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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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Ottoville, Miller City post tournament wins

FINDLAY, OH – The Ottoville Big Green and Miller City Wildcats will meet for a second time this season as on Saturday night at 8pm inside Findlay High School they will battle for a sectional championship by virtue of their wins Wednesday night. Ottoville jumped out on Continental and never looked back as they rolled to an 84-28 victory in the opening contest before Miller City downed McComb 59-48 in the nightcap.

Second seeded Ottoville shot 6/16 in the opening period and forced their opponents into just 2/12 from the floor en route to an 18-7 lead at the first stoppage. A 31 point second quarter for the Big Green provided most of the damage to the Continental hopes of winning as six players tallied markers for the designated home squad to push their advantage to 49-13 at the half.

On the evening the girls from Ottoville forced their opponents into 31 turnovers and allowed just 10/30 from the field as they routed the Pirates for the second time. In two meetings this season the Big Green outscored Continental 154-55.

With the win Ottoville improves their season record to 21-2, they were led in scoring by Bridget Landin and Brooke Mangas with 17 apiece. Continental finishes at 1-21 and was led in scoring by their leader on the season in Amber Logan with 10, four below her average.

Scoring:

Ottoville (84):
CJ Kemper 9
Madison Knodell 2
Bridget Landin 17
Nicole Kramer 8
Brooke Mangas 17
Amber Miller 6
Emily Landin 2
Alexis Thorbahn 12
Kasey Knippen 3
Brynie Hannerman 2
Quinley Schlagbaum 4
Haley Hoersten 2

FG: 26/64
3PT: 7 (Thorbahn 2, Kemper, B. Landin, Mangas, Knippen)
FT: 25/29
TO: 14

Continental (28):
Paige Lawhorn 3
Alivia Homier 3
Jaylen Armey 2
Blair Tegenkamp 4
Amber Logan 10
Madison Sharp 5
Ashley Mansfield 2

FG: 10/30
FT: 6/10
3PT: 3 (Logan 2, Lawhorn)
TO: 31

Tied 7-7 after the first quarter the second contest of the night between McComb and Miller City almost went to the half tied up as well, but the Wildcats were able to get one more marker than their opponents and carry a 23-22 lead into the break.

Miller City connected on 6/10 free throws and scored 18 points in the third quarter as they were able to jump on the Panthers and take a 41-33 into the final period.

Cassie Niese, a 5’7 Senior guard for the Wildcats scored a game high 20 points in the contest and hit on 5 of her 6 charity tosses as she helped her team earn the victory and move on to play again at Findlay on Saturday night.

McComb sees their season come to an end at 16-7 and were led in scoring by 1st team Blanchard Valley Conference selection Nora Hemminger who scored 15 points, all in the last three quarters. Miller City is now 12-11 on the season following the win.

Saturday night at 8pm in a game that will be broadcast live on Zsportslive.com the Wildcats will look for redemption for a 62-52 loss back in December when they take on Ottoville.

Scoring:

Miller City (59):
Cassie Niese 20
Paige Wenzinger 5
Tiffany Welty 6
Amanda Simon 12
Christina Berger 4
Elizabeth Klear 5
Jenelle Kuhlman 5
Megan Warnimont 2

FG: 20/38
FT: 14/20
3PT: 2 (Simon, Kuhlman)
TO: 23

McComb (48):
Nora Hemminger 15
Makenna Babb 14
Camryn Sudlow 7
Jenna Herr 10
Jordan Shelley 2

FG: 17/51
FT: 12/24
3PT: 2 (Babb, Herr)
TO: 12

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4 in double figures lead Ottoville past LB

OTTOVILLE, OH – Four players for Ottoville finished in double figures as the Big Green picked up their 20th win of the regular season 54-50 over visiting Liberty Benton Saturday afternoon.

In just the fourth all-time meeting between two teams who are perennial contenders for their respective divisions state championships it was the Eagles and Nicolette DeVincentis who came out firing early on. DeVincentis, a Senior guard headed to play her college basketball at St. Joseph College in Indiana tossed in nine of her squads 15 quarter points and helped LB amass a 15-12 advantage at the end of the opening stanza.

Despite having a handful of players in foul trouble early on in the second quarter the Big Green were able to make a run by virtue of the three pointer as four players connected from deep in the first half, led by a pair of triples from Alexis Thorbahn to take their first lead. Behind a pair of timely baskets from Brooke Mangas and CJ Kemper the home team pushed their advantage to 26-21 at the halftime break.

In the third quarter it was the Eagles who found themselves in foul trouble as Freshman guard Savanah Richards and Junior Jensen Heigel picked up their third and fourth fouls respectively and were forced to sit at different times. With one less foul than her counterpart, Richards did most of her damage to the Ottoville defense in the games penultimate quarter as she hit on 3/4 from the free throw line and scored 9 of her 11 points on the day. Not to be outdone however, DeVincentis finished 5/5 from the line and with 7 of her game high 18 points in helping the visitors lead 42-41 at the buzzer before the final period.

If there is one mark of a Dave Klemen coached squad over the years it is their ability to shoot free throws. Ottoville entered the afternoon shooting 69% as a team and did themselves no disservice in the final half of play as they connected on 14/16 charity tosses. Coupled with a gritty effort on the defensive end in the final eight minutes the Big Green were able to hold on for a 54-50 non-conference win in their last game before the OHSAA Tournament begins.

Brooke Mangas led Ottoville’s four double digit scorers on the afternoon with 11 points while CJ Kemper, Alexis Thorbahn and leading scorer Bridget Landin all tossed in 10 points to help the Big Green finish at 20-2. Ottoville will begin their tournament run on Wednesday night at 6:15pm at Findlay High School as they take on league foe Continental in a game that will be broadcast live on Zsportslive.com.

Liberty Benton was led in scoring by DeVincentis with 18 points, 1 below her season average and finishes their regular season at 14-8. The Eagles will start their tournament run on Wednesday night as well as they do battle with St. Henry at 6:15pm in a game at Wapak High School that will be broadcast live on K94.3.

Scoring:

Ottoville (54):

CJ Kemper 10
Bridget Landin 10
Nicole Kramer 6
Brooke Mangas 11
Amber Miller 3
Alicia Honigford 4
Alexis Thorbahn 10

2PT: 11/20
3PT: 5/16
FT: 17/21
REB: 14
TO: 11

Liberty Benton (50):

Krista Simon 3
Savanah Richards 11
Alexa Lenhart 4
Jensen Hiegel 14
Nicolette DeVincentis 18

2PT: 13/27
3PT: 3/7
FT: 15/20
REB: 15
TO: 10

JV: 47-29 Ottoville (Kasey Knippen 12, Haley Hoersten 11 for Ottoville)

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