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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.

Scoring:

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.

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OG, Coldwater win Sectional Championships

Saturday night at Wapakoneta High School two Sectional Championships were handed out as Ottawa Glandorf and Coldwater posted wins to claim their respective trophies and advance to play one another next Thursday night. OG downed Elmwood by a 66-33 margin in the opener while Coldwater used overtime to end the Bulldogs season 60-56.

Ottawa Glandorf jumped on Elmwood early and often in the first quarter as they used buckets from five different players in the opening stanza to lead 19-3 heading into the second quarter. Dani Ellerbrock scored the first points of the game for the Titans and assisted on the second, a score by Kadie Hempfling that OG up 4-0. Elmwood got on the scoreboard with 6:11 to go in the first period when Ashley Veryser connected on one of two free throws. Mattison Hilliard would score the only field goal of the quarter for the Royals at the 1:09 mark of the stanza to cut the OG lead to 12-3.

23-3 would be the Titans lead before the Royals were able to dent the scoreboard in the second quarter for 2 of their 9 period points to cut the lead to 23-5 when Samantha Ervin’s layup found her way through the net.

Turnovers would help the Titans end the first half with a 45-11 lead as they procured 24 Elmwood miscues, and turned many of those into fast break opportunities.

Elmwood’s best scoring quarter would be the third as they would put 13 markers into the scoring column and trail 56-24 heading into the final period of action.

With a significant lead in the fourth quarter the Titans began to work in and out their starters and combine them with their younger players in order to get both playing time. The strategy paid off in the last 8:00 as Mackenzie Meyer, Kianna Siefker, and Sydney Heitmeyer came off the bench to score a combined 7 points and help the Titans secure the win 66-33.

The Titans are now 21-2 on the season and were led by Erin Basinger who finished with a game high 13 points to lead 11 Titans in scoring.

Elmwood ends their season at 11-13, they were led by 11 points from Rebecca Harvey in the loss. The Royals committed 24 turnovers in the first half.

Scoring:

OG (66):

Dani Ellerbrock 2
Elissa Ellerbrock 12
Mackenzie Meyer 4
Anna Bellman 9
Erin Basinger 13
Danielle Schroeder 8
Kianna Siefker 2
Kylie White 6
Lexi Schroeder 2
Kadie Hempfling 7
Sydney Heitmeyer 1

Columbus Grove ended Coldwater’s season last year 51-49 in OT when Julia Wynn nailed a pair of free throws in their Sectional Semifinals matchup. This seasons matchup again took overtime, but it was the Cavaliers who would walk out winners this time as they used balanced scoring and a big night from Brooke Welsch to win 60-56.

Both teams came out looking to light up the scoreboard in the first quarter as they accounted for 35 combined first quarter points. Coldwater got on the scoreboard first on their opening possession of the game when Brooke Welsch drilled a three pointer from the wing to put her squad on top 3-0. Following a Columbus Grove bucket the Cavs jumped out to a 6-2 lead as they again utilized a deep ball for a score. Grove finished the period with a trio of players, Jade Clement, Lynea Diller, and Paige Bellman each having 4 apiece.

Jade Clement would score 6 points in the second quarter for Columbus Grove, but none were more important than the three pointer she connected on to end the first half as it pulled her Bulldogs within a pair at 31-29 heading into the lockerroom. Grove finished the first half shooting 10/26 from the field while Coldwater finished 12/29 overall in the opening half, but just 4/10 from the free throw line.

Three pointers helped Coldwater in the third quarter as Bridget Dues connected on a pair of shots from behind the arc en route to 10 points in the contest. Coming out of the halftime break the Bulldogs tied the game at 31-31 on their first possession of the quarter, but soon found themselves trailing by 7 at 42-35 mainly in part to the aforementioned triples by Dues.

When the final period of regulation began, the Cavaliers found themselves with what most would have considered a commanding lead at 52-39. Columbus Grove and their fans however would not part of that group who counted the game as all but over, and they would be rewarded for their faith as their team scratched and clawed their way to just a three point deficit with 3:44 to play.

Stifling defense in the 4th quarter would help the Bulldogs sniff the lead as they held the Cavs to just 3 points over the final 8:00 of the first four quarters. With just :53 seconds on the clock, Columbus Grove got a late basket to tie the contest at 53. Following timeouts by each team and failed attempts at game winners, the contest headed to overtime once again.

Grove’s first lead of the game came :14 into the 5th period of the night as Lynea Diller gave her squad a 55-53 advantage. Columbus Grove’s lead would last for just :20 however as the Cavaliers, a Senior laden group would tie the game at 55 and eventually go ahead at 57-56 with 2:14 remaining. Free throws added the final difference for the Cavs as they advanced with a hard fought 60-56 win.

Coldwater (13-10) was led in scoring by Brooke Welsch, a 1st team MAC selection this season with 18. Columbus Grove finishes their season at 14-8 and was led by a game high 21 from Sophomore and 1st team NWC selection Jade Clement.

The Cavaliers will next take on Ottawa Glandorf on Thursday night at 6:15pm inside the confines of the Elida Fieldhouse on Thursday, March 5th in a game that can be heard live on www.zsportslive.com.

Scoring:

Coldwater (60):

Maura Hoying 6
Erica Sudhoff 9
Brooke Welsch 18
Hanna Bruns 2
Leah Homan 2
Bridget Dues 10
Sarah Kanney 6
Lauren Leugers 6
Denise Schwieterman 2

Columbus Grove (56):

Kyrah Yinger 6
Jade Clement 21
Brooke Hoffman 2
Mackenzie Wurth 3
Lynea Diller 10
Paige Bellman 8
Carlee McCluer 6

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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.

Scoring:

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

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Bulldogs finish with a flurry

Columbus Grove started slow Monday night against the visiting Fort Jennings Musketeers but finished with a flurry in the final three quarters as they downed the Musketeers 57-37 in PCL action.

Neither team got on the scoreboard until midway through the first quarter when Ft. Jennings forward Erin Osting scored the first of her three buckets in the quarter. Sophomore Jade Clement scored the Bulldogs only points of the quarter on a three pointer but saw her squad trail 6-3 at the end of the first stanza.

Following a period with just one make from the floor, the Bulldogs would outscore the Musketeers 20-10 in the second quarter. Grove would finish the first half shooting 10/25 (40%) to just 6/19 (31%) for the visitors. Carlee McCluer gave Columbus Grove their first lead of the game at 11-9 with 4:02 to go in the half, a lead they would never relinquish. Jade Clement would again lead the Bulldogs in scoring for the quarter as she would finish with 7 markers and be trailed by just one point in the stanza by freshman Carlee McCluer with 6.

For as good as the Bulldogs were shooting the basketball in the second quarter they were almost as good in the 3rd as they outscored the Musketeers 17-7. Not to be outdone by the 7 in the second quarter, Clement would hit a pair of threes and put in 8 points in third. Carlee McCluer added one of only two three pointers (Mackenzie Wurth) not made by Jade on the evening.

The Bulldogs outscored Fort Jennings 54-31 in the final three quarters of play as they secured the win behind a game high 26 from Clement who added 1 to her game high total of 25 from Saturday in a win over Miller City. Fort Jennings was led in scoring by Erin Osting with 13.

Fort Jennings drops to 1-15 (1-6 PCL) with the loss and will next take on the Ottoville Big Green on Thursday. Columbus Grove improves their season record to 10-6 and gets to .500 in the PCL at 3-3, they will take on the Spencerville Bearcats in NWC play at 7pm in a game that will be broadcast live on .

Scoring:

Grove (57):

Jade Clement 26
Carlee McCluer 13
Lynea Diller 7
Mackenzie Wurth 5
Becca Endicott 2
Kyrah Yinger 2
Brooke Hoffman 2

Quarter Scoring:

Grove 3 20 17 17
Ft. Jen 6 10 7 14

JV: 52-33 Grove

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