarters*
Jacob Propst (SP) – 21 points (5 three pointers)

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Titans defense dominant at Classic win

BERLIN, OH – For the second time in three games the Ottawa Glandorf Lady Titans shut out their opponent on the first quarter scoreboard and found themselves rolling to a dominating defensive effort and victory.

In their first ever visit to the annual girls basketball showcase known as Classic In The Country the Titans moved their season record to 14-0 with a 60-26 victory over Massillon Tuslaw (10-3).

Layups and fast break points were the way for OG in the first period as they jumped out to a 16-0 lead. Kadie Hempfling led the Lady Titan scorers with seven points and was joined closely by Lexi Schroeder who gave the visitors their first marker of the game with a corner three pointer minutes into the game.

Tuslaw finally was able to dent the scoreboard on the home side and stop a 22-0 OG run in the second quarter when 5’2 Senior Ashley Kohler’s jumper fell through the net with 5:42 to go in the second quarter. Katie McMerrell hit the only other shot from the field for the Mustangs and 6’1 Walsh bound Mayci Sales two free throws served as all six points for Josh Hose’s gang in the first half.

OG found themselves with five players reaching the scorebook in the second stanza led by Erin Kaufman who tossed in four of her six quarter markers via fast break layups. Kylie White connected on a three pointer as well for the Lady Titans as they amassed a 32-6 advantage at the halftime break.

Hempfling, a Junior coming off a 9 assist/18 rebound performance in her teams previous game against Lima Senior connected on three shots and a free throw for seven points in the penultimate period and set up a fast break opportunity that Kylie White used for her ninth point of the game and to help put the Titans ahead 47-15 after 3.

A three pointer from Kohler and eight points from the duo of Mayci and Majestic Sales provided the highest scoring period for Tuslaw to end the game but the Mustangs who were missing Freshman guard Taylor Leedy to injury finished the contest 7/34 from the field.

Erin Kaufman who came into the Monday morning affair scoring 10.2 points a game for her team hit a pair of three pointers and finished the final quarter with 14 in her scoring column while the Titans got five in the stanza from Hempfling who finished with a season high 20 in the 60-26 victory.

Ottawa Glandorf will travel to Lima on Thursday night where they will put their 4-0 Western Buckeye League mark on the line against the Shawnee Indians at 7:30pm.

Box Score:

OG (60):
Ashley Schroeder 4
Carri Johnson 2
Paige Sutter 2
Erin Kaufman 14
Lexi Schroeder 7
Kylie White 11
Kadie Hempfling 20

FG: 24/48
3PT: 5/15 (Kaufman 2, White, Hempfling, L. Schroeder)
FT: 7/11
REB: 25 (White 8)
TO: 11

Tuslaw (26):
Ashley Kohler 5
Katie McMerrell 2
Majestic Sales 5
Harmony Miller 3
Mayci Sales 11

FG: 7/34
3PT: 3/14 (Kohler, Miller, Mayci Sales)
FT: 9/13
REB: 24 (Macyi Sales 8)
TO: 23

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Titans move to 13-0 on season

OTTAWA, OH – After surviving a fast paced first quarter where visiting Lima Senior seemingly could not miss from the field on Saturday afternoon the OG Lady Titans settled down the Spartan attack and moved to 13-0 on the year with a 69-47 victory.

The #2 ranked team in Ohio’s Division 2 Associated Press rankings allowed 18 points in the opening quarter to their opponents including 7 from Senior point guard Kierre James, but got five or more points from three players of their own (Ashley Schroeder, Erin Kaufman, and Kadie Hempfling) to send the game to the end of the opening period at 24-18 OG.

Tough defense from the Titans held Lima Senior to no points from the field in the second stanza and saw the Spartans scoring come from three different trips by a trio of players (Ashiana Sigman, Destiny McDonald, and Talor Washington) end in made charity shots. Devon Warnecke’s three pointer midway through the quarter marked the third of the opening half for OG who jetted out to a 37-21 halftime advantage.

LaToine Cowan hit a pair of shots from beyond the arc for LSH to open the scoring for the Spartans in the third period to bring her team within 9 but the Titans responded just moments later as Kadie Hempfling’s toss down the court found its way to the hands of Sophomore guard Erin Kaufman for two of her eight quarter markers.

Ashley Schroeder and Kylie White joined Kaufman in double figures for the hosts in the third quarter as they each tossed in a pair of buckets to help OG push their lead to 54-37 heading to the final eight minutes.

Lima Senior kept battling in the fourth quarter early on as the Titans continued to apply their pressure and finally saw McDonald break through from the field with her eight point and first to come not from the free throw line.

As the final buzzer sounded the Titans picked up win 13 in a row to begin the season and defeated the Spartans for the 11th time in 14 meetings between the two schools who restarted their contests against one other last year following a decade hiatus.

Lima Senior (5-8) was led in scoring by Cowan’s 13 while the Titans (13-0) were led by Erin Kaufman’s career high of 21. Kadie Hempfling finished with just 7 points in the contest but led OG in steals (7), assists (9) and rebounds (18).

While the Spartans will take on the Elida Bulldogs on Tuesday night the Titans will travel east to Berlin, Ohio for a 10 A.M. date with Massillon Tuslaw on Monday at the annual Classic In the Country event. (Hear it live on WZOQ Radio)

Box Score:

OG (69):
Ashley Schroeder 11
Devon Warnecke 5
Carri Johnson 2
Paige Sutter 1
Erin Kaufman 21
Lexi Schroeder 6
Kylie White 14
Courtney Bockrath 2
Kadie Hempfling 7

3PT: 3 (A. Schroeder, D. Warnecke, E. Kaufman)
FT: 4/6

Lima Senior (47):
Ajohlon Bullock 2
Ashiana Sigman 1
Lexi Williams 4
Destiny McDonald 10
Talor Washington 3
LaToine Cowan 13
Kierre James 11
Missy Jackson 3

3PT: 3 (L. Cowan 3)
FT: 9/14

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Fairmont, IMG Academy post day 1 Flyin to the Hoop wins

KETTERING, OH – Flyin to the Hoop has become known as a place for highlight offensive plays over the past 15 years but Friday night it was a pair of strong defensive performances from Fairmont and IMG Academy that helped secure opening night victories.

Fairmont (7-6) used a pair of three pointers from Kamron Drollet and Kellan Bochenek to jump out to an early first quarter lead, but it was the defensive effort of the Firebirds and misses from the field by Sidney (9-2) that gave them a 13-2 lead after the opening period.

Despite seeing just one shot, a layup from Devan Rogers hit the bottom of the basket in the first eight minutes the Yellow Jackets got strong contributions from Andre Gordon and a three pointer from Ryan Heins to pull within 26-15 at the half. Fairmont shot 5/17 from the three point line in the first half while holding their opponents to just 7/27 from the field in that same time period.

A refocused Yellow Jackets starting lineup took the floor in the third quarter and got four quick points, including a steal and a slam from Gordon but still found themselves unable to cut the lead any lower then four before the stanza came to an end with their opponents leading 40-25.

Free throws became a big story in the fourth quarter as the home squad Fairmont hit on 15 of their 17 tosses and were led by Drollet who hit on 9/10 from the charity stripe. Sidney had no issues getting to the line themselves as they hit all eight of their attempts. While the Jackets outscored the Firebirds 26-20 they were unable to trim the lead and fell 60-51 when the final horn rang out.

Box Score:

Fairmont (60):
Kellan Bochenek 12
Sam Lickliter 3
Jansen Davidsen 6
Jack Hendricks 15
Kamron Drollet 20
Brandon Hall 2

FG: 19/55
3PT: 5/24
FT: 17/20
TO: 16

Sidney (51):
Isaiah Bowsher 9
Jace Conrad 8
Ratez Roberts 6
Andre Gordon 17
Devan Rogers 5
Josiah Hudgins 1
Ryan Heins 5

FG: 19/56
3PT: 3/18
FT: 10/12
TO: 15

Game two of the evening featured the IMG Academy Ascenders defeating Tennessee’s Hamilton Heights Christian Academy (16-5) 70-57.

IMG Academy led by the Nation’s top guard and unsigned product Trevon Duval jumped out to an early lead as Duval splashed in a pair of jumpers to add to his lengthy highlight reel and scored 8 of his teams 15 opening quarter markers. Hamilton Heights 13 points were led by University of Kentucky signee Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s 5 points in the first period.

Just six points would find their way to the board for the the Hamilton Heights Hawks in the second eight minutes as their opponents IMG clamped down and forced a myriad of steals en route to 20 points and a lot of highlights. Not only did 6’8 Junior Emmitt Williams, fresh off a 20 rebound performance in his last game slam home six points, the Ascenders big man also swatted away a pair of Hawks shots and turned them into fast break opportunities for his teammates.

Gilgeous-Alexander and Virginia Tech bound teammate Nickeil Alexander-Walker did their best to pull them team back inside a single digit deficit in the games penultimate period as they combined for 13 of their squads 16 but were unable to prevent the IMG lead from growing as the score was 49-35 heading to the fourth stanza.

Alexander-Walker and Gilgeous-Alexander again led their team in scoring in the final quarter with 17, but were unable to keep the score close as IMG continued to pour on the points en route to the win.

Silvio de Sousa, a 6’8 Junior for IMG Academy scored 8 points in the last quarter but it was via the highlight reel dunk variety that he did his damage as the big man from Luanda, Angola smashed home the exclamation point in a game that featured many many spectacular plays that can be viewed via the SUV TV twitter account here: SUV TV Twitter.

In the end it was IMG Academy who upped their record to 17-1 on the season with the win. Duval led the way for IMG with 20 while Alexander-Walker was the overall top scorer with 21 for Hamilton Heights on the evening.

Box Score:

IMG Academy (70):
Trevon Duval 20
DeAndre Osuigwe 4
Arseniy Andreev 3
Emmitt Williams 12
Keyontae Johnson 6
Isaiah Stokes 11
Fabian Rial 2
Silvio DeSoussa 12

FG: 30/54
3PT: 4/12
FT: 6/10
TO: 13

Hamilton Heights (57):
Nickeil Alexander-Walker 21
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 18
Therren Shelton-Szmidt 11
Mahamadou Diawara 4
Wheza Panzo 3

FG: 20/58
3PT: 5/19
FT: 12/14
TO: 11

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Titans run away from Celina

OTTAWA, OH – #2 ranked Ottawa Glandorf got up early on visiting Celina Thursday night at the Supreme Court and raced away from the Bulldogs to a 47-16 victory to remain unbeaten on the season and move to 4-0 in Western Buckeye League play.

In the 43rd all-time meeting between the two schools the Titans used their defense to create their offense as they jumped out to a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Kylie White tallied 6 of OG’s opening period points and was part of a stout defense that allowed the Bulldogs to only take a pair of shots from the field and that routinely forced Celina into turnovers.

Bailey Exman’s 10 foot jumper gave Celina their first points of the game with 6:38 remaining in the first half and cut the Titan advantage to 14-2. Behind one of three of the triples from Carri Johnson and seven points from Kadie Hempfling the home team pushed their advantage to 20. Celina’s second field goal of the game came just moments before the end of the opening two quarters from Junior Kassidy Fark but wasn’t enough for the Bulldogs as they trailed the defending league champions 26-4 at the break.

Three pointers were the way for the Titans in the third quarter as Johnson and Sophomore guard Erin Kaufman each connected on a pair from beyond the arc for the only OG points in the quarter (outside of a Hempfling free throw). Coach Troy Yant found himself at this point able to work in more players off the bench, while pushing their advantage to 41-11 at the end of the third.

Sophomore Bulldog starter Maddy Luebke scored all five of her squads points in the fourth quarter and finished as her teams leading scorer with 7 points on the evening. Mackenzie Meyer’s two free throws coupled with a career high 4 points from Masie Utrup were the only Titan markers of the final period as OG moved their record to 12-0 with a 47-16 victory, their fifth straight against Celina once the final buzzer sounded.

Celina (1-11, 0-4) has a week off before they travel to Defiance to take on the Bulldogs.

OG (12-0, 4-0) was led in scoring by Kaufman’s 13 will be in action next on Saturday afternoon against Lima Senior before heading to Berlin, Ohio for Classic in the Country where they take on Tuslaw at 10am on Monday, Jan 16th.

Box Score:

OG (47):
Ashley Schroeder 2
Carri Johnson 9
Erin Kaufman 13
Mackenzie Meyer 2
Lexi Schroeder 2
Masie Utrup 4
Kylie White 8
Kadie Hempfling 7

FT: 5/9

Celina (16):
Kassidy Fark 2
Lauren Jackson 3
Brooke Robbins 2
Bailey Exman 2
Maddy Luebke 7

FT: 2/4

JV: OG 29-6 (*JV contest was just 2 quarters)

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Riders rally past Bearcats

ST. MARYS, OH – Trailing by nine heading into the final quarter on Saturday night the St. Marys Roughriders outpaced visiting Spencerville 23-8 in the final stanza and posted a 63-57 win to put a stop to their two game skid.

Jacob Grannan entered play against Spencerville averaging just a shade under 10 points per game but tossed in that mark for that amount through the first two and a half quarters before exploding in the fourth quarter for 14 of his game high 26 points.

St. Marys finished the contest by shooting 22/44 from the field, but it was the strong last eight minutes from the line for Grannan and Derek Jay who combined for 7/7 on charity shots that helped secure the come from behind win.

Spencerville jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter because four three pointers from the trio of Bailey and Griffen Croft, and Gary Schrolucke who hit half of the shots from beyond the arc to put the Cats up 20-11 at the first quarter stoppage.

Schrolucke’s hot streak from three point land continued in the second period as he again tossed in two buckets from deep before falling scoreless for the rest of the evening. Dakota Prichard’s 11 first half points helped give the Bearcats a 37-24 advantage at the midway stop.

During the third quarter it was the Roughriders all-time leading three point shooter Jay that stole the show as pumped in three triples and set up a fourth make for the home squad with an assist on a Drew Jacobs make from deep to cut into the deficit. Bailey Croft and Prichard scored the only points of the stanza for the visiting team as they each hit on six points apiece.

Grannan ended the night by hitting on 10/16 field goals and 5/5 from the free throw line and led the Roughriders in scoring while Dakota Prichard paced Spencerville by connecting on 8/20 shots from the field for his 20 markers.

Entering play Saturday night the Roughriders had dropped six straight to their Route 66 rivals dating back to their last victory in the series on January 9th, 2010.

With the win the Riders improve their record to 3-5 on the season. St. Marys will next be in action on Tuesday night as they welcome Fort Recovery (6-1) to the Horseshoe for a non-league contest.

The Bearcats loss snaps a five game winning streak and sees the team at 7-2 heading into next Friday night as they continue their six game road trip at Ada (2-6) and on Saturday at Bath (2-7).

Box Score:

Spencerville (57):
Daniel Corso 2
Gary Schrolucke 12
Dakota Prichard 20
Bailey Croft 17
Griffen Croft 4
Ben Dues 2

FG: 20/49
3PT: 8/23 (Schrolucke 4, Prichard 2, B. Croft, G. Croft)
FT: 9/14

St. Marys (63):
Braedan Dunlap 4
Jacob Grannan 26
Austin Wilker 2
Drew Jacobs 3
Colin Clements 3
Sam Young 6
Derek Jay 19

FG: 22/44
3PT: 8/14 (Jay 4, Young, Jacobs, Grannan, Clements)
FT: 9/13

JV: St. Marys 45-23

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Bearcats victory earns Sensabaugh 200th win

PAULDING, OH – With their 75-56 victory in Paulding on Friday night the Spencerville Bearcats gave mentor Kevin Sensabaugh his 200th career victory.

In the midst of a six game swing away from home the Bearcats got solid contributions from their bench and saw four players finish in double figures as they improved to 7-1 on the season and 2-0 in Northwest Conference play while dropping host Paulding to 3-7, and 0-2.

Seniors Dakota Prichard and Bailey Croft led the visitors attack as they scored 23 and 17 points respectively, but it was the contribution from Junior Ben Dues (11 points, 8 rebounds) that had the Bearcat mentor smiling most. “Ben has played really well for us in back to back games and gave us good minutes tonight” said Sensabaugh.

Daniel Corso had solid first and third quarters for Spencerville as well as he pumped in 11 of his 13 points, including hitting all four of his free throws in the contest.

Paulding finished with two players in double figures as Jaret Miller led the Panthers in scoring and was joined by 6’6 Senior Griffin Harder who netted 10 markers before fouling out late in the fourth period.

Spencerville outscored Paulding 14-12 in the first quarter and pushed their advantage to 27-19 at the halftime break before outpacing the hosts 48-47 in the second half to secure the victory, their 10th in the last 13 meetings with the Panthers.

Free throws were a big story for the game in the second half as the two teams committed enough fouls to put the other deep into the double bonus limit. Paulding hit on 15 of their 21 charity tosses while the Bearcats went 13/15 in the second half. Overall the Bearcats were 21/24 in the game from the line while Paulding finished 19/26.

Saturday night will see Spencerville take their 4-0 road record down St. Route 66 to St. Marys as they battle the Roughriders (2-5) in a non-conference tilt. Paulding will wait until next Friday night, January 13th when they travel to take on Allen East for their next contest, an NWC battle.

Box Score:

Spencerville (75):
Daniel Corso 13
Gary Schrolucke 3
Brady Nolan 6
Dakota Prichard 23
Bailey Croft 17
Conner Holmes 2
Ben Dues 11

FT: 21/24
3PT: 2 (Nolan, B. Croft)

Paulding (56):
Marcus Miller 2
Ethan Rhonehouse 6
Jaret Miller 15
Kameron Echols 6
Cameron Doster 5
Preston Ingol 5
Logan Bradford 1
Griffin Harder 10
Carson Shull 3
Fletcher Cook 3

FT: 19/26
3PT: 3 (Miller 2, Cook)

JV: Paulding 55-39

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Kaufman scores career night in Titan win over Van Wert

OTTAWA, OH – Sophomore guard Erin Kaufman scored a career high 15 points Thursday night as the Ottawa Glandorf Lady Titans defeated WBL rival Van Wert for the fifth straight meeting between the two schools 56-29.

Ten players rushed in and out of the Titan lineup early in the contest and helped the home squad jump out to a 17-9 advantage at the end of the first period as six of the players seeing action recorded points.

Lexi Schroeder and Kylie White led OG with four points apiece in the opening eight minutes of action.

Van Wert 5’10 Sophomore Abby Jackson scored the only points from the field in the first quarter as she tossed in a pair of two point baskets before teammates Alexis Rupert and Reagan Priest, and Jackson herself took advantage of early Ottawa fouls for five markers from the charity stripe.

Jackson continued to be the lone scorer from the field for the Cougars in the second half as she accounted for the remaining four points she would contribute on the evening before seeing Cassidy Meyers and sister Ally Jackson hit from the field for a combined five points in the stanza.

Kadie Hempfling who finished the night with 10 points chipped in 8 of her scores in the second and led a high tempo Titan attack that again combined to outscore Van Wert 17-9 and take a 34-18 lead into the lockerroom.

Carri Johnson and Kaufman did the damage on the offensive end for OG in the third period as they each connected on a shot from behind the arc to increase their teams lead. Turnovers were the story of the game in the period as well as the Cougars turned the ball over a handful of times in the quarter and did not score until there was just 2:52 left in the quarter when Priest tossed in a two point field goal for two of her teams five points.

Entering the final period Erin Kaufman had scored 9 points, but quickly wasted no time as early in the fourth quarter she hit a pair of three pointers to finish with a game high 15 points to break her previous high of 13 on a trio of occasions.

Van Wert saw their only points of the final eight minutes come from deep as well as Ally Jackson hit on a pair from behind the three point line.

Eight Titans scored on the evening and three players (Kaufman, Hempfling, White) finished in double figures.

Ottawa Glandorf is now 11-0 on the season and will have a week off before they look to improve on their 3-0 Western Buckeye League record when Celina visits the Supreme Court on January 12th in a game broadcast live on WZOQ Radio starting at 7:30pm.

Van Wert falls to 1-8 overall, and 0-3 in WBL contests. The Cougars will return home on Saturday afternoon for a special afternoon non-conference tilt against Fort Recovery inside their previous incarnation of the Cougar Den at the Goedde Building inside the old high school.

Box Score:

OG (56):
Devon Warnecke 3
Carri Johnson 6
Paige Sutter 2
Erin Kaufman 15
Mackenzie Meyer 2
Lexi Schroeder 8
Kylie White 10
Kadie Hempfling 10

FT: 4/5
3PT: 5 (Kaufman 3, Johnson 2, Warnecke)
TO: 18

Van Wert (29):
Ally Jackson 9
Cassidy Meyers 5
Abby Jackson 10
Alexis Rupert 1
Reagan Priest 4

FT: 5/8
3PT: 4 (Ally Jackson 3, Meyers)
TO: 28

JV: Ottawa Glandorf 45-16

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Yant wins 100th, Titans remain unbeaten

OTTAWA, OH – Tuesday night at the Supreme Court the OG Lady Titans used a big fourth quarter from the free throw line to keep themselves undefeated and give Head Coach Troy Yant his 100th career victory with a 54-46 triumph over visiting Perrysburg.

OG finished 16/20 from the charity stripe in the contest but connected on 10/12 in the fourth quarter, led by Kadie Hempfling who raised her season average by connecting on 6/8 tosses on her own just a game removed from hitting the game winner against previously undefeated Columbus Grove on Thursday night.

Hailey Wenzelman, a 14 point per game scorer this season for the Yellowjackets got started early in the first quarter as she scored the first points for the visitors and 7 of her team high 16 on the night. Titan seniors Lexi Schroeder and Kylie White shouldered the load of the offense for the home squad in the opening quarter as the duo combined for 11 and helped OG lead after the first period stoppage 14-12.

With White and Hempfling on the bench at times due to foul trouble the OG offense was held to just five second quarter points but were able to tie the game at 19 all when Sophomore guard Erin Kaufman nailed a three pointer from the top of the key. Perrysburg Junior Kristina DeMarco’s quick scoring run led to five points in the quarter and helped her team build a 23-19 advantage at the halftime break.

In the third period the duo of White and Hempfling again led the Titan offense as they tossed in 12 of their teams markers, but it was a three pointer from Devon Warnecke that helped OG keep pace, that is until 5’10 Perrysburg Senior Maggie Morse beat the third period buzzer with a layup to give the Yellowjackets a 38-36 lead seconds before the final quarter.

As fouls began to mount up and players were forced to work through their own foul trouble in the fourth quarter OG to use the free throw line to their advantage as their trio of Kaufman, White, and Hempfling did the damage for their team while helping to keep their opponents total to just 2/2 from the same spot in the last eight minutes. DeMarco contributed four of her nine points in the game before fouling out with just minutes to go.

Ottawa Glandorf is now 10-0 for just the third time in school history and will return to the Supreme Court on Thursday night when they play host to Western Buckeye League foe Van Wert. Kylie White was the leading scorer for Troy Yant’s crew as she lead the Titans in scoring for the 5th straight game with 19 points while also snagging 13 rebounds.

Perrysburg sees their record fall to 6-3 on the season with losses to OG, Archbold, and Twinsburg.

Box Score:

OG (54):
Devon Warnecke 3
Carri Johnson 2
Erin Kaufman 5
Lexi Schroeder 8
Kylie White 19
Courtney Bockrath 1
Kadie Hempfling 16

FT: 16/20
3PT: 2 (Warnecke, Kaufman)

Perrysburg (46):
Kristina DeMarco 9
Cameron Clark 2
Maggie Morse 4
Whitney Thames 2
Allie Michel 3
Hailey Wenzelman 16
Ashlynn Brown 4
Tori Kopp 5

FT: 11/15
3PT: 1 (DeMarco)

JV: Perrysburg 37-28 (9-0 on season)

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