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Nubians end Titans season

COLUMBUS, OH – Columbus Africentric outscored Ottawa Glandorf 27-16 in the second half of Thursday night’s Division 3 state semifinals and clinched their spot in the finals against Versailles 50-37 at Ohio State University’s Schottenstein Center.

Ottawa Glandorf opened the game on a 5-0 run in the first minute and a half on a free throw by Erin Kaufman and layups by junior classmates Paige Sutter and Ashley Schroeder. Africentric’s first points of the ballgame came on their third possession as Jordan Horston connected on her first jump shot to make it a 5-2 Titan advantage. Horston’s last jump shot of the first quarter with 15 seconds left in the period pulled the OG lead to 13-11 heading to a stoppage.

In the games middle periods the Nubians held their Western Buckeye League counterparts to just 12 markers and outscored them 21-12 to lead heading into the last eight minutes of play 32-25.

A 12-0 run by Africentric and a span of nearly six minutes without a score spanning from the late third period to the middle of the fourth saw the Titans deficit fall from 7 to 19 with 2:27 left.

Throughout the course of the game OG’s all-time leading scorer Kadie Hempfling found herself saddled with fouls and on the Titans bench and saw the Nubians go on sustained runs. Hempfling ended the night with 7 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals but was forced into 7 turnovers and 4 fouls by Africentric.

Erin Kaufman who ended the Titans scoreless run with one of just three of her teams three pointers at the 2:13 mark to pull within 44-30. Kaufman ended the game as the OG leader in scoring on the floor at the Schott for the second time in three years as she tossed in a team high 14.

Africentric was led by Horston who finished with 18 as one of her teams three players in double figures and was joined by Arianna Smith (13 points), and Nyam Thornton (10). For the game the Nubians outscored OG in the paint 28-16 led by the aforementioned trio.

In the Saturday afternoon finals the Nubians would go on to defeat Versailles for their 6th State Championship 53-47.

Ottawa Glandorf’s fourth straight trip to Columbus ended with a 25-3 record. The Titans senior class of Carri Johnson, Kadie Hempfling, and Mackenzie Meyer ended their brilliant careers with a pair of final fours and runner up trophies and a 104-10 record which is the best in school history.

Box Score:

Africentric (50):

Nyam Thornton 10
Tearra Cook 3
Maliyah Johnson 4
Jordan Horston 18
Arianna Smith 13
Kazhmere Smith-Hopgood 2

FG: 20/50
3PT: 2/9 (Thornton)
FT: 8/11
REB: 40
TO: 20

Ottawa Glandorf (37):

Ashley Schroeder 6
Paige Sutter 2
Erin Kaufman 14
Kadie Hempfling 7
Kelsey Erford 3
Brianna Schimmoeller 2
Kasey Ellerbrock 3

FG: 11/45
3PT: 3/16
FT: 12/22
REB: 30
TO: 20


Wildcats claim 3rd title

COLUMBUS, OH – Saturday afternoon inside the Schottenstein Center the Minster Wildcats finished the Division 4 State Championship game with a 63-48 victory over Ottoville to hoist their third gold trophy.

Janae Hoying put the Wildcats even at 29-29 with a three pointer, a steal, and a basket with 4:46 remaining in the third period. Hoying, the 5’4 freshman who her coach remarked “she’s not a freshman anymore” throughout the weekend was one of two first year players (Ivy Wolf) that Mike Wiss and fans could not stop raving about as the duo combined for 30 markers on the biggest stage of the year.

With 6:49 remaining in the final quarter the Ottoville Big Green lost the services of their two-time first team All-Ohio senior Bridget Landin when she hit the floor hard and was held out of the remaining minutes as a precaution.

Over the course of the same time frame the Wildcats were able to change their strategy on the defensive end into double teams and forced a handful of Ottoville turnovers that resulted directly in made baskets and free throws on the other end of the floor.

Ottoville missed their last 7 shots and ended 1/10 overall and without a point for 4:45 as the game wound down while Minster scored the Ohio State University nets to the tune of a 16-0 run to close out the contest.

A lead that was as large in the game as 10 for Ottoville in the first quarter that helped propel the Big Green to a 14-9 first quarter advantage and 24-20 at the half turned the rest of the way as Minster won the scoring battle in the second half 43-24. In the fourth period the Wildcats outscored Ottoville 24-8.

Earlier in the season the two teams played in a classic contest at Minster that was won by the Wildcats 55-54.

While their season comes to an end at 27-3 the Big Green finish the year tied with the most wins in a single season in Putnam County history. Ottoville was led in the ballgame in scoring by the senior duo of Amber Miller, University of Findlay bound Bridget Landin and junior Kasey Knippen who all ended with 13 points.

Minster and coach Mike Wiss who finish the year at 25-3 and with the schools third state title were led by Xavier bound junior Courtney Prenger with 17 points that included a dominant stretch of the fourth quarter where she scored 8 points in the paint.

Box Score:

Minster (63):

Alli Fischer 2
Ivy Wolf 15
Taylor Kogge 10
Courtney Prenger 17
Demaris Wolf 2
Janae Hoying 15

FG: 21/44
3PT: 2/12 (I. Wolf, J. Hoying)
FT: 19/24
REB: 25 (11 O/14 D)
TO: 8

Ottoville (48):

CJ Kemper 9
Bridget Landin 13
Amber Miller 13
Kasey Knippen 13

FG: 18/39
3PT: 3/7 (Kemper, Miller, Knippen)
FT: 9/11
REB: 22 (8 O/14 D)
TO: 17


Flyers soar to state

KETTERING, OH – Marion Local utilized a hot start for the second time in as many games on Friday night at Trent Arena in Kettering to propel themselves to a 62-47 win over Fort Loramie and into next weeks Division 4 State semifinals.

Tyler Prenger, a 31.7% three point shooter on the season put the Flyers ahead early in the opening quarter as he nailed a pair of his five three point goals on the evening that propelled his team to a 15-4 first period lead.

For nearly the first 13 minutes of the opening half the Redskins were unable to connect on a field goal with the stingy defense provided by their opponents. Eli Rosengarten pulled his team to within 18-7 with 3:57 to go in the second quarter with a deep left wing three pointer for the first Fort Loramie field goal of the night. An Evan Berning two pointer made it a 12 point game with 1:45 left in the opening period and represented the closest the Shelby County League tri-champions would get through the first 16 minutes.

With just seconds to go in the second stanza Marion Local’s Matt Rethman connected on a deep corner three pointer to put his team ahead 26-13.

In the games penultimate stanza the Redskins hit on four field goals from four different players but saw their opponent continue to run away as Prenger again knocked down a shot from deep to keep the Flyers lead at 11 heading into the final quarter.

Dillon Braun knocked down four of his teams seven threes in the final period and finished with a team high 19 as the Redskins continued to not give up and used their pressure to force Flyer turnovers.

With their chance to play on the floor at Ohio State on the line for the final handful of minutes Marion Local connected on 14 of their 21 tosses from the charity stripe and watched as Tyler Prenger, Nate Bruns, and Matt Rethman combined to hit 12/16 free throws and finish the game with a combined 50 points.

Marion Local (23-4) avenged and earlier season loss at Fort Loramie with the victory and will play Pandora Gilboa on Thursday evening at 2pm at the Schott. The Redskins bow out on the year at 25-3.

Box Score:

Marion Local (62):

Nate Bruns 17
Collin Everman 3
Nick Tangeman 1
Matt Rethman 10
Tyler Mescher 6
Tyler Prenger 23
Justin Albers 5

FG: 18/40
3PT: 7/16 (Prenger 5, Everman, Rethman)
FT: 19/30
REB: 33 (Mescher/Bruns 11)
TO: 9

Fort Loramie (47):

Nick Brandewie 3
Evan Berning 8
Dillon Braun 19
Eli Rosengarten 3
Carter Mescher 3
Nathan Raterman 2
Tyler Siegel 7

FG: 14/45
3PT: 6/20 (Braun 4, Brandewie, Rosengarten)
FT: 10/12
REB: 27


Ottoville moves on to state finals

COLUMBUS, OH – Buckeye Central started fast Thursday afternoon but it was the Big Green who finished often and late as they dispatched the Buckettes 44-25 and clinched a spot in Saturday morning’s Division 4 Finals.

Trailing 5-0 in the games early moments the Big Green utilized a 10-0 run punctuated by a pair of fast break buckets by Brynlee Hanneman to take the advantage and never looked back as they used their stifling defense to propel them into a State Finals rematch with the Minster Wildcats on Saturday.

Bridget Landin led the Ottoville offense as she poured in 21 points and added 11 rebounds to her total. The future Findlay Oiler dominated the game in spurts on the perimeter and down low in the paint as she was able to utilize her 6’0 frame and mobility to set up not only baskets for herself but also teammates. On Monday afternoon Landin became just the second Ottoville player ever (Karla Wenzlick) to be named to the All-Ohio 1st team in two different seasons.

Of the games 32 minutes the Big Green would find themselves trailing for just 3:36 early on and playing from in front for nearly 28 minutes.

Despite the fact that a normal part of the Ottoville scoring arsenal is the three pointer, the Big Green hit on just one from outside, a triple from Kasey Knippen in the second quarter to push the lead to 8 at 17-9.

Buckeye Central standout Jenna Karl, the Co-Northwest District player of the year with Ottoville’s Landin was held to just 4 first half points but thanks to a strong third quarter of 8 and a deep three pointer in the games closing minutes she would finish at her average of 15 points per contest in the defeat. Karl was shaded on the day by the strong defensive effort from Haley Hoersten.

Four players scored in the game for Buckeye Central while 7 dented the scorebook for Ottoville.

Ottoville finished the game 19/44 from the field and outscored their opponents 36-10 in the paint while also picking up 20 points off turnovers and 17 on second chance attempts.

Buckeye Central (26-2) suffers their first loss in 20 games while Ottoville improves to 27-2 which ties the school record for wins set by the 2013 squad.

Saturday at 10:45am the Big Green will take on the Minster Wildcats in a rematch of a game won by Minster in January.

Box Score:

Ottoville (44):

CJ Kemper 6
Brynlee Hanneman 4
Bridget Landin 21
Haley Hoersten 2
Quinley Schlagbaum 2
Amber Miller 2
Kasey Knippen 7

FG: 19/44
3PT: 1/7 (Knippen)
FT: 5/8
REB: 27 (14 offensive/13 defensive)
TO: 7

Buckeye Central (25):

Jenna Karl 15
Taylor Ratliff 3
Courtney Pifher 3
Lexi Evak 4

FG: 10/27
3PT: 2/6 (Karl, Ratliff)
FT: 3/6
REB: 17 (5 offensive/12 defensive)
TO: 17


Flyers, Redskins advance to finals

KETTERING, OH – Fort Loramie and Marion Local each posted wins on Tuesday night at Trent Arena in Kettering and will now meet for a trip to Columbus next week on Friday night.

Marion Local jumped out to a big first quarter lead and never looked back in their game, winning 55-33 over Springfield Catholic Central in the opener while Fort Loramie staved off a late Russia run to down their SCAL mates 48-45.

Nate Bruns got things going quickly for the Flyers in the first quarter as he connected for a pair of three pointers before Justin Albers tossed in a shot from beyond the arc of his own. Marion Local pushed their end of the first quarter lead to 17-5 just before the buzzer as they connected on a two point jumper.

Despite shooting just 6/18 from the field in the first half the Irish pulled to within 23-16 at the halftime stoppage behind a balanced attack that included a pair of three point makes of their own from the duo of Trey Dunn and Sabien Doolittle.

A punishing defensive effort and scoring from six different Flyers in the final two periods helped to stymie their Ohio Heritage Conference opponents who were making their first regionals appearance in 21 season.

Senior Tyler Mescher ended the night with 12 points and helped his team shoot nearly 50% from the field by putting himself in position for big offensive rebounds that helped keep possessions alive and allow guard Matt Rethman to find Justin Albers and Bruns for points and account for a 32 point second half.

Catholic Central, champions of the OHC South this season see their 2017-18 campaign come to an end at 23-4. The Irish were led on the evening by Trey Dunn who connected on a trio from outside and a team high 14 markers.

Marion Local has now won 10 straight games and improves to 22-4 and were led by Bruns with 20.


Marion Local (55):

Nate Bruns 20
Collin Everman 2
Jack Buening 2
Nick Tangeman 4
Matt Rethman 3
Tyler Prenger 2
Tyler Mescher 12
Justin Albers 10

FG: 22/42
3PT: 5/8 (Bruns 2, Albers 2, Rethman)
FT: 6/7
TO: 11

SCC (33):

Trey Brown 1
Trey Dunn 14
Sabien Doolittle 7
Dominic Dewitt 2
Jacob Woeber 6
Deece Catanzaro 3

While the first contest of the night had nary a foul call for the most part the second game featured quite a few stops by the officials and resulted in the contest nearly being decided at the line.

In the final minutes of the game the Fort Loramie Redskins found themselves at the free throw line 18 times and connected on 8 of their fourth quarter attempts to eventually seal their 48-45 victory, their third of the season against conference rival Russia.

A low scoring first half saw the Redskins ahead by six at the break 20-14 led by the Division 4 Southwest District’s Player of the Year Dillon Braun who knocked down a pair of three pointers and 10 points.

Daniel Kerns led the Raiders in scoring heading into the fourth quarter with his team behind by 9 at 34-25 and saw the duo of Jordan Keck and Jack Dapore take over and get the game close in the final minutes as they nailed a quartet of three pointers.

Fort Loramie’s Tyler Siegel ended the night with 12 points and 10 rebounds with 6 coming in the final half of the fourth quarter underneath against a tough Russia double or triple team defensively.

With just seconds remaining in the contest Russia had a three point attempt to tie go long at the buzzer during an attempt to send the game to overtime.

Russia’s season ends at 16-9 while Fort Loramie moves into Friday night’s 7pm Regional Finals matchup with Marion Local will see the Redskins enter at 25-2.

Earlier this season on February 3rd, Fort Loramie defeated Marion Local at home 47-35 in a game that represents the last Flyer loss this year.


Fort Loramie (48):

Nick Brandewie 8
Evan Berning 6
Dillon Braun 17
Tyler Siegel 12
Eli Rosengarten 4

FG: 16/35
3PT: 5/9 (Braun 3, Brandewie, Rosengarten)
FT: 11/21
TO: 13

Russia (45):

Jordan York 15
Mason Dapore 5
Jack Dapore 10
Daniel Kerns 13
Evan Monnier 2

FG: 17/42
3PT: 4/14 (York 2, J. Dapore 2)
FT: 7/11
TO: 13


Titans clinch 4th straight state trip

LEXINGTON, OH – Saturday afternoon the Ottawa Glandorf Lady Titans clinched their fourth straight trip to Columbus as they dispatched the Western Reserve Lady Roughriders 62-40.

Despite a slow start on the offensive end the Titans picked up their defense and transition game in the latter stages of the first period and found themselves survivors of an early Rider barrage and on top 14-12 at the quarter break thanks to baskets by 5 different players.

Against a 2-3 zone from their opponents the Titans knocked down a pair of shots from outside in the second stanza from the hands of senior Carri Johnson and sophomore Brianna Schimmoeller to push their lead into double digits for the first time. Cora Wyers scored on the only non free throw of the second eight minutes for two of her teams markers in the quarter and found her team trailing 30-16 at the break.

Western Reserve’s all-time leading three point shooter Andrea Robson connected on one of her two makes from behind the arc in the third period for three of her 8 points in the game but was unable to stop the Titans outside game as Carri Johnson struck twice to keep the OG offense in high gear.

5’11 junior post Paige Sutter knocked down a pair of jumpers in the third and finished with a career high 10 points but also used a stellar defensive night as she was able to help keep the bigs for Western Reserve in check through the games final three quarters.

Free throw shooting helped to keep the Roughriders afloat through the four quarters as they finished the contest 16 of 22 but just 11/31 from the field and 2/6 from beyond the three point line.

Ottawa Glandorf who led 48-28 heading into the final eight minutes on the Lexington Minutemen scoreboard got strong contributions from Kadie Hempfling (17 points, 10 steals, 6 rebounds, 4 assists), Erin Kaufman (14 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists), and Paige Sutter (10 points, 4 rebounds) in the dominating 62-40 victory.

The Western Reserve Roughriders see their season and first regionals trip since the 2011-12 season come to an end at 23-4 while Ottawa Glandorf improves to 25-2 on the year with the win.

Next Thursday night the Titans will make their fourth straight trip to the Schott and take on the Africentric Nubians, 61-60 overtime winners against Hiland on Saturday afternoon for the right to play in the State Championship game on Saturday afternoon.

OG vs Africentric can be heard live on WZOQ Radio with the pregame at 7:30pm.

Box Score:

OG (62):

Ashley Schroeder 5
Kelsey Erford 2
Carri Johnson 9
Paige Sutter 10
Erin Kaufman 12
Brianna Schimmoeller 3
Kadie Hempfling 17

FG: 28/54
3PT: 4/17 (Johnson 3, Schimmoeller)
FT: 2/4
REB: 29
TO: 12

Western Reserve (40):

Katie Hipp 4
Andrea Robson 8
Keragan Fannin 2
Emma Blankenship 4
Brooke Ommert 10
Cora Wyers 13
Tabi Pausch 1

FG: 11/31
3PT: 2/6 (Robson 2)
FT: 16/22
REB: 23
TO: 20


OG headed to 4th straight regional final

ADA, OH – With their 48-37 victory on Tuesday night at Ohio Northern University the Ottawa Glandorf Titans are headed for their fourth straight regional finals appearance on Saturday afternoon and a chance at a fourth straight appearance in Columbus.

OG scored the first five points of the ballgame on a layup by Ashley Schroeder and a three pointer from Carri Johnson and never trailed as they handed Liberty Benton their second loss of the season. Back in December the Titans visited Findlay and defeated the Eagles 58-53 in come from behind fashion.

Erin Kaufman’s free throw pushed the Ottawa Glandorf lead to 6-0 before Liberty Benton was able to respond on a Caitlin Elseser charity toss and a pass from Savanah Richards to Elseser for two to cut the lead to 6-3. Elseser would lead the normally high flying Eagles offense with 7 of her game high tying 14 points but the Titan trio of Kaufman, Schroeder, and Carri Johnson would team up with Western Buckeye League Player of the Year Kadie Hempfling to help outscore them 17-9 heading into the second period.

Hempfling, who broke the schools scoring record in the District Finals matchup on Saturday against Crestview rode a personal hot streak for all six of her second stanza points and along with a 3 from Schroeder helped to put her club on top at the halftime stoppage 28-17.

Both teams ratcheted up their defensive intensity in the games penultimate quarter as Liberty Benton outscored their rivals 9-8 and cut the lead to 36-26. Balanced scoring from four players pushed the Eagles but OG was pushed by the duo of Hempfling and freshman guard Kelsey Erford who hit a layup and a pair from the free throw line for her only points on the night.

Savanah Richards sliced the Titan defense for a pair of layups but saw her scoring on the evening limited to nearly seven points below her average as she finished with 10. Elseser connected on a jumper and 3 of 4 from the free throw line but saw her team fall when the final quarter came to an end as Ashley Schroeder ended with half of her game high tying 14 take place in the fourth period.

The games final marker came on a long outlet pass from Hempfling to sophomore Brianna Schimmoeller who garnered her only two points on a fast break layup with :06 remaining to secure a 48-37 OG victory.

Liberty Benton has now fallen to the Titans five consecutive times including twice this season and ends their 2017-18 campaign as Blanchard Valley Conference champions and with a 25-2 mark.

Ottawa Glandorf improves to 24-2 on the season and will play the winner of Wednesday night’s matchup in Lexington of Amanda Clearcreek and Western Reserve at 1:30pm on Saturday afternoon in Lexington for the right to advance to the Division 3 Final Four.

Box Score:

OG (48):

Ashley Schroeder 14
Kelsey Erford 4
Carri Johnson 8
Erin Kaufman 6
Brianna Schimmoeller 2
Kadie Hempfling 14

FG: 20/49
3PT: 3/16 (Johnson 2, Schroeder)
FT: 5/13
REB: 34 (Hempfling 11)
TO: 7

Liberty Benton (37):

Sammy Shardo 1
Savanah Richards 10
Caitlin Elseser 14
Alissa Rhodes 2
Alexa Lenhart 2
Schy Shepherd 8

FG: 15/39
3PT: 0/7
FT: 7/12
REB: 26 (Elseser 11)
TO: 10


Wildcats advance to regionals

WAPAKONETA, OH – Solid defense and balanced scoring Saturday night led the Minster Wildcats to a second win of the year over Ft. Recovery and into the next round as they defeated the Indians 53-40 at Wapakoneta High School in front of a packed house.

Xavier bound Courtney Prenger and classmate Demaris Wolf led Minster in scoring in the first half as they each pumped across 8 points in the opening two quarters to put their team on top 24-15 at the halftime break.

Five players scored for the Indians in the first two quarters but none were able to really take over the ballgame as sophomore Val Muhlenkamp recorded four of her team high 12 points on the evening in the first stanza.

For the game the Minster full court defense pressured their opponents into 24 turnovers on the evening, many of which that were immediately turned into Wildcat baskets on the opposite end.

Despite having no points and missing all three tosses from a foul on a three point attempt in the first half, Fort Recovery senior Grace Thien had it going for a spurt in the third quarter as she knocked down a pair of deep three pointers and free throws to help pull her team back into the contest. Teammate Carley Stone’s 5 points also helped to stop Minster from pulling away in the period and ran the scoreboard to 36-28 Wildcats after 3.

In the contest the Wildcats connected on 17 of their 28 free throws. The fourth quarter was especially good from the line for the Wildcats as they hit on 12 of their 17 tosses and began to salt the game away with Fort Recovery forced to foul to stop the clock.

Val Muhlenkamp led the way for Fort Recovery in the final eight minutes as she knocked down a pair of free throws and a trio of shots from the field. Muhlenkamp would end the evening with 10 rebounds to go along with her dozen markers.

Courtney Prenger finished the game with a double double as well for the Wildcats with an 18 point, 11 rebound performance and was joined in double figures by Demaris Wolf who accounted for a pair of three pointers and 13 points.

Fort Recovery sees their season come to an end at 19-6 while the Wildcats improve to 22-3 and will travel to Vandalia on Thursday night for a 6:15pm regional semifinals matchup with Tri-Village.

Box Score:

Minster (53):

Ivy Wolf 7
Paige Thobe 6
Taylor Kogge 4
Courtney Prenger 18
Demaris Wolf 13
Janae Hoying 6

FG: 16/46
3PT: 4/16 (D. Wolf 2, I. Wolf, Hoying)
FT: 17/28
REB: 27
TO: 13

Ft. Recovery (40):

Grace Thien 8
Carley Stone 7
Alli Vaughn 2
Kierra Wendel 7
Olivia Patch 2
Val Muhlenkamp 12

FG: 16/39
3PT: 3/13 (Thien 2, Ki. Wendel)
FT: 5/11
REB: 22
TO: 24


Titans claim district title, Hempfling snags record

ELIDA, OH – Kadie Hempfling’s game high 25 points Saturday afternoon in Elida not only led the Titans to a 55-40 victory over Crestview they also led the OG senior into the top spot in the school record book.

With a rebound and a basket in the middle of the fourth quarter for her 22nd point of the evening the future Bowling Green Falcon eclipsed the previous record of 1204 career points set by current University of Michigan assistant coach and OG standout Melanie Halker Moore that had stood since 1995. Along with the 25 points she would score on the night Kadie would also finish with a stat line that included 1 block, 5 assists, 6 steals, and 7 rebounds.

Video of the record breaking basket:

Early in the contest it was Hempfling who got OG off on the right foot in the ballgame as she accounted for all but two of her teams 13 first quarter points. The only non-Hempfling basket in the first quarter came off an assist from the All-Ohio selection to Paige Sutter who would go on to score 6 markers on the evening.

Crestview’s first half of play saw just two players in sophomore Lexi Gregory and senior and future Indiana Tech guard Paige Motycka, the NWC Player of the Year dent the scoring column.

Motycka and Gregory combined for 21 first half points and repeatedly cut into the Titans big runs on the scoreboard with makes from behind the arc. Lexi Gregory gave the Knights their first lead of the contest at 14-13 in the second period and Motycka tied the game at 19-19 before OG finished the final minutes on an 8-2 run into the break led by the Titan duo of Brianna Schimmoeller and Kasey Ellerbrock. Ellerbrock, the leading three point shooter on the season for her team knocked down a pair of three pointers just moments before Schimmoeller hit a three of her own and coupled it with a steal and score for the lead at 27-21.

Three pointers were again the story for the Knights in the second half as they would go on to represent 3 of their 6 makes from the field in the second half.

Ottawa Glandorf’s high pressure defense not only was able to force the Knights into 21 turnovers in the four quarters of play but also limit Motycka to just one point in the second half, a free throw in the third quarter.

Entering play the Titans have not set the world on fire from the free throw line. Saturday afternoon however OG finished nearly perfect on their free tosses as they sank 11 of their 14 tries to help salt away their victory.

Lexi Gregory led Crestview in scoring with 19 points and put down a three pointer in every quarter. Despite 8 of her points coming in the final eight minutes the Knights sophomore was unable to pull her team closer then 10 and saw them fall by 15 to end their 2017-18 campaign at 19-6 overall.

The Titans move to 23-2 on the season and will head to Ada’s Ohio Northern University on Tuesday night at 6:15pm for a matchup with Liberty Benton. On December 30th the two teams met in Findlay with the visiting Titans emerging victorious in comeback fashion 58-53.

With their win tonight the senior class for OG of Kadie Hempfling, Mackenzie Meyer and Carri Johnson established a new 4 year record of 102 wins and break the mark set by last seasons senior class.

Box Score:

OG (55):

Ashley Schroeder 2
Kelsey Erford 2
Carri Johnson 2
Paige Sutter 6
Erin Kaufman 5
Brianna Schimmoeller 7
Kasey Ellerbrock 6
Kadie Hempfling 25

FG: 20/49
3PT: 4/17 (Ellerbrock 2, Hempfling, Schimmoeller)
FT: 11/14
REB: 23
TO: 9

Crestview (40):

Bailey Gregory 3
Lyvia Black 2
Lexi Gregory 19
Ally McCoy 2
Paige Motycka 14

FG: 14/37
3PT: 7/20 (L. Gregory 4, Motycka 2, B. Gregory)
FT: 5/7
REB: 28
TO: 21


Titans nab Sectional title

MILLER CITY, OH – Twenty four hours after their schools girls programs met in Elida the Ottawa Glandorf and Spencerville boys battled in Miller City with the same result, a running clock Titan victory 89-42.

Quick scores from Dalton Prichard and Ben Dues gave the young Bearcats a 5-2 lead in the first quarter but once the Titan offense took the lead at 6-5 on a Richie Knowlton basket at 3:37 the rout was on for OG.

Jake Dible, a 6’6 senior who finished the game with 14 markers had it working down low early in the first period as he pushed in half a dozen markers to put OG on top 16-8 after the opening stanza.

Western Buckeye League Player of the Year Jay Kaufman who would go on to lead the game in scoring with 27 points and also record his 1,000th career point in the process on the night dominated the smaller Bearcat defenders in the second period as he pumped across 11 of his points.

Missing two starters in Owen Hiegel and Bryce Schroeder due to ankle injuries the Titans not only had to search for a pair of extra bodies, they also needed to replace a combined 23.7 points per contest. Ottawa Glandorf didn’t have to look very far for a big scoring output Friday night as Carter Heringhaus knocked down two of his five three pointers and gave the home team a 41-24 halftime lead.

Spencerville’s middle quarter scoring came from the duo of Drew Armstead and Keegan Goecke who combined for 18 of the Cats points in the game during a 16 minute span.

Every time in the second half it seemed like Spencerville might make a run at Ottawa Glandorf the Titans forced a myriad of turnovers and watched them be turned directly into points on the offensive end by Kaufman, Dible, or from behind the arc by Heringhaus who dropped in three of his triples in the third.

As time began to wind down OG began to turn to their senior Kaufman to continue his pursuit of his 1,000th career point. In the middle of the final quarter the All-Ohio selection finally pushed across the milestone and headed to the bench with the game firmly in hand to a loud round of applause from the Titan supporters in the building.

On the evening nine different Titans reached the scoreboard with three, Kaufman (27), Heringhaus (17), and Richie Knowlton (11) ending in double figures in the win.

Spencerville was led in scoring by Drew Armstead who finished with 12. The Bearcats season comes to an end at 3-20 while Ottawa Glandorf improves to 22-1 and will take on Tinora on Thursday, March 8th at 6pm inside Lima Senior High School to begin district play.

Game Notes: OG head coach Tyson McGlaughlin won 30 games at Miller City before coming to OG in two seasons.

Ottawa Glandorf has now defeated Spencerville all five times the two teams have met overall and all three times during their tournament meetings.


OG (89):

BJ Fortman 4
Jay Kaufman 27
Chad Duling 5
Carter Heringhaus 17
Ethan White 3
Jake Dible 14
Richie Knowlton 11
Trevor Siefker 3
Aaron Rieman 3

FT: 12/21
3PT: 7 (Heringhaus 5, Kaufman, Duling)

Spencerville (42):

Drew Armstead 12
Kale Lee 2
Jackson Goecke 4
Keegan Goecke 9
Dalton Prichard 5
Ben Dues 10

FT: 6/14
3PT: 1 (K. Goecke)