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West sweeps D8 games

ELIDA, OH – Two differently played games ended with the same result, a West victory on Monday evening inside the Elida Fieldhouse.

Game one of the night not only featured the All-Stars of Divisions 1-3 but also a little bit of everything throughout the course of the two twenty minute long halves.

The East stars jumped in front and stayed in the lead early on with the use of deep three pointers from the group of Kori Barrett (Kenton), Ellie Miller (Kenton), Brittney Haas (Findlay), Emily Heiman (Findlay), and the hometown girl Shyah Wheeler of Elida.

Early on the only point the West was able to muster came from the free throw line on a make by St. Marys Makenna Mele to cut into the East 4-0 lead with nearly 6 minutes gone off the clock.

In the second half the West’s inside-outside game helped to pull the lead to within a couple of points and nearly into the lead on a couple of Sydney Cisco (St. Marys) deep triples.

With 8:42 left in the second half a runner from Crestview senior Paige Motycka gave her team their first advantage at 39-38. Motycka would strike again after a pair of East three point goals from Miller and Bath’s Jaidyn Hale on her only other make from the field to tie the ballgame at 43-43.

Wapakoneta’s Sarah Pothast, the games leading scorer dropped in the final marker to give her team a 47-46 win on the offensive end with under a minute while Shawnee’s Alissa Stahler blocked away a final East offering on the defensive end to secure the victory.

Scoring:

West
Sarah Pothast (Wapak) 15
Lexi Jacobs (Wapak) 2
Alissa Stahler (Shawnee) 6
Emily Poling (Defiance) 3
Makenna Mele (St Marys) 5
Sydney Cisco (St Marys) 12 (4 3’s)
Paige Motycka (Crestview) 4

3PT: 6 (Cisco 4, Pothast, Poling)
FT: 1/4

Playing but not scoring: Cassidy Meyers (Van Wert)

Not able to participate: Kourtney Diller (Coldwater), Kadie Hempfling (Ottawa Glandorf)

East
Lindsey Singhaus (Bath) 2
Jaidyn Hale (Bath) 6
Kori Barrett (Kenton) 6
Ellie Miller (Kenton) 11
Brittney Haas (Findlay) 3
Emily Heiman (Findlay) 6
Shyah Wheeler (Elida) 12

3PT: 12 (Wheeler 3, Hale 2, Barrett 2, Miller 2, Heiman 2, Haas)
FT: 1/2

Playing but not scoring: Bette Andrews (Bath), Alexa Lenhart (L. Benton)

Not able to participate: Kennedy Fagan (Bath)

Game two involved the stars of the Division 4 world and featured one team putting up a big offensive performance as the West rolled to a 77-47 victory paced by a pair of Midwest Athletic Conference stars.

Leading 33-30 at the halftime break the West rolled to a 44-17 second half of play and finished with 3 players in double figures in the win.

Fort Recovery’s Grace Thien and Taylor Kogge of the State Champion Minster Wildcats each dropped in 19 points apiece to lead their West squad while teammate and future University of Michigan Volleyball standout Paige Jones joined the duo in double figures as she notched 11. Thien was the big three point shooter on the evening as she notched 5 triples in the contest.

Kogge finished the game shooting 8/10 from the field and ended with just one miss each from inside and outside the three point arc on her way to play for Ohio Northern University at the next level.

Ridgemont’s Priscilla Howland led the East squad on the evening with 16 points and was the lone member of her team in double figures.

Scoring:

West
Sarah Klausing (Kalida) 2
Grace Thien (Ft. Rec) 19 (5 3’s)
Carley Stone (Ft. Rec) 6
CJ Kemper (Ottoville) 4
Paige Jones (N. Bremen) 11
Taylor Kogge (Minster) 19
Alli Fischer (Minster) 4
Kara Evers (M. Local) 9
Amber Miller (Ottoville) 3

3PT: 12 (Thien 5, Kogge 3, Jones 3, Miller)
FT: 1/3

Not available: Bridget Landin (OV), Kierra Meyer (Leipsic), Heather Lammers (Leipsic)

East
Anney Archer (Ada) 2
Aubrey Biederman (W-Goshen) 8
Amanda Clymer (Vanlue) 8
Priscilla Howland (Ridgemont) 16
Emma Saltzman (Arcadia) 4
Meadow Cromer (Ridgemont) 3
Lauren Schroeder (C. Grove) 4
Kayla Fergueson (P. Gilboa) 2

Playing but not scoring: Maddie Gossard (Ada)

Not available to play: Carlee McCluer (C. Grove)

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Titans remain unbeaten

OTTAWA, OH – Wednesday night Ottawa Glandorf found themselves facing an undefeated opponent and for the second straight contest the Titans were able to defeat that team to keep their own record unblemished as they downed visiting Liberty Benton 45-38 in front of a capacity crowd at Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium.

With their win the Titans move to 8-0 and will travel down Route 65 on Thursday evening to tussle with 7-0 Columbus Grove in a non-league affair.

Liberty Benton (7-1) jumped out to an early first quarter lead as Sophomore Savanah Richards dropped in six of her twelve points on the evening and the Eagles defense forced OG into a handful of turnovers.

Trailing 13-8 entering the second period the Titans turned to their own Sophomore point guard Erin Kaufman who continued her strong play this season by connecting on a three pointer and setting up a pair of fast break buckets for her teammates. Kylie White’s bucket and subsequent foul shot helped OG extend their advantage to two before Devon Warnecke’s free throws gave her team a 21-17 lead at the halftime stoppage.

Five Eagles scored a combined ten points in the games penultimate quarter, but it was White again who found herself as the biggest force on the court as she accounted for seven of game high 15 points and gave the home squad a 36-27 lead after three periods.

Jensen Hiegel hit on five of her six free throw attempts and was good for seven points in the final eight minutes, but wasn’t enough as the Titans despite making just seven of their twelve charity tosses came away with the victory.

In twenty four matchups between the two programs each has now won 12, and OG has been victorious in the last three meetings.

Nate Irwin’s Eagles are off until 2017 when they travel to WBL territory to take on the Wapak Redskins on January 3rd.

Box Score:

OG (45):
Devon Warnecke 2
Erin Kaufman 9
Lexi Schroeder 7
Kylie White 15
Kadie Hempfling 12

FT: 12/20
TO: 14

Liberty Benton (38):
Savanah Richards 12
Caitlin Elseser 6
Alissa Rhodes 5
Alexa Lenhart 2
Jensen Hiegel 13

FT: 9/12
TO: 19

JV: Liberty Benton 40-33

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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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Titans close out 2015 with win

FINDLAY, OH – Behind a career high 14 points from Devon Warnecke and a second straight 20 point output from Kylie White the OG Titans defeated the Liberty Benton Eagles in Wednesday night’s non-conference matchup 56-52.

A pair of second quarter three pointers from Warnecke would give her 6 in the first half as OG pulled even with the Eagles at 19 with just seconds remaining in the opening half. Liberty Benton Junior Jensen Hiegel’s successful free throw with 1.2 seconds remaining put the home team on top 20-19 heading into the halftime break.

Senior PG Dani Ellerbrock got Ottawa Glandorf on the board in the third quarter as she picked up four of her 14 points in the game, but was forced to sit for the latter stages of the period when she picked up her fourth foul of the contest. Warnecke again stepped up huge for the Titans as she buried a triple and connected on a pair of free throws to help the visitors to a 13/30 shooting performance in the middle two quarters and a 36-34 lead going into the final stanza.

Ottawa Glandorf led most of the fourth quarter and pushed their advantage to double digits midway through behind an 8/9 output from the line from Warnecke and 11 from White before the Eagles began to cut into the lead. Three players scored for LB in the final period as Hiegel and Nicolette Devincentis poured in 16 points to keep things interesting in the final battle of 2015.

Despite cutting the lead to 4, the Eagles were not able to get any closer as a Devincentis three provided the final four point margin of victory for Ottawa Glandorf.

With the win the Titans improve their record to 9-1 on the year and will next travel to Perrysburg on Tuesday and Celina on Thursday night. Both games can be heard live on Zsportslive.com

Liberty Benton sees their record fall to 4-3 overall and will play host on Tuesday to Wapak before jumping into conference play by welcoming Arlington to town on Thursday.

Scoring:

OG (56):

Devon Warnecke 14
Carri Johnson 2
Dani Ellerbrock 14
Mackenzie Meyer 2
Kylie White 20
Lexie Schroeder 6

TO: 17
FG: 18/37

Liberty Benton (52):

Krista Simon 3
Savanah Richards 14
Jensen Hiegel 19
Nicolette Devincentis 16

TO: 18
FG: 14/32

JV: Liberty Benton 36-17

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Boys District 8 All-Star Game Results

ELIDA, OHIO – Last years District 8 All-Star Games were about dunks, this year the games were about three pointers as only 4 dunks were thrown down Tuesday night.

In the first game of the night, the Division 1/2/3 game the West came away with a 98-96 win and avenged last seasons 150-97 loss to the East. Shawnee Indian product Jaquan Tucker (West) led all scorers in the contest with 40 points, including 6 three pointers. Not to be outdone however, the East’s Elijah Pughsley (Lima Senior) scored 35 points of his own including 10 shots from behind the arc in his last game close to home before jettisoning off to play his college ball at Western Carolina.

Combined in the contest the two squads combined to connect on 31 shots from behind the arc, 15 for the West and 16 for the East. Evan Prenger of St. Henry scored 18 in the contest as he connected on 6 three pointers and was followed closely by Katwan Singleton of the State Champion Defiance Bulldogs with 17 points for Celina Coach Chris Bihn’s Western squad. Ryan Hoyng, the Western Buckeye League Player of the Year was the only other player to finish in double figures as he netted 11 markers.

Blanchard Valley Conference Coach of the Year Ben Gerken (Liberty Benton) was the mentor of the East squad and finished with three players outside of Pughsley in double figures as Austin Phillips (Kenton) had 20, Jon Daegar (LB) tossed in 19, and Elida’s Austin Allemeir delighted the home fans with 12 points in his last contest at the Fieldhouse.

Scoring:

West (98):

Connor Holliday (Van Wert) 3
Evan Prenger (St. Henry) 18
Jaquan Tucker (Shawnee) 40
Logan Delong (Celina) 4
Ryan Hoyng (Celina) 11
Katwan Singleton (Defiance) 17
Quinn Zaerr (St. Marys) 5

Playing but not scoring: Grant Laffin (Celina)
Not able to make it: Tanner Bates (Parkway), Adam Henderson (Wapak)

East (96):

Levi Kistler (Bluffton) 2
Austin Allemeir (Elida) 12
Elijah Pughsley (Lima Senior)35
Draeton Fasone (Van Buren) 6
Clark Etzler (Elida) 2
Austin Phillips (Kenton) 20
Jon Daegar (Liberty Benton) 19

Playing but not scoring: Ilias Wright (Lima Senior)
Not able to make it: Jake Williams (LCC)

Last season it was the first game that was the blowout of the two contests, this year it would prove to be the second as the East romped to a 105-77 win in the Division 4 contest led by 16 points each from New Bremen’s Carson Manger and Lincolnview’s Justis Dowdy.

With their head coaches in Aaron Elwer (Delphos St. Johns), and Kurt Goettemoeller (Marion Local) in charge, a pair of Bluejays (Andy Grothaus/Alex Odenweller) and a pair of Flyers (Luke Knapke/Ryan Bruns) would have a big night as the four players combined for 40 of their squads points on the night.

Knapke, a 6’10 center headed to play his college ball at the University of Toledo would also set the tone inside as he was responsible for a pair of eye popping slam dunks in the contest en route to 15 points and double digit rebounds.

Jace Darbyshire, the NWC and PCL Player of the Year, and the Perry Commodores all-time leading scorer Jared Poling would each finish with 13 points to lead the West who were coached by Nick Latta (McComb), and Jason Vermillion (Arlington) in scoring in the loss.

16 three pointers found their way through the nets for each side in the contest, led by four from the East’s Manger (headed to Lake Superior State University).

Scoring:

East (105):

Andy Grothaus (DSJ) 11
Alex Odenweller (DSJ) 4
Devin Kortokrax (Kalida) 10
Justis Dowdy (Lincolnview) 16
Carson Manger (New Bremen) 16
Andrew Arnett (New Knoxville) 8
Brandt Landin (Ottoville) 10
Luke Knapke (Marion Local) 15
Ryan Bruns (Marion Local) 10
Matthew Trushaw (Minster) 2

West (77):

Jace Darbyshire (Columbus Grove) 13
Austin Smith (Vanlue) 6
Aaron Starr (Arlington) 7
Grant McBride (Ada) 2
Trey Hanes (McComb) 7
Clay Grubb (McComb) 10
Markus Howell (Temple Christian) 5
Matthew Alspach (Cory Rawson) 11
Jared Poling (Perry) 13
Colin Fenstermaker (Pandora Gilboa) 2

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East/West split Girls D8 game wins

ELIDA, OHIO – Monday night was one last opportunity for some Senior ladies to hit the high school hardwood one final time at the Elida Fieldhouse in the 39th annual District 8 Coaches Association All-Star Games.

In the first game of the night the Division 1-2-3 girls took the court with the East team coached by Liberty Benton mentor Nate Irwin came away with a 67-65 win over LCC coach Katie Krieg’s West squad. Game 2 featured the Division 4 All-Stars and was a runaway result with the West winning by a 70-36 margin.

Future Wright State Raider Katie Simon (Liberty Benton) continued a big couple of days shooting the basketball in All-Star games (17 the day before in the BVC/PCL All-Star game in Findlay) as she knocked down 7 from behind the arc en route to a game high 23 points. For her efforts Simon was rewarded with player of the game honors. Joining Simon in double figures were Carly Clum (Allen East), Abby Waddle (Elida), and Rachel Evans (Shawnee) all with 13 apiece.

The West squad was led in scoring by Wapak’s Megan Watt who tossed in 4 triples of her own en route to a team high 15 points. Wapak teammate Carly Buzzard added 10 points and was the only other player in double figures in the loss.

Scoring:

East (67):

Carly Clum (Allen East) 13
Abby Waddle (Elida) 13
Rachel Evans (Shawnee) 13
Lauren Kotey (Liberty Benton) 3
Maryssa Herschler (Shawnee) 4
Katie Simon (Liberty Benton) 23

3’s (14): Clum 2, Waddle 3, Evans 2, Simon 7

On the roster but not able to make the game: Alyssa Manley (Bath), Cassie Best (Bath), Bri Smith (Bath), Imara Haynes (Lima Senior)

West (65):

Megan Watt (Wapak) 15
Hannah Bruns (Coldwater) 8
Sarah Kanney (Coldwater) 9
Brooke Welsch (Coldwater) 6
Sydney Santaguida (LCC) 2
Kayla Verhoff (LCC) 3
Erin Morrow (Van Wert) 5
Carly Buzzard (Wapak) 10
Alexis Dowdy (Van Wert) 7

Playing but not scoring: Lauren Schrag (Defiance)

3’s (10): Watt 4, Kanney 3, Verhoff, Morrow, Buzzard

The West jumped out to an early lead in the Division 4 game and never looked back as they led 39-18 after the first 20:00 half and walked away with a 70-36 win to the delight of their two head coaches in Dan Grouthaus of Delphos St. Johns and Adam Huber of Kalida.

Mackenzie Riggenbach of Crestview led the victorious West squad in scoring with a game high 13 points and was joined in scoring by Knights teammate and 1,000 point prep scorer Lindsey Motycka who finished with 8 points in her last contest at the Fieldhouse before heading north to play her college ball at Lourdes University just outside of Toledo. Allie Thobe, the Midwestern Athletic Conference Player of the Year added 10 points to join Riggenbach as the only two players in double figures.

A pair of players from the Blanchard Valley Conference in Arlington’s Hannah Johnson and the BVC Player of the Year in Arcadia’s Molly Glick finished with 10 points each for coaches Gary Kreinbrink of Leipsic and Bill Tafflinger of Ada in the loss.

Scoring:

West:

Julia Thatcher (Lincolnview) 8
Allie Thobe (Marion Local) 10
Logan Arnold (Minster) 8
Alexis Wuebker (Minster) 9
Lindsey Motycka (Crestview) 8
Annie Lindeman (Ottoville) 3
Mackenzie Riggenbach (Crestview) 13
Tori Lennartz (Fort Recovery) 5
Meg Reineke (New Knoxville) 8

3’s (11): Arnold, Wuebker 2, Motycka, Lindeman, Riggenbach 3, Lennartz, Reineke

Playing but not scoring: Bridget Culp (Delphos Jefferson), Jackie Gardner (Kalida)

East (36):

Alexis Ambrugey (Ada) 2
Hannah Johnson (Arlington) 10
Megan Ritter (Cory Rawson) 4
Molly Glick (Arcadia) 10
Shay Moorman (Leipsic) 2
Kelly Nadler (Leipsic) 8

3’s (4): Johnson 2, Glick, Nadler

Playing but not scoring: Tori Wyss (Ada), Lindsey Walden (Ada), Kendra Tuttle (Cory Rawson)

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BVC posts All-Star sweep

FINDLAY, OHIO – The first annual Blanchard Valley Conference vs Putnam County League All-Star game took place on Sunday afternoon at the University of Findlay’s Croy Gymnasium and both the BVC boys and girls walked away with wins.

Molly Glick, an Arcadia product headed to play her college ball at Northern Kentucky University led the BVC girls with 19 points and was one of three players in double figures in their squad’s 78-55 win. Shay Moorman of Leipsic, the PCL player of the year led her team with 15.

Arcadia players had a good night during the set of games as Josh Ireland scored 24 points and began the game with an emphatic dunk as his league posted their first victory in the series 107-91. Adam Niese of Miller City led the PCL with 21 points.

Girls scoring:

BVC (78):

Hailey Buck (McComb) 10
Lauren Kotey (Liberty Benton) 7
Hannah Johnson (Arlington) 5
Megan Ritter (Cory Rawson) 9
Nichole Miller (Van Buren) 2
Kendra Tuttle (Cory Rawson) 9
Katie Simon (Liberty Benton) 17
Molly Glick (Arcadia) 19

3’s (6) – Buck 3, Tuttle 2, Simon

PCL (55):

Jenna Calvelege (Ft. Jennings) 3
Jackie Gardner (Kalida) 2
McKenna Scott (Continental) 3
Shalynn Moorman (Leipsic) 15
Kelly Nadler (Leipsic) 4
Becca Endicott (Columbus Grove) 12
Gabby Clippenger (Ft. Jennings) 6
Annie Lindeman (Ottoville) 10

3’s (7): Calvelege, Moorman 2, Clippenger 2, Lindeman 2

Boys Scoring:

BVC (107):

Matthew Alspach (Cory Rawson) 15
Trey Hanes (McComb) 9
Lane Bishop (North Baltimore) 4
B.J. Lawson (Liberty Benton) 5
Draeton Fasone (Van Buren) 10
Aaron Starr (Arlington) 10
Jon Dager (Liberty Benton) 13
Josh Ireland (Arcadia) 24
Clay Grubb (McComb) 8
Ryan Lommerse (Hopewell-Loudon) 9

3’s (17): Alspach 3, Hanes, Bishop, Lawson, Fasone 2, Starr 2, Dager 2, Ireland 4, Lommerse

PCL (91):

Gabe Williams (Continental) 13
Tyler Roby (Ottoville) 5
Brandt Landin (Ottoville) 10
Joey Warnecke (Columbus Grove) 4
Jared Snyder (Miller City) 10
Austin Kehres (Ft. Jennings) 2
Devin Kortokrax (Kalida) 17
Adam Drummelsmith (Miller City) 9
Adam Niese (Miller City) 21

3’s (4): Williams, Roby, Drummelsmith, Niese

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St Henry, LCC move on

ADA, OHIO – The matchup that basketball fans across the state have been waiting for will come to fruition Saturday night at Ohio Northern University’s King Horn Center when the St. Henry Redskins tangle with the defending state champion LCC T-Birds as both teams were victorious in their Semifinal matchups on Thursday night. LCC took the first game of the doubleheader 52-49 over Coldwater while the Redskins downed Liberty Benton 51-31 in the nightcap.

LCC got their offensive attack going just :49 into the contest as a layup by Tre Cobbs found the way to the bottom of the net, but Coldwater quickly tied the game just seconds later as 6’8 Junior Andy Brunet connected on a basket for his squad. Cobbs would find himself with the T-Birds first two buckets and leading at 5-2 on the teams ensuing possession as he connected on a shot from behind the arc. Following a rebound by Cobbs near the end of the quarter, LCC pushed their lead to 15-9 on a triple by leading scorer Dantez Walton.

Aided by 10 points in the second quarter from Josh Dixon the defending D3 champs found themselves with a 31-20 halftime lead. Coldwater shot 9/23 in the first half and utilized a pair of three pointers from deep on the wing by Ted Fisher to keep the LCC lead in the low double digits despite turning the ball over five times and only being able to force one turnover in the opening half.

Coldwater (12-12) would outscore LCC (22-2) 13-12 in the games penultimate stanza and have the lead cut to just 4 at 35-31 with a Derek Thobe triple at the 2:31 mark of the quarter before. LCC would add 8 points in the final two minutes as they utilized a three pointer by Garrett Thomas, a 6’0 Senior as well as 5 points by Cobbs to go into the 4th leading 43-33.

Defensively the Cavaliers would play one of their best quarters of the season in the last 8:00 as they held LCC to 0 points from the field. With the defense tightening up however it was the T-Birds who would utilize the free throw line that had been so kind to the Cavaliers up to that point and connect on 9/11 opportunities en route to the win. Following a made free throw by Cobbs that gave his team a 52-49 lead with :03 left, Coldwater’s Derek Thobe missed a heave from halfcourt as time expired.

Scoring:

LCC (52):

Dantez Walton 8
Jake Williams 5
Tre Cobbs 17
Nick Taflinger 4
Josh Dixon 13
Garrett Thomas 3
Cam White 2

FG: 17/46 (37%)
3: 4/17 (23.5%)
FT: 14/19 (73.7%)
Reb: 28 (10 offensive – J. Williams 7)
Fouls: 14
Ast: 10 (Cobbs 4)
TO: 7
Blk: 4 (Walton 3)
Stl: 7 (Cobbs 3)

Coldwater (49):

Ted Fisher 6
Andy Brunet 14
Derek Thobe 10
Aaron Harlamert 13
Dylan Thobe 4
Malave Bettinger 2

FG: 17/38 (44.7%)
3: 3/14 (21.4%)
FT: 12/17 (70.6%)
Reb: 28 (6 offensive – Fisher 6)
Fouls: 15
Ast: 13 (Harlamert 5)
TO: 11
Blk: 1 (Brunet)
Stl: 3 (Brunet, De. Thobe, Bettinger)

St. Henry got a measure of revenge in their game with Liberty Benton as the Eagles knocked them out of last seasons tournament in the Districts 57-34. This season the Redskins got off to a quick 4-0 lead with baskets by Ryan Mikesell and Mitchel Stammen before LB could even get off their first shot of the game.

With the score tied at 13 and just :04 seconds left on the clock, St. Henry’s Jesse Niekamp came up with a steal and raced to the opposite side of the court to hit a layup that beat the buzzer to send his team into the period break leading 15-13. Anthony Masterlasco, a 1st team BVC selection this season as a Sophomore scored 6 of his 12 points in the quarter for Liberty Benton.

Five points is all the LB offense would be able to muster in the second quarter as the Redskins defense turned up their intensity forcing the Eagles into 8 turnovers and 1/5 shooting from beyond the arc to lead 30-20 at the half. Mikesell was held to 13 points in the contest on 5/11 shooting but tossed in 7 of his points in the stanza, including a three pointer deep from the wing to help keep his squad on top going into the half. Liberty Benton was held scoreless in the quarter for 3:43 between baskets by Masterlasco and Nathan Craft.

Mitch Stammen was brilliant from the free throw line in the second half for the Redskins as he connected on 8/8 tosses from the charity stripe (he shot 10/10 overall from the line in the game). Jesse Niekamp and Mikesell combined to shoot 3/5 from the free throw line as well and helped St. Henry to a 41-26 lead after three quarters.

Jesse Niekamp became the third player for his team to get into double figures as he connected on a layup with 5:54 remaining that gave him his 11th point of the game, and his team a 47-29 advantage. Liberty Benton’s only make from the field in the fourth quarter came on a three pointer Senior Tyler Vorst. Only Jackson Logsdon would put points up for the Eagles in the last period other than the aforementioned three pointer from Vorst as he connected on a pair of free throws with 3:31 left. The charity tosses by Logsdon also proved to be the final points of the contest as St. Henry picked up the win 51-31.

Liberty Benton’s season comes to an end at 18-6 while the Redskins are now 22-2 and will play LCC on Saturday at 7pm at ONU in a game that will be broadcast live on WKKI K94.3fm and online at www.k943.com

Ryan Mikesell who finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the game added another award to his long list of accolades after the game as it was announced that he has been named as the Division 3 Northwest District Player of the Year. Joining Mikesell on the NW District team is teammate and Honorable Mention selection Mitch Stammen.

Scoring:

St. Henry (51):

Caleb Bender 2
Mitch Stammen 16 (10-10 free throws)
Evan Prenger 5
Ryan Mikesell 13
Jesse Niekamp 15

FG: 18/47 (38.3%)
3: 2/13 (15.4%)
FT: 13/17 (76.5%)
Reb: 37 (14 offensive – Mikesell 10)
Fouls: 11
Ast: 9 (Mikesell 3, Prenger 3)
TO: 8
Blk: 2 (Mikesell, Jesse Niekamp)
Stl: 9 (Mitch Stammen 4)

Liberty Benton (31):

Anthony Masterlasco 12
Nathan Craft 9
Tyson Neiling 2
Tyler Vorst 3
Jackson Logsdon 5

FG: 13/37 (35.1%)
3: 2/13 (15.4%)
FT: 3/7 (42.9%)
Reb: 23 (5 offensive – Logsdon 5, Masterlasco 5)
Fouls: 16
Ast: 6 (Masterlasco 3)
TO: 13
Blk: 1 (Dager)
Stl: 6 (Masterlasco 2, Craft 2)

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OG, Ottoville crowned District Champions

Saturday was a big day and night for a pair of teams from Putnam County as both the Ottawa Glandorf Titans and the Ottoville Big Green were crowned District Champions in their respective divisions.

Ottawa Glandorf got a bit of revenge against rival Liberty Benton for a 49-41 loss on December 29th, their last loss of the season before 16 straight wins by downing the previously undefeated Eagles 57-41.

Much like their District Semifinal match on Thursday in Elida, the Titans got off to a slow start from the field as they trailed 6-0 to Liberty Benton and did not get on the scoreboard until 4:53 to go in the opening quarter. Liberty Benton would jump on the Titans defense early and often in the first period and amass 20 points to just 8 for OG. With the clock winding down to end the quarter, Liberty Benton’s Jensen Heigel drained a shot from 30+ feet away as she crossed half court for the final three markers of the stanza.

If the first quarter belonged to the Eagles, the second quarter belonged to the Titans as they scored early and often, reeling off 17 straight points en route to grabbing the lead with 3:10 to go in the opening half on one of back to back three pointers by Danielle Schroeder who finished with 13 of her 18 points in the quarter. Despite drawing just one foul in the half and committing many of their own, OG led at the break 30-24.

Neither team set the nets at the Union Bank Court ablaze in the games penultimate period as LB outscored OG 7-5 to close the gap to 4 at 35-31 heading into the fourth quarter.

As they have done so many times this season, the Titans used a furious fourth quarter to put away their opponent. This time around the rally for OG was led by Freshman Kadie Hempfling who scored 11 of her 14 points in the period, including 3/3 from the free throw line. Kylie White and Danie Ellerbrock combined to go 4/5 from the line as well and helped the Titans put away the Eagles by a final score of 57-41 and remain perfect since the ball dropped to usher in 2015.

OG (23-2) will now head to Ada’s Ohio Northern University on Tuesday night at 6:00pm (will be broadcast live on www.zsportslive.com) to take on the Archbold Blue Streaks for the second time this season. On February 17th, the Titans defeated Archbold 59-39 at the Supreme Court in Ottawa.

Liberty Benton who ended OG’s season last year in the District round at Elida sees their season come to an end at 24-1. The Eagles were led in scoring by Nicolette Devincentis with 10 points, down from 19 in the previous meeting of the two D3 powers.

Scoring:

OG(57):

Dani Ellerbrock 6
Elissa Ellerbock 7
Erin Basinger 4
Danielle Schroeder 18
Kylie White 8
Kadie Hempfling 14

FG: 21/51 (41.2%)
3: 5/14 (35.7%) – D. Schroeder 4, Hempfling
FT: 10/11 (90.9%)
Reb: 33 (16 offensive)
Ast: 13
TO: 9

LB(41):

Krista Simon 2
Lauren Kotey 9
Gabby Lyon 6
Jensen Hiegel 9
Katie Simon 5
Nicolette Devincentis 10

FG: 16/31 (51.6%)
3: 3 (Heigel, Katie Simon, Devincentis)
FT: 6/12 (50.0%)

One round after defeating previously unblemished Crestview and ending the season of a Knights team that downed them in the first week of the season the Ottoville Big Green found themselves in another rematch, this time with the PCL Champion Kalida Wildcats, another team that had previously beaten them during the 2014-15 regular season.

Ottoville used their press and tough press en route to ending Kalida’s season 41-39 and claiming yet another District Championship for themselves and legendary coach Dave Klemen,

When the Big Green went to State two years ago, Annie Lindeman was a Sophomore who came off the bench behind All-PCL selections Rachel Beining (Bluffton University) and Abby Siefker (BGSU), but had since grown into not only a leader for Ottoville as a Senior but also a deadly outside shooter. She led off the game for her squad in the first by draining one of her four 3 pointers in the game to put her team ahead of Kalida at 3-0.

Kalida didn’t get on the scoreboard with their first point (a free throw by Jackie Gardner) until the 4:28 mark of the first quarter that cut the Big Green lead to 5-1. Brittany Kahle’s jumper with :11 left send the Wildcats into the second quarter trailing by just six at 13-7.

Things would not get much better for Kalida in the second quarter against the Big Green press as they were forced into 7 turnovers and shot just 5/17 from the field. Ottoville continues to capitalize from beyond the arc in the opening half as Lindeman added another triple and teammate Nicole Kramer added a pair of her own from long range off the bench that had the Big Green leading 25-14 at the break and seemingly in control for good.

7 of 16 is what the Wildcat offense would shoot in the 3rd quarter as they scored 14 points to just 6 for Ottoville and narrowed the gap to 31-28 heading into the final 8:00 of the game. Ottoville’s 6 points again came on shots from behind the arc as Lindeman and Brooke Mangas each tacked on a three ball. Kalida connected on 5 free throws in the quarter (4 by Brittany Kahle) and a triple of their own by Kylie Osterhage during their run.

With their offense finally hitting on all cylinders in the second half, the Wildcats turned up the pressure on Ottoville and kept the Big Green off of the scoreboard at Lima Senior for 6:26 seconds spanning both the third and fourth quarters. Nicole Kramer stopped the 9-0 Wildcat run when she found the bottom of the net on another triple, her third of the contest.

Trailing by a 34-33 margin after a Katelyn Siebeneck basket, Kalida tied and took the lead for the first time behind a pair of Gardner free throws 35-34 with 3:30 remaining in the contest.

Garnder again gave her team the lead with 1:57 remaining after Ottoville’s Bridget Landin had connected on a pair of free throws as she connected on a layup to put Kalida up by 2 at 37-35.

Landin, a 5’11 Freshman again paid dividends for the Big Green on their ensuing possession as she put her team ahead for good 38-37 with a three pointer. Annie Lindeman, following a turnover by the Wildcats hit her fourth triple with :55 left and put the Big Green ahead 41-37. Gardner would add a pair of free throws (she connected on 4/6 tosses in the period) to add the games final markers before Ottoville ran out the clock to win 41-39 and advance to the next round.

Kalida (20-6) was led in scoring by Brittany Kahle with 13 points. Ottoville improves to 18-7 on the season and will head to Elida’s Fieldhouse on Thursday night for a 6:15pm tilt against New Reigel in a game that can be heard live on www.zsportslive.com

Scoring:

Ottoville (41):

Bridget Landin 6
Nicole Kramer 9
Brooke Mangas 3
Alicia Honigford 4
Annie Lindeman 12
Lexi Wannemacher 2

FG: 14/35 (40%)
3: 8 (Lindeman 4, Kramer 3, Mangas)
TO: 15

Kalida (39):

Katelyn Siebeneck 5
Jackie Gardner 12
Brittany Kahle 13
Kylie Osterhage 7
Cathy Basinger 2

FG: 12/33 (36%)
3: 2 (Osterhage, Kahle)
TO: 12

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LCC vs Liberty Benton Live Blog

Liberty Benton is in their road blues, LCC in their home white jerseys.

Katie Simon hits a three right off the tip, took just 12 seconds to put LB up 3-0 over the T-Birds. LCC responds by having Sydney Santaguida stand out front at half court with the basketball for :60, they have taken 2 minutes off the clock without a shot. The second LCC possession took just 20 seconds but ended with their first bucket by Madison Stolly.

LCC’s strategy here tonight is to have Santaguida stand out front of the 2-3 zone from LB and hold on to the basketball as they’ve done so for about half of the first quarter so far, the LB fans are not happy about it obviously as we go under :90 in the first quarter. LCC has struggled to make shots so far (they trail 7-4) once they do get going towards the bucket.

LB leads 7-6 after 1.
LCC stall ball has the Eagles on their heels defensively.

Stolly 8 of LCC first 11 points. (jumper with 540 in 2nd ties it) – Katie Simon answers with a 3 to give LB a 14-11 lead 7 seconds later.
Stolly with 345 bucket cuts it to 14-13 LB. Eagles can not buy a bucket.

LCC got the ball with over 2:00 left in the second quarter and ran out the time, attempting to take a shot with 9.5 left, turnover gave LB the ball and Heigel scored to put her squad up 16-13 at half.

Heigel 6, Katie Simon 6, Lauren Kotey 4 at the break for Liberty Benton.
Madison Stolly 10, Verhoff 3 at the break for LCC.

22-18 LB at the 530 mark of the 3rd as Katie Simon has hit back to back 3’s for the Eagles. LCC’s answer to get to 18 came when Stolly buried a 3 from the left wing.

Lauren Kotey for LB fouls Stolly with 2:18 left in the third, the Sophomore nails both free throws to cut the lead to 2 at 22-20 as we hit 2 minutes remaining in the quarter.

Katie Simon is on fire right now as she hits a deep two pointer for her 14th point of the game, LB up 24-20.

Winner takes on OG who defeated Coldwater 52-33 on Saturday at the Fieldhouse. Hear it live on www.zsportslive.com beginning with pregame at 2:45pm.

As the T-Birds get the ball near the end of the third quarter they again take :90 off the clock. Unlike the end of the second quarter that cost them a bucket defensively, this quarter ends with a Madison Stolly bucket that cuts the lead to 27-22 Liberty Benton after 3. Stolly now with a team high 16.

Katie Simon has 17 for LB to begin the 4th.

LCC held the ball for 3:33 behind Santaguida before they took a timeout. They still have the ball and are down 27-22 with 4:27 left.

Steve Wiener (@wienerman46) says LCC is over 9:00 of holding the ball at the point.

The clock gets down to 3:16 before a jump ball is forced….possession arrow says LB.

2:52 left now as Madison Stolly collects her 1st foul.

Thunderbirds try a deep 3 from Natalie Snider that bounces out of bounds, last touched by the Eagles. 1:28 left and again LCC calls a timeout.

Off the timeout the Birds airball a deep three pointer but get the basket on a rebound and score underneath.

Clock stopped with 57.2 left, LB up 27-24.

LCC fouls with 44.5 left sending Katie Simon to the line (Santaguida’s 4th). First free throw is good, 28-24 Eagles now. Second away and good, 29-24, 35.3 left in the game.

T-Birds can’t get a shot off, Santaguida fouls out of her last contest in an LCC uniform and sends Lauren Kotey to the line where she puts her team up 31-24 with a pair of made free throws.

Snider’s 3 for LCC cuts the lead to 31-27 but Gabby Lyon sneaks behind the defense for 2. LB adds one last 3 as Tatum Teeple’s bank goes in at the buzzer but it comes after the buzzer had sounded so it is no good.

Final score 33-30 Liberty Benton.

Katie Simon leads the way for the Eagles with 19 points.

Liberty Benton remains undefeated and will now take on the OG Titans, a team they defeated 49-41 earlier this season in Ottawa.

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