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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.

Scoring:

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

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Titans keep WBL record perfect

DEFIANCE, OH – Ottawa Glandorf might have started slow on the road at Defiance on Thursday night but the Titans kicked it into gear in the games middle quarters and kept their WBL record perfect at 6-0 with a 49-30 victory over the host Bulldogs.

It took two minutes for the first score of the contest for either team before OG Junior Kadie Hempfling stole a pass and turned it into a 2-0 Titan advantage. Hempfling would finish the opening quarter with 5 of her squads 8 points but it was Sophomore Erin Kaufman whose three pointer provided the 8-6 lead at the quarter break.

Defiance Senior Morgan Porter scored seven of her team high 13 points in the second quarter, but it was her jumper with 4:58 left in the opening half that gave her team their first lead at 12-11.

Ottawa Glandorf’s pressure defense in the first half would force the Bulldogs into 15 turnovers, many of which OG turned directly into markers in their scorebook. Three point baskets in the stanza from Ashley Schroeder and Kaufman helped to push the Titan advantage, but it was a seven point run from Lexi Schroeder and Hempfling that helped OG amass the final points of an 18-10 second quarter and lead by 10 at 26-16 when the halftime buzzer sounded.

In the second half the Titans defense helped the defending Western Buckeye League champions push their lead further as the Bulldogs were unable to find a scoring option in addition to the duo of Emily Poling (7 second half points), and Morgan Porter (4 second half points) outside of a three pointer in the third period from Laney Baldwin.

With depth on their side Ottawa Glandorf used 11 players on the floor in rotating fashion and saw four of those players reach the scoring column. Led by Hempfling who finished the game with a season high 21 points the Titans led by 16 at the end of the third quarter and pushed their advantage to 19 at the end of the contest.

Defiance (11-5, 3-3) sees their 3 game winning streak come to and end. The Bulldogs will play host to Fairview Sherwood on Saturday afternoon in a non-conference affair.

#1 ranked Ottawa Glandorf (17-0, 6-0) has now defeated Defiance 8 straight times. The Titans will have six days off before they welcome the Kenton Wildcats to town for a WBL showdown on Thursday, Feb 2nd at the Supreme Court.

Box Score:

OG (49):
Ashley Schroeder 3
Devon Warnecke 2
Erin Kaufman 6
Mackenzie Meyer 2
Lexi Schroeder 10
Kylie White 5
Kadie Hempfling 21

3PT: 5 (Kaufman 2, L. Schroeder 2, A. Schroeder)
FT: 9/16
TO: 15

Defiance (30):
Morgan Wityk 2
Ma’Kayla Allen 2
Laney Baldwin 3
Emily Poling 10
Morgan Porter 13

3PT: 3 (Poling 2, Baldwin)
FT: 3/4
TO: 25

JV: OG 43-28

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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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OG, LCC secure Regional berths

ADA/LIMA, OH – Though they are in different divisions this season the OG Titans and LCC T-Birds will both once again be making their way to Bowling Green for the Regionals as each were victorious on Saturday. Ottawa Glandorf downed WBL foe Defiance 46-43 in the afternoon at ONU while LCC blitzed past Spencerville in the nightcap at Lima Senior 65-38.

Ottawa Glandorf Senior Nick Weihrauch connected on all four of his free throws and nailed a big three pointer in the first quarter of the game to help give his Titans a 13-10 lead at first stoppage.

Defiance’s Kameron Singleton was able to find a whole inside the OG defense early in the second quarter as he was able to grab a bucket and then added one from deep on the left wing to put the Bulldogs within a point of taking the lead midway through the stanza. Jordan Verhoff who finished the contest with a game high 17 points tossed in five points in the period and put OG up 22-19 at the break.

Both WBL Champions were able to connect on every free throw of the contest until the fourth quarter when OG was able to connect on just 8/15 tosses and watch their lead draw to even late in the final quarter.

With teammate Jay Kaufman grabbing nearly every rebound in a big situation, Verhoff was able to get ahead of the defense quickly and draw foul after foul and help himself to the line where he tossed in 4/6 attempts to help secure the 46-43 victory.

OG mentor Tyson McGlaughlin’s strategy of mixing up defensive looks against a Bulldogs attack that had beaten his team earlier in the season worked effectively and forced the normally surehanded squad into committing 7 turnovers and 16/46 from the field. Future Louisville Cardinal baseball standout Shay Smiddy was most affected by the defensive changes as he shot just 2/8 from the field and scored only 9 points, 5 from the charity stripe.

Thursday night at 6:15pm the Titans (20-5) will take on Lexington at the Stroh Center in BG (hear it live on Zsportslive.com). Defiance sees their season come to an end at 19-6.

Scoring:

OG (46):

Jordan Verhoff 17
Zac Unterbrink 6
Nick Weihrauch 10
Jay Kaufman 6
Kordell Stover 3
Jake Dibel 4

FG: 12/30
3PT: 4/6
FT: 18/26
REB: 29
TO: 14

Defiance (43):
Michael Menedez 5
Jordan Scott 10
Kameron Singleton 16
Noah Strausbaugh 3
Shay Smiddy 9

FG: 16/46
3PT: 3/12
FT: 8/9
REB: 22
TO: 7

To say Lima Central Catholic started off hot from the field in their District Finals matchup Saturday night against Spencerville would be an understatement. The T-Birds connected on their first three shots from the field and led 8-0 before Spencerville Head Coach Kevin Sensabaugh was forced to take a timeout to regroup his troops.

Unfortunately for Bearcat fans the Thunderbirds continued their white hot shooting after the stoppage and accounted for a trio of connections from deep from two of the all-time leading scorers in program history in Tre Cobbs and Dantez Walton that ended the first period at 17-6 LCC.

Things weren’t much better for the Cats in the second period as they were held to just three makes from the field, a bucket by Tiffin bound Zach Goecke, a three from Mason Nourse and a slam dunk from Damien Corso and found themselves behind at the half 34-15 to their former NWC foes.

While they hit on half a dozen three pointers in the first half, the T-Birds wouldn’t hit one in the third quarter. LCC’s Josh Dixon, Walton, and Thomas Williams combined to score 14 of their teams 21 markers and put their team ahead 55-23 after the contests penultimate stanza.

Goecke, Spencerville’s leading scorer for the past three seasons was the Bearcats leader on this night as well as he scored four of his team high 10 points in the last period. Junior Bailey Croft put up seven points in the final minutes including a three pointer and finished with 9 points.

Defensively LCC’s plan to shut out their opponents leader in points worked to near perfection as they held Junior sharpshooter Dakota Prichard, who averages 15 points per game on the season to 0 before he fouled out late in the game.

LCC has now won 18 of 21 meetings with the Bearcats (18-5) all-time, and improves their season record to 24-1. The #1 ranked team in Division 3 will head north to Bowling Green on Wednesday night for the 6th time in 7 years and battle Milan Edison (23-2) at 6:15pm (hear it live on 1049 The Eagle with the “Voice of the T-Birds” Aaron Matthews).

Scoring:

Spencerville (38):

Mason Nourse 7
Damien Corso 8
Gary Schrolucke 2
Zach Goecke 10
Bailey Croft 9
Griffen Croft 2

3PT: 2/13 (B.Croft, Nourse)
REB: 19
TO: 15

LCC (65):

Tre Cobbs 14
Nick Taflinger 2
Josh Dixon 15
Ethan O’Connor 5
Dantez Walton 19
Thomas Williams 9
Mark Janowski 3

3PT: 8/21 (Walton 3, Cobbs 2, Dixon 2, Janowski)
REB: 21
TO: 4

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Titans stay WBL lone unbeaten

OTTAWA, OH – The OG Lady Titans struggled with the Defiance Bulldogs in the early going but romped to a 23 point second quarter as they remained perfect in Western Buckeye League games with a 57-40 win Thursday night.

With their second leading scorer Kylie White on the bench for much of the second quarter with a pair of fouls the Titans turned up the pressure behind 5’5 Freshman guard Erin Kaufman who got out ahead of the defense for a quick score and drained a pair of three pointers from opposite corners to help push her team out to a 37-22 lead at the break.

In the third period OG would find White back into the contest and with back to back buckets hard under the basket en route to five markers in the stanza. Kadie Hempfling, the Titans leading scorer on the season led the fast break attack and tossed in four of her game high 16 points on the night as the Associated Press #5 ranked squad in Division 2 began to flex their transition game muscle for a packed home crowd.

For the game the Titans shot 23/47 and held their opponents to mostly just one shot per possession on the night en route to the 17 point league win.

OG (15-1, 6-0) was led by Hempfling’s 16 point, 13 rebound effort. On the night the Sophomore found herself one of three players in double figures as Dani Ellerbrock added 11 points and Kaufman who tied her career high set against Tinora earlier this season with 13.

Ottawa Glandorf will be back in action Saturday afternoon as they play host to Bryan in a non-conference affair with a 12pm JV start that will be broadcast live on WZOQ Radio.

Defiance sees their record fall to 12-5 overall and 3-3 in WBL play, they will take on Fairview on Saturday and were led in scoring on the night by Natalie Wichman’s 8 points.

Scoring:

OG (57):

Carri Johnson 2
Dani Ellerbrock 11
Erin Kaufman 12
Nina Brown 1
Kylie White 5
Lexi Schroeder 9
Kadie Hempfling 16

FG: 23/47
FT: 4/10
TO: 14

Defiance (40):

Morgan Wytik 1
Laney Baldwin 5
Megan Meyer 3
Emily Poling 7
Brooklyn Miller 2
Natalie Wichman 8
Kaytlyn Thornton 2
Zariah Scott 7

TO: 24

JV: Defiance 35-34

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