LIMA — Two of the best teams in the area squared off in an odd game
Tuesday night with Lima Bath prevailing over Ottoville 46-43, when a
would-be game-tying shot by Lady Green senior lefty Bridget Landin
rattled in but was a second late.
The Wildkittens are now 8-3, while Ottoville falls to 9-3.
oddest thing about this game was that neither team could handle the
opponent’s defense — it was 27-16, Bath, after three quarters — until
the fourth quarter, which Ottoville won 27-19.
After the Lady
Green had missed all nine of their 3-point attempts in the first three
quarters, sophomore lefty Kasey Knippen hit three of them and scored 16
points in the fourth quarter to lead the comeback. Meanwhile, the
Wildkittens were turning it over nine times, but Bath senior Bailey
Dackin hit 9 of 10 free throws in the last three minutes to hold onto
Knippen rattled in a straightaway three to get Ottoville
within 37-34 at 2:42, but two missed Lady Green free throws and a
turnover resulted in four straight Bath free throws — 41-34, Kittens, at
1:29. It wasn’t over.
Knippen swished a jumper from the left
elbow, was undercut by a defender, and her and-one cut it to 41-37 with
1:00 on the clock. Dackin hit two free throws, but Knippen hit a three
from the right wing — 43-40 with 39 seconds left. Dackin split a pair at
the line, and Knippen swished a triple from the left wing — 44-43,
Bath, with 26 seconds left. Dackin hit two more free throws at 0:23 —
46-43. Then came Knippen’s only miss of the quarter, a 3-point try from
the left wing, and Bath junior Bette Andrews was fouled on the rebound
with four seconds left. She missed the first of a double bonus, and her
second try was voided by a lane violation, setting up Landin’s
last-ditch effort to tie the game.
The first half was either total
offensive frustration or a defensive clinic by both teams, depending
upon your point of view. Bath led 8-2 after one and 17-8 after two.
After those 16 minutes, Ottoville was 4 of 20 from the field, including 0
for 7 from three. Bath was 6 of 27 and 3 for 9.
“I told ‘em at
half time we set basketball back 20 years,” said Ottoville coach Dave
Kleman. “I said the bad news is we only have eight points; the good news
is they only have 17. Defensively, it wasn’t horrible, but offensively
we couldn’t throw it in the ocean standing on the beach.”
third quarter was more of the same, but the Wildkittens got off only
five field goal attempts during those eight minutes while committing six
turnovers. They were, however, 2 for 3 from beyond the arc, and the
Lady Green stayed cold, allowing the home team to win that quarter 10-8.
the game as a whole, both teams were cold from the field — Bath 32
percent (12 of 37), including 38 percent (5 of 13) from long range;
Ottoville 31 percent (14 of 45), 19 percent (3 of 16) from three. The
Wildkittens were terrific from the line — 89 percent (17 of 19) — and
Ottoville shot a solid 75 percent (12 of 16). Bath controlled the boards
30-17, but the Lady Green had fewer turnovers, 12-25.
Heidi Craddock led Bath’s scoring with 17. Dackin added 15, and junior
point guard Jaidyn Hale had 10. Knippen and Landin had 16 and 12 for
Although Knippen’s sensational fourth quarter was a surprise to many, it wasn’t to the coach.
shown signs,” said Kleman. “She’s a very talented player. She can do a
lot of things, and I’m hoping this is the game that gives her the
confidence to play on the varsity level. She’s a really good passer, and
she’s always looking to pass first, but she’s a good shooter, too.”
Kemper 5, Bridget Landin 12, Brooke Mangas 6, Alicia Honigford 2,
Alexis Thorbahn 0, Madison Knodell 2, Haley Hoersten 0, Amber Miller 0,
Kasey Knippen 16, Abi Hilvers 0.
LIMA BATH (46)
Jaidyn Hale 10, Lindsey Singhaus 0, Heidi Craddock 17, Bette Andrews 2, Haley Garland 0, Bailey Dackin 15, Kaleigh Ketchum 2.
Ottoville 2 6 8 27 - 43
Lima Bath 8 9 10 19 - 46
shooting: OV - 3/16 (Knippen 3), LB - 5/13 (Craddock 3, Hale 2).
Rebounds: OV - 17, LB - 30. Fouls: OV - 16, LB - 17. Turnovers: OV - 12,
LB - 25. Jayvee score: OV 27-17 (2 quarters).