The Lady Green celebrate their victory over Arlington Saturday night in Elida. (DHI Media/Pat Agler)
The Lady Green celebrate their victory over Arlington Saturday night in Elida. (DHI Media/Pat Agler)

ELIDA — Arlington was in the process of digging out of an early hole to Ottoville.

Having cut a 16 point deficit to nine points midway through the second quarter, the Red Devils were confident of staying within reach of the Big Green. Then Ottoville went on another run to end the first half.

That late second quarter run pushed the Ottoville lead to 21 points and the Big Green cruised from there in defeating the Red Devils 62-28 in the Division IV regional finals at the Elida Fieldhouse Saturday night.

The win sends Ottoville (24-3) back to the Division IV state semi-finals for a third straight year. The Big Green will face Shadyside (24-4) in the second of two state semi-final games Friday at 3 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. Arlington finishes it season at 23-5, with two of those losses to the Big Green.

Ottoville got out to a good start as they took an early 8-2 lead behind six points from sophomore Nicole Knippen and two points from sister Kasey. Three-pointers by Haley Hoersten and Kasey Knippen to end the quarter gave Ottoville a 14-4 lead after one quarter.

Ottoville pushed their lead to 20-4 1:20 into the second quarter as Nicole and Kasey Knippen both finished off three point plays. After a Red Devil timeout, Arlington went on a 7-0 run as they pulled within 20-11 of the Big Green. A three-pointer by Nicole Knippen broke the Arlington run and sister Kasey finished off the first half with a personal 11-2 run as Ottoville had a 34-13 halftime lead.

Kasey Knippen scored 14 points in the second quarter as she had 19 points at the break.

During her 11-2 run, Kasey hit a three-pointer and scored off either pull up jumpers or drives to the basket.

The Lady Green continued to pull away in the third quarter as they had a 27 point lead after 24 minutes, then continued their momentum through the final quarter before Ottoville coach Dave Kleman slowly pulled his starters to give every one a chance to play.

The only player that did not see the floor was senior Brynlee Hanneman, who missed the game as she was battling the flu.

Nicole Knippen paced the Big Green with 26 points and Kasey Knippen finished with 23 points. Nicole Knippen scored nine points in the fourth quarter for Ottoville. Nicole Knippen grabbed nine rebounds and Kasey Knippen pulled in seven rebounds.

Lindsay Dodds and Jenna Pepple both had seven points for the Red Devils.