WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, OH – After trailing at the end of the first quarter on Saturday afternoon the #3 Ottawa Glandorf offense kicked into high gear and pulled away from host #7 Miami Trace with a 51-36 victory in a battle of state ranked teams.
Having already added the all-time Ottawa Glandorf assist record to her resume in a win nine days earlier while visiting Van Wert, Titan senior Kadie Hempfling took aim at a new target, the OG scoring record.
Early in the second quarter Hempfling handed out an assist to Brianna Schimmoeller who promptly knocked down one of her two three pointers in the period to help put the Titans ahead for the first time before hitting one of her own, a triple from the wing that pushed her past former teammate Kylie White and into third place all-time in school history with 1,057 points for her career.
For her part Schimmoeller, a 5’4 sophomore who started earlier in the season came off the bench and scored eight of her 11 points in the game in the quarter to help push OG out in front at 28-16 when the first half came to an end. Miami Trace was held to just four points in the stanza with a pair of those markers coming from All-Ohio selection and future Florida Gulf Coast forward Tanner Bryant.
Bryant and teammate Victoria Fliehman a Cedarville signee pumped in a trio of shots from beyond the three point line in the games penultimate period but found their team behind by 13 at 43-30 heading into the final eight minutes.
In the middle of the third period it was Hempfling again for OG who thrilled her teams fans who made the 2 hour plus trip when she tossed in a running layup off the glass. The basket symbolized not only two more points for the Titans, but also career point 1,061 for the future BGSU Falcon and pushed her into second place all-time in school history past Sandy Buddlemeyer on the scoring list.
Shay McDonald was a bright spot for an otherwise dreary shooting day for Miami Trace at times as she filled up a game high 16 points including a pair of long distance shots for three points.
Just five players scored in the contest for the Panthers (13-2) who were defeated by the Titans (14-1) for the second straight season.
Ashley Schroeder ended the night with 8 points for OG while Paige Sutter nabbed a handful of rebounds and finised with 7 tallies in the victory.
Ottawa Glandorf will be home on Thursday night to take on Shawnee while Miami Trace will travel to Eastern Brown on Thursday evening.
Ashley Schroeder 8
Carri Johnson 4
Paige Sutter 7
Erin Kaufman 4
Brianna Schimmoeller 11
Kasey Ellerbrock 3
Kadie Hempfling 14
3PT: 5 (Schimmoeller 3, Ellerbrock, Hempfling)
Miami Trace (36):
Olivia Wolffe 3
Cassidy Lovett 2
Shay McDonald 16
Victoria Fleihman 7
Tanner Bryant 8
3PT: 5 (Bryant 2, McDonald 2, Wolffe)
JV: OG 37-35 (Mylee Utrup 20 points, Jasmine Rich hits game winning bucket with 0:02 seconds left)