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Wednesday, February 13, 2013 5:01 PM

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OTTOVILLE – The McComb Panthers, under the direction of head coach Aaron Roth, traveled down Route 224 to take on the Ottoville Big Green in a non-league boys basketball game Tuesday night.

The game was a tale of two halves, with the Big Green roaring out of the gate to take a 26-15 lead at halftime.

That changed in the second half as the Panthers outscored the home team 28-13 in the second half to come away with a 43-39 win.
Tuesday night marked the final time several seniors for the Big Green performed in the L.W. Heckman Gymnasium. Derek Schimmoeller, Ryan Honigford and Cory Fischer played their last home game in front of the Big Green faithful. Kendra Koester, Marissa Pohlabel, Brittany Foster, Alyssa DeLong and Mascot Alex Justel cheered for the final time at home. Logan Gable, Kara Hoersten, Tori Jackson, Kendra Koester, Paige Lucas, Audrey Rieger, Abby Siefker, Jacob Turnwald, Rachel Turnwald and Zach Weber played their last songs for the Big Green pep band on this evening.

The first half, it looked like everything: from the basketball team, to the cheerleader’s routines, to the notes coming from the pep band; were right on target as the Big Green charged out to a 9-5 lead after the first quarter and followed it up with a 17-point second quarter to send the Panthers to the locker room at halftime trailing 26-15.

Honigford (12 points) and junior Luke Schimmoeller (9 points) led the Big Green in scoring in the half.

The Big Green stymied the Panthers’ attack the entire half as they held the Panthers’ leading scorer, senior Jerry Brown, to only two points in the half.
The Panthers stayed within striking range in the half behind three 3-pointers from junior Taylor Reardon.

Whatever Coach Roth said to his squad at halftime really had his team ready to play heading into the second half. The Panthers stormed back in the third quarter as they outscored the Big Green 19-7 and were able to take the lead at 34-33 at the quarter break. They were 8-of-9 from the field and 2-of-2 from the stripe during the period. Brown’s 10 points led the way for the visitors.

The final period of play saw both teams struggling to put the ball in the hoop. Both teams had numerous changes to either ice the game or cut the deficit from the charity stripe. With the Panthers stretching out their lead during the fourth quarter, the Big Green was forced to foul to stay in the game. The Panthers struggled in three consecutive chances to connect on opportunities from the line. The Big Green, however, did not take advantage of their opportunities, either, turning the ball over four times in the period in helping the Panthers escape with a 4-point win.

The Big Green (8-12) was led in scoring by Honigford and Luke Schimmoeller with 15 points each. The home team was 15-50 (30%) from the field, 6-9 (67%) from the foul line, hauled in 22 rebounds (Luke Schimmoeller 9) and committed only eight turnovers (4 in the final quarter of play).

The Pirates (11-9) were led in scoring by Brown and Reardon with 16 and 11 points, respectively. The visitors were 16-38 (42%) from the field, 7-10 (70%) from the charity stripe, hauled down 29 rebounds and turned the ball over 11 times.
The JV contest was won by Ottoville in overtime, 25-22.
Ottoville visits Leipsic 7 p.m. (varsity only) Saturday.

McComb (43)
Taylor Reardon 0-3-2-11, Dalton Buck 1-0-1-3, Cody Wilson 3-0-1-7, Jerry Brown 6-1-1-16, Clay Grubb 2-0-2-6, Schroeder 0-0-0-0, Dysert 0-0-0-0, Schrop 0-0-0-0. Totals 12-4-7-43.
Ottoville (37)
Derek Schimmoeller 0-0-3-3, Ryan Honigford 5-2-1-17, Austin Honigford 0-0-0-0, Brandt Landin 1-0-1-3, Luke Schimmoeller 7-0-1-15, Tyler Roby 0-1-0-3, Cory Fischer 0-0-0-0. Totals 12-3-6-39.
Score by Quarters:
McComb   5-10-19-9 — 43
Ottoville    9-17-  7-6 — 39
McComb (22)
Blake Glaser 1-0-0-2, Drew Siferd 1-1-0-5, Andrew Adams 1-0-1-3, Chas Shoop 1-0-1-3, Travis Clark 2-0-0-4, Trey Hanes 1-1-0-5. Totals 7-2-2-22.
Ottoville (25)
Brendon Schnipke 3-1-1-10, Tyler Roby 2-2-1-11, Matthew Turnwald 0-0-0-0, Dustin Trenkamp 2-0-0-4, Rudy Wenzlick 0-0-0-0. Totals 7-3-2-25.
Score by Quarters:
McComb 14-  4-  4 — 22
Ottoville    2-16-  7 — 25


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