|Big Green opens season with win over Hornets|
|Monday, December 03, 2012 10:47 AM|
MT. CORY — The Ottoville Big Green opened their boys basketball season on the road with a non-league contest with the Cory-Rawson Hornets Friday.
The Big Green used a cold shooting performance by the Hornets, coupled with an excellent night from the stripe by themselves, in notching their first win of the season 42-29.
The Big Green started the game strong and led by 13 points — 17-4 at the quarter break. The Hornets could not find their shooting touch and were 2-12 from the field after the first eight minutes of play. On the other hand, the Big Green were 6-9 from the field and 4-4 from the stripe during the same stretch.
The second quarter was much the same for the Hornets as their shooting woes continued. The Hornets shot 21 percent (5-24) for the first half from the field and were only 1-3 from the foul line. The Big Green were paced by their three returning seniors as Ryan Honigford (10 points), Derek Schimmoeller (8 points) and Cory Fischer (4 points) led the visitors to a 28-10 lead at halftime.
Hornets head coach Aaron Long’s message to his team at halftime must have worked as his team came out and cut the Big Green’s lead considerably. The Hornets used their full-court press and some long-range shooting from senior Tyler Harris to cut the deficit to 32-25 after three quarters of play. The Big Green only scored four points for the quarter and committed numerous turnovers to help the Hornets’ cause.
With the momentum seemingly turning towards the Hornets, Big Green head coach Todd Turnwald started to look inside to his 6-3 junior, Luke Schimmoeller, for some much-needed help on the offensive end of the court. Even though Schimmoeller was unable to connect on his shots from the field, he was able to draw several fouls on the Hornets which he capitalized on (4-6 from the line) and helped his team get into the bonus.
The Hornets were never able to close the gap further and continued to foul in the hope of getting the ball back. However, the Big Green had other ideas as they finished off the Hornets in the final stanza and the second half by going 10-12 from the stripe and 15-19 for the game.
The Hornets (0-1) were 8-21 (38%) from 2-ball land, 4-23 (17%) from behind the arc and just 1-3 (33%) from the stripe. Harris led the Hornets with 11 points, followed by Matthew Alspach and Grant Risner with nine and seven points, respectively.
The Big Green (1-0) were 12-31 (39%) from 2-ball land and 1-3 (33%) from behind the arc. The Green pulled down 28 boards and committed 18 (12 in the second half) turnovers in the win. Honigford (Ryan), Schimmoeller (Derek) and Schimmoeller (Luke) had 14, 12 and six points respectively for the victors.
The Big Green will return to action next Friday as they welcome in the Cougars from Van Wert for a 6:30 JV start.
The Hornets will next play on the road as they travel to Vanlue for a 6 p.m. JV start next Friday night.
The JV game went to the Hornets by a score of 17-5. The Hornets were led by junior Chad Shepler with eight points and freshman Rudy Wenzlick led the Big Green with three points.
Derek Schimmoeller 4-0-4-12, Ryan Honigford 4-1-3-14, Luke Schimmoeller 1-0-4-6, Brandt Landin 0-0-4-4, Cory Fischer 2-0-0-4, Austin Honigford 1-0-0-2. TOTALS 12-1-15/19-42.
Tyler Harris 1-3-0-11, Matthew Alspach 3-1-0-9, Maycen Ward 0-0-0-0, Grant Risner 3-0-1-7, Aaron Welch 0-0-0-0, Jason Sands 1-0-0-2, Drew Melton 0-0-0-0. TOTALS 8-4-1/3-29.
Score by Quarters:
Ottoville 17 11 4 10 - 42
Cory-Rawson 4 6 15 4 - 29
Three-point goals: Ottoville 1 (R. Honigford 1); Cory-Rawson 4 (Harris 3, Alspach 1).
Rebounds: Ottoville 28, Cory-Rawson 13 (Risner 7).
Turnovers: Ottoville 18, Cory-Rawson 5.
JV Score: Cory Rawson 17-5.