ELIDA, OH – Trailing 11-9 after the opening quarter of play Thursday night the OG Titans used back to back 22-5 quarters to move to 4-0 on the season with a 63-31 victory at Elida.
Shyah Wheeler and Hayleigh Bacome each connected on a three pointer and helped lead Elida (1-3, 0-1) to a two point lead at the end of the first quarter on the backs of a handful of Titan miscues turned directly into their own markers.
Reigning Western Buckeye League player of the year Kadie Hempfling took up the scoring mantle for visiting Ottawa Glandorf in the second period as she tossed in eight of her eleven first half points. Kasey Ellerbrock who would finish with a career high 8 points hit on a three pointer and a three point play in the stanza as she and Kelsey Erford helped the Titans anchor a 31-16 halftime advantage.
In the third quarter the Bulldogs would score on just one shot from the field, a three pointer from Wheeler who was responsible for all five of her teams scores in the stanza.
Ottawa Glandorf connected on four shots from behind the arc in the games penultimate period as Ashley Schroeder nailed a pair and assisted on makes by teammates Erin Kaufman and Mackenzie Meyer to push their lead out to 53-21 heading into the final 8:00.
Across the final period each team would utilize their bench players with the contest out of hand. Elida senior Destiney Owens connected on a pair of free throws and a pair of shots from the field to finish with 6 points. OG got scoring in the final minutes from 5 players, including a pair of free throws from Mylee Utrup to secure the 32 point win.
With the win the Titans begin with a successful defense of their WBL championship from a year ago and will attempt to move to 2-0 when they host St. Marys next Thursday night. Elida will return to action on Tuesday night in non-league action against Lincolnview at the Elida Fieldhouse.
Ashley Schroeder led all scorers as she tied her career high for points on the evening for OG with 14. The Bulldogs were led in scoring by Shyah Wheeler who finished with 13.
Ashley Schroeder 14
Kelsey Erford 4
Paige Sutter 6
Erin Kaufman 7
Mackenzie Meyer 5
Brianna Schimmoeller 4
Kasey Ellerbrock 8
Jayla Balbaugh 2
Kadie Hempfling 11
Mylee Utrup 2
3PT: 5 (Schroeder 2, Kaufman, Meyer, Ellebrock)
Hayleigh Bacome 7
Destiney Owens 6
Erika Suever 1
Brooke Reese 1
Shyah Wheeler 13
Alyssa Doty 3
3PT: 4 (Wheeler 2, Bacome, Doty)