|Lady Green dominate Bulldogs for 18th win|
|Wednesday, January 30, 2013 1:55 PM|
The game was never in doubt as the Lady Green outscored the Lady Bulldogs 40-14 in the first half and cruised to a 63-42 non-league victory.
Before the opening tip, the Lady Bulldogs were introduced to the crowd as each player and team manager were escorted to mid-court by their parents and each mom was given a rose and hugs and thanks were given all around.
The first quarter saw the Lady Green look early and often to senior twin towers 6-2 Abby Siefker and 6-0 Rachel Beining underneath the basket. After an opening basket by fellow senior Nicole Vorst, Siefker and Beining accounted for the remaining 13 points in the quarter for the Lady Green, stretching their lead to 15-4 after one quarter of play. The score could have been even more lopsided if they would have shot better in the quarter. The visitors missed several point-blank shots in going 6-19 (32%) for the quarter.
The Lady Bulldogs of co-head coaches Chrissy Billiter and Elise Jenkins were shut down early by the Lady Green height and also were forced into six quick turnovers in the first quarter.
The second quarter found the Lady Green totally taking control of the game as they outscored the home squad 25-10. Ottoville was led by Siefker with 10 points in the quarter and 19 for the half. Vorst and Beining added four points apiece and juniors Taylor Mangas and Kendra Eickholt added five and two points, respectively.
The ’Dawgs tallied 10 points in the second quarter and 14 for the half behind four points each from senior O’sha Owens, junior Torie McAdams and junior Cassidy Slusher.
Ottoville coach Dave Kleman was happy with his team’s first-half performance: “I just thought we did a real nice job in the first half with our game plan. We built a nice lead and were able to get a lot of girls into the game and experiment a little bit tonight. We played everybody tonight and that was nice to be able to reward all the girls for their hard work. I thought we executed well tonight and this is the time of year you want to be doing that.”
The second half saw the Lady Bulldogs come out with a little more confidence and desire as they took it right to the Lady Green and outscored them in the third quarter of play, 12-11. The Bulldogs got all their points in the stanza from sophomore Sabrina Kline (7 points) and Owens (5 points). The Lady Green had another cold shooting quarter as they went 5-16 (31%) from the field and committed five turnovers.
With the game not in doubt, both teams started to empty their respective benches as again the Bulldogs outscored the Big Green by a 16-12 margin; however, it was too little to overcome the first-half deficit as the Lady Green rolled to a 63-42 win.
The Lady Bulldogs (7-11) were led in scoring by Owens with 15 points, followed by Slusher with eight and Kline with seven. They shot 18-49 (37%) from the field and 2-3 (67%) from the stripe. The home team brought down 20 rebounds and turned the ball over 20 times.
Both teams will be back in action this week as the Bulldogs will host Ottawa-Glandorf Thursday night and the Lady Green face off with the Lady Vikings of Leipsic in a key PCL matchup Saturday, both starting with a 6 p.m. junior varsity start.
The JV game went to the Lady Green by a score of 38-37.
Lindsey Hall led the Lady Bulldogs with a game-high 16 points.
Courtney VonSossan and Lexie Wannemacher led the way for the Lady Green with nine and eight points, respectively.