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Bearcats move past Tinora

BLUFFTON, OH – Spencerville hadn’t won a tournament game since nearly six years ago until they were victorious on Wednesday night in Bluffton 64-57 over Tinora.

Not only is the win the Bearcats first postseason victory since knocking off top seeded Delphos St. Johns in their 2012 sectional finals matchup, it was also one of their most impressive nights of the season from the free throw line.

With the game close late in the fourth quarter the Spencerville five of Abby Satterfield, Jayden Smith, Melanie Koenig, Nelaya Burden, and Emma Leis combined to hit 19 of 22 from the free throw line to help keep Tinora trailing on the scoreboard.

Tinora senior Amber Schliesser connected on 9 of 9 from the charity stripe for her own team in the game but it was her first quarter performance that helped to put the Rams on top 18-15 when she hit on all seven attempts in addition to a pair of jump shots for all of her 11 first half markers.

Trailing by three in the second period the Bearcats not only turned on their defensive pressure, they also dialed long distance on a pair of occasions as Grigsby and Leis connected on a pair of wing three pointers that helped push the NWC runner ups into the locker room with a 29-26 lead.

Junior Sydney Grieser was responsible for all but two of Tinora’s points in the games penultimate period as she scored 7 of her 14 points and drained a deep three which amounted for one of her teams three makes from the field in the quarter.

A back and forth battle in the fourth quarter saw the Rams nearly pull even as they utilized their own pressure to force the Bearcats into miscues. Schliesser and Taylor Brown both worked turnovers directly into baskets in the final eight minutes of play. Madison Brown and Sarah Harris added shots from outside to the Rams count but ultimately the Spencerville free throw shooting would decide the games outcome once Grieser fouled out with just minutes remaining.

Amber Schliesser led all scorers with 18 points and was one of three Rams to finish in double figures as she was joined by Grieser with 14 and Brown with 10. The Rams finish their campaign at 11-12 overall under first year head coach Kyle Tietje.

Spencerville with the win now has their first 15 win season under fourth year coach Greg Ekis and will take on Liberty Center on Saturday night at 8pm in Bluffton looking for their first sectional championship since the 2012 season.

The Bearcats were led in scoring by Nelaya Burden who finished with 15. Joining Burden in double figures was the duo of freshman Emma Leis (13), and senior Jayden Smith who ended the night with 12 points.

Burden was named to the 2nd team Northwest Conference this week while teammates Kaiden Grigsby and Jenna Henline were named to the leagues Honorable Mention squad for the second straight season.


Spencerville (64):

Kaiden Grigsby 8
Abby Satterfield 6
Jayden Smith 12
Melanie Koenig 8
Nelaya Burden 15
Emma Leis 13
Allison Bowsher 2

FT: 21/30

Tinora (57):

Lexi Wachtman 2
Amber Schliesser 18
Taylor Brown 5
Madison Brown 10
Sydney Grieser 14
Sarah Harris 8

FT: 12/17


OG hands Tinora first loss

JEWELL, OH – Ottawa Glandorf found themselves ahead 17-6 after the first quarter and cruised to a 58-43 win Tuesday night at Tinora behind balanced scoring from 10 players.

Nine first quarter turnovers by the Rams (2-1) led to the visitors jumping out to a quick 8-2 lead behind a pair of baskets from junior guard Erin Kaufman and one by Kadie Hempfling.

Turnovers continued to plague the Tinora offense in the second quarter as OG’s depth began to show behind Carri Johnson and Kasey Ellerbrock who would each connect on a three pointer to help push their teams lead to 29-12 at the halftime break.

In the third quarter Titan mentor Troy Yant continued to get balanced scoring from his young squad as six players tossed in points, including Mackenzie Meyer and freshman guard Kelsey Erford who both hit from deep before Kadie Hempfling added one of her own from beyond the arc to push the visiting teams lead to 44-23 heading into the final period of play.

With the score mostly in hand the Titans began to work in their younger players for good and found themselves outscored 20-14. The Tinora duo of Aaliyah Hurtt and Taylor Brown combined to score 9 of the 20 in the stanza and also combined to set up Sarah Harris for her second triple of the contest to pull the final margin to 15 in the loss.

Offensively the Rams were held to just three field goals made in the first half but doubled that output from the free throw line as they converted on 6 of 13 first half charity tosses. For the game Tinora connected on 13/23 foul shots.

Ottawa Glandorf improves to 2-0 on the season with the win and will be home on Saturday afternoon when they welcome the Kalida Wildcats (1-1) to Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium for a 1:30pm varsity tilt that can be heard on WZOQ Radio

Tinora was led in scoring by Taylor Brown’s 9 points while the Titan offense was paced by Erin Kaufman and a career high 9 points from Paige Sutter.


OG (58):
Ashley Schroeder 6
Kelsey Erford 7
Carri Johnson 3
Paige Sutter 9
Erin Kaufman 9
Mackenzie Meyer 3
Brianna Schimmoeller 6
Kasey Ellerbrock 6
Peyton Warnecke 2
Kadie Hempfling 7

FT: 14/18
3PT: 6 (Erford, Johnson, Kaufman, Meyer, Ellerbrock, Hempfling)
TO: 14

Tinora (43):
Amber Schliesser 3
Aaliyah Hurtt 8
Taylor Brown 9
Sarah Andrews 2
Grayce Burkholder 4
Madison Brown 4
Sydney Grieser 5
Sarah Harris 8

FT: 13/23
3PT: 2 (S. Harris 2)
TO: 25


Titans hit 10 3’s, blitz by Tinora

OTTAWA, OH – Two OG Titans connected on nine of the teams ten three pointers and combined for 31 of their squads points and helped the hosts down visiting Tinora 76-44 in non-league action Tuesday night.

Ottawa Glandorf Head Coach Troy Yant was celebrating his birthday and his team wasted no time giving the Titan mentor his 92nd career win as they jumped out to an early 10-0 lead before Tinora dented the Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium scoredboard on a Kacey Wilkerson free throw at the 4:17 mark of the quarter.

Senior Kylie White, a 1st team WBL selection last season grabbed a pair of offensive rebounds and tossed in eight points in the opening period before teammates Kadie Hempfling and Erin Kaufman combined for 13 points to push the OG lead out to 21 when the quarter buzzer sounded.

The second period came with a plethora of substitutions for the home team and saw the team continue their hot shooting as Sophomore Ashley Schroeder connected on a pair of triples while teammate Carri Johnson tossed in her second from behind the arc to give the Titans a 46-23 advantage at the halftime break.

Despite scoring a team high 9 points in the first half on a trio of shots from deep, Tinora Freshman Shaelyn Pedroza who Rams coach Robin Eberle refers to as “one of the best pure basketball players we’ve ever had come through here,” was held to just two second half points by a Titans defense that forced 9 second half turnovers.

Schroeder and Johnson each buried a pair of three’s in the third quarter to help give OG a 65-31 lead heading into the final stanza.

Carri Johnson’s final three and an inside bucket with just minutes to play helped preserve the Titan win but was aided by buckets from Masie Utrup and Kylie White in the final stanza as well as a pair of free throws by McKenzie Meyer to make up the 76-44 final score.

Tinora (1-1) was led in points by Wilkerson’s 12 as they would see their 6’3 Senior post connect on 6/11 free throws. Pedroza was next on the scoring list for the Rams as she tossed in 11 points while McKenzie Helberg scored 9.

Ottawa Glandorf (2-0) finished with Johnson’s career high 17 as their top score and with three others: Kylie White (15 points, 6 rebounds), Schroeder (Career high 14 points, 4 three pointers), and Kaufman (12 points, 4 steals) in double figures. The Titans will next travel to take on Kalida Saturday afternoon with a 1pm tipoff in a varsity contest that can be heard on WZOQ Radio

Box Score:

Tinora (44)
Amber Schliesser 3
Shaelyn Pedroza 11
McKenzie Helberg 9
Gina Norden 5
Sydney Grieser 4
Kacey Wilkerson 12

FG: 14/41
3PT: 5/19 (Pedroza 3, Helberg, Norden)
FT: 11/18
REB: 25 (Wilkerson 8)
AST: (Schliesser/Pedroza 3)
STL: 4 (Grieser 2)
TO: 21

OG (76):
Ashley Schroeder 14
Carri Johnson 17
Erin Kaufman 12
McKenzie Meyer 2
Lexi Schroeder 4
Masie Utrup 2
Kylie White 15
Courtney Bockrath 4
Kadie Hempfling 6

FG: 30/53
3PT: 10/26 (Johnson 5, A. Schroeder 4, Kaufman)
FT: 6/7
REB: 25 (L. Schroeder 7, White 6)
AST: 17 (Hempfling 5)
STL: 13 (Kaufman 4)
TO: 10

JV SCORE: OG 61-28