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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

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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

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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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Big Green stay unbeaten

OTTOVILLE, OH – The sixth ranked Ottoville Big Green marched to their 23rd straight regular season victory on Tuesday night at L.W. Heckman Gynmasium as they were victorious in a non-league battle 47-31 over visiting Bath.

CJ Kemper helped to put her team on top of the last team to beat the Big Green during the regular season as she quickly cashed in on a trio of first quarter makes from the field. Senior Abi Hilvers put the home team even further ahead in the first period as she connected on a pair of shots from behind the arc to make the score 18-9 Ottoville at the games first quarter break.

While the Wildcats shot just 6/17 from the field in the first half, they got timely shooting from Abbie Dackin and Jaidyn Hale to keep the Big Green defense honest on who to clamp down on.

Leading 23-15 at the halftime stoppage the home team relied on senior Bridget Landin in the third period, and the future Findlay Oiler delivered as she dropped in six of her game high 13 to push the Big Green lead to 32-18 at the horn. Defensively Ottoville forced a handful of turnovers in the quarter and held Bath to just a single make from the field, a basket from Kaleigh Ketcham.

Both teams came out firing in the final 8 minutes of the contest and combined for 28 markers led by Ottoville junior Kasey Knippen with 6 and Bath freshman Ruby Bolon who tossed in 5.

With the win the Big Green see their record improve to 13-0 on the season. Longtime Ottoville mentor Dave Kleman sees his career win total improve to 493 and will take his squad to Continental on Thursday night where they will look to move to 4-0 in Putnam County League play.

Bath has now dropped back to back games in Putnam County and sees their record fall to 9-3 overall. The Wildcats will welcome Western Buckeye League foe Celina to town on Thursday before taking on Delta on Saturday at Ohio Northern University as part of a doubleheader with their boys team who battles Spencerville.

Box Score:

Ottoville (47):

CJ Kemper 9
Brynlee Hanneman 1
Bridget Landin 13
Haley Hoersten 7
Quinley Schlagbaum 1
Amber Miller 4
Kasey Knippen 6
Abi Hilvers 6

FG: 18-42
3PT: 4-12 (Hilvers 2, B. Landin, Hoersten)
FT: 7-10
TO: 11

Bath (31):

Abbie Dackin 5
Jaidyn Hale 8
Lindsey Singhaus 6
Tori Dackin 6
Chandler Clark 5
Ruby Bolon 5
Kaleigh Ketcham 2

FG: 11-43
3PT: 3-16 (A. Dackin, T. Dackin, Hale)
FT: 6-9
TO: 17

JV: Ottoville 32-24

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Landin scores 1000th as Big Green stay undefeated

OTTOVILLE, OH – A big win over rival Ottawa Glandorf got bigger for Ottoville on Thursday night as senior Bridget Landin notched her 1,000th point in a 54-48 victory over the previously unbeaten Titans at L.W. Heckman Gymnasium in front of a packed house.

Landin, the future Findlay Oiler scored her 1,000th career point with 3:34 remaining in the fourth quarter from the free throw line to give her team a 45-39 advantage in the closing minutes of her teams win before adding three more points to finish the night with 1,003 total career markers.

In reaching the milestone on Thursday evening, Landin becomes the seventh player in Big Green history to accomplish the feat and joins a list that includes Sue Honigford, Melanie Miller, Tracy Wenzlick, Karla Wenzlick, Stacey Wannemacher, and most recently former Bowling Green Falcon Abby Siefker who played for Ottoville from 2010-13.

Behind a strong defensive performance from a future BGSU Falcon in Kadie Hempling, Landin was held scoreless until mid-way through the third quarter but saw her teammates respond with points from behind the arc and the free throw line to push them ahead of OG heading after the first period of play 14-12.

Trailing by two entering the second quarter the Titans (6-1) trailed for just :36 in the period before a three pointer from Hempfling gave them a 15-14 advantage they would carry into the halftime break at 26-18. Three pointers in the stanza from Carri Johnson, Brianna Schimmoeller, and Kasey Ellerbrock helped to fuel an Ottawa Glandorf run that helped hold Ottoville to just four quarter points and one make from the field.

Ottawa Glandorf found themselves on their heels in the third period as they were held to seven points in the quarter as the Ottoville defense clamped down on the basketball. Offensively the Big Green got strong quarters from Quinley Schlagbaum and Bridget Landin who also combined to finish 6/6 in the period from the charity stripe.

Perhaps the biggest shot for Ottoville in the third quarter came at the end of it as Abi Hilvers who had already connected on a deep shot from behind the arc in the third nailed a second deep three pointer as time expired to push the Ottoville advantage to 41-33 heading into the final eight minutes of play.

Kasey Knippen and Haley Hoersten continued the three point barrage for Ottoville in the final period as they dropped in the sixth and seventh makes of the night to help push the teams lead out to 10 with two minutes to play at 51-41.

Having not lost a regular season game in their last 30 outings, the Titans would not go away quietly. Behind the duo of Hempfling and Ashley Schroeder scoring wise the Titans pulled their deficit to just four with minutes to go before the Big Green would salt the game away by hitting on 5/7 free throws in the period to secure their six point win.

OG was led on the night in the scoring column by Hempfling (16), and Schroeder (15) while the Ottoville was headed by junior sharpshooter Kasey Knippen who finished with 13 and connected on a trio from beyond the arc.

The Titans will be back in action on Saturday afternoon as they take on Marion Local at home. Ottoville (8-0) has now won 18 straight regular season games dating back to the middle of last season when they were beaten by Bath, a team who will come to visit the Big Green on January 9th, 2018.

Scoring:

Ottoville (54):
CJ Kemper 6
Bridget Landin 10
Haley Hoersten 5
Quinley Schlagbaum 9
Amber Miller 3
Kasey Knippen 13
Abi Hilvers 8

FT: 15/20
3PT: 7 (Knippen 3, Hilvers 2, Miller, Hoersten)

OG (48):
Ashley Schroeder 15
Carri Johnson 3
Paige Sutter 4
Erin Kaufman 4
Brianna Schimmoeller 3
Kasey Ellerbrock 3
Kadie Hempfling 16

FT: 0/4
3PT: 6 (Hempfling 2, Schroeder, Johnson, Schimmoeller, Ellerbrock)

JV: 35-32 Ottoville

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Titans win battle of unbeatens

OTTAWA, OH – Just as they did on the road last Thursday night the OG Titans got behind early but were able to put together a late rally to remain unbeaten. Thursday night the Titan ladies handed previously unbeaten Ottoville their first defeat of the year 46-42 in front of a capacity crowd inside the Supreme Court.

Alexis Thorbahn and CJ Kemper got the scoring started early for the visiting Big Green, but the Titans surged back with five players tossing in points to close out the first quarter and found themselves on top 15-7 at the end of the opening period.

Ottoville turned up the pressure on the Titans in the second quarter and saw five of their own players hit the scoring column as they outscored the home squad 17-6 and headed into the lockerroom with a 24-21 halftime advantage. Thorbahn, a 5’9 Senior led the way for the Big Green in the second stanza as she connected on a three pointer to give her team the lead and a two point bucket to help them push their advantage with five of her nine first half points coming in the second.

As they have done repeatedly during 5th year Head Coach Troy Yant’s tenure the Titan ladies came out with a renewed defensive intensity in the second half’s early moments and turned many of their opponents miscues directly into points on the opposite end. Ottoville staved off a 6-0 run by OG late in the third quarter and were able to send the game to the final eight minutes with their score ahead of the home team 33-29.

Sophomore guards Erin Kaufman and Ashley Schroeder gave and helped to extend the OG lead midway through the final quarter as the duo connected on a trio of shots from behind the arc on three straight trips down the floor for the Titans who jumped on top 36-32 heading into a timeout by Ottoville Head Coach Dave Klemen with just under six and a half minutes remaining.

Late in the period Ottoville’s CJ Kemper connected on a three pointer to give the Big Green a 39-38 lead, but it was not to be as the Titans finished the game on a 7-4 run to secure the 46-42 victory to remain unbeaten.

Looking for a bit of size to counter the height of the Big Green the Titans gave 5’11 Sophomore Paige Sutter her first career start and saw the bit of strategy pay off as she scored a career high five points in the opening period and gave the Titans a big presence inside early on.

Ottawa Glandorf (7-0) was led in scoring by Kaufman and Kylie White who finished with 10 points each. The Titans are off until Wednesday, December 28th when they welcome Liberty Benton to town.

Ottoville (6-1) suffers their first setback of the season but will only have to wait until Monday when they take on Wayne Trace to attempt to get back to their winning ways. The Big Green were led in scoring by CJ Kemper who finished with a game high 13 markers.

Box Score:

OG (46):
Ashley Schroeder 7
Paige Sutter 5
Erin Kaufman 10
Lexi Schroeder 8
Kylie White 10
Kadie Hempfling 6

TO: 20

Ottoville (42):
CJ Kemper 13
Bridget Landin 9
Kasey Knippen 4
Alicia Honigford 5
Alexis Thorbahn 9
Abi Hilvers 2

TO: 20

JV: Ottoville 50-34

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