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Four Titans named All-WBL

Western Buckeye League Champion Ottawa Glandorf was well represented on this seasons All-WBL Girls basketball selections as the Titans nabbed four spots.

Future Bowling Green University Falcon Kadie Hempfling was named the league’s top honor of Player of the Year for the third straight season, an honor no one else has received in recent voting. With her selection this season the Titans have now captured four of the last five trophies for the conference’s top player. Last season Hempfling shared the honor with teammate Kylie White, a year after winning the award by herself as a Sophomore. Kristen Miller who plays her college ball at Indiana University East won the award for the 2013-14 season.

Hempfling who is averaging 14 points per game to go along with 9.8 rebounds and 5.5 assists was joined on the 1st Team by a pair of recent 1,000 point scorers in Defiance’s Emily Poling who will play college basketball at Ursuline University, and Elida’s Shyah Wheeler.

Also on the 1st Team squad were Bath guard Jaidyn Hale and future Ohio Northern University teammate Lexi Jacobs from Wapakoneta along with Shawnee’s Alissa Stahler.

Second team honors were bestowed upon OG sharpshooter Erin Kaufman who ranks third on her team in scoring at 8.4 points per game and was a third team selection last season in a year where she broke the schools three point record with 56. This season Kaufman, a Junior has led the Titans in scoring four times, including on Saturday night with 13 in a Sectional Finals victory over LCC.

Joining Kaufman on the second unit is Bath’s Lindsay Singhaus, Kenton’s Ellie Miller, Wapakoneta’s Sarah Pothast who just recently announced her intent to play college basketball at Edison State Community College.

The final member of the 2nd Team was St. Marys forward Makenna Mele who saved her best performance of the season for the biggest game of her Senior year where on Saturday night in the Sectional Finals at Spencerville she recorded a career high 27 points to help her Roughriders end rival Bath’s season and propel St. Marys into their first District contest in 9 seasons.

Members of the league’s 3rd Team included Ottawa Glandorf Junior and second leading scorer Ashley Schroeder, Layne Taylor from Kenton, Cassidy Meyers of Van Wert, Kennedy Replogle of Defiance, and St. Marys Sydney Cisco.

Cisco is the only girls player to ever have hit 200 plus three pointers in her career and sits just five triples away from breaking the schools single season record. The four year starter will enter this weeks District Semifinals at Paulding as the Riders 9th all-time leading scorer and just 35 points away from being the 9th member of the programs 1,000 point club.

Honorable Mention nods went to OG Junior Paige Sutter (4.7 ppg, 3.3 reb), Celina’s leading scorer Lauren Jackson, Defiance’s Morgan Wityk, Abby Jackson of Van Wert, Lauren Cisco from St. Marys, Bette Andrews of Bath, Ijah Austin from Shawnee, Amira Freeman of Elida, Kori Barrett from Kenton, and Makenzie Wilson representing Wapakoneta.


Titans snap streak

OTTAWA, OH – Ottawa Glandorf accomplished a feat Thursday night that no team in the Western Buckeye League has been able to do since January 2011, beat the Bath Wildkittens. With their 53-25 win the Titans were able to cease their opponents 43 game winning streak that has helped provide Bath with four straight undefeated league seasons and conference championships.

Neither team started particularly sharp in the first half as they traded possession of the basketball via the turnover bug through the first minutes of the contest. OG would find themselves with a 9-6 lead when the first period came to an end behind 7 of a career high 17 points from Senior PG Dani Ellerbrock including a banked three pointer to give Ottawa Glandorf a lead early on.

In the games second quarter the two teams would combine for 14 points and almost as many turnovers as OG finished the first half leading 15-14 but with 7 turnovers to Bath’s 6 first half giveaways. Only a pair of players for each team entered their first markers in the scorebook as well as OG was led by 3 each from Carri Johnson and Kylie White while the visitors were paced by 4 each from Heidi Craddock and Elysabette Andrews.

Fueled by a big performance on the defensive end from their starters the Titans were able to convert turnovers into points in the third stanza as Kylie White and Kadie Hempfling helped their squad post a 33-22 lead heading into the fourth and final quarter of play.

While it was Hempfling and White doing the damage in the third quarter it was Hempfling, who scored all of her 15 points in the second half and Ellerbrock who combined to help OG outscore Bath 16-0 at one point across the third and fourth quarters and push their lead as high as 30 points late in the contest.

With the game at hand midway through the final 8:00 the Titans began to pull their starters and coast to a 53-25 win, their first in eight tries dating back to their last win in the series on January 8th, 2008 (79-77) when Senior Dani Ellerbrock was just a 4th grader.

Bath (5-2, 1-1 WBL) has now dropped back to back games this season and will look to regroup before they take on Versailles in a non-conference battle next Tuesday, December 15th.

Ottawa Glandorf (6-0, 2-0 WBL) will be off until Thursday, December 17th when they travel to Van Wert to take on the Cougars in a Western Buckeye League contest that can be heard on www.zsportslive.com beginning at 7:15pm with myself and Dave Boninsegna on the call.


OG (53):
Devon Warnecke 2
Carri Johnson 3
Dani Ellerbrock 17
Kylie White 12
Lexie Schroeder 4
Kadie Hempfling 15

Turnovers: 11

Bath (25):
Kennedy Fagan 2
Jaidyn Hale 4
Lindsey Singhaus 2
Bailey Dackin 1
Heidi Craddock 10
Elysabette Andrews 6

Turnovers: 23

Scoring by Quarters:

OG: 9-6-18-20
Bath: 6-8-8-3

JV: OG (3-3) 38-30