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Titans roll into Regional Finals

ONTARIO, OH – Ottawa Glandorf used one of their best assets, team defense to shut down the three point shooting of Akron Hoban Tuesday night and advance to a second straight Regional Finals with a 49-35 win at Ontario High School.

Nora Minter scored the first two points of the contest for Hoban to give her squad the lead, but it would be short lived as Ottawa Glandorf’s Dani Ellerbock, Kylie White, and Kadie Hempfling accounted for all but one of the Titans points as a part of their 16-0 run to force their opponents into a timeout midway through the period. OG’s relentless hounding of the basketball would put them up 16-8 at the quarter break.

Hoban found spaces in the Titans 2-3 zone defense early in the second quarter but were unable to continue to do so in the latter part of the stanza and trailed by 11 at 27-16 at the games second stoppage. In the half the Knights were 0/5 from behind the arc and finished 0/11 as they were consistently denied the open looks they are used to getting by the OG zone.

Kara Marshall’s 4/4 performance from the free throw line coupled with a handful of OG turnovers helped the visitors on the scoreboard get their deficit down to 7 at the end of three, but that would be as close as they would find themselves on the scoreboard on the evening.

5’9 OG Junior Kylie White who had been held to just five points through the first three periods exploded in the fourth quarter as she tallied a quartet of buckets and finished as her teams second leading scorer with 13. Hempfling added four of her game high 19 points to help give OG a 49-35 win. In the game both White and Hempfling finished with double doubles as White snagged 13 rebounds while Hempfling grabbed 10 boards and handed out 5 assists.

Dani Ellerbrock, the Titans lone starting Senior finished the game with 10 points and a pair of steals. Lexi Schroeder and Devon Warnecke each connected on three pointers in the contest that helped fuel separate runs for OG in the game.

Hoban sees their season come to an end at 21-5 while the Titans (24-2) will move on to the Regional Finals on Friday night at 7:30pm back at Ontario as they take on Toledo Rogers (22-5) who were 67-35 victors over Bellevue in the nightcap.


OG (49):

Dani Ellebrock 10
Kylie White 13
Lexi Schroeder 4
Kadie Hempfling 19
Devon Warnecke 3

FG: 17/51
3PT: 6/17 (Hempfling 3, Schroeder, Warnecke, Ellerbrock)
FT: 9/15
REB: 35
TO: 11

Hoban (35):

Emma Tecca 11
Rachel Chessar 3
Kara Marshall 10
Dani Carlson 5
Meg Hutson 4
Nora Minter 2

FG: 12/43
3PT: 0/11
FT: 11/14
REB: 37
TO: 16

Friday nights contest between OG and Rogers can be heard live on WZOQ Radio beginning at 7:30pm.


Errors doom Wildcats

KALIDA, OHIO – Austin Swift threw 115 pitches, 21 first pitch strikes and struck out 15 Holgate batters and gave up just one hit but found himself taking his first loss of the season as a handful of errors accounted for 3 runs in the teams 4-1 Sectional Finals loss on Wednesday night.

Swift had it working on the mound early as he began the game by sending five of the first six Tiger hitters down in order via the strikeout.

A pair of singles came across for the Wildcats in the first two innings, including a single by Swift himself but were turned into runners left on base as Holgate starter Everett Klingshirn finished those two innings with strikeouts of his own against Brent Hovest and Jeffery Knueve to end the threats and send the game 0-0 into the third inning.

In the third inning Matt Westrick the Holgate catcher began a trend for the visitors as after becoming the seventh strikeout of the game for Swift, he reached first on a dropped third strike, one of five on the evening by the Kalida catching staff.

With neither team able to put a run on the Holy Name Ballpark scoreboard through the first four innings, the game headed scoreless into the fifth. Zach Brown, the Tigers third baseman reached base on the second dropped strike three call and ultimately came around to score the games first run on a Matt Westrick sacrifice moments later. On the sacrifice bunt by Westrick, Swift came off of the mound to field the ball and saw it sail into centerfield while attempting to come up with a doubleplay to give Holgate the lead.

Westrick would come around to score three batters later on an attempted throw to first base that landed in right field from Brady Laudick who was making his first start behind the plate of the season. Ryan Okuley would ground out following a walk to Klingshirn to end the top of the fifth inning with the visitors on top 2-0.

Brent Hovest, battling a knee injury suffered the night before against Spencerville in a regular season game and relegated to DH duty laced a single into right field with two outs in the inning but was unable to move over as Colton Farrell struck out on four pitches to send the game into the sixth.

Following a 1-2-3 inning by Swift, including his 11th strikeout of the game the Wildcats again came to bat but were sent down with just three batters of their own coming to the plate including a 4-6-3 doubleplay off the bat of Knueve.

With one out in the inning, Holgate shortstop Jake Grim was walked by Swift on a 3-2 count and stole second base to give the Tigers a runner in scoring position as they headed back to the top of their order in the 7th. Grim would move over to third base on a groundout by leadoff hitter Dylan Pahl and come across the plate for the third Holgate run on a passed ball from Swift to replacement catcher Knueve.

Through 6 2/3rds innings and with his team trailing 3-0, Swift had managed to not give up a hit in the game as all of the baserunners had come from walks, errors or hit by pitch. Klingshirn, the opposing pitcher provided the only hit of the game for Holgate when he came up in the top of the 7th inning as he singled right back up the middle and drove in Szabo to put his team on top 4-0 with Kalida down to their last three outs for the season.

Brady Laudick led off the bottom of the 7th inning for Kalida with a double and came around to score on a Trent Siebeneck RBI single two batters later that cut the score to 4-1 Holgate. A walk to Austin Klausing and a fielders choice that moved him to third off of the bat of Knueve loaded the bases with shortstop and leadoff hitter Noah Lambert coming to the plate. Lambert would work the count full against Klingshirn but ultimately fly out to the Tigers hurler for the second out of the inning. Austin Swift struck out with the bases loaded on a full count pitch to end the game, and his teams season as the next and final batter.

Holgate (7-16) will move on to play Columbus Grove, winners 1-0 over Continental in their own Sectional Finals matchup Wednesday night. The Tigers and Bulldogs will do battle on Wednesday, May 20th at 4:15pm at Elida’s Ed Sandy Field in a game broadcast live on www.zsportslive.com. That game will be the second of two matchups at Ed Sandy Field as Miller City (7-1 winners over Fort Jennings), will take on Leipsic (6-0 victors over Ottoville).

Kalida sees their season come to an end at 18-6, Swift finishes his Junior campaign at 5-1. Klingshirn is now 3-5 for Holgate with the win as he goes 7 innings, strikes out 5 and gives up 1 run on 7 hits.


OG and Versailles advance to finals

COLUMBUS, OHIO – For one squad the game on Saturday will be about redemption from last season, for the other it will be about making history.

Ottawa Glandorf is now 26-2 on the season after dispatching the Fairland Dragons from the OHSAA Division 3 tournament with a 55-27 win on Thursday night in the semi-finals. The 26 wins by the Titans this season is the most by an OG squad in a single season and has the young ladies that fill up the roster hungry for the final piece of the puzzle, the schools first ever state championship in girls basketball.

The Lady Titans motto all season has been about getting hype and staying there, and that has never been on display than more during the tournament run where they have run off five wins by a combined 132 points.

Moments into last nights contest against Fairland the Titans began to utilize what they have all season long, their immense pressure on the ballhandlers of the opposing team. Erin Basinger got things going for OG at the free throw line as off of an Elissa Ellerbrock missed three pointer she grabbed the rebound and was fouled and was sent for a pair of charity tosses where she hit 1/2 and put her team up 1-0.

Off of a steal by Danielle Schroeder the Titans put up 3 more quick points this time around as Ellerbrock connected from behind the arc in the deep right corner of the Schott to go up 4-0. The final two points of the opening quarter run came seconds later following a missed triple from Schroeder, Ellerbrock kept the possession alive with an offensive rebound and a made jumper to go up 6-0 with 5:45 left in the opening period before Mackenzie Riley got the Dragons on the scoreboard with a layup at the 5:24 mark. OG would outscore Fairland the rest of the way in the quarter 7-1 and lead at the quarter stoppage 13-3.

Things wouldn’t get much better for Fairland in the second quarter either as the high pressure relentless attack of OG would connect for 7 points off of turnovers and head into the half with a 27-10 Titans advantage. Fairland was held to just 2/14 shooting from the perimeter and had to rely on their free throw shooting (6/10 in the half) to get their score into double digits.

Despite shooting just 9/22 in the second half, OG was able to stretch their lead to 40-17 heading into the final period as they utilized a 13-7 quarter and connected on a multitude of free throws. Ottawa Glandorf outscored Fairland 15-10 in the fourth quarter and advanced with a 55-27 win in front of 5,368 cheering fans in attendance.

Caitlin Stone, a 5’3 Senior headed to play for former OG Titan Haley Ducey at Urbana University was held to just 3 points in the contest on 1/10 shooting. Her lone made shot of the game came on a three pointer. Kelsey Riley, a 4 year starter and McDonalds All-American Game nominee for the Dragons was also held in check by the pressure defense employed by the Titans as she finished her career with 11 points on 4/7 shooting combined with 3/5 from the charity stripe.

Ottawa Glandorf was led in scoring by Elissa Ellerbrock with 11, and followed closely by Erin Basinger with 10. The Titans advance to Saturday afternoon at 2pm where they will play the Versailles Tigers, 54-43 winners over the previously unbeaten Doylestown Chippewa Lady Chipps in the early contest.

The Division 4 State Championship game can be heard live as it happens on www.zsportslive.com

Box Score:

OG (55):

Dani Ellerbrock 5
Elissa Ellerbrock 11
Anna Bellman 1
Erin Basinger 10
Danielle Schroeder 7
Devon Warnecke 2
Mackenzie Meyer 2
Kylie White 8
Lexi Schroeder 5
Kadie Hempfling 4

FG: 18/42 (42.9%)
3: 2/7 (28.6%) – D. Ellerbrock, E. Ellerbrock
FT: 17/26 (65.4%)
Reb: 36 (17 offensive – E. Ellerbrock 9)
Fouls: 16
Ast: 13 (D. Ellerbrock 5)
TO: 12
Blk: 0
Stl: 12 (E. Ellerbrock 3, Hempfling 3)
Points in paint: 28
Points off turnover: 24
2nd chance points: 18
Bench scoring: 21

Fairland (27):

Taylor Staten 4
Mackenzie Riley 4
Kelsey Riley 11
Caitlin Stone 3
Jenna Fulks 3
Emily Chapman 2

FG: 7/32 (21.9%)
3: 1/12 (10.0%) – Stone
FT: 12/20 (60.0%)
Reb: 23 (9 offensive – M. Riley 5)
Fouls: 20
Ast: 4 (M. Riley 2)
Blk: 2 (Fulks 2)
Stl: 5 (5 players with 1 each)
Points in paint: 12
Points off turnover: 10
2nd chance points: 1
Bench scoring: 2

Versailles (25-4) used their stellar defense and a big performance from Freshman phenom and Honorable Mention MAC selection Kami McEldowney who finished with a team high 13 points. Joining McEldowney in double figures for the Tigers were Seniors Lauren Bruns (headed to Dayton on a Volleyball scholarship), and Taylor Winner with 12 points apiece.

Division 3 All-Ohio 1st teamer and Player of the Year Ashley Richardson finished with a game high 18 points on 8/13 from the field, she also grabbed 11 rebounds. Outside of Richardson however the Lady Chipps finished just 4/26 from the field and could only muster 43 points to Versailles 54 in suffering their only loss of the season (finished 28-1).

One positive note however for Chippewa, their 28 wins is the most in a single season by a Lady Chipps squad and they will return two of their key players in Carly Koncz and Taylor Richards.


LCC survives and advances to Regionals

ADA, OHIO – It was billed all season long as potentially one of the best matchups in the state as St. Henry took the court against the defending D3 Champions in LCC. For the first half of basketball it was more like a rout as the T-Birds jumped on the Redskins early and often before surviving a big run in the 3rd quarter and earning their 45-44 win Saturday night at ONU.

Led early by Dantez Walton who scored 5 of his team high 16 points in the first stanza, the T-Birds flexed their offensive muscle and led 11-7 after the first quarter and 30-15 at the half before the Redskins came out guns blazing after the break.

St. Henry shot 6/21 in the first half and 0-5 from 3 but shot 10/15 from the field and hit 5/8 triples in the 3rd quarter as they accounted for 20 period points and were found themselves down just four at 39-35 heading to the fourth quarter.

Caleb Bender got things going coming out of the halftime break for the Redskins as he tossed in a three pointer :12 into the third stanza that helped key a 17-9 run aided by triples by Bender, Ryan Mikesell, Mitch Stammen, and one by Evan Prenger that pulled the MAC Champions to 32-26 midway through the quarter just seconds before a Stammen steal and layup that forced LCC to take a timeout up 32-38 with 4:29 left in the 3rd.

Following the timeout and a missed LCC layup by Josh Dixon, the Redskins cut the lead to just a pair as Prenger scored on a layup assisted by Caleb Bender. On the ensuing possession for the T-Birds Aidan O’Connor’s turnover set up a three point play by Mitch Stammen who added a free throw to give his team a 32-31 lead when Josh Dixon picked up his 3rd foul of the game.

Despite being in foul trouble in the second half, Dixon was effective on the offensive end as he stuck back an O’Connor miss off the glass to put LCC back in the lead at 34-33 with 1:07 to go in the games second to last quarter. Cam White, a 6’2 Senior for the Birds connected on a jumper to push the lead to three but Mikesell’s layup just seconds later made it 36-35 LCC. With a trio of fouls on his own late in the third quarter Walton was subbed in defense for offense in the second half but loomed large with the basketball as he drained a fall away three pointer from the right wing at the buzzer to put his squad in front 39-35.

Lima Central Catholic utilized the clock very effectively in the final quarter as Junior Tre Cobbs, who did not get the start due to a shoulder injury showcased his superior ballhandling and dribbling abilities by running almost 3:00 off of the clock near the half court line. There was just 2:43 left in the fourth when Mikesell who was held to just 12 points in the game on 5/14 shooting connected on 1/2 free throws to cut the lead to 39-36.

Dantez Walton grabbed an offensive rebound off of an Aidan O’Connor miss and sent it back outside to Josh Dixon who connected on a three pointer that put LCC up 6 with 1:46 left. Not to be outdone however the Redskins cut the lead to three again on their next possession as Mitch Stammen connected on a triple that was immediately followed by a timeout for MAC Coach of the Year Eric Rosenbeck.

Almost a minute came off of the clock for the T-Birds before a free throw by Cobbs gave LCC a four point advatage at 43-39 with :46 left in the game. St. Henry got the ball next on a rebound by Jesse Niekamp and scored on a Mikesell layup with :16 left to make it 43-41 by Cobbs blazed a trail down the court and got a pair of points on a layup with high right hand that provided the final LCC points. Evan Prenger hit a three pointer with :04 seconds left to provide the final points in the 46-45 loss for the Redskins.

LCC (23-2) who shot a perfect 6/6 from 3 will travel to Bowling Green’s Stroh Center on Wednesday night at for the 6th straight season they will meet the OG Titans, and the 4th straight time in the Regional round as the two will tip off at 8pm in a game that will be broadcast live on www.zsportslive.com

St. Henry ends their season at 22-3 in the last contest for a highly decorated Senior class consisting of Caleb Bender (2nd team MAC), Scott Knapke, Blake Hoying, Evan Prenger, Justin Ahlers, and the 2015 Midwest Athletic Conference and Northwest District Player of the Year and future Dayton Flyer Ryan Mikesell who finishes his prep career with 1540 points.


LCC (45):

Dantez Walton 16
Jake Williams 6
Josh Dixon 11
Tre Cobbs 8
Cam White 4

FG: 18/30 (60%)
3: 6/6 (100% – Walton 4, Dixon, Cobbs)
FT: 3/8 (37.5%)
Reb: 22 (7 offensive – Walton 6)
Fouls: 14
Ast: 10 (Cobbs 6)
Blk: 2 (Walton 2)
Stl: 9 (Walton 2, Dixon 2, Cobbs 2)

St. Henry (44):

Caleb Bender 5
Mitch Stammen 17
Evan Prenger 10
Ryan Mikesell 12

FG: 16/36 (44.4%)
3: 5/13 (38.5%)
FT: 7/10 (70.0%)
Reb: 17 (6 offensive – J. Niekamp 5)
Fouls: 14
Ast: 7 (Bender 2, Stammen 2, Prenger 2)
Blk: 2 (Stammen, Prenger)
Stl: 9 (Mikesell 4)


OG races past Coldwater to District Finals

Both teams got off to a slow start shooting the ball Thursday night but once the Titans got it going they hit nearly half of their shots from the field en route to a 52-33 victory over Coldwater that propels them into the District Finals on Saturday afternoon.

Coldwater, coming off of an overtime victory against Columbus Grove on Saturday got the first basket of the game but it took them 2 minutes in the opening quarter to do so. OG responded to tie the game at 2-2 over a minute later before Coldwater pushed their lead out to 6-6 midway through the period. Defense was the story of both the early part and the finish of the first quarter as the Cavs broke an 8-8 tie with 1:57 remaining in the first with a bucket that would put their lead to 10-8 heading into the second quarter.

Ottawa Glandorf outscored the Cavaliers 34-18 over the next two quarters as they used a torrid shooting performance from the floor coupled with many Coldwater turnovers to do so.

Things would not get much better for the MAC representative in the final 8:00 as the Titans connected on many of their 15 makes from the free throw line to seal the win. For the game OG finished at 15/18 from the charity stripe, including 12/13 from Senior Elissa Ellerbrock.

47 combined turnovers in the contest kept both teams from being able to get into their offensive flow they are used to having until the second half.

Elissa Ellerbrock led all scorers with 23 points in the game to along with her 10 rebounds and 4 steals. OG (22-2) will return to the fieldhouse on Saturday to take on the #2 team in Division 3, the Liberty Benton Eagles. LB is the last team to have beaten OG as they did so back on December 29th of last year by a 49-41 margin at the Supreme Court in Ottawa.

One scary moment for the Titans came late in the first half as Sophomore starter Kylie White went down with an injury and did not return to the contest. Her status for Saturday is unknown as of now.

Coldwater finishes their season at 13-11 and were led in scoring by All-MAC selection Erica Sudhoff who tossed in 12 points for her squad.


OG (52):

Dani Ellerbrock 12
Elissa Ellerbrock 23
Kadie Hempfling 2
Anna Bellman 3
Erin Basinger 8
Lexi Schroeder 4

FG: 17/39 (43.6%)
3: 1/11 (9.0%) – E. Ellerbrock
FT: 15/18 (83.3%)
Reb: 38 (17 offensive) – E. Ellerbrock 10
Ast: 12 (5 players with 2 each)
Blk: 1 (Lexi Schroeder)
TO: 22

Coldwater (33):

Maura Hoying 4
Brooke Welsch 7
Hannah Bruns 4
Erica Sudhoff 12
Lauren Leugers 2
Denise Schwieterman 2
Emma Homan 2

FG: 11/35 (31.4%)
3: 2/7 (28.6%) – (Welsch, Sudhoff
FT: 5/9 (55.6%)
Reb: 27 (10 offensive) – Maura Hoying 6
Ast: 8 (Hoying 3)
TO: 25


OG, Coldwater win Sectional Championships

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.


OG (66):

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.


Coldwater (60):

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


T-Birds fly south to Columbus

Each of the previous two seasons have ended for Lima Central Catholic on the floor of the Stroh Center at the hands of the Ottawa Glandorf Titans, but not this season.

LCC used a big performance by Martyce Kimbrough to secure the win as the Senior tossed in another 20 point performance to lead his team to a 55-40 win over the defending Division 3 State Champion OG Titans.

OG trailed after the 1st quarter 10-8 but despite another outstanding 4th quarter from the free throw line as they have done in all 3 visits to the Stroh Center this postseason were not able to get enough points to outscore the T-Birds.

The Titans were led in scoring by 6-7 Junior Noah Bramlage with 19.

OG’s season comes to an end at 16-11 while LCC improves to 23-4 and will next play on Friday afternoon at 2pm inside the Schottenstein Center in Columbus against Roger Bacon for a chance to play either defending Division 4 State Champion Villa Angela St. Joseph or Columbus Bishop Ready in the State Finals. Ready and VASJ will meet in the early contest on Friday at 10:45am.

2010 was the last time LCC was able to hoist a State Championship trophy but will be making their 7th appearance since 1989 on Friday.

Hear the T-Birds take on Roger Bacon with the “Voice of the T-Birds” Aaron Matthews beginning at 1:30pm Friday on www.931thefan.com or listen to all of the games on via your tunein ap courtesy of www.zsportslive.com

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Leipsic, OG, Grove, PG, Ottoville all advance

By virture of their wins in Putnam County on Saturday night, Leipsic and Pandora Gilboa added dates next Thursday night in Allen County against Ottoville and Crestview respectively.

On the back of a 25 point night from Senior forward Megan Maag, the Rockets capped off the night at Ottawa Glandorf’s Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium in which they could seemingly do no wrong.

Pandora jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter behind Maag who would go on to score her 1,000th point in the 3rd quarter and never looked back (Hear the call of it here: http://t.co/lm8ZfjtOKZ).

After the first quarter the scoreboard read Pandora 14-10 over McComb, a team the Rockets have now beaten twice this season. At the half the Rockets led 26-10. Pandora would push their advantage to 43-29 after three stanzas and finish it off with a 57-38 win.

With the win the Rockets improve to 16-8 on the season while McComb behind a big night from Emily Clymer finish their 2013-14 campaign at 12-12.

Thursday night at 6:15pm it will be second seeded Pandora Gilboa against top seeded Crestview. The game can be heard live on www.zsportslive.com

In the earlier contest of the night the Leipsic Vikings picked up win #20 as they dispatched the Miller City Wildcats 55-35.

Leipsic jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead and led 36-13 at the half. In the contest Amber Gerdeman went well over her 12ppg average as she had 23 points in the win that will set up a rematch between the Vikings and the Ottoville Big Green that was won just a few weeks ago by the Vikings that denied Ottoville their 5th straight PCL title.

Ottoville will meet Leipsic at 8pm in the 2nd game at Lima Senior High School on Thursday night following completion of the Crestview/PG game. The Big Green racked up another sectional title with a 58-53 win over Kalida in Van Wert to earn themselves a rematch with the top ranked Vikings.

Two other Putnam County League schools also got an opportunity to cut down nets on Saturday night as the Columbus Bulldogs were victorious in Wapakoneta over the Allen East Mustangs 55-37 behind another big game at Wapak for Julia Wynn, and the Ottawa Glandorf Titans were winners as well 68-33 over Bluffton in the Riverdale sectional.

Ottawa Glandorf and Columbus Grove will meet in Elida on Thursday night in Division 3 Tournament action at the Fieldhouse with a 6:15pm tipoff that can be heard on www.zsportslive.com as well with Dave Boninsegna on the call.

Be sure to stay tuned to @zsportslive and @michaelhirnpbp to stay up to date on OHSAA tournament action, scores and news.


Bulldogs Advance

It’s that time of the season again, OHSAA Girls Tournament Basketball, the time of year where you throw the records out the windows and anything can happen.

Columbus Grove entered the Sectional Tournament Wednesday night at Wapak with a 13-9 record while their opponents the Coldwater Cavaliers brought a 14-8 record along with them into the contest.

With Coldwater looking to utilize their size advantage, Columbus Grove looked to counter with their speedy four guard lineup. It appeared early as if the Cavaliers could run away with the game as they jumped out to a 10-7 lead after the first stanza. Outside of a pair of Lynea Diller buckets from the paint, Grove could not buy a bucket early as their other three points came from Julia Wynn and Sydney McCluer at the charity stripe. Coldwater sharpshooter Sarah Kanney put on an impressive display from long range in the quarter as she put 8 early points on the board including a pair from 25 feet away with her set shot jumper.

In the second stanza both teams traded turnovers as Grove would end the half forcing 12 Cavalier miscues while only committing 10 of their own. Despite being outscored on the perimeter in the opening quarter, the Bulldogs fought back in the second as they sent the teams to the break tied at 20 on the back of a 13-10 stanza with 6 players accounting for points. Coldwater reversed the roles from the opening quarter in the second however as they hit 7-7 from the free throw line to tie it at 20 with half the game gone.

A hardened effort by Columbus Grove to shut down Kanney in the 3rd quarter proved to be an effective strategy as the only Cavalier to score in the third would be Hannah Bruns who would account for all 7 Coldwater points in the stanza. Utilizing balanced scoring again, Columbus Grove had 5 players score in the quarter including 4 from Diller and used those points to lead 31-27 heading into the final quarter of regulation despite a 3 point play from Bruns as time expired.

With both teams racking up fouls in bunches, both teams spent a major part of the fourth quarter at the line. Columbus Grove would convert on 6-6 attempts while Coldwater shot 5-9 from the line. Kanney and Kiersten Siefring both provided a spark from long range to keep it close and send the game to overtime tied at 42. Grove had a chance to win it at the end of regulation, but could not get enough separation at half court to get a shot close enough to the rim to win it, despite a great heave that came up just short.

During the overtime period both teams again looked to put their stamp on the game and advance, but the Bulldogs utilized the free throw line where they went 7-8 en route to the 51-49 win. Julia Wynn was fouled for the Bulldogs with 1.8 seconds left and the game tied at 49, and promptly buried a pair of charity tosses through the net to secure the 2 point victory for her squad. Wynn would finish the game with 14 points and 5-6 from the line in the OT. Jade Clement, a 5’3 freshman finished off her 10 points with the other two makes from the line for Columbus Grove.

Sarah Kanney finished with a game high 17 for the Cavaliers while her teammate Bruns dropped in 14 in the loss.

Coldwater finishes their season at 14-9 while Columbus Grove ups their record to 14-9 and will play at Wapak again on Saturday night at 6:15pm against Allen East, a team who beat the Bulldogs on January 30th 50-44. The winner of that contest will be crowned Sectional Champions and will move on to play in Elida on Thursday Feb 27th against either Ottawa Glandorf or Bluffton.

Hear the contest as it happened with myself (@michaelhirnpbp) and Steve Wiener (@wienerman46) here: