OTTAWA, OH – For the past two years the Ottawa Glandorf Lady Titans have finished their season as runners up in the OHSAA Tournament but will look to take the next step this season as they return a talented and experienced group to the hardwood.
Head Coach Troy Yant is back behind the Titan bench and ready to continue his teams dominance in the Western Buckeye League this season and build on the success of the programs first conference crown last year since their previous title that came during the 2004-05 campaign. Yant will enter this season with a career record of 90-15 and a 30-7 WBL mark.
Last season’s Point Guard Dani Ellerbrock has graduated and is now plying her trade in the college ranks at Columbus, Ohio based Mount Vernon Nazarene University. During her four years under the tutelage of Yant the four year starter finished as a 2nd Team WBL selection last year and was honored at the State Tournament last season for having started 108 games in her high school career.
Returning for the defending Western Buckeye League champions this season will be the WBL Player of the Year Kadie Hempfling. Hempfling, a versatile Junior who averaged 15.3 ppg, 8.3 rebounds per game, and 3.4 assists per contest on her way to 2nd team All-Ohio honors in Division 2. Entering this season Hempfling has accrued 634 points in her first two seasons of varsity action and figures to be one of the best players in the league and the Northwest Ohio area once again.
Coming off of a strong season in which she led the Titans in total points scored with 370 tallies and a 12.7 points per game average, Senior Kylie White will be another key addition for OG if they are able to make a long run deep into the tournament as they have done the past two years. White snagged 8.3 rebounds and handed out 3.4 helpers a contest while also leading the team in scoring for a majority of the season en route to a 1st Team WBL and 2nd team All-Ohio selection last year.
Lexi Schroeder, a 5’9 Senior Wing for Ottawa Glandorf came off the bench two seasons ago in a limited role but emerged as a go to scorer for her squad last season as she led the team in scoring on four occasions including a career high 15 points in a win over Perrysburg early in the season. Schroeder finished her Junior campaign averaging 7.8 points per game while pulling down 4 rebounds and will be counted on for a similar output this season.
Sophomore Point Guard Erin Kaufman might not be the biggest guard leading her team in the WBL but she might be the fiercest defender the conference has to offer. Standing at 5’5 the OG second year guard is coming off of a year in which she burst onto the scene by averaging 4.8 points and an assist per contest while also being tasked with guarding some of the better offensive players in the lineup each night on the other side of the court. In last seasons State Championship game loss to Kettering Alter it was Kaufman who stepped in to lead the OG offensive attack as she finished with a team high 12 points.
Two returning letter-winners in Senior Devon Warnecke and Junior Carri Johnson will be looked at to provide not only solid offense and defense for the Titans but also leadership to the younger players as they have each been part of the two trips to the Finals the past two years as well. Joining the aforementioned duo will be Junior Mackenzie Meyer who finished last season with 1.6 points per game and will look to contribute greatly as her role grows this season with more minutes available to her.
Joining the rest of last seasons strong nucleus and looking to add significant minutes will be 5’8 Senior Courtney Bockrath who appeared in 22 games last season and tossed in 30 points, and Sophomores Paige Sutter (5’11 Post), and 5’4 guard Ashley Schroeder whose 2 points last season came early on against Tinora.
Ottawa Glandorf opens their season on Saturday against Miller City at home with a 6pm Junior Varsity tip.
Every OG Girls game this season both home and away can be heard live via: WZOQ Radio
2016-17 Ottawa-Glandorf High School Girls JV/Varsity Basketball Schedule
Sat Nov 26 Miller City H 6:00
Tues Nov 29 Tinora H 6:00
Sat Dec 3 Kalida A 1:00
Tues Dec 6 Wauseon A 6:00
Thur Dec 8 St Marys A 6:00
Thur Dec 15 Bath A 6:00
Thur Dec 22 Ottoville H 6:00
Wed Dec 28 Liberty-Benton H 6:00
Thur Dec 29 Columbus Grove A 6:00
Tues Jan 3 Perrysburg H 6:00
Thur Jan 5 Van Wert H 6:00
Thur Jan 12 Celina H 6:00
Sat Jan 14 Lima Sr H 12:00
Mon Jan 16 Massillon Tuslaw A 10:00 *Game is part of annual “Classic In The Country” Event in Berlin, OH*
Thur Jan 19 Shawnee A 6:00
Sat Jan 21 Miami Trace H 12:00
Thur Jan 26 Defiance A 6:00
Thur Feb 2 Kenton H 6:00
Tues Feb 7 Napoleon H 6:00
Thur Feb 9 Wapakoneta A 6:00
Tues Feb 14 Archbold H 6:00
Thur Feb 16 Elida H 6:00