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Defense powers Titans past Bulldogs

OTTAWA, OH – A strong team defensive effort Thursday night powered the OG Titans past Route 65 rival Columbus Grove 47-19 in non-league action.

Columbus Grove came into the contest already without their big gun Paige Bellman who is out for her senior season, but were dealt a second blow when they were unable to utilize the services of junior guard Rylee Sybert who missed this contest due to injury as well.

Outside of the first quarter when three players, Carlee McCluer, Lauren Schroeder, and Abby Gladwell each hit from the field, the Bulldogs were held to just a trio of makes from the field the rest of the game.

Despite both teams giving away the basketball at a frantic pace in the first period, the scoring was plentiful as the two teams battled for the first stoppage lead down to the buzzer. Columbus Grove pulled within a point at 11-10 when a long two point shot trickled through the net as the horn sounded.

Ottawa Glandorf’s stifling full court team defense reared its head in the second stanza as the Titans forced a handful of Bulldog mistakes with their relentless pressure and surged out to a 26-12 halftime advantage behind a 15-2 quarter. The only basket of the second period came for the visitors when Lauren Schroeder who finished with a team high 7 points was able to drop one through the net.

Against a 2-3 and at times 3-2 zone defense the Titan attack was able to connect on a pair of shots from behind the arc from Carri Johnson and Ashley Schroeder, but would do most of their damage from inside behind senior Kadie Hempfling who finished the first half with 10 markers to lead all scorers.

Unable to score for most of the games penultimate stanza the Bulldogs nailed back to back shots in a span of the final :26 of the period when the duo of McCluer and Schroeder connected from well behind the right wing arc. Schroeder’s triple came with the buzzer ringing out inside Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium and represented the last make from the field of the ballgame for Grove.

Second half three pointers from Ashley Schroeder and a pair from Brianna Schimmoeller helped Ottawa Glandorf begin to salt away their sixth straight win in the series and seventh in the eight games since the series between the two schools was restarted in 2010.

For the game the Titans (8-1) were paced by Hempfling’s 12 points as she continues her quest to become the fourth Ottawa Glandorf player to reach 1,000 career points. Joining the future BG Falcon in double digits was the teams second leading scorer on the season in Schroeder who chipped in 10 for her sixth straight double digit effort.

Columbus Grove (5-5) featured just four players registering points including Danielle Bame who connected on one of two from the line in the fourth quarter for the only Bulldog points of the final eight minutes.

OG will travel to take on the Liberty Benton Eagles on Saturday night in Findlay while Columbus Grove will be off until January 6th when they take on Putnam County League rival Ottoville. Both games can be heard on WZOQ Radio.

Scoring:

OG (47):

Ashley Schroeder 10
Kelsey Erford 2
Carri Johnson 5
Paige Sutter 4
Erin Kaufman 6
Brianna Schimmoeller 8
Kadie Hempfling 12

FT: 2/4
3PT: 5 (Schroeder 2, Schimmoeller 2, Johnson)
TO: 14

Columbus Grove (19):

Danielle Bame 1
Carlee McCluer 6
Lauren Schroeder 7
Abby Gladwell 5

FT: 0/2
3PT: 4 (McCluer 2, Schroeder, Gladwell)
TO: 27

JV: 41-39 Ottawa Glandorf was victorious as Mylee Utrup hit a shot at the buzzer to give the Titans the victory.

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Late free throw keeps Titans record unblemished

COLUMBUS GROVE, OH – For the third straight game the Ottawa Glandorf Lady Titans have faced and handed a previously undefeated squad their first loss of the year.

Kadie Hempfling finished the night with just 5 points but scored the biggest marker of the game when it counted most as the Junior made a free throw with 6.6 seconds remaining Thursday night to give her team a 45-44 road victory over Columbus Grove.

Trailing 9-8 with just seconds to go in the first quarter the Titans turned to the same place they have during their streak of doling out first losses, Sophomore guard Erin Kaufman who connected on a three pointer to give OG an 11-9 lead at the first break in the action.

Both teams went inside early and often to their post game in the second quarter in an attempt to slow down the others point output with varying results. Grove 6’0 Junior Paige Bellman scored six points in the second period but saw her squad held to just one basket from a teammate (Rylee Sybert) find its way into the net. Kylie White’s big quarter of 8 points coupled with a second three pointer from Kaufman and a jumper from Lexi Schroeder helped OG enter halftime with a 24-17 advantage.

Bellman, a 1st team Putnam County League selection last season who entered play averaging just under 18 points per contest through her teams first six contests this year continued her big night in the third quarter as she provided seven of the 11 markers her squad added to the board.

Midway through the stanza with her team struggling to find offensive opportunities against the 2-3 zone the Bulldogs were sitting back, Lexi Schroeder hit a pair of three pointers to help give OG a 33-29 advantage heading to the last eight minutes of the game.

Three pointers were the shot of the moment in the fourth quarter as both teams combined to hit on six from behind the arc.

Each time Columbus Grove needed a big shot in the final moments they turned to Senior Macy McCluer and watcher her deliver as she connected on three straight from deep to help the Bulldogs regain the lead on two different occasions. Carri Johnson, Erin Kaufman, and Lexi Schroder each knocked down a triple in the quarter to help keep the Titans even with their hosts in the waning moments of the game before Hempfling’s free throw sealed the win for the defending WBL Champions.

Ottawa Glandorf with the win begins their season at 9-0 for just the third time in school history. In 2005 the Titans began their campaign with 24 consecutive wins before falling in the postseason, and in 2003 OG started 18-0 before falling to Kalida in their 19th game of the year.

Both teams will be off until the new year when OG welcomes Perrysburg to town while Columbus Grove (6-1) dips into NWC play where they are the defending conference champions by taking on visiting Delphos Jefferson on January 5th.

Box Score:

OG (45):
Carri Johnson 3
Erin Kaufman 9
Lexi Schroeder 12
Kylie White 16
Kadie Hempfling 5

FT: 4/10
3PT: 6 (Kaufman 3, L. Schroeder 3)
TO: 15

Columbus Grove (44):
Macy McCluer 15
Rylee Sybert 4
Jade Clement 6
Paige Bellman 19

FT: 3/6
3PT: 5 (M. McCluer 5)
TO: 18

JV: 25-24 Columbus Grove

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Titans look to get back to State

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

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Titan Boys/Girls post big wins

Both the Ottawa Glandorf boys and girls teams posted dominating non-conference wins on Saturday as the girls defeated Bryan 58-31 in the afternoon while the boys downed Route 65 rival Columbus Grove in the nightcap 74-31.

Coach Troy Yant and the girls used suffocating defense and found themselves with 10 players picking up scores in their defeat of Bryan. OG jumped out to an early 20-3 lead after the first quarter behind triples from Carri Johnson, Erin Kaufman and Kadie Hempfling. Continuing their hot shooting in the second quarter the Titans hung 22 more markers on the Supreme Court scoreboard with Dani Ellerbrock and Courtney Bockrath combining for 10 of their teams points leading to a 42-12 halftime advantage.

Bryan was led in the game by Sophomore Allye Minor’s 12 points but committed 23 turnovers and shot just 11/31 from the field as they saw their record fall to 4-9 on the year.

With a big lead to begin the second half the Titans were able to work in a mix of varsity and junior varsity players and figure out a mix that they might use going forward for the upcoming tournament including Jayla Balbaugh who scored her first points in the fourth quarter.

OG with the win ups their record to 16-1 on the season and will next travel to Kenton for a Thursday night WBL matchup looking to continue league play unbeaten on the season in a game broadcast live on WZOQ Radio.

Scoring:

OG (58):
Devon Warnecke 3
Dani Ellerbrock 10
Carri Johnson 9
Erin Kaufman 3
Mackenzie Meyer 2
Kylie White 6
Lexi Schroeder 7
Kadie Hempfling 10
Courtney Bockrath 6
Jayla Balbaugh 2

FG: 24/38
3PT: 7 (Johnson 3, Hempfling 2, Warnecke, Kaufman)
FT: 3/3
TO: 19

Bryan (31):
Delaney Miley 1
Allye Minor 12
Baylee Krupp 2
Kennedy Lamberson 3
Riley Sabins 1
Mollie Lirot 4
McKenna Grube 4
Aria Shuherk 4

FG: 11/31
3PT: 1 (Minor)
FT: 8/11
TO: 23

JV: OG 47-27

In their loss to Defiance on Friday night the OG Titans gave up 13 three pointers but in their win over Columbus Grove less than 24 hours later it was the Titans who racked up the three pointers early on from the hands of Nick Weihrauch. Weihrauch was a one man wrecking ball against the Bulldogs defense early on as he knocked down four triples and finished the quarter with all 14 of his points on the evening.

Leading 22-4 after the first period the Titans went inside for their points as 6’4 Sophomore Jay Kaufman and 6’5 Sophomore Jake Dible picked up 12 of the 18 points for their team and pushed their advantage to 40-13 at the halftime break.

Unfortunately for Columbus Grove the second half wouldn’t get much better in terms of points scored as the Bulldogs were held to just 18 points en route to a 74-31 loss. Of the 18 points the home squad put up on the scoreboard they got 11 of those from the charity stripe where they finished the non-league contest 12/17.

Weihrauch and Dible led the Titans (12-4) in scoring with 14 apiece while the Bulldogs (6-8) were paced by swingman Gabe Stechschulte’s 12 points.

OG will be in action next on Tuesday night as they take on Liberty Center while Columbus Grove is off until Friday night when they host NWC foes Spencerville in an attempt to earn their first Northwest Conference win of the season in a game that will be broadcast live on Zsportslive.com.

Scoring:

OG (71):
Jordan Verhoff 8
Brady Kruse 6
Connor Niese 2
Nick Weihrauch 14
Jay Kaufman 8
Jake Dible 14
Bryce Schroeder 2
Bryce Utrup 2
Kordell Stover 8
Brandon Weis 6
Owen Hiegel 2

3PT: 6 (Weihrauch 6, Kruse 2)
FT: 10/13

Columbus Grove (31):

Baily Clement 2
Gabe Stechschulte 12
Xavier Aguirre 2
Logan Malsam 2
Logan Diller 5
Rece Roney 1
Cody Johnson 5
Dane Selby 2

3PT: 2 (Stechschulte 2)
FT: 13/17

JV: OG 36-22

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Titans hand Grove 1st loss of season

OTTAWA, OH – Behind a career high 25 points from Junior Kylie White and key free throw shooting in the fourth quarter, the OG Titans were able to rebound from their first loss of the season and deal Columbus Grove their first defeat 61-58 in a non-conference matchup Monday night.

With Ottawa Glandorf leading 12-9 and just seconds left in the first quarter of play, Columbus Grove’s Brooke Hoffman found herself with no Titan guarding her at the top of the key and let loose and connected on a three pointer to even the game at 12-12.

A fast paced evenly played second quarter would see the Bulldogs take a 21-20 lead into the halftime break as they were fueled by Senior guard Kyrah Yinger and her five quarter points.

As the fouls began to mount for each squad in the games penultimate quarter, free throw shooting began to become a major element in how the games final score would be accounted for. Ottawa Glandorf connected on 5/6 tosses in the period while Grove would not find themselves at the charity stripe the entire period.

Grove Sophomore Paige Bellman took over the offensive load for the Bulldogs in the fourth period as she tossed in a dozen of her team high 20 points on the night and helped her squad keep pace with the Titans offensive barrage.

On the evening the Titans would connect on 24/29 free throws, as compared to the just 7/12 the visitors would shoot from the line, with 16 of those makes coming in the last period.

Ten of the 25 points on the night from White came in the games final quarter as she found herself thrice at the line looking to complete a three point play after having been fouled on her made layups.

In the waning moments of the game the score ebbed and flowed back and forth with OG leading by as much as five. Grove on two different occasions cut the Titans lead to just a pair with a steal and a score, but would see their final shot of the contest blocked as the buzzer rang out with OG on top of the scoreboard.

Along with the 25 from White, the Titans (8-1) got strong contributions from Freshman guard Erin Kaufman (8 points), Sophomore Mackenzie Meyer (9 points), and Senior forward Lexie Schroeder (9 points) in the win. Ottawa Glandorf will travel to Findlay on Wednesday night as they take on the Liberty Benton Eagles in a contest that will begin at 7:30pm and broadcast live on Titan Basketball vs LB

Bellman was joined in double figures on the night from Junior Jade Clement’s 11 points for Columbus Grove (9-1) and will next travel to Ottoville on Saturday, January 2nd to take on the Big Green in an afternoon Putnam County League tilt.

Scoring:

OG (61):

Devon Warnecke 3
Carri Johnson 2
Dani Ellerbrock 5
Erin Kaufman 8
Mackenzie Meyer 9
Kylie White 25
Lexi Schroeder 9

FT: 24/29
TO: 10

Grove (58):
Macy McCluer 8
Kyrah Yinger 9
Jade Clement 11
Brooke Hoffman 5
Lynea Diller 5
Paige Bellman 20

FT: 7/12
TO: 14

JV: Columbus Grove 35-11

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