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Nubians end Titans season

COLUMBUS, OH – Columbus Africentric outscored Ottawa Glandorf 27-16 in the second half of Thursday night’s Division 3 state semifinals and clinched their spot in the finals against Versailles 50-37 at Ohio State University’s Schottenstein Center.

Ottawa Glandorf opened the game on a 5-0 run in the first minute and a half on a free throw by Erin Kaufman and layups by junior classmates Paige Sutter and Ashley Schroeder. Africentric’s first points of the ballgame came on their third possession as Jordan Horston connected on her first jump shot to make it a 5-2 Titan advantage. Horston’s last jump shot of the first quarter with 15 seconds left in the period pulled the OG lead to 13-11 heading to a stoppage.

In the games middle periods the Nubians held their Western Buckeye League counterparts to just 12 markers and outscored them 21-12 to lead heading into the last eight minutes of play 32-25.

A 12-0 run by Africentric and a span of nearly six minutes without a score spanning from the late third period to the middle of the fourth saw the Titans deficit fall from 7 to 19 with 2:27 left.

Throughout the course of the game OG’s all-time leading scorer Kadie Hempfling found herself saddled with fouls and on the Titans bench and saw the Nubians go on sustained runs. Hempfling ended the night with 7 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals but was forced into 7 turnovers and 4 fouls by Africentric.

Erin Kaufman who ended the Titans scoreless run with one of just three of her teams three pointers at the 2:13 mark to pull within 44-30. Kaufman ended the game as the OG leader in scoring on the floor at the Schott for the second time in three years as she tossed in a team high 14.

Africentric was led by Horston who finished with 18 as one of her teams three players in double figures and was joined by Arianna Smith (13 points), and Nyam Thornton (10). For the game the Nubians outscored OG in the paint 28-16 led by the aforementioned trio.

In the Saturday afternoon finals the Nubians would go on to defeat Versailles for their 6th State Championship 53-47.

Ottawa Glandorf’s fourth straight trip to Columbus ended with a 25-3 record. The Titans senior class of Carri Johnson, Kadie Hempfling, and Mackenzie Meyer ended their brilliant careers with a pair of final fours and runner up trophies and a 104-10 record which is the best in school history.

Box Score:

Africentric (50):

Nyam Thornton 10
Tearra Cook 3
Maliyah Johnson 4
Jordan Horston 18
Arianna Smith 13
Kazhmere Smith-Hopgood 2

FG: 20/50
3PT: 2/9 (Thornton)
FT: 8/11
REB: 40
TO: 20

Ottawa Glandorf (37):

Ashley Schroeder 6
Paige Sutter 2
Erin Kaufman 14
Kadie Hempfling 7
Kelsey Erford 3
Brianna Schimmoeller 2
Kasey Ellerbrock 3

FG: 11/45
3PT: 3/16
FT: 12/22
REB: 30
TO: 20


OG headed to 4th straight regional final

ADA, OH – With their 48-37 victory on Tuesday night at Ohio Northern University the Ottawa Glandorf Titans are headed for their fourth straight regional finals appearance on Saturday afternoon and a chance at a fourth straight appearance in Columbus.

OG scored the first five points of the ballgame on a layup by Ashley Schroeder and a three pointer from Carri Johnson and never trailed as they handed Liberty Benton their second loss of the season. Back in December the Titans visited Findlay and defeated the Eagles 58-53 in come from behind fashion.

Erin Kaufman’s free throw pushed the Ottawa Glandorf lead to 6-0 before Liberty Benton was able to respond on a Caitlin Elseser charity toss and a pass from Savanah Richards to Elseser for two to cut the lead to 6-3. Elseser would lead the normally high flying Eagles offense with 7 of her game high tying 14 points but the Titan trio of Kaufman, Schroeder, and Carri Johnson would team up with Western Buckeye League Player of the Year Kadie Hempfling to help outscore them 17-9 heading into the second period.

Hempfling, who broke the schools scoring record in the District Finals matchup on Saturday against Crestview rode a personal hot streak for all six of her second stanza points and along with a 3 from Schroeder helped to put her club on top at the halftime stoppage 28-17.

Both teams ratcheted up their defensive intensity in the games penultimate quarter as Liberty Benton outscored their rivals 9-8 and cut the lead to 36-26. Balanced scoring from four players pushed the Eagles but OG was pushed by the duo of Hempfling and freshman guard Kelsey Erford who hit a layup and a pair from the free throw line for her only points on the night.

Savanah Richards sliced the Titan defense for a pair of layups but saw her scoring on the evening limited to nearly seven points below her average as she finished with 10. Elseser connected on a jumper and 3 of 4 from the free throw line but saw her team fall when the final quarter came to an end as Ashley Schroeder ended with half of her game high tying 14 take place in the fourth period.

The games final marker came on a long outlet pass from Hempfling to sophomore Brianna Schimmoeller who garnered her only two points on a fast break layup with :06 remaining to secure a 48-37 OG victory.

Liberty Benton has now fallen to the Titans five consecutive times including twice this season and ends their 2017-18 campaign as Blanchard Valley Conference champions and with a 25-2 mark.

Ottawa Glandorf improves to 24-2 on the season and will play the winner of Wednesday night’s matchup in Lexington of Amanda Clearcreek and Western Reserve at 1:30pm on Saturday afternoon in Lexington for the right to advance to the Division 3 Final Four.

Box Score:

OG (48):

Ashley Schroeder 14
Kelsey Erford 4
Carri Johnson 8
Erin Kaufman 6
Brianna Schimmoeller 2
Kadie Hempfling 14

FG: 20/49
3PT: 3/16 (Johnson 2, Schroeder)
FT: 5/13
REB: 34 (Hempfling 11)
TO: 7

Liberty Benton (37):

Sammy Shardo 1
Savanah Richards 10
Caitlin Elseser 14
Alissa Rhodes 2
Alexa Lenhart 2
Schy Shepherd 8

FG: 15/39
3PT: 0/7
FT: 7/12
REB: 26 (Elseser 11)
TO: 10


Titans claim district title, Hempfling snags record

ELIDA, OH – Kadie Hempfling’s game high 25 points Saturday afternoon in Elida not only led the Titans to a 55-40 victory over Crestview they also led the OG senior into the top spot in the school record book.

With a rebound and a basket in the middle of the fourth quarter for her 22nd point of the evening the future Bowling Green Falcon eclipsed the previous record of 1204 career points set by current University of Michigan assistant coach and OG standout Melanie Halker Moore that had stood since 1995. Along with the 25 points she would score on the night Kadie would also finish with a stat line that included 1 block, 5 assists, 6 steals, and 7 rebounds.

Video of the record breaking basket:

Early in the contest it was Hempfling who got OG off on the right foot in the ballgame as she accounted for all but two of her teams 13 first quarter points. The only non-Hempfling basket in the first quarter came off an assist from the All-Ohio selection to Paige Sutter who would go on to score 6 markers on the evening.

Crestview’s first half of play saw just two players in sophomore Lexi Gregory and senior and future Indiana Tech guard Paige Motycka, the NWC Player of the Year dent the scoring column.

Motycka and Gregory combined for 21 first half points and repeatedly cut into the Titans big runs on the scoreboard with makes from behind the arc. Lexi Gregory gave the Knights their first lead of the contest at 14-13 in the second period and Motycka tied the game at 19-19 before OG finished the final minutes on an 8-2 run into the break led by the Titan duo of Brianna Schimmoeller and Kasey Ellerbrock. Ellerbrock, the leading three point shooter on the season for her team knocked down a pair of three pointers just moments before Schimmoeller hit a three of her own and coupled it with a steal and score for the lead at 27-21.

Three pointers were again the story for the Knights in the second half as they would go on to represent 3 of their 6 makes from the field in the second half.

Ottawa Glandorf’s high pressure defense not only was able to force the Knights into 21 turnovers in the four quarters of play but also limit Motycka to just one point in the second half, a free throw in the third quarter.

Entering play the Titans have not set the world on fire from the free throw line. Saturday afternoon however OG finished nearly perfect on their free tosses as they sank 11 of their 14 tries to help salt away their victory.

Lexi Gregory led Crestview in scoring with 19 points and put down a three pointer in every quarter. Despite 8 of her points coming in the final eight minutes the Knights sophomore was unable to pull her team closer then 10 and saw them fall by 15 to end their 2017-18 campaign at 19-6 overall.

The Titans move to 23-2 on the season and will head to Ada’s Ohio Northern University on Tuesday night at 6:15pm for a matchup with Liberty Benton. On December 30th the two teams met in Findlay with the visiting Titans emerging victorious in comeback fashion 58-53.

With their win tonight the senior class for OG of Kadie Hempfling, Mackenzie Meyer and Carri Johnson established a new 4 year record of 102 wins and break the mark set by last seasons senior class.

Box Score:

OG (55):

Ashley Schroeder 2
Kelsey Erford 2
Carri Johnson 2
Paige Sutter 6
Erin Kaufman 5
Brianna Schimmoeller 7
Kasey Ellerbrock 6
Kadie Hempfling 25

FG: 20/49
3PT: 4/17 (Ellerbrock 2, Hempfling, Schimmoeller)
FT: 11/14
REB: 23
TO: 9

Crestview (40):

Bailey Gregory 3
Lyvia Black 2
Lexi Gregory 19
Ally McCoy 2
Paige Motycka 14

FG: 14/37
3PT: 7/20 (L. Gregory 4, Motycka 2, B. Gregory)
FT: 5/7
REB: 28
TO: 21


Titans, Bearcats post Sectional Final wins

BLUFFTON, OH – Ottawa Glandorf and Spencerville punched their tickets for a date against one another next week in Elida as they each posted Sectional Finals victories Saturday night in Bluffton.

OG got the better of Lima Central Catholic in the early game 50-16 while the Bearcats were victorious in the night cap 43-35 against Liberty Center.

In the Titans first quarter against the T-Birds it was Erin Kaufman who ignited the offense to a white hot level as she accounted for 11 of her game high 13 markers in the period. Kaufman, a second team All-District pick this season erupted for her 26th career double figures game in the opening eight minutes by knocking down a pair of three pointers that helped OG distance themselves early from their opponents.

LCC’s only score of the first stanza came with 2:43 left in the first quarter as Erin Mulcahy drained a triple try to trim the Titans lead to 13-3. Nearly seven minutes after hitting her teams first shot, Mulcahy again pushed across a score to make the scoreboard read 34-5 with 2:44 left in the opening half.

A strong defensive effort from all 15 players the Titans sent into the ballgame resulted in just five shots being made from the field for LCC on the evening and into a multitude of makes in the fast break for OG.

Once the game became final with the Titans on top, 9 Ottawa Glandorf players found themselves in the scorebook led by Kaufman with 13. Kadie Hempfling finished the contest with 9 points and 7 rebounds for the WBL Champions who move to 21-2 on the season.

LCC (3-21) was led by the duo of Jessica Wilker and Mulcahy who each ended the night with 5 points apiece.

Ottawa Glandorf’s senior class of Kadie Hempfling, Carri Johnson, and Mackenzie Meyer have now tied a school record with their 101st career win.


OG (50):

Ashley Schroeder 2
Kelsey Erford 8
Paige Sutter 5
Erin Kaufman 13
Mackenzie Meyer 2
Kasey Ellerbrock 6
Jayla Balbaugh 1
Peyton Warnecke 4
Kadie Hempfling 9

FT: 7/14
3PT: 5 (Kaufman 2, Ellerbrock 2, Hempfling)

LCC (16):

Josie Mohler 4
Jessica Wilker 5
Jocelyn Morrisey 1
Erin Mulcahy 5
Kennedy Parker 1

FT: 5/10
3PT: 1 (Mulcahy)

Spencerville and Liberty Center engaged in a slugfest that lasted all four quarters with the Bearcats ultimately coming out ahead 43-35 in the second game of the evening.

Similar to how they reached the Sectional Finals in their first game at Bluffton earlier in the week the Bearcats finished with a flurry from the free throw line to secure themselves their first Sectional Championship since the 2012 season that saw them reach the District Semis.

Senior Kaden Grigsby and freshman Melanie Koenig connected on 8 of their 13 attempts in the games final eight minutes to separate themselves from the Tigers.

Neleya Burden got the offense off to a hot start in the first quarter for Spencerville (16-8) with all six of her games points but it was the duo of Grigsby and 5’5 freshman guard Emma Leis who laid down big shots from outside the arc to push their team into the lead 14-13 after one period.

Meghan Skeens launched and connected on both three pointers in the contest for Liberty Center (14-10) in the game. 5’10 senior post Jerica Hollenbaugh collected her points in the paint throughout the game and kept the Tigers close while finishing with 9 to lead her squad.

Liberty Center entered the fourth quarter with a 30-27 lead they would hold on to tight before Abbygayle Satterfield forced a 32-32 tie with 4:43 remaining.

Melanie Koenig’s free throw halfway through the final eight minutes put the Bearcats on top 34-33 where they would stay for good.

Spencerville was led in scoring by Leis with 10 markers on the evening while classmate Koenig ended with 9.

Thursday night’s district semifinals at the Elida Fieldhouse will be the first of two district games and can be heard live on WZOQ Radio .


Spencerville (43):

Kaiden Grigsby 8
Jenna Henline 1
Abbygayle Satterfield 7
Jayden Smith 2
Melanie Koenig 9
Nelaya Burden 6
Emma Leis 10

FT: 10/17
3PT: 3 (Leis 2, Grigsby)

Liberty Center (35):

Meghan Skeens 6
Olivia Leatherman 2
Peyton Spieth 6
Syndi Altman 7
Kenzie Detmer 5
Jerica Hollenbaugh 9

FT: 7/15
3PT: 2 (Skeens 2)


OG downs Wapak, finishes home and WBL season unblemished

OTTAWA, OH – For the second time in as many seasons the Ottawa Glandorf Titans have finished unbeaten in both their regular season home games and their Western Buckeye League contests as they defeated visiting Wapak 54-43 Thursday evening at the Supreme Court.

In the past two seasons nobody has been able to beat OG in league play or inside the confines of Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium. The last team to accomplish either feat pulled off both on the same evening as Wapak themselves downed the Titans 39-36 in a tightly contested affair that came down to the closing minutes to be decided.

Since last losing to the Redskins the Titans have defeated their WBL rivals on four straight occasions after their win tonight.

Coming off of a win on Tuesday night against state ranked Archbold that saw OG hit 10 from beyond the arc, the Titans offense went to work early from outside as junior Ashley Schroeder canned a pair of first quarter triples to push her team to an early 6-2 advantage and ultimately a 14-4 lead at the end of the quarter.

Senior Kadie Hempfling who finished the night as the game leading scorer with 16 in her last home game led the Titan attack on the boards in the first half where she snagged 9 of her 13 rebounds and handed out a multitude of assists to teammates for easy baskets against an aggressive Wapak defense.

One of Hempfling’s assists came in the second quarter with her team already ahead to give fellow senior Carri Johnson a wide open three point attempt that helped OG push ahead by 10 at the break 27-17.

While it was Ottawa Glandorf who made good from the free throw line at an 8/10 clip from Paige Sutter, Erin Kaufman, and Mackenzie Meyer it was Wapak who would spend time at the stripe in the second half as they nailed 7 of their 9 attempts.

Limited by fouls in the contest Wapak’s 6’1 senior Sarah Pothast who recently committed to play college basketball at Edison State was held below her 12.9 points per game average with just 7 points. Defensively junior Paige Sutter helped to shut Pothast down at times while falling just one shy of her career high in markers with 8 on the evening on the offensive end of the floor.

Mackenzie Meyer and Kelsey Erford tossed in three point baskets for the Titans in the final eight minutes of play for their team while Jessica Davis pushed across all of her 9 in the period to lead Wapak in the defeat.

Wapak who was led on the evening by freshman Katie Engel who was playing with a broken thumb with 11 points including a pair of three pointers ends their regular season at 13-9 overall and with a 6-3 mark in WBL play. The Redskins will begin their tournament run on 2/24 at 8pm in the Sectional Finals against Kenton in Leipsic.

Ottawa Glandorf finishes up their regular run as 20 game winners (20-2) for the fifth straight season and the 9th time in school history. The Titans will take on the winner of Lima Central Catholic and Perry on February 24th at 6pm in Bluffton.

The senior class for OG of Carri Johnson, Mackenzie Meyer, and Kadie Hempfling with the victory became the second winningest senior group in girls program history with their 100th career victory and will have a chance to tie the school record in their next game.


OG (54):

Ashley Schroeder 8
Kelsey Erford 3
Carri Johnson 3
Paige Sutter 8
Erin Kaufman 8
Mackenzie Meyer 4
Brianna Schimmoeller 4
Peyton Warnecke 2
Kadie Hempfling 16

FT: 10/17
3PT: 5 (Schroeder 2, Erford, Kaufman, Meyer)
TO: 15

Wapak (43):

Lexi Jacobs 6
Audra Schaub 4
Samantha Sutton 2
Alex Debell 2
Makenzie Wilson 2
Katie Engel 11
Jessica Davis 9
Sarah Pothast 7

FT: 9/11
3PT: 2 (Engel 2)
TO: 18

JV: Ottawa Glandorf beat Wapak 41-33 to end the year with an 18-4 overall mark and a perfect 9-0 Western Buckeye League record just like their varsity counterparts.


Ottawa Glandorf wins top 10 showdown

ARCHBOLD, OH – 9th ranked Ottawa Glandorf traveled to Archbold to battle the 5th ranked Bluestreaks Tuesday night and emerged from the Thunderdome victorious 52-41 in non-league action.

Titan junior guard Erin Kaufman led all players in scoring in the game with a season high 18 markers and was feeling it early and often as she canned a pair of deep three pointers to put her team on top of host Archbold.

Entering this season Ottawa Glandorf had only ever connected on 10 or more three pointers one time, last season at home against Tinora. For the second time in three games the Titans hit that number from behind the arc as they combined for 10 at Archbold on Tuesday.

Trailing by a point at 17-16 with 4:04 to go in the opening period and with two of his starters in foul trouble Titan mentor Troy Yant elected to call a timeout to talk to his troops. Whatever Yant said to his ladies worked for the final half of the quarter as they blitzed to an 11-0 run before the break and a 27-17 halftime advantage.

Kaufman got the rally started with her third triple of the half to put her team on top 19-17 out of the stoppage. In addition to Kaufman’s three pointer the duo of Brianna Schimmoeller and Kasey Ellerbrock unleashed big shots to help push the lead before Erin herself ended the spree with a spinning layup off the glass for two.

While it was Andi Peterson who got the first shot from deep to go for Archbold in the first half, only Kamryn Hostetler would open the scoring for the Streaks in the third with her teams only other three pointer to keep her team within shouting range of OG.

Archbold connected on seven of eight free throws in the third and fourth quarters from Lily Krieger and Emie Peterson, but were never able to pull even with the visitors despite a big second half from senior Emie Peterson who hit for all 11 of her markers in that span.

In the final eight minutes the Titans got a balanced scoring effort off Archbold turnovers from Kaufman, Kadie Hempfling, and Ashley Schroeder to put their hosts away for the sixth straight meeting.

Archbold sees their record fall to 19-2 on the season with both losses coming to members of the Western Buckeye League (Defiance). The Bluestreaks will be back in action Thursday night as they do battle with Delta for the NWOAL title as both come into the game at 6-0 in conference play this season.

Ottawa Glandorf (19-2) has already clinched their third straight Western Buckeye League crown but will look to finish the season unbeaten in the WBL when they play host to the last team to beat them in conference play in the Wapakoneta Redskins on Thursday night to finish regular season play.


OG (52):

Ashley Schroeder 8
Kelsey Erford 3
Carri Johnson 2
Erin Kaufman 18
Brianna Schimmoeller 6
Kasey Ellerbrock 6
Kadie Hempfling 9

TO: 15
3PT: 10 (Kaufman 4, Schroeder 2, Schimmoeller 2, Ellerbrock 2)
FT: 2/5

Archbold (41):

Brooke Kohler 2
Emie Peterson 11
Andi Peterson 11
Kamryn Hostleter 7
Lily Krieger 8
Leah Hall 2

TO: 15
3PT: 2 (A. Peterson, Hostetler)
FT: 9/10

JV: Archbold 29-27


Titans clinch 3rd straight WBL title

KENTON, OH – Thursday night the Ottawa Glandorf Titans paired their own 43-33 victory at Kenton and a Wapakoneta victory over Defiance to be crowned outright Western Buckeye League champions for the second straight season and third overall title in a row.

OG jumped out to an 11-2 first quarter lead as they forced host Kenton into 10 turnovers but found themselves tied at 12-12 when Kenton connected on a pair of three pointers from Kori Barnett and Haylee Bushong.

Ashley Schroeder got Ottawa Glandorf on the board for the first time in the stanza with 4:52 when she hit one of two tosses from the free throw line and woke up a Titan offense that accounted for 11 points the rest of the way before the buzzer.

With freshman starter Kelsey Erford not available for the night it was Brianna Schimmoeller off the bench who provided the spark for OG as she stepped into a deep three in the second quarter, played solid defense and hit four key free throws to help secure her teams win in the fourth quarter.

Kenton’s only points in the second half came from the free throw line or from behind the arc. Having already shown they are able to connect from deep in an 18 three point night against Ada, the Wildcats showed off their love for the long ball in the second half as they utilized threes from Kori Barrett and freshman Jenna Manns to remain within striking distance of the Titans in the last eight minutes.

Free throws on the evening were also a saving grace for Kenton to keep them close to the visitors as they hit on 11 of 14 of their chances.

Kadie Hempfling led the Titans in scoring with a 13 point, 11 rebound, 6 assist, 8 steal performance in the victory. Despite forcing 27 turnovers by the Wildcats on the night the Titans gave the ball away 22 times themselves and connected on 6 of 10 from the line.

Kenton falls to 13-6 overall and 4-4 in WBL play with the loss and will next be in action on Saturday afternoon when they travel to take on Waynesfield-Goshen. The Wildcats were led in scoring by Kori Barrett with 11.

Ottawa Glandorf moves to 18-2 on the year and 8-0 in Western Buckeye League contests where they have now won 18 consecutive contests. The Titans will travel to Archbold on Tuesday night to wrap up non-conference play against as they take on the state ranked Blue Streaks.


OG (43):

Ashley Schroeder 5
Carri Johnson 8
Erin Kaufman 2
Brianna Schimmoeller 9
Kasey Ellerbrock 6
Kadie Hempfling 13

FT: 6/10
3PT: 5 (Ellerbrock 2, Johnson, Schimmoeller, Hempfling)
TO: 22

Kenton (33):

Ellie Miller 2
Sidney Plott 5
Kori Barrett 11
Haylee Bushong 3
Layne Taylor 4
Lindsey Smith 2
Jenna Manns 6

FT: 11/14
3PT: 6 (Barrett 3, Manns 2, Bushong)
TO: 27

JV: OG 37-27


Titans rain 3’s on Patriots

OTTAWA, OH – Ottawa Glandorf began their night by recognizing their seniors but it was a strong effort by their underclass teammates that helped the Titans brush aside Patrick Henry 66-32 Tuesday night.

On the evening the home team exploded to hit 13 shots from behind the arc (just one shy of the Putnam County record in a game) from the hands of six different players. In the opening minutes senior Carri Johnson and the junior duo of Kasey Ellerbrock and Erin Kaufman knocked down three pointers to give the Titans a quick 17-4 advantage.

As good as OG was on the defensive end and beyond the arc in the first they were nearly as lethal on both ends in the second period as Ellerbrock and Johnson struck again from outside to help push the Titan lead out further. Defensively the Titans seniors of Kadie Hempfling and Mackenzie Meyer helped to facilitate run outs and baskets for Ottawa Glandorf.

Junior guard Ashley Schroeder led the scoring barrage for the WBL leaders in the second stanza as she hit for 10 of her game high 16 points to help push her team to the break with a 40-13 mark.

In the third quarter the visiting Patriots hit for one of their two shots from behind the arc on the evening, a deep wing shot from sophomore Audrey Sonnenberg but were held to just seven quarter markers as turnovers continued to hound the squad from getting good looks at baskets.

Leah Johns, a senior who will play college softball at Adrian College made her mark in the final eight minutes for Patrick Henry as she tossed in all six of her points as the Titans had begun to sub out their starters and key reserves.

Kadie Hempfling led the OG overall attack as she finished with 11 points, 12 rebounds, 5 steals but it was the duo of Schroeder and Johnson who lead the scoring on the evening as they totaled 28 of the teams points.

For Johnson the game was not only a season high in points with 12, but also in three pointers as knocked down a trio of deep three pointers and eclipsed her previous season high of 9 that came in a December 30th win at Liberty Benton.

Patrick Henry (6-13) ended the night with 8 points as their high mark from sophomore Callie Seedorf. The Patriots will be on the road again Thursday night in NWOAL play at Evergreen and will begin their tournament run on February 21st in Lincolnview against Crestview.

Ottawa Glandorf (17-2) will begin their tournament contests on February the 24th in Bluffton as they take on either Lima Central Catholic or Perry. The Titans are on the road this Thursday night at Kenton as they look to wrap up at least a share of the Western Buckeye League for the third consecutive season and win their 18th straight league game.


OG (66):

Ashley Schroeder 16
Kelsey Erford 3
Carri Johnson 12
Paige Sutter 1
Erin Kaufman 9
Mackenzie Meyer 3
Kasey Ellerbrock 9
Kadie Hempfling 11
Jasmine Rich 2

3PT: 13 (A. Schroeder 3, Johnson 3, K. Ellerbrock 3, Kaufman 2, Erford, Meyer)
FT: 5/15
TO: 13

Patrick Henry (32):

Audrey Sonnenberg 3
Katelyn Drewes 5
Faith Frania 4
Abby Carrizales 5
Callie Seedorf 8
Leah Johns 6
Kayla Prigge 1

3PT: 2 (Sonnenberg, Drewes)
FT: 4/5
TO: 35

JV: OG 40-19


Titans bounce back, stay unbeaten in league play

OTTAWA, OH – After suffering their first loss in ten games on Saturday, the OG Titans bounced back in their next game up on Thursday night at home and handed visiting Defiance their first Western Buckeye League loss of the season 46-35.

Just days after being held scoreless for the first time in 46 games, OG guard Erin Kaufman burst out in a big way in the first half against Defiance. The junior accounted for 8 of her team high 16 points in the first half and helped contribute to her teams transition defense with a handful of rebounds and assists setting up teammates for scores off of Bulldog miscues.

In the first quarter the Titans blitzed out to a 14-4 lead and saw their run punctuated by a three from senior Carri Johnson that forced the visitors to use their second timeout in the period.

Trailing 16-4 to begin the second quarter the Defiance offense turned to Ursuline College signee Emily Poling. Poling, a 2nd team WBL selection last season knocked down a pair of deep wing three pointers and finished the stanza with 10 of her game high 18 points to help pull her team within 27-19 at the halftime break.

Entering play Thursday night Defiance turned the basketball over an average of 13.2 points per game, a stat Ottawa Glandorf looked to take their best shot at. On their first four possessions of the third quarter the Bulldogs were hounded into four straight turnovers and five in their first six half possessions. For the evening Defiance ended with 23 miscues. OG quickly worked the basketball ahead to the duo of Kadie Hempfling, and Kaufman who scored fast break layups on run outs and helped the Titans build their lead back to double digits.

Despite shooting just 1/11 from beyond the arc in the first 16 minutes of the contest the Titans found their stroke in the third period as Kaufman drained a pair of shots from deep to put OG ahead by 13 at the quarter stoppage.

Morgan Wityk and Caroline Turner scored 5 points in the third quarter for Defiance, the Bulldogs only points in that time frame but as was the case in the second stanza the visitors turned to Emily Poling in the last eight minutes for their scoring.

Poling drained a pair of three pointers and ended the night as the games leading scorer, but it was too little too late for the Bulldogs as they would suffer their first conference loss of the season and 9th straight at the hands of the Titans.

Defiance (15-2, 6-1) saw their 15 game winning streak snapped and suffered their first loss since November 24th, 2017 when they fell in their season opener to Napoleon. The Bulldogs will be off until next Thursday night when they welcome Wapak to town and look to stay alone in second place in the WBL.

Ottawa Glandorf (16-2, 7-0) the 9th ranked team in Division 3 in the latest AP Polls this week has now won 17 straight conference games and 22 straight home games at the Supreme Court. OG will see their next contest be a non-league visit from Elida district tournament mate Patrick Henry on Tuesday at 7:30pm.


OG (46):

Ashley Schroeder 6
Kelsey Erford 2
Carri Johnson 3
Paige Sutter 6
Erin Kaufman 16
Kadie Hempfling 13

FT: 7/15
3PT: 3 (Kaufman 2, Johnson)
TO: 12

Defiance (35):

Morgan Wityk 3
Tammy Aguilera 2
Caroline Turner 7
Emily Poling 18
Carlee Smiddy 1
Kennedy Replogle 4

FT: 2/5
3PT: 5 (Poling 4, Wityk)
TO: 23

JV: OG 33-10


Spartans shock Titans

LIMA, OH – Saturday afternoon at Lima Senior High School the Lady Spartans pulled off their biggest win of the season as they defeated #3 state ranked Ottawa Glandorf 51-47.

For Lima Senior a pair of juniors in Taja Oglesbee and Talor Washington combined to score 27 of the teams points in the game and helped put the game away in the fourth quarter from the free throw line. In the first quarter it was Washington who put the Spartans on top for the first time at 8-5 as she knocked down a shot from behind the line with 3:50 remaining in the period.

Leading 14-13 after the first quarter the home team added a pair of triples from Washington and freshman point guard Nakiya Sigman to put the Titans on their heels. Ottawa Glandorf was led in the period from the free throw line by Kadie Hempfling who connected on all four of her tries and helped to pull the Titans back to even at 21-21 with just seconds remaining before Sigman canned a three pointer at the buzzer to put LSH on top 24-21 at the halftime break.

In the first half Ottawa Glandorf found their shots few and far between, but found them much easier to come by in the third stanza as they utilized scoring from four different players including a three pointer from freshman Kelsey Erford to put them ahead 35-31 heading to the final eight minutes.

The fourth quarter would see many lead changes between the two teams occur before the final buzzer. Ottawa Glandorf hit a pair of three pointers from Hempfling and Brianna Schimmoeller but were unable to keep up with the scoring output from Oglesbee who accounted for a pair of three pointers and a 4/4 effort from the line in the end.

Late in the period the visiting Titans pulled within 1 but were unable to take the lead as Destiny McDonald was successful on a three point play to put her squad back on top for good.

Free throw shooting played a big part in the final result of the contest as OG finished 9/14 from the line while their opponents went 14/16.

Lima Senior (8-10) stops a two-game losing streak with the win and will take on Toledo Whitmer on Thursday night. Taja Oglesbee led the Spartans with 17 points and was joined in double figures by Nakiya Sigman (13) and Talor Washington (10).

Ottawa Glandorf (15-2) will return to Western Buckeye League play for a meeting with fellow conference unbeaten Defiance on Thursday night. The Titans were paced by Kadie Hempfling who tallied 21 points and 18 rebounds.


Lima Senior (51):

Ajohlon Bullock 2
Nakiya Sigman 13
Taja Oglesbee 17
Destiny McDonald 7
Talor Washington 10
Cheyanne Bean 2

OG (47):

Ashley Schroeder 6
Kelsey Erford 9
Paige Sutter 2
Brianna Schimmoeller 6
Peyton Warnecke 2
Kadie Hempfling 21

JV: 49-35 OG
Freshman: 27-12 OG