OTTAWA, OH – A strong team performance from multiple players and a career high 15 points from Ashley Schroeder helped keep the OG Titans unbeaten Thursday night as they handed visiting St. Marys their third straight loss on the season.
With their 71-35 win over the visiting Roughriders the Titans notched their eighth straight win in the series which represents the most by either school in their 44 meetings.
Kadie Hempfling, the reigning two-time WBL Player of the Year had a big night for the Titans as she pushed across eight of her 14 points in the first period to help her team take a 12-0 lead midway through the opening stanza. On the evening the future Bowling Green State University Falcon would tally 11 rebounds and hand out 7 assists in the victory for OGHS.
St. Marys first points of the ballgame came with 3:11 left in the first quarter from the hands of sophomore Ally Will who was able to connect from behind the arc to pull the Riders within 12-3 of the hosts. Sydney Cisco added a basket late in the period for St. Marys as well but found her squad trailing OG 18-5 when the opening eight minutes fell off the scoreboard.
Senior Makenna Mele had a strong second quarter for the Roughriders as she snagged a handful of rebounds on the offensive end and was able to get Hempfling sent to the bench with a pair of fouls for Ottawa Glandorf by getting herself to the free throw line. Mele finished the first half by hitting 3 of 4 from the line in addition to adding a pair of two-point baskets for 7 of her 9 markers on the evening.
Ottawa Glandorf surged out to a 35-18 lead at the end of the first half behind a trio of players in Kelsey Erford, Brianna Schimmoeller, and Kasey Ellerbrock who all connected with a three pointer. Junior post and first year starter Paige Sutter chipped in for the Titans offense on the boards and with all eight of her points in the opening two quarters to help OG build their advantage as well.
Despite being held to just seven points on the evening by a hounding OG defense that forced 25 Rider turnovers, Sydney Cisco connected on a three pointer in the third period and tossed in five of her points to help keep the St. Marys offense moving.
Before being injured in the middle of the games penultimate stanza it was Rider senior Madi Howell who paired a set of rebounds with points to help keep her team within striking distance of OG. Just as they had done in the opening half, the Titans turned to the three ball in the third period to up their advantage when Ashley Schroeder and Mackenzie Meyer connected to make it a 53-29 OG score after three periods.
Off of a pair of outlets from Hempfling in the opening moments of the final stanza Schroeder struck for two of her three baskets in the final period to help break her previous career high of 14 points set most recently in the Titans last game against Elida a week ago.
Eleven players found themselves in the scorebook for OG, led by Schroeder with 15. The 71 points scored by the Titans are the most by either team in the series since a 2015 meeting when OG defeated the Riders 76-46.
St. Marys (3-4, 0-2) was led by Makenna Mele who tallied 9 points on the evening to go with a handful of rebounds. The Roughriders are off until next Thursday night, December 21st when they welcome Sidney to town for a non-league battle.
OG has now won 15 straight home games and are 35-2 in the last three years at the Supreme Court. The Titans will be back in action on Saturday afternoon when they welcome Arlington to town for a 1:30pm varsity start that can be heard live on WZOQ Radio.
Ashley Schroeder 15
Kelsey Erford 5
Erin Kaufman 2
Mackenzie Meyer 7
Brianna Schimmoeller 9
Kasey Ellerbrock 6
Jayla Balbaugh 2
Peyton Warnecke 1
Kadie Hempfling 14
Paige Sutter 8
Mylee Utrup 2
3PT: 6 (Ellerbrock 2, Schroeder, Erford, Schimmoeller, Meyer)
St. Marys (35):
Carly Caywood 2
Ally Will 7
Clare Caywood 2
Sydney Cisco 7
Makenna Mele 9
Lauren Cisco 2
Madi Howell 6
3PT: 2 (Will, S. Cisco)
JV: Ottawa Glandorf 50-20