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Nubians end Titans season

COLUMBUS, OH – Columbus Africentric outscored Ottawa Glandorf 27-16 in the second half of Thursday night’s Division 3 state semifinals and clinched their spot in the finals against Versailles 50-37 at Ohio State University’s Schottenstein Center.

Ottawa Glandorf opened the game on a 5-0 run in the first minute and a half on a free throw by Erin Kaufman and layups by junior classmates Paige Sutter and Ashley Schroeder. Africentric’s first points of the ballgame came on their third possession as Jordan Horston connected on her first jump shot to make it a 5-2 Titan advantage. Horston’s last jump shot of the first quarter with 15 seconds left in the period pulled the OG lead to 13-11 heading to a stoppage.

In the games middle periods the Nubians held their Western Buckeye League counterparts to just 12 markers and outscored them 21-12 to lead heading into the last eight minutes of play 32-25.

A 12-0 run by Africentric and a span of nearly six minutes without a score spanning from the late third period to the middle of the fourth saw the Titans deficit fall from 7 to 19 with 2:27 left.

Throughout the course of the game OG’s all-time leading scorer Kadie Hempfling found herself saddled with fouls and on the Titans bench and saw the Nubians go on sustained runs. Hempfling ended the night with 7 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals but was forced into 7 turnovers and 4 fouls by Africentric.

Erin Kaufman who ended the Titans scoreless run with one of just three of her teams three pointers at the 2:13 mark to pull within 44-30. Kaufman ended the game as the OG leader in scoring on the floor at the Schott for the second time in three years as she tossed in a team high 14.

Africentric was led by Horston who finished with 18 as one of her teams three players in double figures and was joined by Arianna Smith (13 points), and Nyam Thornton (10). For the game the Nubians outscored OG in the paint 28-16 led by the aforementioned trio.

In the Saturday afternoon finals the Nubians would go on to defeat Versailles for their 6th State Championship 53-47.

Ottawa Glandorf’s fourth straight trip to Columbus ended with a 25-3 record. The Titans senior class of Carri Johnson, Kadie Hempfling, and Mackenzie Meyer ended their brilliant careers with a pair of final fours and runner up trophies and a 104-10 record which is the best in school history.

Box Score:

Africentric (50):

Nyam Thornton 10
Tearra Cook 3
Maliyah Johnson 4
Jordan Horston 18
Arianna Smith 13
Kazhmere Smith-Hopgood 2

FG: 20/50
3PT: 2/9 (Thornton)
FT: 8/11
REB: 40
TO: 20

Ottawa Glandorf (37):

Ashley Schroeder 6
Paige Sutter 2
Erin Kaufman 14
Kadie Hempfling 7
Kelsey Erford 3
Brianna Schimmoeller 2
Kasey Ellerbrock 3

FG: 11/45
3PT: 3/16
FT: 12/22
REB: 30
TO: 20


Four schools earn state titles

COLUMBUS, OH – Hundreds of schools began the 2015-16 OHSAA boys basketball season with hopes of hoisting the State Championship trophy but only four were successful in their quest that ended inside the Value City Arena on Saturday.

The opening contest saw the Lima Central Catholic Thunderbirds (28-1) capture their 3rd state title in school history as they were victorious in the Division 3 Finals against Cleveland Villa Angela St Joseph 66-44.

In earning the crown this season the T-Birds avenged a loss to VASJ in last seasons final game and gave Head Coach Frank Kill his second championship as the teams mentor.

LCC Senior Tre Cobbs who finished just 2/9 and with 5 points in the loss to the Vikings last season accounted for 24 of his teams points this time around on 9/14 shooting (4/5 from 3), in addition to snagging 6 rebounds. Dantez Walton, a Senior headed to play at Northern Kentucky University pumped in 20 points and pulled down a game high 11 rebounds. Ethan O’Connor’s 11 points helped to pace the Thunderbirds against the VASJ attacking defense.

Gene Higgins was the lone scorer in double figures for Villa Angela (23-6) on the afternoon as he finished with 15 points on 5/14 shooting.

Complete box score: LCC vs VASJ

Game two of the afternoon session featured the Akron St. Vincent St. Mary Fighting Irish, ranked #3 in the final Associated Press poll of the season taking on the top ranked school New Concord John Glenn for the Division 2 title.

While SVSM was struggling to connect from the field in the first half, John Glenn continued to light up the Ohio State University scoreboard as they built a 15-7 lead after the opening stanza.

Things didn’t get much better for the Irish in the second quarter either as they finished the period 6/27 and limped into the lockerroom trailing 34-23 and with one of their leading scorers in Jayvon Graves 0-11 with just a pair of markers from the free throw line.

In the second half Graves would connect on 7/13 opportunities from the field and finish with 18 points on the night but it was not enough to counteract the John Glenn second half scoring output and the Irish would be defeated 76-72 despite making it a close game in the waning moments of the fourth quarter.

John Glenn, who was honored by the presence of their namesake before the contest finishes the season at 28-1 while SVSM ends at 26-4. The Muskies were led in scoring by Drew Rackley who finished with 25 points in the game.

Northwest Conference Champion Lincolnview, making their first State Finals appearance since 1997 took on Cornerstone Christian in the third game of the night and fell to the Patriots 74-52.

The Lancers fell behind early to the running game of Cornerstone Christian and trailed 19-12 at the end of the opening eight minutes of play. Lincolnview mustered just six points in the second quarter against a tenacious Patriots defense led by Michael Bothwell who finished with a team high 14 points.

Trailing by as much as 26 late in the 3rd quarter, the Lancers were able to cut their opponents lead down to 18 but not any further despite outscoring the Patriots 19-11 in the games final quarter.

Cornerstone Christan finished the year at 17-12 and with a title in their first trip to Columbus while the Lancers season came to an end at 27-2. Both Lincolnview losses on the season came to teams who finished as State Champions as their only other loss came to the Division 3 Champion LCC Thunderbirds.

Trevor Neate led all scorers in the game with 16 points for the Lancers while Bothwell and Jeremy Owens tallied 14 apiece for Cornerstone in the victory.

In one of the most anticipated matchups of the tournament the Lima Senior Spartans, making their 5th appearance in Columbus took on the Wildcats of Westerville South.

South jumped out to a 19-12 advantage after the first quarter as the Wildcats connected on a trio of triples. Lake Erie signee Jordan Humphrey gave his team a 22-12 lead in the opening moments of the second period with the fourth three point goal of the half.

Lima Senior would respond however in the second quarter behind Xavier Simpson, Rico Stafford and Ruben Flowers to cut the halftime lead to 31-28 with Flowers connecting on a putback as the buzzer sounded and the clock ran out.

With future OSU Buckeye Kaleb Wesson on the bench after committing his third foul of the game early in the third he was sent to the bench for South. In the time the 6’9 Junior was on the pine the Spartans took over behind Flowers and used a 15-14 scoring output to climb within two of the lead 45-43 heading to the final stanza of the season.

Through the first three quarter Ruben Flowers had connected on all seven of his shot attempts (5 field goals and 2/2 free throws).

Wesson picked up foul 4 early on in the fourth quarter and was again sent to the bench to not end his penultimate season by fouling out, but it was then his brother Andre who gave his team a 53-51 lead by connecting on a deep three pointer and forcing a Senior high timeout with 2:30 remaining.

Rico Stafford’s layup with :28 seconds remaining tied the game at 55-55, but Jordan Humphrey put Westerville South on top for good with a runner in the lane to procure a 57-55 victory and the State Championship in Division 1.

Lima Senior (29-1) was led in scoring by Mr. Basketball Xavier Simpson who finished with 17 points while Flowers (12) and Stafford (10) joined him in double figures.

Westerville South (26-5) was led in scoring by Humphrey who led all scorers with 19. Andre Wesson was the only other player in double figures for his team as he finished with 14 on 5/10 shooting.


Alter claims D2 crown

COLUMBUS, OH – Ottawa Glandorf climbed within four points of Kettering Alter in the waning moments of the third quarter Saturday afternoon but were unable to complete the comeback after losing one of their leaders in Kadie Hempfling to injury and falling to the Knights 74-48 in the Division 2 State Championship game.

As she has done all season long the WBL Player of the Year dove to the floor to procure a loose ball for the Titans, but Hempfling landed awkwardly on her right hand and suffered what was later revealed to be a dislocated finger that would keep her out of the remaining ten minutes of the contest.

With the Sophomore relegated to the bench and cheering on her team as she had been forced to do in the middle of the season for five games, Ottawa Glandorf was outscored 34-12 the rest of the game by Alter.

Braxtin Miller, a Junior who is being heavily recruited by most major Division 1 colleges poured in 33 points in the game and helped her team score a State Championship game record 26 points in the final stanza to secure their second straight championship.

Freshman guard Erin Kaufman led the Titans in points for the game as she finished with 12 markers. Over a span of two minutes in the the game the youngest Titan starter accounted for ten of her scores on the afternoon and helped to push her teams momentum into an Alter timeout that had the huge OG following on their feet.

Playing in her 108th game, Senior Dani Ellerbrock who will play her college basketball at Mount Vernon Nazarene University next season handed out five assists and helped OG run the fast break to perfection at times but fouled out early in the fourth quarter to end her prep career. In her four years at Ottawa Glandorf Ellerbrock started every game of her career amassed a 90-18 record.

Kara Stephenson and Duquesne bound Libby Bazelak each scored 10 points for Alter (28-2) while Northern Kentucky bound Haley Combs added 9 for the Knights who shot 22/38 from the field, 9/15 from beyond the arc and 21/28 from the free throw line in the win.

Ottawa Glandorf’s season ends with a 26-3 record for the second straight season and ties the highest amount of wins in a single campaign in school history.


Alter (74):
Kara Stephenson 10
Olivia Gillis 1
Libby Bazelak 10
Braxtin Miller 33
Hayley Combs 9
Lauren Lush 3
Ty Markoff 5
Allie Godfrey 1
Riley Priest 2

FG: 22/38
3PT: 9/15
FT: 21/28
REB: 26
TO: 12

OG (48):
Dani Ellerbrock 6
Erin Kaufman 12
Kylie White 11
Lexi Schroeder 6
Kadie Hempfling 10
Devon Warnecke 3

FG: 21/46
3PT: 3/16
FT: 3/9
REB: 22
TO: 18


Defense propels Titans into Finals

COLUMBUS, OH – A near perfect effort by Ottawa Glandorf in the fourth quarter Thursday night against Hathaway Brown gave the Titans a 51-40 win and a date on Saturday afternoon at 2pm with Kettering Alter for the Division 2 State Championship.

Trailing 40-37 entering the final 8:00 of play the Titans held their opponents to 0-10 from the field and 0-3 from behind the arc while connecting on 4/8 and also a perfect 6/6 from the free throw line en route to a 14-0 quarter and the win.

Behind a pair of three pointers from Erin Kaufman and Dani Ellerbock, OG blitzed out to a 14-10 first quarter lead. Hathaway Brown’s duo of Hanna Harlor and Case Western Reserve bound Senior Jordan Elhindi each put in a three pointer of their own to keep the home team close early.

5’8 Sophomore Jackie Carman’s big second quarter tied the game at 26-26 at the halftime break as she connected on a pair of triples from deep against the OG zone as well as all four of her free throws. Purdue bound Dani Lawson, a 6’2 Junior hit a three pointer of her own and accounted for the remaining six points the Blazers would score in the stanza.

Second team All-Ohio selection Kadie Hempfling scored 8 of her game high 20 points before the end of the second period for OG.

Possibly broken and bruised but not willing to sit on the bench for very long, Kylie White rose to the occasion in the games penultimate quarter and she scratched and clawed her way to 7 points and a handful of rebounds to help keep her team within a couple of points of Hathaway Brown heading into the fourth quarter where the OG defense took over and picked up the win. Erin Kaufman went 4/4 from the free throw line and helped the Titans keep the momentum in a key stretch during the fourth quarter as well with her charity tosses.

With the win the Titans improve their record to 26-2 on the season and tie a school record for wins in a single campaign, a mark they set en route to their trip to the Division 3 Finals against Versailles.

On Saturday when the Finals tip off it will be the Senior PG Ellerbrock who will play in the 108th game of her career, tying her for 3rd most all-time with Jannon Roland of Urbana (89-93).

Hathaway Brown (17-11) was led in scoring by Carman with 14 points while Lawson added 13 to go with her 10 rebounds.

Ottawa Glandorf (26-2) was led by Hempfling’s 20 point, 6 rebound performance while White pumped in a double double with 11 points/11 rebounds. The Titans outscored their opponents 28-14 in the paint and 19-9 in points off turnovers.


OG (51):

Dani Ellerbrock 7
Erin Kaufman 9
Kylie White 11
Lexi Schroeder 2
Kadie Hempfling 20
Courtney Bockrath 2

FG: 18/45
3PT: 3/10 (Ellerbrock, Kaufman, Hempfling)
FT: 12/17
REB: 28 (10 offensive)
TO: 9

Hathaway Brown (40):

Hanna Harlor 6
Mackenzie Berk 2
Jackie Carman 14
Dani Lawson 13
Jordan ElHindi 5

FG: 13/39
3PT: 6/17 (Hanna 2, Carman 2, Lawson, ElHindi)
FT: 8/11
REB: 29 (10 offensive)
TO: 19

Hear Saturday’s Division 2 State Championship as OG takes on Kettering Alter here at 2pm: WZOQ Radio