Ottoville senior Bridget Landin (13) handles the basketball against Lincolnview’s Maddie Gorman during the opening period of their District semifinal Thursday night at O-G. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe)
Ottoville senior Bridget Landin (13) handles the basketball against Lincolnview’s Maddie Gorman during the opening period of their District semifinal Thursday night at O-G. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe)

OTTAWA — When a basketball team has more turnovers than even shot attempts, it is not going to be a good game for that team.

That team was the Lincolnview girls unit Thursday night against Ottoville in a Division IV District semifinal on The Supreme Court of Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium at Ottawa-Glandorf High School.

The Lady Lancers turned the ball over 24 times against the Lady Big Green pressure defense and only had 19 shot tries in a 55-20 loss.

“We always stress the importance of defense but the second half of this season, we have stressed it even more. You never know what your offense will do in any given game but the defense can be there every night and needs to be,” Ottoville head coach Dave Kleman said. “I felt we were locked in from the start and that’s what I wanted; you never want to not be well-prepared and focused going into any game. I told the girls Lincolnview had beaten Kalida in the regular season, so they were capable of beating us if we weren’t focused. I thought we did some nice things offensively, especially being patient right away and not letting the emotion of playing force us to launch shots.”

Whatever the Lady Big Green (23-2) did on defense: 2-2-1 full-court, 1-2-2 half-court, man-to-man; worked wonders.

“You simply cannot have those kinds of stats against a team as good as Ottoville. We wanted to keep the possessions down but they came with the expected pressure and even more so,” Lincolnview head coach Dan Williamson explained. “I felt we handled the full-court looks but they cranked up the half-court and we didn’t handle that. In the end, we lost to a better team; we had to play our absolute best game and we didn’t but that had more to do with what they did. Still, we played in a District game when no one thought we would this year with our up-and-down play; these girls set that as a goal. This was such a great group to work with and I hope the younger girls learned something from the seniors of how hard they have to work.”

It started from the outset as the Lancers (12-13) — seeking to limit possessions with a patient offense — turned it over on their first three trips down the court. The Lancer man-to-man defense kept them in the game early as the Green didn’t score until Cassandra Kemper scored inside at 5:12 but with their long and athletic defense taking care of one end, the Ottoville offense eventually heated up. Maddie Gorman’s basket and foul shots by Olivia Gorman and Sierra Adams (16.5 seconds) were the only points by the Lancers, while Bridget Landin scored three baskets for the Lady Green as Ottoville shot 5-of-9. The Adams single put the score at 14-4 at the end of one.

Ottoville’s defense was just as good in period 2 as they forced six more miscues, leading to a 6-of-11 effort at the other end. Landin warmed up more, knocking down eight of the Lady Green 16 scored in the stanza. Her two foul shots at :05.5 put the halftime score at 30-9.

Ottoville netted the first nine of the third canto before Lincolnview got a pair of Lakin Brant singles at 4:12. That was only a slight halt as the Green kept building their lead, reaching the magic 35-point lead rule and inducing a running clock the rest of the way (unless the lead fell below 30) as Brynlee Hanneman netted the 1st-of-2 freebies at 1:04 for a 46-11 margin. Olivia Gorman sank a single for Lincolnview with a running clock to make the score 46-12 at the end of three.

With the clock rapidly draining in the fourth, both teams coaches emptied their benches as Olivia Gorman, Maddie Gorman, Frankie Carey, Alena Looser and Kayla Schimmoeller left the court for the final time as Lady Lancer basketballers.

Ottoville advances to tangle with Columbus Grove — a 52-40 victor over Kalida in the opener — at 7 p.m. Saturday back at O-G for the District title.

LINCOLNVIEW (20)

Olivia Gorman 2-6 2-4 9, Frankie Carey 0-0 0-0 0, Lana Carey 0-0 0-0 0, Jordan Decker 0-0 0-0 0, Maddie Gorman 2-4 0-0 4, Brianna Ebel 0-0 0-0 0, Adia Welch 0-0 0-0 0, Alena Looser 3-6 0-0 6, Kayla Schimmoeller 0-3 0-0 0, Sierra Adams 0-0 1-2 1, Lakin Brant 0-0 2-2 2, Annie Mendenhall 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 7-19 5-8 20.

OTTOVILLE (55)

Cassandra Kemper 4-5 2-4 10, Brynlee Hanneman 0-0 1-2 1, Bridget Landin 9-13 2-2 20, Haley Hoersten 0-2 0-0 0, Quinley Schlagbaum 0-2 4-4 4, Amber Miller 1-5 4-4 7, Kasey Knippen 2-4 2-2 6, Emily Landin 0-1 0-0 0, Abi Hilvers 2-3 0-0 5, Kylee Hoersten 0-0 0-0 0, Alexa Honigford 0-0 0-0 0, Nicole Knippen 0-0 0-0 0, Torie Thomas 1-1 0-0 2, Josie Geise 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-36 15-18 55.

Score by Quarters:

LIncolnview 4 5 3 8 - 20

Ottoville 14 16 16 9 - 55

Total Field Goal Percentage: Lincolnview 36.8, Ottoville 52.8. Free Throw Percentage: Lincolnview 62.5, Ottoville 83.3. Three-point Goals/Percentage: Lincolnview 1-5/20 (O. Gorman), Ottoville 2-7/28.6 (Miller, Hilvers). Rebounds: Lincolnview 18/4 off. (O. Gorman 5), Ottoville 16/3 off. (B. Landin 5). Assists: Lincolnview 4 (Brant 2), Ottoville 12 (K. Knippen 3). Steals: Lincolnview 2 (F. Carey/Lakin 1), Ottoville 15 (Kemper/Schlagbaum 4). Blocked Shots: Lincolnview 1 (O. Gorman 1), Ottoville 4 (B. Landin/K. Kippen 2). Turnovers: Lincolnview 24, Ottoville 4. Fouls: Lincolnview 12, Ottoville 6.