OTTAWA, OH – A monumental night for Ottawa Glandorf senior Kadie Hempfling started early in the first half when she became just the fourth Titan to record 1,000 career points but ended when her team secured a 47-37 win against visiting Bath.
Hempfling entered the night with 994 career points and wasted no time adding to that total as she connected on a three point goal from the wing for the first points of the game. Entering the second quarter with her total now raised to 999 thanks to a pair of free throws the BGSU Falcon to be again dialed up a triple to put her team on top and herself into the OG history books with point 1,002. Not to be out done however the Bath offense quickly hurried the ball up the court and buried a three of their own to take the lead back before play was stopped to honor the Titan seniors accomplishment.
With the Titans trailing 19-18 with 3:03 remaining in the opening half it was again Hempfling who would provide the OG spark as she hit on 1 of 2 from the free throw line to tie the contest at 19-19. Behind a strong quarter from the duo of Kennedy Fagan and Chandler Clark the Wildcats pushed their halftime advantage to 27-22 at the buzzer on a missed free throw put back by Lindsey Singhaus.
Similar to the performance they put on defensively against Columbus Grove, the Titan defense took over in the second half as they held Bath to just one basket from the field, a make by Elyssabette Andrews in the middle of the games penultimate period.
Ottawa Glandorf took the lead on two different possessions in the third as Ashley Schroeder and Paige Sutter each dropped in shots to give their team a 31-29 advantage with 2:34 to go.
Chandler Clark and Lindsey Singhaus were nearly perfect from the free throw line in the second half as the duo attempted to keep the Wildcats close by connecting on 8 of 10 tosses.
Five different players found their way into the Titans scorebook in the final 16 minutes of the contest led by Hempfling who hit for a dozen of her 27 points in the fourth quarter. OG was led in rebounding by the duo of Paige Sutter (12), and Hempfling (11).
For the game the Titans finished 18/55 from the field while holding their opponents to 10/33 field goal shooting. Turnovers were also in the home teams favor as they committed just 4 on the night while Bath gave the basketball away 10 times.
Bath (9-2, 2-1) who were outscored 25-10 in the final two periods will travel to Ottoville on Tuesday night to take on unbeaten Ottoville. The Wildcats were led in scoring by Clark who ended the night 6/8 from the free throw line in addition to her second quarter three pointer.
OG (11-1, 3-0) was led by Hempfling who tied her career high of 27 points set last season against Kenton. The Titans will travel to Van Wert next Thursday night to continue Western Buckeye League play.
In joining the 1,000 point club at Ottawa Glandorf, Hempfling became the second player to accomplish the feat against Bath as she joins former teammate and OG third all-time leading scorer Kylie White who accomplished the feat against the WBL foe during last seasons tournament run at Paulding.
Ottawa Glandorf’s other two 1,000 point scorers consist of Sandy (Buddlemeyer) White who ended her career from 1986-89 with 1059, and current University of Michigan assistant Melanie (Halker) Moore who finished in 1995 with 1,204 markers.
Ashley Schroeder 2
Kelsey Erford 4
Paige Sutter 5
Erin Kaufman 6
Brianna Schimmoeller 3
Kadie Hempfling 27
3PT: 4/14 (Hempfling 2, Erford, Schimmoeller)
REB: 38 (Sutter 12, Hempfling 10)
Kennedy Fagan 5
Jaidyn Hale 3
Lindsey Singhaus 7
Tori Dackin 2
Chandler Clark 9
Ruby Bolon 2
Kaleigh Ketcham 3
Elyssabette Andrews 6
3PT: 4/15 (Clark, Hale, Fagan, Ketcham)
REB: 29 (Singhaus 8)
JV Game: OG 56 Bath 45
Video of Hempfling 1,000th point:
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