WAPAKONETA, OH – Despite not playing their best basketball for the first three quarters of their season finale on Saturday afternoon the Ottawa Glandorf Lady Titans outscored host Wapak 18-11 in the final period and claimed their second straight Western Buckeye League championship by a final score of 44-38.
For just the second time in school history the Titans (22-0, 9-0) will enter the postseason with an unblemished regular season record, joining the 2004/05 squad that went 20-0 into the tournament before finishing at 24-1 after they were defeated in the regional semifinals.
Wapak 6’1 junior post Sarah Pothast led the Redskins in the first half as she scored all seven of her teams first quarter points and 12 of her team high 14 in the opening two periods but found herself in foul trouble late as she attempted to keep the Titans off of the offensive boards and was relegated to a non-factor in the second half offensively minus one bucket in the final stanza.
Ottawa Glandorf seemed to buck their slow start early in the second quarter behind the duo of Kadie Hempfling and Kylie White but still found themselves trailing 15-14 at the halftime break and with Hempfling saddled with a trio of fouls.
Jessica Davis gave Wapak an advantage early in the third with Hempfling sitting on the bench as she hit for a two point and three point basket to pull the Redskins ahead of the visiting Titans.
White helped to keep the Titans afloat scoring wise as she herself hit on a three pointer from the top of the key before she was aided by triples from Devon Warnecke and the returning Hempfling to pull within one at the quarter break 27-26.
All-Northwest District pick Lexi Jacobs gave Wapak and early fourth quarter lead with a pair of buckets from inside the arc, but it was short lived as OG added a three from Erin Kaufman and a 9/13 effort by Hempfling, Lexi Schroeder, White, and Brianna Schimmoeller to seal a six point victory and claim the WBL championship for themselves for the ninth time overall and sixth time outright in school history.
Pothast led Wapak (15-6, 7-2) with 14 points. The Redskins will begin their tournament run on February 25th at 8:00pm in Spencerville as they take on either Napoleon or Elida.
Hempfling, the Northwest District Player of the Year led all scorers with 15 points and also snagged 12 rebounds. White’s 12 points were second most for the Titan attack and she also finished with 12 rebounds on the evening.
OG will begin their road to a possible third straight finals appearance on February 25th at 6:15pm in Leipsic against either the Shawnee Indians or the Celina Bulldogs in a contest broadcast live on WZOQ Radio.
Devon Warnecke 3
Erin Kaufman 5
Lexi Schroeder 5
Kylie White 12
Courtney Bockrath 2
Kadie Hempfling 12
Brianna Schimmoeller 2
3PT: 4/16 (Warnecke, Hempfling, White, Kaufman)
REB: 29 (Hempfling/White 12 each)
Lexi Jacobs 9
Megan Fisher 8
Katie Engel 1
Jessica Davis 6
Sarah Pothast 14
3PT: 3/16 (Fisher 2, Davis)
REB: 28 (Davis/Pothast 5 each)
JV: Wapak 47-39 (OT)