OTTAWA — A young Van Wert squad hung with Ottawa-Glandorf for about 12 minutes Thursday evening.
foul trouble and an aggressive Titan squad took over doubling up Van
Wert on the scoreboard on their way to a 56-29 Western Buckeye League
win at the Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium.
O-G remains undefeated
on the season moving to 3-0 in the WBL and 11-0 overall, while the
Cougars dropped to 0-3 in the league and 1-8 overall.
trailed 9-6 in the opening quarter after a basket by Abby Jackson down
low before the Titans went on an 8-1 run to take a 17-7 lead on an Erin
Kaufman layup. Two free throws by the Cougars’ Reagan Priest closed out
the scoring for the first eight minutes as the Cougars trailed 17-9.
baskets by the Titans Kadie Hempfling to start the second quarter gave
O-G a 21-9 lead before the Cougars went on a 6-0 run to pull within
21-15. Abby Jackson had two of the baskets for Van Wert and Cassidy
Meyers chipped in two points. That was when the Titans took control of
Two free throws each by Hempfling and Kylie White
ignited a 13-0 O-G run late in the second quarter that also saw Abby
Jackson head to the bench with her third foul four the Cougars. Without
their big girl in the game the Titans were able to pound the ball down
low for two baskets before Carri Johnson pushed the Titan lead to 32-15
with a three-pointer. Hempfling made it a 34-15 game with a nice spin
move down low for two points before Ally Jackson ended the first half
scoring with a three-pointer as Van Wert was looking at a 34-18 deficit.
got into some foul trouble the second quarter and they went on a little
bit of a run on us there,” Cougar head coach Rob Adams said. “Our motto
is that whoever we throw in there, we are 5-5 straight across the
board, we have to battle to get rebounds and scrap and claw. We are
still a young team and we are still building the program up. I think
tonight was a good step in that direction.”
“We were trying some
different things,” O-G head coach Troy Yant said. “We wanted to get 10
people in the first quarter and get everyone acclimated. We knew on
paper we were the better team and we wanted to see how much we could get
accomplished and identify ourselves, with mixed results. Obviously we
needed to bring the starters back in to put the foot on the accelerator.
Maybe we can’t go five for five (when subbing), but we have to continue
to develop the roster.”
While Van Wert would have liked to
started the second half like the first they were unable to do so.
Johnson and Kaufman hit three-pointers for the Titans during a 10-0 run
to start the third quarter as they built a 44-18 lead.
fullcourt pressure to start the second half, the Titans were able to
hold Van Wert scoreless for 5:02 of the quarter before Priest scored for
the Cougars. And although O-G opened the quarter with a run, their
offense went silent after that run as Yant continued to substitute
freely. After the run O-G scored only two more points in the quarter
those coming off a Paige Sutter basket to end the third quarter.
have been working on our man-to-man to see if that is the defense we
can hang our hat on, especially with the second team girls” Yant said.
“If we can play better man-to-man, then we can rotate a little deeper
and that was the focus of the first half. We know the zone would
probably stymie them a little, but we didn’t want to use it so we could
work on some other things. I thought our defense played well coming out
of the locker room.”
O-G started the final quarter with another
10-0 run as Kaufman knocked down a pair of three-pointers for a 56-23
Titan lead. That would be the final points the Titans scored as two
3-pointers by Van Wert’s Ally Jackson helped account for the final
Kaufman led the Titans with 15 points as she had three
3-pointers in the game. White and Hempfling both finished with 10
points. Hempfling and White both had six rebounds for O-G.
Jackson led the Cougars with 10 points and four rebounds and Ally
Jackson had nine points. Meyers had four rebounds, four assists and
three steals for Van Wert.
“O-G is a state team and out mindset
coming in here was to play hard and compete,” Adams said. “We knew what
we were up against and I think our girls responded really well. We talk
about our margin for error only having seven girls that we rotate and
they bring a horde off the bench. That’s really tough to stay
competitive when they are bringing different looks at you. I think we
only had 15 turnovers, so we repsonded really well.
Ottawa-Glandorf won the junior varsity game 45-16.
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Van Wert 10- 5- 29: Abby Jackson 4-2-10; Alexis Rupert 0-1-1; Regan Priest 1-2-4; Cassidy Meyers 2-0-5; Ally Jackson 3-0-9.
Ottawa-Glandorf 23- 4- 56:
Lexi Schroeder 4-0-8; Devon Warnecke 1-0-3; Kylie White 4-2-10; Kadie
Hempfling 4-2-10; Mackenzie Meyer 1-0-2; Erin Kaufman 6-0-15; Carri
Johnson 2-0-6; Paige Sutter 1-0-2.
Van Wert 9 9 5 6 - 29
Ottawa-Glandorf 17 17 12 10 - 56
Junior Varsity: Ottawa-Glandorf 45-16.
Three-point goals: Van Wert 4 (Meyers 1, Ally Jackson 3); Ottawa-Glandorf 5 (Warnecke 2, Kaufman 3, Johnson 1).
Rebounds: Van Wert 19 (Meyers 4, Abby Jackson 4, Rupert 4); Ottawa-Glandorf 28 (Hempfling 6, White 6).