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Controversial 3rd quarter leads Wildcats over Ottoville Big Green PDF Print E-mail
Monday, February 04, 2013 11:50 AM

KALIDA - Friday night, the Ottoville Big Green traveled to Kalida for their annual Putnam County League game with the Wildcats.

Over the years, this game has usually been crucial in who wins the league but this night, despite both teams struggling to find wins, the game still drew a great crowd from both schools.

The Wildcats used a strong second-half performance to claw their way back and defeat the Big Green 46-40.

The first quarter saw the Wildcats put the first two points on the board as junior Joe Gerdeman connected with a shot in the lane to give the home squad an early 2-0 lead. The Big Green stormed right back to take a 4-2 lead on a basket by sophomore Brandt Landin and two foul shots by junior Luke Schimmoeller. Wildcats’ junior Adam Langhals drilled a deep three from the left side to give his squad back the lead 5-4 at the 4:05 mark. The Big Green rattled off the next seven points and held the Wildcats to only two more points in the quarter to take a lead 11-7 after one period of play.

In the second quarter, both teams struggled to add to their respective point totals as each tallied seven in the quarter. The Big Green was led by Schimmoeller with four and sophomore Austin Honigford with a 3-ball. The Wildcats tallied two points from starters: senior Cody Mathew and sophomore Devin Kortokrax; and received three points in total off the bench from Cole Miller and Randy Zeller. As both teams headed to the locker room, the Big Green maintained their 4-point margin, 18-14.

The third quarter was a very decisive and controversial quarter of play that found several key events occurring on the sideline of the Kalida bench. At the 4:30 mark, a Kalida assistant varsity coach was whistled for a technical foul for disputing a call — or no-call. Big Green senior Ryan Honigford stepped to the line and connected on both foul shots. After another 45 seconds had expired in the quarter, the referees once again warned the Kalida bench that the coaching staff was to stay seated. What happened next was the very controversial aspect of the quarter: Kalida head coach Dick Kortokrax not liking what he had heard, not only stood up but ventured past the scorer’s table all the way down to in front of the Ottoville bench to discuss things with the official. Normally, after such a warning to the bench, the result is usually a second technical being assessed but the officials did not assess the Kalida bench with one and discussed things with Coach Kortokrax.

Ottoville head coach Todd Turnwald was amazed with what he witnessed: “I don’t think in 35 years, I’ve never seen where an opposing coach can walk all the way across the floor, down to another guy’s bench, and no technical be called, or nothing. The message given to me by the referee was that he had a question. Now there was already one technical on the bench, so the rules are that coaches remain seated the rest of the game and they were up numerous times and it should have been a technical every time they stood up. A coach can get up, walk all over the court and nothing — at that point it was totally out of our hands - anything went.”

For the quarter, the Wildcats outscored the Big Green 8-2 and led by a score of 22-20 going into the fourth.

The fourth quarter saw the Wildcats continue to roll with the momentum they picked up in the third quarter and stretched their lead out to 28-22 at the 5:33 mark. The Wildcats’ leading scorer, senior Austin Horstman, who was held scoreless in the first half, spearheaded the Wildcat comeback as he netted 16 points in the second half. The Wildcats sealed the victory from the charity stripe as they went 13-19 (68%) in the final stanza and came away with a comeback win.

Coach Turnwald was pleased with how hard his team fought through all the adversity this night: “Our kids fought; we missed some shots, especially in the second half, but we definitely battled. We held Horstman scoreless in the first half. He got a lot of foul shots in the fourth because we needed to foul and he stepped up and connected on them, but from the field we were able to hold him to only three made shots and I give our kids a lot of credit on the defense we threw at him tonight.”

The Wildcats (5-10, 3-2 PCL) were led by Horstman’s 16 points on the night. The Wildcats shot a very respectable 50 percent (12-24) from inside the arc; however, they were only 22 percent (2-9) beyond the arc and 67 percent (16-24) from the stripe. The Wildcats hauled down 17 boards and committed eight turnovers.

The Big Green (6-11, 1-3 PCL) were led by Schimmoeller with 13 points, followed closely by Landin with eight. The visitors shot 32 percent from the field by going 7-22 from inside the arc and 5-16 from 3-point land. The Big Green was an excellent 11-12 (92%) from the charity stripe. The Green only had 12 turnovers for the game and hauled down 22 boards.

The Big Green will next play Tuesday night as they host Fort Jennings.

The Wildcats will host Wayne Trace tonight starting with a 6:30 JV game.

The JV game went to the Wildcats 22-10.


Ottoville (40)

Derek Schimmoeller 0-2-0-6, Ryan Honigford 0-0-5-5, Luke Schimmoeller 3-1-4-13, Cory Fischer 0-0-0-0, Brandt Landin 4-0-0-8, Tyler Roby 0-1-0-3, Austin Honigford 0-1-2-5. Totals 7-5-11-40.

Kalida (46)

Cody Mathew 2-0-1-5, Adam Langhals 0-2-2-8, Devin Kortokrax 3-0-2-8, Joe Gerdeman 3-0-0-6, Austin Horstman 3-0-10-16, Randy Zeller 0-0-1-1, Cole Miller 1-0-0-2. Totals 12-2-16-46.

Score by Quarters:

Ottoville 11-7-2-20 — 40

Kalida 7-7-8-24 — 46



Ottoville (10)

Brendon Schnipke 0-0-2-2, Tyler Roby 0-0-0-0, Matthew Turnwald 1-0-0-2, Rudy Wenzlick 1-0-0-2, Dustin Trenkamp 2-0-0-4. Totals 4-0-2-10.

Kalida (22)

Austin Swift 1-0-1-3, Logan Roebke 0-1-0-3, Brent Hovest 1-0-2-4, Trevor Holtkamp 0-2-0-6, Luke Langhals 1-0-0-2, Grant Unverferth 0-0-2-2, Cole Miller 1-0-0-2. Totals 4-3-5-22.

Score by Quarters:

Ottoville 6-4 — 10

Kalida 10-12 — 22


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