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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


OG headed to 4th straight regional final

ADA, OH – With their 48-37 victory on Tuesday night at Ohio Northern University the Ottawa Glandorf Titans are headed for their fourth straight regional finals appearance on Saturday afternoon and a chance at a fourth straight appearance in Columbus.

OG scored the first five points of the ballgame on a layup by Ashley Schroeder and a three pointer from Carri Johnson and never trailed as they handed Liberty Benton their second loss of the season. Back in December the Titans visited Findlay and defeated the Eagles 58-53 in come from behind fashion.

Erin Kaufman’s free throw pushed the Ottawa Glandorf lead to 6-0 before Liberty Benton was able to respond on a Caitlin Elseser charity toss and a pass from Savanah Richards to Elseser for two to cut the lead to 6-3. Elseser would lead the normally high flying Eagles offense with 7 of her game high tying 14 points but the Titan trio of Kaufman, Schroeder, and Carri Johnson would team up with Western Buckeye League Player of the Year Kadie Hempfling to help outscore them 17-9 heading into the second period.

Hempfling, who broke the schools scoring record in the District Finals matchup on Saturday against Crestview rode a personal hot streak for all six of her second stanza points and along with a 3 from Schroeder helped to put her club on top at the halftime stoppage 28-17.

Both teams ratcheted up their defensive intensity in the games penultimate quarter as Liberty Benton outscored their rivals 9-8 and cut the lead to 36-26. Balanced scoring from four players pushed the Eagles but OG was pushed by the duo of Hempfling and freshman guard Kelsey Erford who hit a layup and a pair from the free throw line for her only points on the night.

Savanah Richards sliced the Titan defense for a pair of layups but saw her scoring on the evening limited to nearly seven points below her average as she finished with 10. Elseser connected on a jumper and 3 of 4 from the free throw line but saw her team fall when the final quarter came to an end as Ashley Schroeder ended with half of her game high tying 14 take place in the fourth period.

The games final marker came on a long outlet pass from Hempfling to sophomore Brianna Schimmoeller who garnered her only two points on a fast break layup with :06 remaining to secure a 48-37 OG victory.

Liberty Benton has now fallen to the Titans five consecutive times including twice this season and ends their 2017-18 campaign as Blanchard Valley Conference champions and with a 25-2 mark.

Ottawa Glandorf improves to 24-2 on the season and will play the winner of Wednesday night’s matchup in Lexington of Amanda Clearcreek and Western Reserve at 1:30pm on Saturday afternoon in Lexington for the right to advance to the Division 3 Final Four.

Box Score:

OG (48):

Ashley Schroeder 14
Kelsey Erford 4
Carri Johnson 8
Erin Kaufman 6
Brianna Schimmoeller 2
Kadie Hempfling 14

FG: 20/49
3PT: 3/16 (Johnson 2, Schroeder)
FT: 5/13
REB: 34 (Hempfling 11)
TO: 7

Liberty Benton (37):

Sammy Shardo 1
Savanah Richards 10
Caitlin Elseser 14
Alissa Rhodes 2
Alexa Lenhart 2
Schy Shepherd 8

FG: 15/39
3PT: 0/7
FT: 7/12
REB: 26 (Elseser 11)
TO: 10


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 bounce back, stay unbeaten in league play

OTTAWA, OH – After suffering their first loss in ten games on Saturday, the OG Titans bounced back in their next game up on Thursday night at home and handed visiting Defiance their first Western Buckeye League loss of the season 46-35.

Just days after being held scoreless for the first time in 46 games, OG guard Erin Kaufman burst out in a big way in the first half against Defiance. The junior accounted for 8 of her team high 16 points in the first half and helped contribute to her teams transition defense with a handful of rebounds and assists setting up teammates for scores off of Bulldog miscues.

In the first quarter the Titans blitzed out to a 14-4 lead and saw their run punctuated by a three from senior Carri Johnson that forced the visitors to use their second timeout in the period.

Trailing 16-4 to begin the second quarter the Defiance offense turned to Ursuline College signee Emily Poling. Poling, a 2nd team WBL selection last season knocked down a pair of deep wing three pointers and finished the stanza with 10 of her game high 18 points to help pull her team within 27-19 at the halftime break.

Entering play Thursday night Defiance turned the basketball over an average of 13.2 points per game, a stat Ottawa Glandorf looked to take their best shot at. On their first four possessions of the third quarter the Bulldogs were hounded into four straight turnovers and five in their first six half possessions. For the evening Defiance ended with 23 miscues. OG quickly worked the basketball ahead to the duo of Kadie Hempfling, and Kaufman who scored fast break layups on run outs and helped the Titans build their lead back to double digits.

Despite shooting just 1/11 from beyond the arc in the first 16 minutes of the contest the Titans found their stroke in the third period as Kaufman drained a pair of shots from deep to put OG ahead by 13 at the quarter stoppage.

Morgan Wityk and Caroline Turner scored 5 points in the third quarter for Defiance, the Bulldogs only points in that time frame but as was the case in the second stanza the visitors turned to Emily Poling in the last eight minutes for their scoring.

Poling drained a pair of three pointers and ended the night as the games leading scorer, but it was too little too late for the Bulldogs as they would suffer their first conference loss of the season and 9th straight at the hands of the Titans.

Defiance (15-2, 6-1) saw their 15 game winning streak snapped and suffered their first loss since November 24th, 2017 when they fell in their season opener to Napoleon. The Bulldogs will be off until next Thursday night when they welcome Wapak to town and look to stay alone in second place in the WBL.

Ottawa Glandorf (16-2, 7-0) the 9th ranked team in Division 3 in the latest AP Polls this week has now won 17 straight conference games and 22 straight home games at the Supreme Court. OG will see their next contest be a non-league visit from Elida district tournament mate Patrick Henry on Tuesday at 7:30pm.


OG (46):

Ashley Schroeder 6
Kelsey Erford 2
Carri Johnson 3
Paige Sutter 6
Erin Kaufman 16
Kadie Hempfling 13

FT: 7/15
3PT: 3 (Kaufman 2, Johnson)
TO: 12

Defiance (35):

Morgan Wityk 3
Tammy Aguilera 2
Caroline Turner 7
Emily Poling 18
Carlee Smiddy 1
Kennedy Replogle 4

FT: 2/5
3PT: 5 (Poling 4, Wityk)
TO: 23

JV: OG 33-10


Titans blast Bulldogs

OTTAWA, OH – Red hot shooting and scoring from 10 players Friday night pushed the Ottawa Glandorf Titans to their 4th Western Buckeye League wins in as many tries 97-63 over visiting Celina.

For the third time this season the Titans offense scored 90 plus points in a game tonight and were led by Bryce Schroeder who tossed in a game high 19 points which included four three pointers.

Ottawa Glandorf jumped out to an early lead as Schroeder and a pair of players off the bench knocked down shots from behind the arc to give the home team a 29-19 first quarter lead.

Celina finished the first half 7/15 from inside the arc and were led by senior Kole Murlin with 8 points but hit on just 2/11 three pointers and saw the home squad’s advantage swell to 45-28 at the halftime buzzer.

Having shot 15/23 in the first half from inside, the Titans went back to work in the third quarter from inside as Ethan White kicked in 6 of his 15 points in the stanza on a jumper and a pair of fast break layups off a pair of the many Celina turnovers on the evening.

Leading 69-49 heading into the final period thanks to the three point shooting of Bryce Schroeder and leading scorer Owen Hiegel the Titans began to work their bench players into the ballgame and flex their deep bench muscle. Richie Knowlton, a senior who connected on a triple in the first period hit for 6 markers in the final right minutes and was joined in scoring multiple baskets by Jake Dible and Trevor Siefker in the fourth quarter to solidify the victory.

Celina (1-12, 1-3) finished the contest with three players in double figures led by the duo of Brett Schwieterman and Kole Murlin with a dozen each while Corbin Murphy nabbed 11. Senior guard Jimi Briand scored a big third quarter in the contest as he hit a three pointer from the wing and was successful on all four of his free throw attempts.

With the win the Titans, ranked #3 in the second Associated Press poll released on Monday evening improve their record to 13-0 on the season and move to 4-0 in WBL play. Ottawa Glandorf will be back in front of their home fans Saturday night as they welcome non-conference rival Lima Senior to town.


OG (97):

Owen Hiegel 13
Chad Duling 2
Carter Heringhaus 8
Bryce Schroeder 19
Ethan White 15
Jake Dible 8
Richie Knowlton 9
Trevor Siefker 8
Jay Kaufman 13
Ben Westrick 2

Celina (63):

Brett Schwieterman 12
Jimi Briand 9
Kole Murlin 12
Kaston Eichenauer 8
Kyle Flaute 2
Corbin Murphy 11
Brandon Yenser 3
Drake Langenkamp 6

JV: OG 66-49


Titans move to 4-0 in WBL

VAN WERT, OH – Big runs in both the second and third quarters Thursday night propelled Ottawa Glandorf past host Van Wert in Western Buckeye League play 68-43.

Leading 15-8 after the first quarter the visiting Titans (12-1, 4-0) blitzed ahead to a 38-22 halftime advantage thanks in large part to their fast break offense and 18 combined points by the trio of Ashley Schroeder, Erin Kaufman, and Kadie Hempfling.

Van Wert junior Alexis Metz not only gave her team the opening points of the contest, but she continued to add to the Cougar total from behind the line as she dropped in a quartet of shots behind the line to finish the night with 12 to lead her team.

Held to just a basket from Reagan Priest and a trio of free throws from Jamison Clouse and Priest herself, the Cougars were once again outscored by OG in the third quarter as the Titans enjoyed a 10-5 run and found themselves leading by 21 when the final stanza commenced.

In what nearly resembled a track meet at times, the fourth quarter would find a combined 13 players adding their names to the scorebook with a single or multiple buckets.

Ottawa Glandorf sharpshooters Carri Johnson and Mackenzie Meyer put their mark on the final score for the evening as each connected on a pair of late game triples. Van Wert’s duo of Metz and Jaylyn Rickard were also able to connect on two of their teams six three pointers before the final buzzer sounded.

For the game OG’s Kadie Hempfling finished as the leading scorer with 16 while Ashley Schroeder ended the night with 14 markers.

The Cougars (2-10, 0-4) will be back in action on Saturday when they play host to Lincolnview while the Titans will be off until next Thursday, January 18th when they travel to the Celina Fieldhouse to take on the Bulldogs and attempt to win their 15th straight Western Buckeye League contest. Hear the Titans take on Celina: WZOQ Radio


OG (68):

Ashley Schroeder 14
Carri Johnson 5
Paige Sutter 8
Erin Kaufman 8
Mackenzie Meyer 3
Brianna Schimmoeller 4
Kasey Ellerbrock 5
Jayla Balbaugh 2
Peyton Warnecke 5
Kadie Hempfling 16

FT: 4/8
3PT: 4 (Johnson, Meyer, Ellerbrock, Warnecke)

Van Wert (43):

Sierra Shaffer 2
Alexis Metz 12
Jamison Clouse 1
Cassidy Meyers 6
Jerica Huebner 5
Reagan Priest 9
Abby Jackson 5
Jaylyn Rickard 3

FT: 9/13
3PT: 6 (Metz 4, Huebner, Rickard)

JV: Ottawa Glandorf 35-18


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.


Landin scores 1000th as Big Green stay undefeated

OTTOVILLE, OH – A big win over rival Ottawa Glandorf got bigger for Ottoville on Thursday night as senior Bridget Landin notched her 1,000th point in a 54-48 victory over the previously unbeaten Titans at L.W. Heckman Gymnasium in front of a packed house.

Landin, the future Findlay Oiler scored her 1,000th career point with 3:34 remaining in the fourth quarter from the free throw line to give her team a 45-39 advantage in the closing minutes of her teams win before adding three more points to finish the night with 1,003 total career markers.

In reaching the milestone on Thursday evening, Landin becomes the seventh player in Big Green history to accomplish the feat and joins a list that includes Sue Honigford, Melanie Miller, Tracy Wenzlick, Karla Wenzlick, Stacey Wannemacher, and most recently former Bowling Green Falcon Abby Siefker who played for Ottoville from 2010-13.

Behind a strong defensive performance from a future BGSU Falcon in Kadie Hempling, Landin was held scoreless until mid-way through the third quarter but saw her teammates respond with points from behind the arc and the free throw line to push them ahead of OG heading after the first period of play 14-12.

Trailing by two entering the second quarter the Titans (6-1) trailed for just :36 in the period before a three pointer from Hempfling gave them a 15-14 advantage they would carry into the halftime break at 26-18. Three pointers in the stanza from Carri Johnson, Brianna Schimmoeller, and Kasey Ellerbrock helped to fuel an Ottawa Glandorf run that helped hold Ottoville to just four quarter points and one make from the field.

Ottawa Glandorf found themselves on their heels in the third period as they were held to seven points in the quarter as the Ottoville defense clamped down on the basketball. Offensively the Big Green got strong quarters from Quinley Schlagbaum and Bridget Landin who also combined to finish 6/6 in the period from the charity stripe.

Perhaps the biggest shot for Ottoville in the third quarter came at the end of it as Abi Hilvers who had already connected on a deep shot from behind the arc in the third nailed a second deep three pointer as time expired to push the Ottoville advantage to 41-33 heading into the final eight minutes of play.

Kasey Knippen and Haley Hoersten continued the three point barrage for Ottoville in the final period as they dropped in the sixth and seventh makes of the night to help push the teams lead out to 10 with two minutes to play at 51-41.

Having not lost a regular season game in their last 30 outings, the Titans would not go away quietly. Behind the duo of Hempfling and Ashley Schroeder scoring wise the Titans pulled their deficit to just four with minutes to go before the Big Green would salt the game away by hitting on 5/7 free throws in the period to secure their six point win.

OG was led on the night in the scoring column by Hempfling (16), and Schroeder (15) while the Ottoville was headed by junior sharpshooter Kasey Knippen who finished with 13 and connected on a trio from beyond the arc.

The Titans will be back in action on Saturday afternoon as they take on Marion Local at home. Ottoville (8-0) has now won 18 straight regular season games dating back to the middle of last season when they were beaten by Bath, a team who will come to visit the Big Green on January 9th, 2018.


Ottoville (54):
CJ Kemper 6
Bridget Landin 10
Haley Hoersten 5
Quinley Schlagbaum 9
Amber Miller 3
Kasey Knippen 13
Abi Hilvers 8

FT: 15/20
3PT: 7 (Knippen 3, Hilvers 2, Miller, Hoersten)

OG (48):
Ashley Schroeder 15
Carri Johnson 3
Paige Sutter 4
Erin Kaufman 4
Brianna Schimmoeller 3
Kasey Ellerbrock 3
Kadie Hempfling 16

FT: 0/4
3PT: 6 (Hempfling 2, Schroeder, Johnson, Schimmoeller, Ellerbrock)

JV: 35-32 Ottoville


OG remains unbeaten with win over St. Marys

OTTAWA, OH – A strong team performance from multiple players and a career high 15 points from Ashley Schroeder helped keep the OG Titans unbeaten Thursday night as they handed visiting St. Marys their third straight loss on the season.

With their 71-35 win over the visiting Roughriders the Titans notched their eighth straight win in the series which represents the most by either school in their 44 meetings.

Kadie Hempfling, the reigning two-time WBL Player of the Year had a big night for the Titans as she pushed across eight of her 14 points in the first period to help her team take a 12-0 lead midway through the opening stanza. On the evening the future Bowling Green State University Falcon would tally 11 rebounds and hand out 7 assists in the victory for OGHS.

St. Marys first points of the ballgame came with 3:11 left in the first quarter from the hands of sophomore Ally Will who was able to connect from behind the arc to pull the Riders within 12-3 of the hosts. Sydney Cisco added a basket late in the period for St. Marys as well but found her squad trailing OG 18-5 when the opening eight minutes fell off the scoreboard.

Senior Makenna Mele had a strong second quarter for the Roughriders as she snagged a handful of rebounds on the offensive end and was able to get Hempfling sent to the bench with a pair of fouls for Ottawa Glandorf by getting herself to the free throw line. Mele finished the first half by hitting 3 of 4 from the line in addition to adding a pair of two-point baskets for 7 of her 9 markers on the evening.

Ottawa Glandorf surged out to a 35-18 lead at the end of the first half behind a trio of players in Kelsey Erford, Brianna Schimmoeller, and Kasey Ellerbrock who all connected with a three pointer. Junior post and first year starter Paige Sutter chipped in for the Titans offense on the boards and with all eight of her points in the opening two quarters to help OG build their advantage as well.

Despite being held to just seven points on the evening by a hounding OG defense that forced 25 Rider turnovers, Sydney Cisco connected on a three pointer in the third period and tossed in five of her points to help keep the St. Marys offense moving.

Before being injured in the middle of the games penultimate stanza it was Rider senior Madi Howell who paired a set of rebounds with points to help keep her team within striking distance of OG. Just as they had done in the opening half, the Titans turned to the three ball in the third period to up their advantage when Ashley Schroeder and Mackenzie Meyer connected to make it a 53-29 OG score after three periods.

Off of a pair of outlets from Hempfling in the opening moments of the final stanza Schroeder struck for two of her three baskets in the final period to help break her previous career high of 14 points set most recently in the Titans last game against Elida a week ago.

Eleven players found themselves in the scorebook for OG, led by Schroeder with 15. The 71 points scored by the Titans are the most by either team in the series since a 2015 meeting when OG defeated the Riders 76-46.

St. Marys (3-4, 0-2) was led by Makenna Mele who tallied 9 points on the evening to go with a handful of rebounds. The Roughriders are off until next Thursday night, December 21st when they welcome Sidney to town for a non-league battle.

OG has now won 15 straight home games and are 35-2 in the last three years at the Supreme Court. The Titans will be back in action on Saturday afternoon when they welcome Arlington to town for a 1:30pm varsity start that can be heard live on WZOQ Radio.


OG (71):
Ashley Schroeder 15
Kelsey Erford 5
Erin Kaufman 2
Mackenzie Meyer 7
Brianna Schimmoeller 9
Kasey Ellerbrock 6
Jayla Balbaugh 2
Peyton Warnecke 1
Kadie Hempfling 14
Paige Sutter 8
Mylee Utrup 2

FT: 5/8
3PT: 6 (Ellerbrock 2, Schroeder, Erford, Schimmoeller, Meyer)
TO: 14

St. Marys (35):
Carly Caywood 2
Ally Will 7
Clare Caywood 2
Sydney Cisco 7
Makenna Mele 9
Lauren Cisco 2
Madi Howell 6

FT: 3/10
3PT: 2 (Will, S. Cisco)
TO: 25

JV: Ottawa Glandorf 50-20