Saturday night at Wapakoneta High School two Sectional Championships were handed out as Ottawa Glandorf and Coldwater posted wins to claim their respective trophies and advance to play one another next Thursday night. OG downed Elmwood by a 66-33 margin in the opener while Coldwater used overtime to end the Bulldogs season 60-56.
Ottawa Glandorf jumped on Elmwood early and often in the first quarter as they used buckets from five different players in the opening stanza to lead 19-3 heading into the second quarter. Dani Ellerbrock scored the first points of the game for the Titans and assisted on the second, a score by Kadie Hempfling that OG up 4-0. Elmwood got on the scoreboard with 6:11 to go in the first period when Ashley Veryser connected on one of two free throws. Mattison Hilliard would score the only field goal of the quarter for the Royals at the 1:09 mark of the stanza to cut the OG lead to 12-3.
23-3 would be the Titans lead before the Royals were able to dent the scoreboard in the second quarter for 2 of their 9 period points to cut the lead to 23-5 when Samantha Ervin’s layup found her way through the net.
Turnovers would help the Titans end the first half with a 45-11 lead as they procured 24 Elmwood miscues, and turned many of those into fast break opportunities.
Elmwood’s best scoring quarter would be the third as they would put 13 markers into the scoring column and trail 56-24 heading into the final period of action.
With a significant lead in the fourth quarter the Titans began to work in and out their starters and combine them with their younger players in order to get both playing time. The strategy paid off in the last 8:00 as Mackenzie Meyer, Kianna Siefker, and Sydney Heitmeyer came off the bench to score a combined 7 points and help the Titans secure the win 66-33.
The Titans are now 21-2 on the season and were led by Erin Basinger who finished with a game high 13 points to lead 11 Titans in scoring.
Elmwood ends their season at 11-13, they were led by 11 points from Rebecca Harvey in the loss. The Royals committed 24 turnovers in the first half.
Dani Ellerbrock 2
Elissa Ellerbrock 12
Mackenzie Meyer 4
Anna Bellman 9
Erin Basinger 13
Danielle Schroeder 8
Kianna Siefker 2
Kylie White 6
Lexi Schroeder 2
Kadie Hempfling 7
Sydney Heitmeyer 1
Columbus Grove ended Coldwater’s season last year 51-49 in OT when Julia Wynn nailed a pair of free throws in their Sectional Semifinals matchup. This seasons matchup again took overtime, but it was the Cavaliers who would walk out winners this time as they used balanced scoring and a big night from Brooke Welsch to win 60-56.
Both teams came out looking to light up the scoreboard in the first quarter as they accounted for 35 combined first quarter points. Coldwater got on the scoreboard first on their opening possession of the game when Brooke Welsch drilled a three pointer from the wing to put her squad on top 3-0. Following a Columbus Grove bucket the Cavs jumped out to a 6-2 lead as they again utilized a deep ball for a score. Grove finished the period with a trio of players, Jade Clement, Lynea Diller, and Paige Bellman each having 4 apiece.
Jade Clement would score 6 points in the second quarter for Columbus Grove, but none were more important than the three pointer she connected on to end the first half as it pulled her Bulldogs within a pair at 31-29 heading into the lockerroom. Grove finished the first half shooting 10/26 from the field while Coldwater finished 12/29 overall in the opening half, but just 4/10 from the free throw line.
Three pointers helped Coldwater in the third quarter as Bridget Dues connected on a pair of shots from behind the arc en route to 10 points in the contest. Coming out of the halftime break the Bulldogs tied the game at 31-31 on their first possession of the quarter, but soon found themselves trailing by 7 at 42-35 mainly in part to the aforementioned triples by Dues.
When the final period of regulation began, the Cavaliers found themselves with what most would have considered a commanding lead at 52-39. Columbus Grove and their fans however would not part of that group who counted the game as all but over, and they would be rewarded for their faith as their team scratched and clawed their way to just a three point deficit with 3:44 to play.
Stifling defense in the 4th quarter would help the Bulldogs sniff the lead as they held the Cavs to just 3 points over the final 8:00 of the first four quarters. With just :53 seconds on the clock, Columbus Grove got a late basket to tie the contest at 53. Following timeouts by each team and failed attempts at game winners, the contest headed to overtime once again.
Grove’s first lead of the game came :14 into the 5th period of the night as Lynea Diller gave her squad a 55-53 advantage. Columbus Grove’s lead would last for just :20 however as the Cavaliers, a Senior laden group would tie the game at 55 and eventually go ahead at 57-56 with 2:14 remaining. Free throws added the final difference for the Cavs as they advanced with a hard fought 60-56 win.
Coldwater (13-10) was led in scoring by Brooke Welsch, a 1st team MAC selection this season with 18. Columbus Grove finishes their season at 14-8 and was led by a game high 21 from Sophomore and 1st team NWC selection Jade Clement.
The Cavaliers will next take on Ottawa Glandorf on Thursday night at 6:15pm inside the confines of the Elida Fieldhouse on Thursday, March 5th in a game that can be heard live on www.zsportslive.com.
Maura Hoying 6
Erica Sudhoff 9
Brooke Welsch 18
Hanna Bruns 2
Leah Homan 2
Bridget Dues 10
Sarah Kanney 6
Lauren Leugers 6
Denise Schwieterman 2
Columbus Grove (56):
Kyrah Yinger 6
Jade Clement 21
Brooke Hoffman 2
Mackenzie Wurth 3
Lynea Diller 10
Paige Bellman 8
Carlee McCluer 6