LIMA, OH – Saturday afternoon at Lima Senior High School the Lady Spartans pulled off their biggest win of the season as they defeated #3 state ranked Ottawa Glandorf 51-47.
For Lima Senior a pair of juniors in Taja Oglesbee and Talor Washington combined to score 27 of the teams points in the game and helped put the game away in the fourth quarter from the free throw line. In the first quarter it was Washington who put the Spartans on top for the first time at 8-5 as she knocked down a shot from behind the line with 3:50 remaining in the period.
Leading 14-13 after the first quarter the home team added a pair of triples from Washington and freshman point guard Nakiya Sigman to put the Titans on their heels. Ottawa Glandorf was led in the period from the free throw line by Kadie Hempfling who connected on all four of her tries and helped to pull the Titans back to even at 21-21 with just seconds remaining before Sigman canned a three pointer at the buzzer to put LSH on top 24-21 at the halftime break.
In the first half Ottawa Glandorf found their shots few and far between, but found them much easier to come by in the third stanza as they utilized scoring from four different players including a three pointer from freshman Kelsey Erford to put them ahead 35-31 heading to the final eight minutes.
The fourth quarter would see many lead changes between the two teams occur before the final buzzer. Ottawa Glandorf hit a pair of three pointers from Hempfling and Brianna Schimmoeller but were unable to keep up with the scoring output from Oglesbee who accounted for a pair of three pointers and a 4/4 effort from the line in the end.
Late in the period the visiting Titans pulled within 1 but were unable to take the lead as Destiny McDonald was successful on a three point play to put her squad back on top for good.
Free throw shooting played a big part in the final result of the contest as OG finished 9/14 from the line while their opponents went 14/16.
Lima Senior (8-10) stops a two-game losing streak with the win and will take on Toledo Whitmer on Thursday night. Taja Oglesbee led the Spartans with 17 points and was joined in double figures by Nakiya Sigman (13) and Talor Washington (10).
Ottawa Glandorf (15-2) will return to Western Buckeye League play for a meeting with fellow conference unbeaten Defiance on Thursday night. The Titans were paced by Kadie Hempfling who tallied 21 points and 18 rebounds.
Lima Senior (51):
Ajohlon Bullock 2
Nakiya Sigman 13
Taja Oglesbee 17
Destiny McDonald 7
Talor Washington 10
Cheyanne Bean 2
Ashley Schroeder 6
Kelsey Erford 9
Paige Sutter 2
Brianna Schimmoeller 6
Peyton Warnecke 2
Kadie Hempfling 21
JV: 49-35 OG
Freshman: 27-12 OG