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Friday, December 28, 2012 1:59 PM

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COLUMBUS GROVE — Ottawa-Glandorf girls head basketball coach Troy Yant is in his first year at the helm of the Lady Titans squad and has been looking for the right combination of players and balance for his team.

Thursday night at Columbus Grove, the Titans found balance in the scoring department, putting 12 of their 15 players in the scoring column, and pressing their way to a 57-23 victory over the host Bulldogs.

Grove dropped its eighth consecutive game as they could not break the tight Ottawa-Glandorf press.
The Titans scored the first two baskets of the contest and never trailed; the Bulldogs came to within one on three occasions and were down 12-9 after the first quarter.

However, it appeared the hosts would make a move in the second as Sydney McCluer (10 points) got the first basket of the stanza, cutting the Titan lead to 12-11 just 15 ticks into the frame. That was short-lived as the guests went on a 10-0 run and outscored the Bulldogs 18-4 in the period, carrying a commanding 30-13 lead at the half.

Kialee Koch led the parade of Lady Titans in the scorebook with eight markers, while three others collected six, with a trio notching five each.

The Titan defense proved to be stingy and its full-court press too pugnacious for their hosts, holding the Bulldogs to just 7-of-26 shooting for the game. They attempted only 18 2-point field goals going 6-for-18 from the floor (33%); O-G yielded but 10 points in the second half.

Grove went nearly 5 1/2 minutes between buckets in the second quarter; after McCluer sank her shot, the next didn’t come until Hope Schroeder put in a layup from the left side with 2:30 to go, making it a 22-13 score.

The visitors answered with another run, this one of the 8-0 variety, ending on a Danielle Okuly triple with just over a minute left in the canto.

The second 16 minutes brought more of the same: a tenacious full-court press by the Titans and more cold shooting by the Bulldogs. Megan Verhoff and Renne Karhoff (4 markers) tallied consecutive points for the hosts before Stephanie Hempfling nailed a 3-pointer and then stole the inbounds pass for a quick two more for Ottawa-Glandorf to get the points right back and give the visitors a 38-17 lead.
Karhoff got a bucket-and-1 for the Bulldogs midway through the frame but those were the last points for the hosts until midway into the final quarter as their shooting woes continued.
McCluer had the lone bucket in the final eight minutes for Columbus Grove, that coming from beyond the arc; the Titans tallied the final 10 points of the contest to cement the game.
In the JV contest, the Lady Titans commanded an early lead and never looked back, coming away with a 35-17 win.
Columbus Grove falls to 1-9 on the season, while the Lady Titans improve to 3-5.
Grove visits Ottoville 1 p.m. Jan. 5.

Ottawa-Glandorf 18-40 16-26 57: Danielle Okuly 2-0-6; Michelle Maag 1-1-4; Dani Ellerbrock 2-0-5; Elissa Ellerbrock 1-0-35; Kristen Miller 2-2-6; Anna Bellman 2-2-6; Erin Basinger 1-3-5; Danielle Schroeder 0-3-3; Stephanie Hempfling 2-0-5; Jill Rosselit 1-0-2; Kialee Koch 3-2-8; Madison Stechschulte 1-0-2.
Columbus Grove 7-26 8-10 23: Sydney McCluer 4-1-10; Megan Verhoff 1-0-2; Melissa Amstutz 0-0-0; Annie Schramm 0-0-0; Hope Schroeder 2-1-5; Sammi Stechschulte 0-2-2; Rachel Schumacher 0-0-0; Renee Karhoff 0-4-4; Aubrey Fruchey 0-0-0; Danielle Schram 0-0-0.
Score by Quarters:
Ottawa-Glandorf   12 18 13 14 - 57
Columbus Grove    9   4   7  3 - 23
Three-point goals: Ottawa-Glandorf 5-7 (Okuly 2, Maag 1, D. Ellerbrock 1, Hempfling 1); Columbus Grove 1-8 (McCluer 1).
Rebounds: Ottawa-Glandorf 29 (E. Ellerbrock 7); Columbus Grove 18 (S. Stechschulte 4).
Turnovers: Columbus Grove 23, Ottawa-Glandorf 14.
Junior Varsity: Ottawa-Glandorf 35-17.


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