Riders advance to finals

SPENCERVILLE, OH – St. Marys was unable count on their biggest weapon in the three pointer on Tuesday night but kept fighting and found a way to defeat Shawnee for the second time this season by a 38-34 margin and send the Indians into the offseason.

In the first quarter the Roughriders were held to just one basket, a Makenna Mele make with 1:53 to go in the opening stanza but connected on 3/6 from the line to find themselves down just 7-5 after the opening eight minutes.

Shawnee standout Alissa Stahler connected on 11 of her game high 17 points in the first half but was held relatively in check in the second half by a ferocious St. Marys defense.

Jill Schmitmeyer who led the Riders on the boards with 7 caroms for the contest tossed in all 6 of her points in the second period and even hit the free throw that tied the game at 17 all just moments before the break. On the evening Schmitmeyer would be a repeated pest for the Shawnee offense as she stepped into the Indian passing lanes and pilfered a handful of passes to set up her own teams scores.

Through the first half neither team was able to connect on a shot from outside, but in the games penultimate period it was the nights designated visitors who struck from downtown first and second behind the duo of Madison Peterman and Eliyana Floyd.

Three Roughriders in Mele, Sydney Cisco, and Lauren Cisco pushed the game into the fourth quarter tied at 25-25 as they each dumped in one or two buckets from inside the arc for their squad.

As she had done earlier on, Stahler put up a pair of made baskets off of offensive rebounds but was forced to become a spectator nearly half way through the final quarter when she picked up her fifth foul.

Free throw shooting and one timely three pointer by St. Marys 9th highest all-time scorer Sydney Cisco put the Riders up for good late in the ball game as she hit on 5/6 in the final period to help secure the victory and sectional finals date on Saturday night.

Shawnee sees their season come to an end at 11-12 as well as the career of their longtime head coach Jeff Heistan with the loss to St. Marys for the second time in four seasons inside the Walk-In Closet at Spencerville.

With the win the Roughriders senior class moves to 48-47 overall, and 10-13 on the year. St. Marys will travel back up Route 66 on Saturday for a battle with WBL mate Bath at 6pm.

Scoring:

St. Marys (38):

Sydney Cisco 11
Makenna Mele 13
Lauren Cisco 6
Jill Schmitmeyer 6
Haley Felver 2

FG: 13/49
3PT: 1/12 (S. Cisco)
FT: 11/20
REB: 28
TO: 14

Shawnee (34):

Samya Wright 2
Madison Peterman 3
Alissa Stahler 17
Tessa Jordan 4
Eliyana Floyd 8

FG: 13/46
3PT: 2/14 (Ma. Peterman, Floyd)
FT: 6/8
REB: 37
TO: 23

Game 2: Elida defeats Van Wert 61-44 and will face Defiance on Saturday

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Versailles stops skid

COLDWATER, OH – After beginning the season with 16 wins in the first 17 games the Versailles Tigers were rolling along but were saddled recently with three losses by a combined 12 points heading into Friday night’s MAC tilt at Coldwater where they emerged victorious 67-64.

“Everyone has been playing us with a box and one defense, we finally had a week to prepare for it and figured out how to shoot against it,” said Versailles coach Travis Swank on his teams approach to Coldwater’s defensive scheme to shut down his star senior and future Ohio State Buckeye Justin Aherns.

While Aherns was held to under half of his per game average of 26 points per game with 12, it was fellow senior Keaton McEldowney who had a big night as he sliced the Cavaliers defense for 15 of his game high 24 markers in the opening period.

Similar to the night Kami McEldowney recently had for the Versailles girls team, the 8.7 per game scorer connected on a trio of first quarter threes to put his team on top 20-18 at the first quarter break.

On the Coldwater side the night belonged to 6’2 junior Marcus Bruns who put in a pair from behind the arc early to help keep his team within striking distance of the Midwest Athletic Conference’s highest scoring club on the year.

With the game tied at 20-20 mid way through the second it was Aherns who would dent the scoreboard for the first time as he found the bottom of the net on a three pointer and then turned a score into a quick bucket to give Versailles a 25-20 advantage.

Cole Frilling finished the game with 15 points for the Cavaliers on the evening but it was his barrage of nine in the second stanza that helped pushed his crew to a 37-36 halftime lead.

Free throws and three pointers punctuated each teams many runs in the second half but it was the visiting Tigers who would strike last as they hit on 7 of 12 from the line to help secure their fourth straight win against the Cavs.

Similar to what he had done in the second period, Justin Aherns struck quickly as he stole a pass from Coldwater seconds after connecting on 1 of 2 from the charity stripe to re-energize his teams offense.

For the game the Tigers shot 10 of 19 from behind the arc and 13 of 20 from the line. The big story for the Cavaliers was their offensive rebounding as 10 of their 25 total snags came of the offensive variety and led to easy stick backs. From the line themselves the Cavs finished 13 of 16.

Versailles (17-4) moves to 7-2 on the season in the Midwest Athletic Conference and will wrap up their regular season on Saturday night when they host Greenville.

Nick Fisher and Coldwater fall to 10-10 overall and 3-5 in the MAC and will travel to Wapak on Saturday evening for a non-conference tilt with the Redskins to end their regular campaign.

Box Score:

Versailles (67):

Justin Aherns 12
Kyle Jones 5
Keaton McEldowney 24
Michael Stammen 8
Carter May 5
Noah Richard 2
Evan Hiestand 4
AJ Aherns 7

3PT: 10/19 (McEldowney 4, J. Aherns 2, May, A. Aherns, Stammen, Jones)
FT: 13/20
TO: 8
REB: 24 (A. Aherns 8)

Coldwater (64):

Marcus Bruns 20
Cole Frilling 15
Sam Broering 6
Jacob Wenning 9
Mitch Balster 2
Myles Blasingame 1
Derek Albers 11

FG: 22/48
3PT: 7/17 (Bruns 3, Broering 2, Frilling, J. Wenning)
FT: 13/15
REB: 25 (D. Albers 11)
TO: 7

JV (OT): Versailles wins 59-58 on a on a Ryan Martin shot with 1.2 seconds left.

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OG downs Wapak, finishes home and WBL season unblemished

OTTAWA, OH – For the second time in as many seasons the Ottawa Glandorf Titans have finished unbeaten in both their regular season home games and their Western Buckeye League contests as they defeated visiting Wapak 54-43 Thursday evening at the Supreme Court.

In the past two seasons nobody has been able to beat OG in league play or inside the confines of Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium. The last team to accomplish either feat pulled off both on the same evening as Wapak themselves downed the Titans 39-36 in a tightly contested affair that came down to the closing minutes to be decided.

Since last losing to the Redskins the Titans have defeated their WBL rivals on four straight occasions after their win tonight.

Coming off of a win on Tuesday night against state ranked Archbold that saw OG hit 10 from beyond the arc, the Titans offense went to work early from outside as junior Ashley Schroeder canned a pair of first quarter triples to push her team to an early 6-2 advantage and ultimately a 14-4 lead at the end of the quarter.

Senior Kadie Hempfling who finished the night as the game leading scorer with 16 in her last home game led the Titan attack on the boards in the first half where she snagged 9 of her 13 rebounds and handed out a multitude of assists to teammates for easy baskets against an aggressive Wapak defense.

One of Hempfling’s assists came in the second quarter with her team already ahead to give fellow senior Carri Johnson a wide open three point attempt that helped OG push ahead by 10 at the break 27-17.

While it was Ottawa Glandorf who made good from the free throw line at an 8/10 clip from Paige Sutter, Erin Kaufman, and Mackenzie Meyer it was Wapak who would spend time at the stripe in the second half as they nailed 7 of their 9 attempts.

Limited by fouls in the contest Wapak’s 6’1 senior Sarah Pothast who recently committed to play college basketball at Edison State was held below her 12.9 points per game average with just 7 points. Defensively junior Paige Sutter helped to shut Pothast down at times while falling just one shy of her career high in markers with 8 on the evening on the offensive end of the floor.

Mackenzie Meyer and Kelsey Erford tossed in three point baskets for the Titans in the final eight minutes of play for their team while Jessica Davis pushed across all of her 9 in the period to lead Wapak in the defeat.

Wapak who was led on the evening by freshman Katie Engel who was playing with a broken thumb with 11 points including a pair of three pointers ends their regular season at 13-9 overall and with a 6-3 mark in WBL play. The Redskins will begin their tournament run on 2/24 at 8pm in the Sectional Finals against Kenton in Leipsic.

Ottawa Glandorf finishes up their regular run as 20 game winners (20-2) for the fifth straight season and the 9th time in school history. The Titans will take on the winner of Lima Central Catholic and Perry on February 24th at 6pm in Bluffton.

The senior class for OG of Carri Johnson, Mackenzie Meyer, and Kadie Hempfling with the victory became the second winningest senior group in girls program history with their 100th career victory and will have a chance to tie the school record in their next game.

Scoring:

OG (54):

Ashley Schroeder 8
Kelsey Erford 3
Carri Johnson 3
Paige Sutter 8
Erin Kaufman 8
Mackenzie Meyer 4
Brianna Schimmoeller 4
Peyton Warnecke 2
Kadie Hempfling 16

FT: 10/17
3PT: 5 (Schroeder 2, Erford, Kaufman, Meyer)
TO: 15

Wapak (43):

Lexi Jacobs 6
Audra Schaub 4
Samantha Sutton 2
Alex Debell 2
Makenzie Wilson 2
Katie Engel 11
Jessica Davis 9
Sarah Pothast 7

FT: 9/11
3PT: 2 (Engel 2)
TO: 18

JV: Ottawa Glandorf beat Wapak 41-33 to end the year with an 18-4 overall mark and a perfect 9-0 Western Buckeye League record just like their varsity counterparts.

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Ottawa Glandorf wins top 10 showdown

ARCHBOLD, OH – 9th ranked Ottawa Glandorf traveled to Archbold to battle the 5th ranked Bluestreaks Tuesday night and emerged from the Thunderdome victorious 52-41 in non-league action.

Titan junior guard Erin Kaufman led all players in scoring in the game with a season high 18 markers and was feeling it early and often as she canned a pair of deep three pointers to put her team on top of host Archbold.

Entering this season Ottawa Glandorf had only ever connected on 10 or more three pointers one time, last season at home against Tinora. For the second time in three games the Titans hit that number from behind the arc as they combined for 10 at Archbold on Tuesday.

Trailing by a point at 17-16 with 4:04 to go in the opening period and with two of his starters in foul trouble Titan mentor Troy Yant elected to call a timeout to talk to his troops. Whatever Yant said to his ladies worked for the final half of the quarter as they blitzed to an 11-0 run before the break and a 27-17 halftime advantage.

Kaufman got the rally started with her third triple of the half to put her team on top 19-17 out of the stoppage. In addition to Kaufman’s three pointer the duo of Brianna Schimmoeller and Kasey Ellerbrock unleashed big shots to help push the lead before Erin herself ended the spree with a spinning layup off the glass for two.

While it was Andi Peterson who got the first shot from deep to go for Archbold in the first half, only Kamryn Hostetler would open the scoring for the Streaks in the third with her teams only other three pointer to keep her team within shouting range of OG.

Archbold connected on seven of eight free throws in the third and fourth quarters from Lily Krieger and Emie Peterson, but were never able to pull even with the visitors despite a big second half from senior Emie Peterson who hit for all 11 of her markers in that span.

In the final eight minutes the Titans got a balanced scoring effort off Archbold turnovers from Kaufman, Kadie Hempfling, and Ashley Schroeder to put their hosts away for the sixth straight meeting.

Archbold sees their record fall to 19-2 on the season with both losses coming to members of the Western Buckeye League (Defiance). The Bluestreaks will be back in action Thursday night as they do battle with Delta for the NWOAL title as both come into the game at 6-0 in conference play this season.

Ottawa Glandorf (19-2) has already clinched their third straight Western Buckeye League crown but will look to finish the season unbeaten in the WBL when they play host to the last team to beat them in conference play in the Wapakoneta Redskins on Thursday night to finish regular season play.

Scoring:

OG (52):

Ashley Schroeder 8
Kelsey Erford 3
Carri Johnson 2
Erin Kaufman 18
Brianna Schimmoeller 6
Kasey Ellerbrock 6
Kadie Hempfling 9

TO: 15
3PT: 10 (Kaufman 4, Schroeder 2, Schimmoeller 2, Ellerbrock 2)
FT: 2/5

Archbold (41):

Brooke Kohler 2
Emie Peterson 11
Andi Peterson 11
Kamryn Hostleter 7
Lily Krieger 8
Leah Hall 2

TO: 15
3PT: 2 (A. Peterson, Hostetler)
FT: 9/10

JV: Archbold 29-27

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Ottoville win gives Kleman 500th career victory

OTTOVILLE, OH – Not only did their 60-20 win over Delphos St. Johns on Saturday night give the Ottoville Big Green their 3rd straight 20 win season, it also gave 26th year head coach Dave Kleman his 500th career victory.

Starting with his very first career win in 1993 against Wayne Trace coach Kleman teams have always had a mark of being strong defensive squads and that was never more true than tonight against DSJ where his current squad clamped down on the Jays and held them to just six makes from the field.

Big Green junior Bridget Landin scored the games first two points with 5:34 left in the opening period to put her team on top of the scoreboard for good, but it wouldn’t be her last basket of the night as the future Findlay Oiler collegian ended with a contest high 19 markers.

Delphos St. Johns only makes of the first half came on three pointers from the duo of Hannah Will and Taylor Zuber to help cut into the home teams advantage. Will’s triple with 1:37 not only represented the first of her teams points in the stanza but also one of their only two from deep and pulled the Jays within 23 points at 31-8.

Coming out of the break leading 37-11 the Ottoville defense went into overdrive as they forced a handful of turnovers and held the visiting Jays to just 1 point, a free throw from senior Ellie Csukker. Junior Quinley Schlagbaum and Landin accounted for all but two of the Big Green points in the third and pushed their teams lead to 50-12 heading into the final eight minutes of play with fast break baskets and free throws.

Paige Gaynier, a freshman who leads DSJ in scoring on the season with an 11.2 points per game average was held relatively in check on the night as she finished as her teams high scorer with 5. Gaynier and classmate Elly Wrasman dropped in the only two makes not to come from the line in the final eight minutes to help the Jays end the game with their biggest quarter of the game offensively with eight.

Offensively 10 different Big Green players scored baskets on the night in the victory. Abi Hilvers had the hot hand early for Ottoville as she connected on a pair of first quarter shots from deep and 9 markers in the game. Kasey Knippen added 8 points for the Big Green while Schlagbaum tossed in 7.

Ottoville (20-1, 7-0) who wrapped up their first PCL championship this season since their current senior class were just 8th graders is currently ranked #2 in the AP rankings for Division 4 and will finish off their regular season on Tuesday night at home when they welcome Liberty Benton to L.W. Heckman Gymnasium.

Thursday night will be the next time in action for DSJ (9-12, 2-6) as they end their regular campaign in New Bremen as part of MAC play.

With his 500th career win, Dave Kleman joins former Kalida/Fort Jennings and Ottoville mentor Dick Kortokrax as the only two coaches in Putnam County history to record 500 plus career victories.

Scoring:

Ottoville (60):

CJ Kemper 4
Brynlee Hanneman 4
Bridget Landin 19
Haley Hoersten 2
Quinley Schlagbaum 7
Amber Miller 2
Kasey Knippen 8
Emily Landin 3
Kylee Hoersten 2
Abi Hilvers 9

FT: 7/10
3PT: 7 (Hilvers 3, K. Knippen 2, B. Landin)
TO: 13

DSJ (20):

Taylor Zuber 3
Hannah Will 3
Halle Hays 1
Paige Gaynier 5
Ellie Csukker 4
Elly Wrasman 2
#13 2

FT: 6/11
3PT: 2 (Zuber, Will)
TO: 23

JV: Ottoville 50-29

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Titans clinch 3rd straight WBL title

KENTON, OH – Thursday night the Ottawa Glandorf Titans paired their own 43-33 victory at Kenton and a Wapakoneta victory over Defiance to be crowned outright Western Buckeye League champions for the second straight season and third overall title in a row.

OG jumped out to an 11-2 first quarter lead as they forced host Kenton into 10 turnovers but found themselves tied at 12-12 when Kenton connected on a pair of three pointers from Kori Barnett and Haylee Bushong.

Ashley Schroeder got Ottawa Glandorf on the board for the first time in the stanza with 4:52 when she hit one of two tosses from the free throw line and woke up a Titan offense that accounted for 11 points the rest of the way before the buzzer.

With freshman starter Kelsey Erford not available for the night it was Brianna Schimmoeller off the bench who provided the spark for OG as she stepped into a deep three in the second quarter, played solid defense and hit four key free throws to help secure her teams win in the fourth quarter.

Kenton’s only points in the second half came from the free throw line or from behind the arc. Having already shown they are able to connect from deep in an 18 three point night against Ada, the Wildcats showed off their love for the long ball in the second half as they utilized threes from Kori Barrett and freshman Jenna Manns to remain within striking distance of the Titans in the last eight minutes.

Free throws on the evening were also a saving grace for Kenton to keep them close to the visitors as they hit on 11 of 14 of their chances.

Kadie Hempfling led the Titans in scoring with a 13 point, 11 rebound, 6 assist, 8 steal performance in the victory. Despite forcing 27 turnovers by the Wildcats on the night the Titans gave the ball away 22 times themselves and connected on 6 of 10 from the line.

Kenton falls to 13-6 overall and 4-4 in WBL play with the loss and will next be in action on Saturday afternoon when they travel to take on Waynesfield-Goshen. The Wildcats were led in scoring by Kori Barrett with 11.

Ottawa Glandorf moves to 18-2 on the year and 8-0 in Western Buckeye League contests where they have now won 18 consecutive contests. The Titans will travel to Archbold on Tuesday night to wrap up non-conference play against as they take on the state ranked Blue Streaks.

Scoring:

OG (43):

Ashley Schroeder 5
Carri Johnson 8
Erin Kaufman 2
Brianna Schimmoeller 9
Kasey Ellerbrock 6
Kadie Hempfling 13

FT: 6/10
3PT: 5 (Ellerbrock 2, Johnson, Schimmoeller, Hempfling)
TO: 22

Kenton (33):

Ellie Miller 2
Sidney Plott 5
Kori Barrett 11
Haylee Bushong 3
Layne Taylor 4
Lindsey Smith 2
Jenna Manns 6

FT: 11/14
3PT: 6 (Barrett 3, Manns 2, Bushong)
TO: 27

JV: OG 37-27

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Titans rain 3’s on Patriots

OTTAWA, OH – Ottawa Glandorf began their night by recognizing their seniors but it was a strong effort by their underclass teammates that helped the Titans brush aside Patrick Henry 66-32 Tuesday night.

On the evening the home team exploded to hit 13 shots from behind the arc (just one shy of the Putnam County record in a game) from the hands of six different players. In the opening minutes senior Carri Johnson and the junior duo of Kasey Ellerbrock and Erin Kaufman knocked down three pointers to give the Titans a quick 17-4 advantage.

As good as OG was on the defensive end and beyond the arc in the first they were nearly as lethal on both ends in the second period as Ellerbrock and Johnson struck again from outside to help push the Titan lead out further. Defensively the Titans seniors of Kadie Hempfling and Mackenzie Meyer helped to facilitate run outs and baskets for Ottawa Glandorf.

Junior guard Ashley Schroeder led the scoring barrage for the WBL leaders in the second stanza as she hit for 10 of her game high 16 points to help push her team to the break with a 40-13 mark.

In the third quarter the visiting Patriots hit for one of their two shots from behind the arc on the evening, a deep wing shot from sophomore Audrey Sonnenberg but were held to just seven quarter markers as turnovers continued to hound the squad from getting good looks at baskets.

Leah Johns, a senior who will play college softball at Adrian College made her mark in the final eight minutes for Patrick Henry as she tossed in all six of her points as the Titans had begun to sub out their starters and key reserves.

Kadie Hempfling led the OG overall attack as she finished with 11 points, 12 rebounds, 5 steals but it was the duo of Schroeder and Johnson who lead the scoring on the evening as they totaled 28 of the teams points.

For Johnson the game was not only a season high in points with 12, but also in three pointers as knocked down a trio of deep three pointers and eclipsed her previous season high of 9 that came in a December 30th win at Liberty Benton.

Patrick Henry (6-13) ended the night with 8 points as their high mark from sophomore Callie Seedorf. The Patriots will be on the road again Thursday night in NWOAL play at Evergreen and will begin their tournament run on February 21st in Lincolnview against Crestview.

Ottawa Glandorf (17-2) will begin their tournament contests on February the 24th in Bluffton as they take on either Lima Central Catholic or Perry. The Titans are on the road this Thursday night at Kenton as they look to wrap up at least a share of the Western Buckeye League for the third consecutive season and win their 18th straight league game.

Scoring:

OG (66):

Ashley Schroeder 16
Kelsey Erford 3
Carri Johnson 12
Paige Sutter 1
Erin Kaufman 9
Mackenzie Meyer 3
Kasey Ellerbrock 9
Kadie Hempfling 11
Jasmine Rich 2

3PT: 13 (A. Schroeder 3, Johnson 3, K. Ellerbrock 3, Kaufman 2, Erford, Meyer)
FT: 5/15
TO: 13

Patrick Henry (32):

Audrey Sonnenberg 3
Katelyn Drewes 5
Faith Frania 4
Abby Carrizales 5
Callie Seedorf 8
Leah Johns 6
Kayla Prigge 1

3PT: 2 (Sonnenberg, Drewes)
FT: 4/5
TO: 35

JV: OG 40-19

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Titans bounce back, stay unbeaten in league play

OTTAWA, OH – After suffering their first loss in ten games on Saturday, the OG Titans bounced back in their next game up on Thursday night at home and handed visiting Defiance their first Western Buckeye League loss of the season 46-35.

Just days after being held scoreless for the first time in 46 games, OG guard Erin Kaufman burst out in a big way in the first half against Defiance. The junior accounted for 8 of her team high 16 points in the first half and helped contribute to her teams transition defense with a handful of rebounds and assists setting up teammates for scores off of Bulldog miscues.

In the first quarter the Titans blitzed out to a 14-4 lead and saw their run punctuated by a three from senior Carri Johnson that forced the visitors to use their second timeout in the period.

Trailing 16-4 to begin the second quarter the Defiance offense turned to Ursuline College signee Emily Poling. Poling, a 2nd team WBL selection last season knocked down a pair of deep wing three pointers and finished the stanza with 10 of her game high 18 points to help pull her team within 27-19 at the halftime break.

Entering play Thursday night Defiance turned the basketball over an average of 13.2 points per game, a stat Ottawa Glandorf looked to take their best shot at. On their first four possessions of the third quarter the Bulldogs were hounded into four straight turnovers and five in their first six half possessions. For the evening Defiance ended with 23 miscues. OG quickly worked the basketball ahead to the duo of Kadie Hempfling, and Kaufman who scored fast break layups on run outs and helped the Titans build their lead back to double digits.

Despite shooting just 1/11 from beyond the arc in the first 16 minutes of the contest the Titans found their stroke in the third period as Kaufman drained a pair of shots from deep to put OG ahead by 13 at the quarter stoppage.

Morgan Wityk and Caroline Turner scored 5 points in the third quarter for Defiance, the Bulldogs only points in that time frame but as was the case in the second stanza the visitors turned to Emily Poling in the last eight minutes for their scoring.

Poling drained a pair of three pointers and ended the night as the games leading scorer, but it was too little too late for the Bulldogs as they would suffer their first conference loss of the season and 9th straight at the hands of the Titans.

Defiance (15-2, 6-1) saw their 15 game winning streak snapped and suffered their first loss since November 24th, 2017 when they fell in their season opener to Napoleon. The Bulldogs will be off until next Thursday night when they welcome Wapak to town and look to stay alone in second place in the WBL.

Ottawa Glandorf (16-2, 7-0) the 9th ranked team in Division 3 in the latest AP Polls this week has now won 17 straight conference games and 22 straight home games at the Supreme Court. OG will see their next contest be a non-league visit from Elida district tournament mate Patrick Henry on Tuesday at 7:30pm.

Scoring:

OG (46):

Ashley Schroeder 6
Kelsey Erford 2
Carri Johnson 3
Paige Sutter 6
Erin Kaufman 16
Kadie Hempfling 13

FT: 7/15
3PT: 3 (Kaufman 2, Johnson)
TO: 12

Defiance (35):

Morgan Wityk 3
Tammy Aguilera 2
Caroline Turner 7
Emily Poling 18
Carlee Smiddy 1
Kennedy Replogle 4

FT: 2/5
3PT: 5 (Poling 4, Wityk)
TO: 23

JV: OG 33-10

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Spartans shock Titans

LIMA, OH – Saturday afternoon at Lima Senior High School the Lady Spartans pulled off their biggest win of the season as they defeated #3 state ranked Ottawa Glandorf 51-47.

For Lima Senior a pair of juniors in Taja Oglesbee and Talor Washington combined to score 27 of the teams points in the game and helped put the game away in the fourth quarter from the free throw line. In the first quarter it was Washington who put the Spartans on top for the first time at 8-5 as she knocked down a shot from behind the line with 3:50 remaining in the period.

Leading 14-13 after the first quarter the home team added a pair of triples from Washington and freshman point guard Nakiya Sigman to put the Titans on their heels. Ottawa Glandorf was led in the period from the free throw line by Kadie Hempfling who connected on all four of her tries and helped to pull the Titans back to even at 21-21 with just seconds remaining before Sigman canned a three pointer at the buzzer to put LSH on top 24-21 at the halftime break.

In the first half Ottawa Glandorf found their shots few and far between, but found them much easier to come by in the third stanza as they utilized scoring from four different players including a three pointer from freshman Kelsey Erford to put them ahead 35-31 heading to the final eight minutes.

The fourth quarter would see many lead changes between the two teams occur before the final buzzer. Ottawa Glandorf hit a pair of three pointers from Hempfling and Brianna Schimmoeller but were unable to keep up with the scoring output from Oglesbee who accounted for a pair of three pointers and a 4/4 effort from the line in the end.

Late in the period the visiting Titans pulled within 1 but were unable to take the lead as Destiny McDonald was successful on a three point play to put her squad back on top for good.

Free throw shooting played a big part in the final result of the contest as OG finished 9/14 from the line while their opponents went 14/16.

Lima Senior (8-10) stops a two-game losing streak with the win and will take on Toledo Whitmer on Thursday night. Taja Oglesbee led the Spartans with 17 points and was joined in double figures by Nakiya Sigman (13) and Talor Washington (10).

Ottawa Glandorf (15-2) will return to Western Buckeye League play for a meeting with fellow conference unbeaten Defiance on Thursday night. The Titans were paced by Kadie Hempfling who tallied 21 points and 18 rebounds.

Scoring:

Lima Senior (51):

Ajohlon Bullock 2
Nakiya Sigman 13
Taja Oglesbee 17
Destiny McDonald 7
Talor Washington 10
Cheyanne Bean 2

OG (47):

Ashley Schroeder 6
Kelsey Erford 9
Paige Sutter 2
Brianna Schimmoeller 6
Peyton Warnecke 2
Kadie Hempfling 21

JV: 49-35 OG
Freshman: 27-12 OG

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Fort Jennings downs rival Ottoville

FORT JENNINGS, OH – Fort Jennings got a lead for good in the first thanks to the long ball and held on to the lead late thanks to free throws as they defeated PCL rival Ottoville 56-42 Friday night in front of a packed home gymnasium.

In the opening minutes of the contest the Musketeers blitzed out to a 12-4 lead when the trio of Erik Klausing, Brandon Wehri, and Ian Finn combined to knock down four shots from beyond the arc.

After being able to pull within 15-10 at the end of the first quarter break the visiting Big Green found themselves unable to find a scoring punch in the second outside of Logan Kemper and Ryan Suever and trailed at the break 31-20.

Fans in attendance might have loved the offensive explosion at times in the first half but were treated to a defensive clinic at times by both squads in the final two quarters. During the games penultimate period the two teams combined to score just 9 points, a 5-4 advantage by Ottoville pulled the lead down to ten at 35-25 heading to the final eight minutes of play.

Cole Horstman scored one of the two baskets from the field for Fort Jennings in the third quarter before adding a pair of free throws while classmate Eric Klausing connected from long range in the fourth for the only other make from the field for their team in the second half.

Ottoville’s second half was more productive from the field than the Musketeers, but less so from the free throw line. Nick Moorman who is closing in on 1,000 points for his career led the Big Green offensive unit in scoring in the contest with 14 and hit on three triples in the fourth stanza to attempt to keep his team within striking distance of Fort Jennings.

Brandon Wehri entering play on the evening had accumulated 980 points in his career and finished the ballgame with 15 for a new total of 995. In the fourth quarter alone Wehri hit 10 of 12 free throws and finished the night with a 10 of 13 performance to go alone with a three pointer and layup in the first half.

As a team in the fourth quarter Fort Jennings nailed 18 of 24 from the free throw line and finished 24 of 33 in the game to help them put a stop to a two game Ottoville winning streak in a series between the two schools that dates back to a 1940 first meeting.

Overall the Big Green have won 95 of the 170 meetings all-time while Fort Jennings has now nabbed 75 victories.

Fort Jennings with the win has now won 11 games this season, the most by a Musketeers squad in a single season since the 2009/10 season when they finished 11-12. The Musketeers will put their 7-0 home mark this year on the line Saturday night as they welcome 4-9 New Knoxville to the Fort for a 7:30pm non-conference tilt.

Ottoville sees their record fall to 13-4 and will be off until next Friday night when they play host to the Kalida Wildcats. Before this season the Big Green have to look back to the 2014/15 season for the last time they were able to win 12+ games, a year in which they finished 12-11.

Box Score:

Ft Jennings (56):

Erik Klausing 9
Ian Ricker 7
Ian Finn 9
Luke Trentman 7
Cole Horstman 9
Brandon Wehri 15

FG: 12/26
FT: 24/33
3PT: 8/18 (Finn 3, Klausing 2, Ricker 2, Wehri)
REB: 24
TO: 16

Ottoville (42):

Ryan Bendele 6
Logan Kemper 13
Ryan Suever 5
Drew Fisher 2
Nick Moorman 14
Josh Thorbahn 2
Zane Martin 3

FG: 15/53
FT: 7/10
3PT: 5/34 (Moorman 3, Martin, Kemper)
REB: 24
TO: 9

JV: Ottoville 51-36

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