OTTAWA — Columbus Grove finally was able to take a lead against Arlington in the fourth quarter of their Division IV district final.

However, fighting back from an early deficit and the Red Devils defense did the Bulldogs in. After falling behind, the Red Devils scored the final 10 points of the game for a 42-33 win at Ottawa-Glandorf High School.

The win sends the Red Devils (22-4) to the Division IV regional semi-finals at Elida against Stryker Thursday. Columbus Grove saw their season end at 19-6.

After Arlington went on a 13-0 run to start the game, the Bulldogs faced an uphill battle the rest of the night. A 7-0 run to start the fourth quarter allowed Grove to take a 33-32 lead on a Rylee Sybert three-pointer with 2:53 left. Having to battle from behind all night took its toll on the Bulldogs as they wouldn’t score again and Arlington went 8-of-11 at the free throw line to seal the game down the stretch.

“To see us finally take the lead, I thought alright here we go, but we just had to expend so much energy to get to that point,” Columbus Grove coach Brian Schroeder said. “Then there was a missed a free throw and we had a chance to get the ball back up one. I think we were boxing out, but (Hannah) Willow is six foot and she over the top of us, it wasn’t a foul and finished on a one and one situation To expend that much energy to get the lead, then give up a put back off a free throw took a lot out of us.”

After Sybert gave the Bulldogs the lead, the Bulldogs fouled Lindsay Dodds on the Red Devils ensuing possession. She missed the front end of her one and one, with Willow grabbing the rebound and scoring. Arlington then finished the contest going 8-of-10 at the line as Sarah Solt went 3-of-4 and Willow added a pair. Meanwhile, Columbus Grove missed their final three shot attempts and turned the ball over three times.

Arlington’s defense was good all night as they held two of the Bulldogs main scoring threats, Sybert and freshman Kenzie King, to a combined three-pointers. Sybert was held to the three points, while King didn’t score, although she battled foul trouble most of the game.

Pepple paced the Red Devils with 11 points, while Solt added 10 points and five rebounds. Willow had nine points and six rebounds and Dodds nine points and five rebounds.

Angel Schneider paced the Bulldogs with 13 points and five rebounds and Erin Downing came off the bench to score nine points. Sydney Witteborg added six points as 15 of Grove’s points came from reserve players.

Arlington’s jumped out to a 13-0 lead behind six points from Dodds and a three-pointer from Solt. Angel Schneider scored for the Bulldogs with 2:32 left in the opening quarter on a pair of free throws before Downing hit a three to make it 13-5 after eight quarters.

After the Red Devils scored the first 13 points of the game, the Bulldogs responded with 12 of the next 13 points as they pulled within 15-12 on a Schneider basket. Arlington went on an 8-1 run to close the first half as they took a 23-13 lead into halftime.

“We tried to play our normal motion to start the game and I thought we had good ball movement and we were getting the ball where we wanted, we just weren’t winning the one-on-one battles,” Schroeder said. “They were just getting it done defensively. Any time I thought we had them in a long close out situation where we could get a shot or a drive opportunity, they were able to level us off. Willow and (Kylie) Sheets are six-footers and they were able to alter our shots. We really struggled getting going early in the game.”

Arlington pushed their lead to 26-15 in the third quarter on a three-pointer by Solt. The Bulldogs closed within five points twice in the quarter, the final time on a three by Downing. The Red Devils settled for a six point lead going to the final quarter.

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Columbus Grove 12-24 4-6 33: Schneider 5-3-13; Sybert 1-0-3; King 0-0-0; Vorst 0-0-0; Gladwell 1-0-2; Witteborg 3-0-6; Downing 3-1-9; Utendorf 0-0-0.

Arlington 12-46 17-28 42: Dodds 4-0-9; Willow 2-5-9; Solt 4-2-10; Sheets 0-0-0; Pepple 2-7-11; Smith 1-1-3.

Columbus Grove 5 8 13 7 - 33

Arlington 13 10 9 10 - 42

Three-point goals: Columbus Grove 3-15 (Sybert 1, Downing 2); Arlington 3-17 (Dodds 1, Solt 2).

Rebounds: Columbus Grove 19 (Schneider 5 Sybert 5); Arlington 25 (Willow 6).

Turnovers: Columbus Grove 23, Arlington 16.