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Defense powers Titans past Bulldogs

OTTAWA, OH – A strong team defensive effort Thursday night powered the OG Titans past Route 65 rival Columbus Grove 47-19 in non-league action.

Columbus Grove came into the contest already without their big gun Paige Bellman who is out for her senior season, but were dealt a second blow when they were unable to utilize the services of junior guard Rylee Sybert who missed this contest due to injury as well.

Outside of the first quarter when three players, Carlee McCluer, Lauren Schroeder, and Abby Gladwell each hit from the field, the Bulldogs were held to just a trio of makes from the field the rest of the game.

Despite both teams giving away the basketball at a frantic pace in the first period, the scoring was plentiful as the two teams battled for the first stoppage lead down to the buzzer. Columbus Grove pulled within a point at 11-10 when a long two point shot trickled through the net as the horn sounded.

Ottawa Glandorf’s stifling full court team defense reared its head in the second stanza as the Titans forced a handful of Bulldog mistakes with their relentless pressure and surged out to a 26-12 halftime advantage behind a 15-2 quarter. The only basket of the second period came for the visitors when Lauren Schroeder who finished with a team high 7 points was able to drop one through the net.

Against a 2-3 and at times 3-2 zone defense the Titan attack was able to connect on a pair of shots from behind the arc from Carri Johnson and Ashley Schroeder, but would do most of their damage from inside behind senior Kadie Hempfling who finished the first half with 10 markers to lead all scorers.

Unable to score for most of the games penultimate stanza the Bulldogs nailed back to back shots in a span of the final :26 of the period when the duo of McCluer and Schroeder connected from well behind the right wing arc. Schroeder’s triple came with the buzzer ringing out inside Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium and represented the last make from the field of the ballgame for Grove.

Second half three pointers from Ashley Schroeder and a pair from Brianna Schimmoeller helped Ottawa Glandorf begin to salt away their sixth straight win in the series and seventh in the eight games since the series between the two schools was restarted in 2010.

For the game the Titans (8-1) were paced by Hempfling’s 12 points as she continues her quest to become the fourth Ottawa Glandorf player to reach 1,000 career points. Joining the future BG Falcon in double digits was the teams second leading scorer on the season in Schroeder who chipped in 10 for her sixth straight double digit effort.

Columbus Grove (5-5) featured just four players registering points including Danielle Bame who connected on one of two from the line in the fourth quarter for the only Bulldog points of the final eight minutes.

OG will travel to take on the Liberty Benton Eagles on Saturday night in Findlay while Columbus Grove will be off until January 6th when they take on Putnam County League rival Ottoville. Both games can be heard on WZOQ Radio.


OG (47):

Ashley Schroeder 10
Kelsey Erford 2
Carri Johnson 5
Paige Sutter 4
Erin Kaufman 6
Brianna Schimmoeller 8
Kadie Hempfling 12

FT: 2/4
3PT: 5 (Schroeder 2, Schimmoeller 2, Johnson)
TO: 14

Columbus Grove (19):

Danielle Bame 1
Carlee McCluer 6
Lauren Schroeder 7
Abby Gladwell 5

FT: 0/2
3PT: 4 (McCluer 2, Schroeder, Gladwell)
TO: 27

JV: 41-39 Ottawa Glandorf was victorious as Mylee Utrup hit a shot at the buzzer to give the Titans the victory.


Columbus Grove Girls 2017-18 Season Preview

COLUMBUS GROVE, OH – Columbus Grove lost 6 seniors who were a part of their 2016-17 squad that won both the NWC and the PCL and recently learned they will have an even bigger challenge replacing their punch from last season.

1st team All-Ohio selection Paige Bellman, a senior who is committed to play her college basketball at Detroit Mercy will likely miss all of this upcoming season as she deals with a possible torn ACL. Last season Bellman averaged 17.2 points per game and was named Player of the Year in both the Northwest Conference and the Putnam County League while helping the Bulldogs to a 23-2 mark.

Graduation hit the Bulldogs hard in the offseason as they lost not only 1,300 point scorer Jade Clement who is currently playing for Huntington University in Indiana, but also one of their best three point threats in Macy McCluer.

This season the success for Columbus Grove will rely heavily on how much the returning core of letter winners that includes seniors Carlee McCluer and Lauren Schroeder, alongside junior point guard Rylee Sybert who collectively averaged 16.0 points per game last year.

Grove mentor Brian Schroeder who sports a 75-23 record and an appearance in last seasons District Finals has high hopes for his squad and mentions a handful of promising newcomers in his season media notes such as senior forward Teyah Sautter, junior guard Amy Vorst, sophomores Angel Schneider, Abigail Gladwell, and Emily Watt along with freshman guard Erin Downing as those to watch.

“This team will have a lot of new players filling new roles and learning how to play with each other. As long as we continue to work hard and improve each week, we hope to be much better at the end of the year than we are at the beginning” Schroeder remarked on his outlook for the upcoming campaign.

The Bulldogs kick off their season on Tuesday, November 28th when they travel to Lima to take on the Shawnee Indians in a non-conference clash before beginning their home slate on Saturday, December 2nd against the Bath Wildcats.

2017/2018 Schedule
Tue Nov 28 @ Shawnee
Sat Dec 2 Bath
Tue Dec 5 Continental (PCL)
Thu Dec 7 @ Crestview (NWC)
Tue Dec 12 Patrick Henry
Thu Dec 14 Paulding (NWC)
Sat Dec 16 @ Elida
Tue Dec 19 Kalida (PCL)
Thur Dec 21 @ Lincolnview (NWC)
Thur Dec 28 @ Ottawa Glandorf
Sat Jan 6 Ottoville (PCL)
Thu Jan 11 Spencerville (NWC)
Sat Jan 13 Leipsic (PCL)
Sat Jan 20 @ Miller City (PCL)
Mon Jan 22 @ Ft. Jennings (PCL)
Thu Jan 25 @ Bluffton (NWC)
Tue Jan 30 @ Liberty Benton
Thu Feb 1 @ Delphos Jefferson (NWC)
Thu Feb 8 Allen East (NWC)
Sat Feb 10 @ Arlington
Thu Feb 15 Ada (NWC)
Sat Feb 17 @ Pandora Gilboa (PCL)


Late free throw keeps Titans record unblemished

COLUMBUS GROVE, OH – For the third straight game the Ottawa Glandorf Lady Titans have faced and handed a previously undefeated squad their first loss of the year.

Kadie Hempfling finished the night with just 5 points but scored the biggest marker of the game when it counted most as the Junior made a free throw with 6.6 seconds remaining Thursday night to give her team a 45-44 road victory over Columbus Grove.

Trailing 9-8 with just seconds to go in the first quarter the Titans turned to the same place they have during their streak of doling out first losses, Sophomore guard Erin Kaufman who connected on a three pointer to give OG an 11-9 lead at the first break in the action.

Both teams went inside early and often to their post game in the second quarter in an attempt to slow down the others point output with varying results. Grove 6’0 Junior Paige Bellman scored six points in the second period but saw her squad held to just one basket from a teammate (Rylee Sybert) find its way into the net. Kylie White’s big quarter of 8 points coupled with a second three pointer from Kaufman and a jumper from Lexi Schroeder helped OG enter halftime with a 24-17 advantage.

Bellman, a 1st team Putnam County League selection last season who entered play averaging just under 18 points per contest through her teams first six contests this year continued her big night in the third quarter as she provided seven of the 11 markers her squad added to the board.

Midway through the stanza with her team struggling to find offensive opportunities against the 2-3 zone the Bulldogs were sitting back, Lexi Schroeder hit a pair of three pointers to help give OG a 33-29 advantage heading to the last eight minutes of the game.

Three pointers were the shot of the moment in the fourth quarter as both teams combined to hit on six from behind the arc.

Each time Columbus Grove needed a big shot in the final moments they turned to Senior Macy McCluer and watcher her deliver as she connected on three straight from deep to help the Bulldogs regain the lead on two different occasions. Carri Johnson, Erin Kaufman, and Lexi Schroder each knocked down a triple in the quarter to help keep the Titans even with their hosts in the waning moments of the game before Hempfling’s free throw sealed the win for the defending WBL Champions.

Ottawa Glandorf with the win begins their season at 9-0 for just the third time in school history. In 2005 the Titans began their campaign with 24 consecutive wins before falling in the postseason, and in 2003 OG started 18-0 before falling to Kalida in their 19th game of the year.

Both teams will be off until the new year when OG welcomes Perrysburg to town while Columbus Grove (6-1) dips into NWC play where they are the defending conference champions by taking on visiting Delphos Jefferson on January 5th.

Box Score:

OG (45):
Carri Johnson 3
Erin Kaufman 9
Lexi Schroeder 12
Kylie White 16
Kadie Hempfling 5

FT: 4/10
3PT: 6 (Kaufman 3, L. Schroeder 3)
TO: 15

Columbus Grove (44):
Macy McCluer 15
Rylee Sybert 4
Jade Clement 6
Paige Bellman 19

FT: 3/6
3PT: 5 (M. McCluer 5)
TO: 18

JV: 25-24 Columbus Grove


Bulldogs stay perfect in NWC

SPENCERVILLE, OH – The Columbus Grove Bulldogs put four players in double figures Thursday night as they routed their NWC rivals Spencerville 72-41 to remain as the Northwest Conference’s only unbeaten squad in league play.

Columbus Grove won the games opening tip and wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as Jade Clement tossed in a three pointer with just :06 gone in the first quarter. While Clement would score 9 of her game high 18 points in the opening quarter, teammates Macy McCluer, McKenzie Bame, Lynea Diller and Paige Bellman combined to score 15 points and give the visitors a 24-12 lead after the first period.

While the Bearcats were able to muster just 7 points in the second stanza, the Bulldogs again found themselves with a handful of players turning their opponents miscues into points and led 38-19 heading to the lockerroom for the halftime break.

Jenna Henline was the big scorer for the Bearcats on the evening as she finished with 14 points on the night. Henline’s big quarter came in the third stanza as she hit a pair of three pointers and a trio of shots from the free throw line to help her Cats cut into the Bulldogs lead. Columbus Grove’s low post duo of Diller and Bellman, each playing with a pair of fouls scored 10 of the Dogs 17 points and helped keep the home team out of the lane in the quarter.

With a big lead midway through the final period the Bulldogs pulled their starting lineup out of the game, but not until Clement connected on 5/6 free throws in the opening minutes and Diller tossed in her final basket to become the fourth players to reach double figures. Grace Schroeder, a 5’7 Junior accounted for all seven of her points including a three pointer from the wing to push the Grove lead to 30 at the time. When the clock reached zero the Bulldogs found themselves with their fourth straight defeat of the Bearcats and eighth win in a row.

Columbus Grove (17-1) will next take on Allen East at home in NWC play on February 4th and will await the tournament draw on Sunday where they likely will find themselves as a top seed and in line for a bye in sectional play.

Spencerville sees their record fall to 7-11 overall and 3-3 in Northwest Conference action. The Bearcats will return to action on Tuesday, Feb 2nd as they play host to New Bremen in a non-league tilt.


Grove (71):

Macy McCluer 11
Jade Clement 18
McKenzie Bame 9
Grace Schroeder 7
Hallie Malsam 2
Lynea Diller 11
Paige Bellman 14

3PT: 6 (McCluer 3, Clement, Bame, G. Schroeder)
FT: 12/17
TO: 17

Spencerville (41):

Jenna Henline 14
Jayden Smith 8
Tiffany Work 6
Jacey Grigsby 6
Allison Bowsher 2
Alex Carter 5

3PT: 3 (Henline 3)
FT: 8/12
TO: 22

JV: Columbus Grove 51-27


Titans hand Grove 1st loss of season

OTTAWA, OH – Behind a career high 25 points from Junior Kylie White and key free throw shooting in the fourth quarter, the OG Titans were able to rebound from their first loss of the season and deal Columbus Grove their first defeat 61-58 in a non-conference matchup Monday night.

With Ottawa Glandorf leading 12-9 and just seconds left in the first quarter of play, Columbus Grove’s Brooke Hoffman found herself with no Titan guarding her at the top of the key and let loose and connected on a three pointer to even the game at 12-12.

A fast paced evenly played second quarter would see the Bulldogs take a 21-20 lead into the halftime break as they were fueled by Senior guard Kyrah Yinger and her five quarter points.

As the fouls began to mount for each squad in the games penultimate quarter, free throw shooting began to become a major element in how the games final score would be accounted for. Ottawa Glandorf connected on 5/6 tosses in the period while Grove would not find themselves at the charity stripe the entire period.

Grove Sophomore Paige Bellman took over the offensive load for the Bulldogs in the fourth period as she tossed in a dozen of her team high 20 points on the night and helped her squad keep pace with the Titans offensive barrage.

On the evening the Titans would connect on 24/29 free throws, as compared to the just 7/12 the visitors would shoot from the line, with 16 of those makes coming in the last period.

Ten of the 25 points on the night from White came in the games final quarter as she found herself thrice at the line looking to complete a three point play after having been fouled on her made layups.

In the waning moments of the game the score ebbed and flowed back and forth with OG leading by as much as five. Grove on two different occasions cut the Titans lead to just a pair with a steal and a score, but would see their final shot of the contest blocked as the buzzer rang out with OG on top of the scoreboard.

Along with the 25 from White, the Titans (8-1) got strong contributions from Freshman guard Erin Kaufman (8 points), Sophomore Mackenzie Meyer (9 points), and Senior forward Lexie Schroeder (9 points) in the win. Ottawa Glandorf will travel to Findlay on Wednesday night as they take on the Liberty Benton Eagles in a contest that will begin at 7:30pm and broadcast live on Titan Basketball vs LB

Bellman was joined in double figures on the night from Junior Jade Clement’s 11 points for Columbus Grove (9-1) and will next travel to Ottoville on Saturday, January 2nd to take on the Big Green in an afternoon Putnam County League tilt.


OG (61):

Devon Warnecke 3
Carri Johnson 2
Dani Ellerbrock 5
Erin Kaufman 8
Mackenzie Meyer 9
Kylie White 25
Lexi Schroeder 9

FT: 24/29
TO: 10

Grove (58):
Macy McCluer 8
Kyrah Yinger 9
Jade Clement 11
Brooke Hoffman 5
Lynea Diller 5
Paige Bellman 20

FT: 7/12
TO: 14

JV: Columbus Grove 35-11


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


Bulldogs outshoot Bearcats

Columbus Grove jumped out to an early 7-0 lead in the opening minutes of their contest Thursday night and never looked back as they downed visiting Spencerville 68-44.

Despite falling behind in the first couple of minutes of the game the Bearcats kept shooting the ball and used a 12-6 run after trailing 7-0 find themselves down by just 4 at 18-14 as the first stanza came to an end.

The Bulldogs have been on a tear lately scoring and were able to stave off 8 first half turnovers en route to 37 first half points, led by freshman Carlee McCluer’s 14 first half points. Sophomore guard Jade Clement, the Bulldogs leading scorer on the season would add 9 points in the first two quarters as well.

With two of their top scorers (senior Schylar Miller and junior Caitlyn Propst) both out due to knee injuries, the Bearcats have turned to other players this season to help provide scoring. One of those players is freshman Jenna Henline who was receiving her first career start and scored a pair of points for the Cats offense.

Spencerville would find themselves unable to defense the perimeter shot from Columbus Grove as four different Bulldogs connected from long range, led by three triples each from junior Kyrah Yinger (13 points) and McCluer (career high 22 points) who finished with 35 of the teams 68 points. Jade Clement would add 11 points in the Bulldog win and has now totaled 62 points in the last three contests for her squad.

Jacey Grigsby (15) points led three players in double figures for the Bearcats who see their record fall to 6-9 overall and 1-5 in the NWC. Spencerville will next travel to Kalida on Tuesday to take on the Wildcats in a non-conference matchup.

With the win the Bulldogs improve to 11-6 overall, and 4-1 in the NWC, they will be off until next Thursday when they hit the road to take on Allen East in NWC play.


Grove (68):

Carlee McCluer 22
Kyrah Yinger 13
Jade Clement 11
Mackenzie Wurth 8
Lynea Diller 6
Paige Bellman 4
McKenzie Bame 4

3’s: 8 (Yinger/McCluer 3 each, Clement, Wurth)
FT: 2/6
TO: 15

Spencerville (44):

Jacey Grigsby 15
Megan Miller 11
Emilee Meyer 10
Katie Merriman 4
Jayden Smith 2
Jenna Henline 2

3’s: 4 (Meyer 2, Grigsby, Miller)
FT: 11/18
TO: 17

JV: Grove 57-32


Bulldogs finish with a flurry

Columbus Grove started slow Monday night against the visiting Fort Jennings Musketeers but finished with a flurry in the final three quarters as they downed the Musketeers 57-37 in PCL action.

Neither team got on the scoreboard until midway through the first quarter when Ft. Jennings forward Erin Osting scored the first of her three buckets in the quarter. Sophomore Jade Clement scored the Bulldogs only points of the quarter on a three pointer but saw her squad trail 6-3 at the end of the first stanza.

Following a period with just one make from the floor, the Bulldogs would outscore the Musketeers 20-10 in the second quarter. Grove would finish the first half shooting 10/25 (40%) to just 6/19 (31%) for the visitors. Carlee McCluer gave Columbus Grove their first lead of the game at 11-9 with 4:02 to go in the half, a lead they would never relinquish. Jade Clement would again lead the Bulldogs in scoring for the quarter as she would finish with 7 markers and be trailed by just one point in the stanza by freshman Carlee McCluer with 6.

For as good as the Bulldogs were shooting the basketball in the second quarter they were almost as good in the 3rd as they outscored the Musketeers 17-7. Not to be outdone by the 7 in the second quarter, Clement would hit a pair of threes and put in 8 points in third. Carlee McCluer added one of only two three pointers (Mackenzie Wurth) not made by Jade on the evening.

The Bulldogs outscored Fort Jennings 54-31 in the final three quarters of play as they secured the win behind a game high 26 from Clement who added 1 to her game high total of 25 from Saturday in a win over Miller City. Fort Jennings was led in scoring by Erin Osting with 13.

Fort Jennings drops to 1-15 (1-6 PCL) with the loss and will next take on the Ottoville Big Green on Thursday. Columbus Grove improves their season record to 10-6 and gets to .500 in the PCL at 3-3, they will take on the Spencerville Bearcats in NWC play at 7pm in a game that will be broadcast live on .


Grove (57):

Jade Clement 26
Carlee McCluer 13
Lynea Diller 7
Mackenzie Wurth 5
Becca Endicott 2
Kyrah Yinger 2
Brooke Hoffman 2

Quarter Scoring:

Grove 3 20 17 17
Ft. Jen 6 10 7 14

JV: 52-33 Grove


Ottoville girls, Fort Jennings boys post wins

Saturday afternoon the Ottoville Big Green used a big performance from Annie Lindeman who scored 24 and helped her team pull away for a 53-35 PCL win against the Columbus Grove Bulldogs.

Lindeman, a 6’1 senior wasted no time in the first quarter against the Bulldogs getting going on the offensive end as she poured in 13 of her teams 14 first quarter points including a trio of shots from behind the arc. Brooks Mangas would find herself as the only Big Green player other than Lindeman to score as she knocked down a free throw midway through the stanza.

Columbus Grove would get a spark on the afternoon as despite the loss of senior guard Sydney McCluer for the season with a knee injury just a few days earlier, Lynea Diller would return for her second consecutive game and lead the team in scoring on the afternoon with 8 points including 4 in the opening eight minutes.

Over the course of the middle two quarters the Big Green would control the boards and the scoring 21-13 to lead 35-21 heading into the final quarter of action.

Things would get a little bit closer for the Bulldogs in the fourth however as they scored a quarter high 14 points, but gave up 18 to Ottoville that would provide the final 53-35 margin in the contest as the Big Green upped their record to 6-5, 2-1 in the PCL while the Bulldogs record fell to 6-5 and 1-2 in the PCL. Both teams will be back in action this week as Ottoville travels to Bath on Tuesday while Grove will wait until Thursday night to take on Lincolnview in NWC play.


Ottoville (53):

Annie Lindeman 24
Bridget Landin 9
Alicia Honigford 7
Nicole Kramer 6
Brooke Mangas 3
Lexie Wannemacher 3

Grove (35):

Lynea Diller 8
Jade Clement 6
Brooke Hoffman 4
Becca Endicott 4
Mackenzie Wurth 3
Paige Bellman 2
Kyrah Yinger 2
Mady Vorhees 1

JV: Grove won on a last second layup by McKenzie Bame 40-39.

Vaughnsville throwback night was a rousing success at Columbus Grove High School Saturday night except for one thing, the Fort Jennings Musketeers played spoiler for the evening and walked out of Columbus Grove with a 57-53 PCL win.

Columbus Grove honored their past Saturday night as they came onto the floor at home wearing white and blue Vaughnsville Vikings jerseys and accounted for 11 first quarter points, the same as the visiting Musketeeers.

In front of a jam packed crowd both teams found their shooting strokes in the second quarter as the Musketeers outscored the Vikings/Bulldogs 15-12 to lead at the half 26-23 behind 8 points from big man Brandon Wehri.

Connor Wallenhorst, one of the two leading scorers for Fort Jennings went down hard as he tried to make a layup for his team and was fouled would be taken to the lockerroom and would not return until he was aided by crutches in the third quarter.

Jace Darbyshire would provide all but two of the Bulldogs 7 points in the third as Fort Jennings stretched their lead at the end of the stanza to 38-30.

Darbyshire who was tied for the team lead with 7 points at the half had a huge fourth quarter with 15 points to finish with 27. Gabe Stechschulte added a pair of fourth quarter three pointers to cut into the Fort Jennings lead and get Grove as close as two on both occasions. For their part the Musketeers would lean on Austin Kehres in the second half as he scored 13 of his 15 game points across the final two periods.

With just moments left in the game it was tied, but a basket from Nick Von Sossan and a set of free throws from Kehres and Drew Grone would ice the game and provide the final 57-53 margin for Fort Jennings.

Fort Jennings improves their record on the year to 3-6 on the year and 1-0 in PCL play while Grove sees their second straight defeat and falls to 5-2, 0-1 in the Putnam County League. Columbus Grove will have a makeup game on Tuesday night at Ottoville that can be heard on www.zsportslive.com while Fort Jennings will be off until Friday when they take on Kalida.


Fort Jennings (57):

Austin Kehres 15
Drew Grone 11
Brandon Wehri 10
Nick Von Sossan 6
Alex Berelsman 5
Connor Wallenhorst 4
Mark Metzger 4
Zack Finn 2

Columbus Grove (53):

Jace Darbyshire 27
Gabe Stechschulte 13
Colton Grothaus 9
David Bogart 3
Tanner From 2
Joey Warnecke 2
Corey Schroeder 2
Logan Diller 2

JV: 48-34 Columbus Grove

Dale Otto halftime interview talking about how the night came to be: