Elise Kramer of Ottoville goes up for a rebound against Lexie Neuenschwander of Pandora-Gilboa in their Tuesday night matchup. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
Elise Kramer of Ottoville goes up for a rebound against Lexie Neuenschwander of Pandora-Gilboa in their Tuesday night matchup. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
OTTOVILLE — The Lady Green rolled past Pandora-Gilboa on Tuesday night 87-34. Nicole Knippen scored a team-high 25 points and had three from behind the 3-point line. Jocelyn Geise had 15 points for the Green and Alexa Honigford racked up 14.

Ottoville was on a mission from the tip off, opening the game on an 18-2 run. Alexis Augsburger had an early jumper for the Rockets but it was all Lady Green after that. Kylee Hoersten connected from downtown to make it 5-2, Ottoville, and Knippen landed a pair of 3-pointers to extend the lead to 20-2.

“We were mentally and physically ready for the game today,” said Ottoville head coach Michelle Leach. “You can never take a league team lightly and this was a game where we were hitting on all cylinders. We ran in transition and shot the ball well. It was a good all-around game.”

After a Pandora free throw, the Big Green scored nine unanswered points and held a 29-3 advantage with 1:37 remaining in the first quarter.

Knippen hit a 3-pointer late in the quarter but Lacie Fenstermaker responded with one of her own and cut the lead to 32-8. Tori Thomas connected on a jumper with time running out and extended Ottoville’s lead to 34-8 after one.

The onslaught continued in the second quarter as the Lady Green opened on a 9-0 run. Honigford connected on a triple from the right wing and Knippen hit a layup as Ottoville enjoyed a 44-10 lead with 3:30 left in the first half.

Augsburger hit a 3-pointer for the Rockets but countless turnovers led to points on the board for the Green. Ottoville ended the first half with a commanding 54-17 lead.

The Lady Green opened the third quarter on a 10-0 scoring streak that took 3:00 off the clock. A pair of free throws by Makayla Kingsinger ended the run as the score held at 64-19.

Fenstermaker tried to work inside the paint late in the third quarter and managed four points for Pandora but Ottoville increased their lead to 75-27 as they entered the final 8:00 of the game.

The Lady Green backed off in the fourth quarter and allowed their bench to get some work in. Becca Turnwald had five points to close out the game including a 3-pointer with under 3:00 to play.

“It is always a huge plus when you can rotate six, seven or even eight players in the game,” Leach continued.

A pair of free throws was all the Rockets could muster as time ran out and Ottoville walked away with an 87-34 victory over their conference rivals.

“Momentum and confidence are the two things a win like this does for our team,” concluded Leach.

The Lady Green improve to 9-5 (4-1 PCL) and Pandora-Gilboa falls to 1-12 (0-4 PCL).

Pandora-Gilboa 8 9 10 7 - 34

Ottoville - 34 20 21 12 - 87

Pandora-Gilboa (34)

Lacie Fenstermaker 14, Lexie Neuenschwander 6, Alexis Augsburger 5, Taelor Miller 4, Mikayla Simons 2, Makayla Kingsinger 2, Regan Russell 1

Ottoville (87)

Nicole Knippen 25, Jocelyn Geise 15, Alexa Honigford 14, Kylee Hoersten 9, Tori Thomas 7, Elise Kramer 5, Becca Turnwald 5, Faith Gamble 3, Peyton Wannemacher 2, Skylar Turnwald 2