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.
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
3PT: 5 (Schroeder 2, Erford, Kaufman, Meyer)
Lexi Jacobs 6
Audra Schaub 4
Samantha Sutton 2
Alex Debell 2
Makenzie Wilson 2
Katie Engel 11
Jessica Davis 9
Sarah Pothast 7
3PT: 2 (Engel 2)
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.