|Lady Big Green, Kalida cagers move on to districts|
|Monday, February 25, 2013 3:43 PM|
BLUFFTON — Ottoville’s girls basketball team has set a high standard in 2012-13, capturing the Division IV poll title and its fourth straight Putnam County League championship.
The Lady Green has more to accomplish.
They took their second step in the post-season by clobbering Columbus Grove 69-33 in the first game at Saturday night’s Bluffton Sectional final.
In the nightcap, Kalida got revenge from a loss to Continental Feb. 14 with a 46-36 victory in the nightcap.
Kalida will take on Crestview in the 6:15 p.m. contest Thursday in the Lima Senior District semis; Ottoville will play Lincolnview at 8 p.m.
If the Bulldogs (5-18) — who had a first-round bye — had any hopes of knocking off the Lady Green (23-0), they were dashed relatively quickly as Ottoville dropped in the first 10 points. Ottoville showed its inside-out balance early: with senior Rachel Turnwald (14 markers) striking for eight points from the outside and 6-2 senior Abby Siefker (17 counters, 8 boards) netted seven inside. For good measure, junior Taylor Mangas (14 markers - 4 treys; 4 steals, 3 assists) dropped a pair of bombs in the span as they shot 8-of-15 from the floor in the period (4-of-7 downtown) against the Bulldog 3-2 zone. The Bulldogs had no such luck on the other end against the Lady Green long and lengthy 1-2-2 3/4-court press and man-to-man half-court, canning a mere 2-of-5 shots and turning it over eight times (18 for the night). When senior Rachel Beining hit the 1st-of-2 singles with 2.7 ticks left, the Lady Green led 25-5.
“The more balance, the better. That’s been the mark of this team for a number of years; its unselfishness,” Ottoville mentor Dave Kleman explained. “They aren’t afraid to share the ball to get better shots and when you have that kind of balance, you are much tougher to defend. We have five or six girls that can lead us in scoring any given night. That’s our mentality in every phase of the game. It’s not just one or two looking to rebound, defend, pass the ball; it’s everybody.”
Grove coach Chad Ricker reiterated a familiar lament for most coaches when facing the Lady Green the last few seasons.
“You have to pick your poison. With their size inside, that is the first place you look to defend,” Ricker explained. “When you do that, you have to hope they aren’t hitting their perimeter shots. Well, they were; they hit four in the first period alone and then you have no chance; we had had some success with our zone the last couple of games. When they have this type of balance, they are going to be tough to beat. They are also so good defensively; they do a lot of things well.” The scoring pace slowed for the Lady Green in the second period but Grove could not take advantage. Siefker continued her strong pace to dominate inside, scoring eight counters in the span. The Lady Green’s biggest lead of the half was 41-9 on two singles by Turnwald at 1:47 before Grove sophomore Sydney McCluer (8 markers) hit the 1st-of-2 freebies with 6.5 ticks to go for a 41-10 halftime scoreboard.
If Grove had any chance of a rally in the second half, Ottoville took it right away. This time, it was senior Rachel Beining that set the pace, netting 10 of her 12 points in the third canto. Mangas also did her part, knocking down two more triples. When Beining hit a short banker in transition with 13 ticks on the clock, the Lady Green had their largest lead, 61-21.
Ottoville went to its bench — as Kleman had done all game — and deeper to start the fourth and built up a 64-21 lead on a 3-ball by sophomore Courtney Von Sossan at 6:40 for the biggest margin of the game. The Lady Bulldogs outscored their PCL colleagues 12-8 in the finale.
“We just want to keep getting better and staying in a competitive mindset. That’s why we chose to not take the bye in the first round,” Kleman added. You want to keep playing and stay in condition; 10 days off is too much time between games. You can get out of rhythm and get sloppy; we wanted to stay focused and sharp.”
The Green and Gold ended up 24-of-47 shooting (a stellar 8-of-15 long range) for 51.1 percent and 13-of-22 at the line (59.1%). They grabbed 24 rebounds (15 offensive) as Beining added seven. Senior Nicole Vorst delivered six assists and Annie Lindeman blocked three shots. Ottoville added a mere nine miscues and 14 fouls.
“It’s been a tough year; we’ve had a lot of injuries that we’ve had to deal with,” Ricker added. “The record doesn’t indicate the work these girls have put in. We lose three seniors: Breanne Halker, Melissa Amstutz and Renee Karhoff; and they have had to deal with injuries. They will be tough to replace because of their work ethic. We’ve had to play a lot of younger girls — we were young anyway — and because of this experience, we will be better off next year.” Grove totaled 12-of-42 shooting (2-of-13 beyond the arc) for 28.6 percent and 7-of-12 singles (58.3%); 26 boards (12 offensive) as junior Sammi Stechschulte (8 markers) led with seven; and with 20 fouls.
In the second game, Kalida had lost 32-26 Feb. 14 to Continental.
They turned the tables with a solid second period that gave them the lead for good.
“We played pretty good defense the last time but couldn’t score. If you can stop people, you have a chance to win, but you’re likely not going to win 2-0,” Kalida coach Adam Huber said. “Tonight, we just finished our shots better. Continental is such a tough defensive team; they are aggressive and physical. You aren’t going to get a lot of easy looks.” The Lady Pirates (15-8) rode senior Leva Weller (14 markers, 9 boards) for nine early points as the Lady Pirates built up a 13-9 lead after one, leading a 6-of-17 shooting canto. The LadyCats struggled shooting the ball (4-of-12) against a tough 2-1-2 Pirate zone and when Weller finished an and-1 with 2:06 showing, the Pirates led 13-9.
Kalida did much better the second period of containing Weller, with much better help-side defense. She got the only Continental basket — at 34 seconds — while Kalida took the lead for good at 15-13 on a deuce by junior Elizabeth Turnwald at 6:32. They built a 19-15 halftime bulge as Turnwald hit a pull-up 10-foot baseliner just a second before the horn.
Senior Vanessa Koppenhoffer hit a free toss at 6:58 and Weller hit a spinner at 5:55 to get the Pirates within 19-18 but Kalida (16-8) steadied itself. Senior Summer Holtkamp hit a bomb at 5:20 to stop the momentum, starting a 7-1 spurt that got a 26-19 edge on a Kylie Osterhage basket at 3:40. The Pirates outscored the LadyCats 7-2 in the final three minutes, capped by a hoop-and-harm by Paige Ordway at 14.6 seconds left, to get within 28-26.
Weller hit 1-of-2 singles at 7:15 of the fourth to again get the Pirates within one — 28-27 — but no closer. The LadyCats turned it over four times in their first five possessions of the fourth (17 total) but the Pirates couldn’t take advantage. Up 30-29, sophomore Jackie Gardner (10 markers, 6 boards, 3 steals) hit a drive at 4:35 and then the freshman Osterhage took over. She scored 10 of her game-high 17 markers (5 boards) in the final 4:07, including 4-of-6 freebies. In all, Kalida netted 8-of-12 singles (8-of-14 for the night for 57.2%) in the finale to close the deal.
“Kylie is only a freshman in terms of her class; this is her 23rd game, so she isn’t inexperienced anymore,” Huber added. “She is one of our best shooters, if not the best: 50 percent from 3, 60 percent overall and 70 percent from the line. She has become more assertive lately and we needed that from her.”
Kalida dropped in 18-of-41 shots (2-of-9 3-balls) for 43.9 percent; secured 36 caroms (9 offensive) as senior Amy Smith had eight; and 15 fouls.
Continental shot a cold 13-of-53 (1-of-12 beyond the arc) for 24.5 percent and 9-of-15 from charity (60%). They attracted 31 caroms, 15 offensive, and added 16 fouls and 11 errors.
Rachel Turnwald 4-4-14, Nicole Kramer 0-0-0, Chelsey Boecker 0-0-0, Taylor Mangas 4-2-14, Nicole Vorst 1-0-2, Kendra Eickholt 0-0-0, Courtney Von Sossan 3-0-8, Haley Landwehr 0-0-0, Annie Lindeman 0-0-0, Rachel Beining 5-2-12, Lexie Wannemacher 1-0-2, Lyndsey Wannemacher 0-0-0, Abby Siefker 6-5-17. Totals 24-13/22-69.
COLUMBUS GROVE (33)
Breanne Halker 2-0-4, Sydney McCluer 2-4-8, Kyrah Yinger 1-0-2, Megan Verhoff 0-2-2, Brooke Huffman 1-0-2, Hope Schroeder 0-0-0, Sammi Stechschulte 3-1-8, Rachel Schumacher 2-0-5, Julia Wynn 1-0-2, Renee Karhoff 0-0-0, Aubrey Fruchey 0-0-0, Danielle Schramm 0-0-0. Totals 12-7/12-33.
Score by Quarters:
Ottoville 25-16-20-8 — 69
Col. Grove 5-5-11-12 — 33
Three-point goals: Ottoville 8 (Mangas 4, Turnwald 2, Von Sossan 2), Columbus Grove 2 (Stechschulte, Schroeder).
Jackie Gardner 4-2-10, Nicole Recker 0-2-2, Summer Holtkamp 2-0-5, Julia Vandemark 0-0-0, Amy Smith 1-0-2, Elizabeth Turnwald 4-0-8, Kristi Honigfort 0-0-0, Kylie Osterhage 6-4-17, Brittany Kahle 1-0-2. Totals 18-8/14-46.
Krystle Prowant 0-0-0, Erica Fitzwater 0-0-0, Taylor Williamson 2-2-7, Vanessa Koppenhoffer 1-2-4, Sloane Zachrich 0-0-0, Paige Ordway 4-3-11, Hannah Baker 0-0-0, Sara Deken 0-0-0, Leva Weller 6-2-14. Totals 13-9/15-36.
Score by Quarters:
Kalida 9 10 9 18 - 46
Continental 13 2 11 10 - 36
Three-point goals: Kalida 2 (Holtkamp, Osterhage), Continental 1 (Williamson).
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