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Titans nab Sectional title

MILLER CITY, OH – Twenty four hours after their schools girls programs met in Elida the Ottawa Glandorf and Spencerville boys battled in Miller City with the same result, a running clock Titan victory 89-42.

Quick scores from Dalton Prichard and Ben Dues gave the young Bearcats a 5-2 lead in the first quarter but once the Titan offense took the lead at 6-5 on a Richie Knowlton basket at 3:37 the rout was on for OG.

Jake Dible, a 6’6 senior who finished the game with 14 markers had it working down low early in the first period as he pushed in half a dozen markers to put OG on top 16-8 after the opening stanza.

Western Buckeye League Player of the Year Jay Kaufman who would go on to lead the game in scoring with 27 points and also record his 1,000th career point in the process on the night dominated the smaller Bearcat defenders in the second period as he pumped across 11 of his points.

Missing two starters in Owen Hiegel and Bryce Schroeder due to ankle injuries the Titans not only had to search for a pair of extra bodies, they also needed to replace a combined 23.7 points per contest. Ottawa Glandorf didn’t have to look very far for a big scoring output Friday night as Carter Heringhaus knocked down two of his five three pointers and gave the home team a 41-24 halftime lead.

Spencerville’s middle quarter scoring came from the duo of Drew Armstead and Keegan Goecke who combined for 18 of the Cats points in the game during a 16 minute span.

Every time in the second half it seemed like Spencerville might make a run at Ottawa Glandorf the Titans forced a myriad of turnovers and watched them be turned directly into points on the offensive end by Kaufman, Dible, or from behind the arc by Heringhaus who dropped in three of his triples in the third.

As time began to wind down OG began to turn to their senior Kaufman to continue his pursuit of his 1,000th career point. In the middle of the final quarter the All-Ohio selection finally pushed across the milestone and headed to the bench with the game firmly in hand to a loud round of applause from the Titan supporters in the building.

On the evening nine different Titans reached the scoreboard with three, Kaufman (27), Heringhaus (17), and Richie Knowlton (11) ending in double figures in the win.

Spencerville was led in scoring by Drew Armstead who finished with 12. The Bearcats season comes to an end at 3-20 while Ottawa Glandorf improves to 22-1 and will take on Tinora on Thursday, March 8th at 6pm inside Lima Senior High School to begin district play.

Game Notes: OG head coach Tyson McGlaughlin won 30 games at Miller City before coming to OG in two seasons.

Ottawa Glandorf has now defeated Spencerville all five times the two teams have met overall and all three times during their tournament meetings.


OG (89):

BJ Fortman 4
Jay Kaufman 27
Chad Duling 5
Carter Heringhaus 17
Ethan White 3
Jake Dible 14
Richie Knowlton 11
Trevor Siefker 3
Aaron Rieman 3

FT: 12/21
3PT: 7 (Heringhaus 5, Kaufman, Duling)

Spencerville (42):

Drew Armstead 12
Kale Lee 2
Jackson Goecke 4
Keegan Goecke 9
Dalton Prichard 5
Ben Dues 10

FT: 6/14
3PT: 1 (K. Goecke)


Titans end Bearcats season

ELIDA, OH – Spencerville’s first trip to the Districts since 2012 came to an end at Elida on Thursday night as they fell to Ottawa Glandorf 64-27.

Kaiden Grigsby gave the Bearcats their first and only lead to open the ballgame with a runner to make it 2-0 but the rest of the period would belong to the WBL Champions.

Ashley Schroeder, Carri Johnson, Erin Kaufman, Brianna Schimmoeller, and Kasey Ellerbrock all knocked down first quarter three point goals to push the OG lead to 25-6 at the end of the first eight minutes of play. Johnson was the lone Titan who hit multiple times from outside as she struck down two from behind the arc in the first.

Freshman guard Emma Leis gave Spencerville their only three point goal in the first half midway through the second period but the Cats were forced into 18 turnovers and found themselves trailing at the intermission 39-11.

Spencerville was held to 5-21 shooting overall in the first half and connected on just 1/10 from beyond the arc while the OG attack was white hot in the opening two quarters finishing 14/26 overall and 8/12 from three.

Ottawa Glandorf senior Kadie Hempfling put her stamp on the ballgame in the third period when she sliced through the Bearcat defense for 12 of her game high 14 points to help the Titans enjoy a 30 point lead before watching the rest of the contest from the bench.

Jenna Henline, a senior who led Spencerville in three point makes this season connected on her 43rd and final attempt of the season in the third for one of her teams three field goals in the period. Moments after Henline found the bottom of the net on her triple, OG’s Paige Sutter connected on two free throws with 4:47 to go that made the game 49-14 and cued up the running clock at +35 for her team.

Nelaya Burden added the final markers of the period for Spencerville after the clock had reached zeroes on the scoreboard by connecting on her own free throws to trim the Titan lead to 59-20.

Burden would lead the scoring charge for the Bearcats on the night with 11 points and added a layup and a three pointer to her total in the final eight minutes.

Ottawa Glandorf’s only points of the last stanza came from Peyton Warnecke who hit for five points of her own including the Titans 9th and final three pointer on the evening to establish her own new personal high scoring mark.

For the game the Bearcats (16-9) finished off their best tournament run in six seasons by falling for the fourth time in school history to a Putnam County squad 64-27. Spencerville shot 11/41 overall and just 3/19 in the loss.

Saturday afternoon at 1:30pm OG (22-2) will take on Crestview inside the Elida Fieldhouse as the Knights were victorious in overtime against Coldwater 69-58.

The Titans finished the game shooting 24/44 overall and a blistering 9/16 from behind the arc and forced 23 Spencerville turnovers while giving away the ball just 12 times themselves.

Box Score:

OG (64):

Ashley Schroeder 9
Carri Johnson 9
Paige Sutter 7
Erin Kaufman 4
Brianna Schimmoeller 7
Kasey Ellerbrock 6
Peyton Warnecke 5
Mylee Utrup 2
Kadie Hempfling 14

FG: 24/44
3PT: 9/16 (Johnson 3, Ellerbrock 2, Schroeder, Kaufman, Warnecke)
FT: 7/11
TO: 12

Spencerville (27):

Kaiden Grigsby 2
Jenna Henline 5
Olivia Goecke 2
Nelaya Burden 11
Emma Leis 3
Allison Bowsher 2

FG: 11/41
3PT: 3/19 (Leis, Burden, Henline)
FT: 2/5
TO: 23


Titans, Bearcats post Sectional Final wins

BLUFFTON, OH – Ottawa Glandorf and Spencerville punched their tickets for a date against one another next week in Elida as they each posted Sectional Finals victories Saturday night in Bluffton.

OG got the better of Lima Central Catholic in the early game 50-16 while the Bearcats were victorious in the night cap 43-35 against Liberty Center.

In the Titans first quarter against the T-Birds it was Erin Kaufman who ignited the offense to a white hot level as she accounted for 11 of her game high 13 markers in the period. Kaufman, a second team All-District pick this season erupted for her 26th career double figures game in the opening eight minutes by knocking down a pair of three pointers that helped OG distance themselves early from their opponents.

LCC’s only score of the first stanza came with 2:43 left in the first quarter as Erin Mulcahy drained a triple try to trim the Titans lead to 13-3. Nearly seven minutes after hitting her teams first shot, Mulcahy again pushed across a score to make the scoreboard read 34-5 with 2:44 left in the opening half.

A strong defensive effort from all 15 players the Titans sent into the ballgame resulted in just five shots being made from the field for LCC on the evening and into a multitude of makes in the fast break for OG.

Once the game became final with the Titans on top, 9 Ottawa Glandorf players found themselves in the scorebook led by Kaufman with 13. Kadie Hempfling finished the contest with 9 points and 7 rebounds for the WBL Champions who move to 21-2 on the season.

LCC (3-21) was led by the duo of Jessica Wilker and Mulcahy who each ended the night with 5 points apiece.

Ottawa Glandorf’s senior class of Kadie Hempfling, Carri Johnson, and Mackenzie Meyer have now tied a school record with their 101st career win.


OG (50):

Ashley Schroeder 2
Kelsey Erford 8
Paige Sutter 5
Erin Kaufman 13
Mackenzie Meyer 2
Kasey Ellerbrock 6
Jayla Balbaugh 1
Peyton Warnecke 4
Kadie Hempfling 9

FT: 7/14
3PT: 5 (Kaufman 2, Ellerbrock 2, Hempfling)

LCC (16):

Josie Mohler 4
Jessica Wilker 5
Jocelyn Morrisey 1
Erin Mulcahy 5
Kennedy Parker 1

FT: 5/10
3PT: 1 (Mulcahy)

Spencerville and Liberty Center engaged in a slugfest that lasted all four quarters with the Bearcats ultimately coming out ahead 43-35 in the second game of the evening.

Similar to how they reached the Sectional Finals in their first game at Bluffton earlier in the week the Bearcats finished with a flurry from the free throw line to secure themselves their first Sectional Championship since the 2012 season that saw them reach the District Semis.

Senior Kaden Grigsby and freshman Melanie Koenig connected on 8 of their 13 attempts in the games final eight minutes to separate themselves from the Tigers.

Neleya Burden got the offense off to a hot start in the first quarter for Spencerville (16-8) with all six of her games points but it was the duo of Grigsby and 5’5 freshman guard Emma Leis who laid down big shots from outside the arc to push their team into the lead 14-13 after one period.

Meghan Skeens launched and connected on both three pointers in the contest for Liberty Center (14-10) in the game. 5’10 senior post Jerica Hollenbaugh collected her points in the paint throughout the game and kept the Tigers close while finishing with 9 to lead her squad.

Liberty Center entered the fourth quarter with a 30-27 lead they would hold on to tight before Abbygayle Satterfield forced a 32-32 tie with 4:43 remaining.

Melanie Koenig’s free throw halfway through the final eight minutes put the Bearcats on top 34-33 where they would stay for good.

Spencerville was led in scoring by Leis with 10 markers on the evening while classmate Koenig ended with 9.

Thursday night’s district semifinals at the Elida Fieldhouse will be the first of two district games and can be heard live on WZOQ Radio .


Spencerville (43):

Kaiden Grigsby 8
Jenna Henline 1
Abbygayle Satterfield 7
Jayden Smith 2
Melanie Koenig 9
Nelaya Burden 6
Emma Leis 10

FT: 10/17
3PT: 3 (Leis 2, Grigsby)

Liberty Center (35):

Meghan Skeens 6
Olivia Leatherman 2
Peyton Spieth 6
Syndi Altman 7
Kenzie Detmer 5
Jerica Hollenbaugh 9

FT: 7/15
3PT: 2 (Skeens 2)