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Defense powers Titans past Bulldogs

OTTAWA, OH – A strong team defensive effort Thursday night powered the OG Titans past Route 65 rival Columbus Grove 47-19 in non-league action.

Columbus Grove came into the contest already without their big gun Paige Bellman who is out for her senior season, but were dealt a second blow when they were unable to utilize the services of junior guard Rylee Sybert who missed this contest due to injury as well.

Outside of the first quarter when three players, Carlee McCluer, Lauren Schroeder, and Abby Gladwell each hit from the field, the Bulldogs were held to just a trio of makes from the field the rest of the game.

Despite both teams giving away the basketball at a frantic pace in the first period, the scoring was plentiful as the two teams battled for the first stoppage lead down to the buzzer. Columbus Grove pulled within a point at 11-10 when a long two point shot trickled through the net as the horn sounded.

Ottawa Glandorf’s stifling full court team defense reared its head in the second stanza as the Titans forced a handful of Bulldog mistakes with their relentless pressure and surged out to a 26-12 halftime advantage behind a 15-2 quarter. The only basket of the second period came for the visitors when Lauren Schroeder who finished with a team high 7 points was able to drop one through the net.

Against a 2-3 and at times 3-2 zone defense the Titan attack was able to connect on a pair of shots from behind the arc from Carri Johnson and Ashley Schroeder, but would do most of their damage from inside behind senior Kadie Hempfling who finished the first half with 10 markers to lead all scorers.

Unable to score for most of the games penultimate stanza the Bulldogs nailed back to back shots in a span of the final :26 of the period when the duo of McCluer and Schroeder connected from well behind the right wing arc. Schroeder’s triple came with the buzzer ringing out inside Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium and represented the last make from the field of the ballgame for Grove.

Second half three pointers from Ashley Schroeder and a pair from Brianna Schimmoeller helped Ottawa Glandorf begin to salt away their sixth straight win in the series and seventh in the eight games since the series between the two schools was restarted in 2010.

For the game the Titans (8-1) were paced by Hempfling’s 12 points as she continues her quest to become the fourth Ottawa Glandorf player to reach 1,000 career points. Joining the future BG Falcon in double digits was the teams second leading scorer on the season in Schroeder who chipped in 10 for her sixth straight double digit effort.

Columbus Grove (5-5) featured just four players registering points including Danielle Bame who connected on one of two from the line in the fourth quarter for the only Bulldog points of the final eight minutes.

OG will travel to take on the Liberty Benton Eagles on Saturday night in Findlay while Columbus Grove will be off until January 6th when they take on Putnam County League rival Ottoville. Both games can be heard on WZOQ Radio.


OG (47):

Ashley Schroeder 10
Kelsey Erford 2
Carri Johnson 5
Paige Sutter 4
Erin Kaufman 6
Brianna Schimmoeller 8
Kadie Hempfling 12

FT: 2/4
3PT: 5 (Schroeder 2, Schimmoeller 2, Johnson)
TO: 14

Columbus Grove (19):

Danielle Bame 1
Carlee McCluer 6
Lauren Schroeder 7
Abby Gladwell 5

FT: 0/2
3PT: 4 (McCluer 2, Schroeder, Gladwell)
TO: 27

JV: 41-39 Ottawa Glandorf was victorious as Mylee Utrup hit a shot at the buzzer to give the Titans the victory.


Columbus Grove Girls 2017-18 Season Preview

COLUMBUS GROVE, OH – Columbus Grove lost 6 seniors who were a part of their 2016-17 squad that won both the NWC and the PCL and recently learned they will have an even bigger challenge replacing their punch from last season.

1st team All-Ohio selection Paige Bellman, a senior who is committed to play her college basketball at Detroit Mercy will likely miss all of this upcoming season as she deals with a possible torn ACL. Last season Bellman averaged 17.2 points per game and was named Player of the Year in both the Northwest Conference and the Putnam County League while helping the Bulldogs to a 23-2 mark.

Graduation hit the Bulldogs hard in the offseason as they lost not only 1,300 point scorer Jade Clement who is currently playing for Huntington University in Indiana, but also one of their best three point threats in Macy McCluer.

This season the success for Columbus Grove will rely heavily on how much the returning core of letter winners that includes seniors Carlee McCluer and Lauren Schroeder, alongside junior point guard Rylee Sybert who collectively averaged 16.0 points per game last year.

Grove mentor Brian Schroeder who sports a 75-23 record and an appearance in last seasons District Finals has high hopes for his squad and mentions a handful of promising newcomers in his season media notes such as senior forward Teyah Sautter, junior guard Amy Vorst, sophomores Angel Schneider, Abigail Gladwell, and Emily Watt along with freshman guard Erin Downing as those to watch.

“This team will have a lot of new players filling new roles and learning how to play with each other. As long as we continue to work hard and improve each week, we hope to be much better at the end of the year than we are at the beginning” Schroeder remarked on his outlook for the upcoming campaign.

The Bulldogs kick off their season on Tuesday, November 28th when they travel to Lima to take on the Shawnee Indians in a non-conference clash before beginning their home slate on Saturday, December 2nd against the Bath Wildcats.

2017/2018 Schedule
Tue Nov 28 @ Shawnee
Sat Dec 2 Bath
Tue Dec 5 Continental (PCL)
Thu Dec 7 @ Crestview (NWC)
Tue Dec 12 Patrick Henry
Thu Dec 14 Paulding (NWC)
Sat Dec 16 @ Elida
Tue Dec 19 Kalida (PCL)
Thur Dec 21 @ Lincolnview (NWC)
Thur Dec 28 @ Ottawa Glandorf
Sat Jan 6 Ottoville (PCL)
Thu Jan 11 Spencerville (NWC)
Sat Jan 13 Leipsic (PCL)
Sat Jan 20 @ Miller City (PCL)
Mon Jan 22 @ Ft. Jennings (PCL)
Thu Jan 25 @ Bluffton (NWC)
Tue Jan 30 @ Liberty Benton
Thu Feb 1 @ Delphos Jefferson (NWC)
Thu Feb 8 Allen East (NWC)
Sat Feb 10 @ Arlington
Thu Feb 15 Ada (NWC)
Sat Feb 17 @ Pandora Gilboa (PCL)


Late free throw keeps Titans record unblemished

COLUMBUS GROVE, OH – For the third straight game the Ottawa Glandorf Lady Titans have faced and handed a previously undefeated squad their first loss of the year.

Kadie Hempfling finished the night with just 5 points but scored the biggest marker of the game when it counted most as the Junior made a free throw with 6.6 seconds remaining Thursday night to give her team a 45-44 road victory over Columbus Grove.

Trailing 9-8 with just seconds to go in the first quarter the Titans turned to the same place they have during their streak of doling out first losses, Sophomore guard Erin Kaufman who connected on a three pointer to give OG an 11-9 lead at the first break in the action.

Both teams went inside early and often to their post game in the second quarter in an attempt to slow down the others point output with varying results. Grove 6’0 Junior Paige Bellman scored six points in the second period but saw her squad held to just one basket from a teammate (Rylee Sybert) find its way into the net. Kylie White’s big quarter of 8 points coupled with a second three pointer from Kaufman and a jumper from Lexi Schroeder helped OG enter halftime with a 24-17 advantage.

Bellman, a 1st team Putnam County League selection last season who entered play averaging just under 18 points per contest through her teams first six contests this year continued her big night in the third quarter as she provided seven of the 11 markers her squad added to the board.

Midway through the stanza with her team struggling to find offensive opportunities against the 2-3 zone the Bulldogs were sitting back, Lexi Schroeder hit a pair of three pointers to help give OG a 33-29 advantage heading to the last eight minutes of the game.

Three pointers were the shot of the moment in the fourth quarter as both teams combined to hit on six from behind the arc.

Each time Columbus Grove needed a big shot in the final moments they turned to Senior Macy McCluer and watcher her deliver as she connected on three straight from deep to help the Bulldogs regain the lead on two different occasions. Carri Johnson, Erin Kaufman, and Lexi Schroder each knocked down a triple in the quarter to help keep the Titans even with their hosts in the waning moments of the game before Hempfling’s free throw sealed the win for the defending WBL Champions.

Ottawa Glandorf with the win begins their season at 9-0 for just the third time in school history. In 2005 the Titans began their campaign with 24 consecutive wins before falling in the postseason, and in 2003 OG started 18-0 before falling to Kalida in their 19th game of the year.

Both teams will be off until the new year when OG welcomes Perrysburg to town while Columbus Grove (6-1) dips into NWC play where they are the defending conference champions by taking on visiting Delphos Jefferson on January 5th.

Box Score:

OG (45):
Carri Johnson 3
Erin Kaufman 9
Lexi Schroeder 12
Kylie White 16
Kadie Hempfling 5

FT: 4/10
3PT: 6 (Kaufman 3, L. Schroeder 3)
TO: 15

Columbus Grove (44):
Macy McCluer 15
Rylee Sybert 4
Jade Clement 6
Paige Bellman 19

FT: 3/6
3PT: 5 (M. McCluer 5)
TO: 18

JV: 25-24 Columbus Grove


Bulldogs stay perfect in NWC

SPENCERVILLE, OH – The Columbus Grove Bulldogs put four players in double figures Thursday night as they routed their NWC rivals Spencerville 72-41 to remain as the Northwest Conference’s only unbeaten squad in league play.

Columbus Grove won the games opening tip and wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as Jade Clement tossed in a three pointer with just :06 gone in the first quarter. While Clement would score 9 of her game high 18 points in the opening quarter, teammates Macy McCluer, McKenzie Bame, Lynea Diller and Paige Bellman combined to score 15 points and give the visitors a 24-12 lead after the first period.

While the Bearcats were able to muster just 7 points in the second stanza, the Bulldogs again found themselves with a handful of players turning their opponents miscues into points and led 38-19 heading to the lockerroom for the halftime break.

Jenna Henline was the big scorer for the Bearcats on the evening as she finished with 14 points on the night. Henline’s big quarter came in the third stanza as she hit a pair of three pointers and a trio of shots from the free throw line to help her Cats cut into the Bulldogs lead. Columbus Grove’s low post duo of Diller and Bellman, each playing with a pair of fouls scored 10 of the Dogs 17 points and helped keep the home team out of the lane in the quarter.

With a big lead midway through the final period the Bulldogs pulled their starting lineup out of the game, but not until Clement connected on 5/6 free throws in the opening minutes and Diller tossed in her final basket to become the fourth players to reach double figures. Grace Schroeder, a 5’7 Junior accounted for all seven of her points including a three pointer from the wing to push the Grove lead to 30 at the time. When the clock reached zero the Bulldogs found themselves with their fourth straight defeat of the Bearcats and eighth win in a row.

Columbus Grove (17-1) will next take on Allen East at home in NWC play on February 4th and will await the tournament draw on Sunday where they likely will find themselves as a top seed and in line for a bye in sectional play.

Spencerville sees their record fall to 7-11 overall and 3-3 in Northwest Conference action. The Bearcats will return to action on Tuesday, Feb 2nd as they play host to New Bremen in a non-league tilt.


Grove (71):

Macy McCluer 11
Jade Clement 18
McKenzie Bame 9
Grace Schroeder 7
Hallie Malsam 2
Lynea Diller 11
Paige Bellman 14

3PT: 6 (McCluer 3, Clement, Bame, G. Schroeder)
FT: 12/17
TO: 17

Spencerville (41):

Jenna Henline 14
Jayden Smith 8
Tiffany Work 6
Jacey Grigsby 6
Allison Bowsher 2
Alex Carter 5

3PT: 3 (Henline 3)
FT: 8/12
TO: 22

JV: Columbus Grove 51-27


Bulldogs outshoot Bearcats

Columbus Grove jumped out to an early 7-0 lead in the opening minutes of their contest Thursday night and never looked back as they downed visiting Spencerville 68-44.

Despite falling behind in the first couple of minutes of the game the Bearcats kept shooting the ball and used a 12-6 run after trailing 7-0 find themselves down by just 4 at 18-14 as the first stanza came to an end.

The Bulldogs have been on a tear lately scoring and were able to stave off 8 first half turnovers en route to 37 first half points, led by freshman Carlee McCluer’s 14 first half points. Sophomore guard Jade Clement, the Bulldogs leading scorer on the season would add 9 points in the first two quarters as well.

With two of their top scorers (senior Schylar Miller and junior Caitlyn Propst) both out due to knee injuries, the Bearcats have turned to other players this season to help provide scoring. One of those players is freshman Jenna Henline who was receiving her first career start and scored a pair of points for the Cats offense.

Spencerville would find themselves unable to defense the perimeter shot from Columbus Grove as four different Bulldogs connected from long range, led by three triples each from junior Kyrah Yinger (13 points) and McCluer (career high 22 points) who finished with 35 of the teams 68 points. Jade Clement would add 11 points in the Bulldog win and has now totaled 62 points in the last three contests for her squad.

Jacey Grigsby (15) points led three players in double figures for the Bearcats who see their record fall to 6-9 overall and 1-5 in the NWC. Spencerville will next travel to Kalida on Tuesday to take on the Wildcats in a non-conference matchup.

With the win the Bulldogs improve to 11-6 overall, and 4-1 in the NWC, they will be off until next Thursday when they hit the road to take on Allen East in NWC play.


Grove (68):

Carlee McCluer 22
Kyrah Yinger 13
Jade Clement 11
Mackenzie Wurth 8
Lynea Diller 6
Paige Bellman 4
McKenzie Bame 4

3’s: 8 (Yinger/McCluer 3 each, Clement, Wurth)
FT: 2/6
TO: 15

Spencerville (44):

Jacey Grigsby 15
Megan Miller 11
Emilee Meyer 10
Katie Merriman 4
Jayden Smith 2
Jenna Henline 2

3’s: 4 (Meyer 2, Grigsby, Miller)
FT: 11/18
TO: 17

JV: Grove 57-32


Bulldogs Advance

It’s that time of the season again, OHSAA Girls Tournament Basketball, the time of year where you throw the records out the windows and anything can happen.

Columbus Grove entered the Sectional Tournament Wednesday night at Wapak with a 13-9 record while their opponents the Coldwater Cavaliers brought a 14-8 record along with them into the contest.

With Coldwater looking to utilize their size advantage, Columbus Grove looked to counter with their speedy four guard lineup. It appeared early as if the Cavaliers could run away with the game as they jumped out to a 10-7 lead after the first stanza. Outside of a pair of Lynea Diller buckets from the paint, Grove could not buy a bucket early as their other three points came from Julia Wynn and Sydney McCluer at the charity stripe. Coldwater sharpshooter Sarah Kanney put on an impressive display from long range in the quarter as she put 8 early points on the board including a pair from 25 feet away with her set shot jumper.

In the second stanza both teams traded turnovers as Grove would end the half forcing 12 Cavalier miscues while only committing 10 of their own. Despite being outscored on the perimeter in the opening quarter, the Bulldogs fought back in the second as they sent the teams to the break tied at 20 on the back of a 13-10 stanza with 6 players accounting for points. Coldwater reversed the roles from the opening quarter in the second however as they hit 7-7 from the free throw line to tie it at 20 with half the game gone.

A hardened effort by Columbus Grove to shut down Kanney in the 3rd quarter proved to be an effective strategy as the only Cavalier to score in the third would be Hannah Bruns who would account for all 7 Coldwater points in the stanza. Utilizing balanced scoring again, Columbus Grove had 5 players score in the quarter including 4 from Diller and used those points to lead 31-27 heading into the final quarter of regulation despite a 3 point play from Bruns as time expired.

With both teams racking up fouls in bunches, both teams spent a major part of the fourth quarter at the line. Columbus Grove would convert on 6-6 attempts while Coldwater shot 5-9 from the line. Kanney and Kiersten Siefring both provided a spark from long range to keep it close and send the game to overtime tied at 42. Grove had a chance to win it at the end of regulation, but could not get enough separation at half court to get a shot close enough to the rim to win it, despite a great heave that came up just short.

During the overtime period both teams again looked to put their stamp on the game and advance, but the Bulldogs utilized the free throw line where they went 7-8 en route to the 51-49 win. Julia Wynn was fouled for the Bulldogs with 1.8 seconds left and the game tied at 49, and promptly buried a pair of charity tosses through the net to secure the 2 point victory for her squad. Wynn would finish the game with 14 points and 5-6 from the line in the OT. Jade Clement, a 5’3 freshman finished off her 10 points with the other two makes from the line for Columbus Grove.

Sarah Kanney finished with a game high 17 for the Cavaliers while her teammate Bruns dropped in 14 in the loss.

Coldwater finishes their season at 14-9 while Columbus Grove ups their record to 14-9 and will play at Wapak again on Saturday night at 6:15pm against Allen East, a team who beat the Bulldogs on January 30th 50-44. The winner of that contest will be crowned Sectional Champions and will move on to play in Elida on Thursday Feb 27th against either Ottawa Glandorf or Bluffton.

Hear the contest as it happened with myself (@michaelhirnpbp) and Steve Wiener (@wienerman46) here: