KALIDA — It would be difficult to point out a single highlight in Kalida’s 43-40 Thursday night overtime win over Ottoville — there were so many. The win puts the Ladycats at 7-4 overall and 3-0 in the PCL. The Lady Green are 9-2 and 1-1.

Despite the “bigness” of the win, Kalida coach Adam Huber was his usual calm self afterwards.

“We just talk about winning the day,” said Huber. “If we go 1-0 every day, we’re gonna have a pretty good season. I’m not gonna look big picture. I told them to enjoy it. Obviously, it’s pretty exciting, but there’s still a lot of work to be done.”

“We didn’t execute what we were trying to run,” said a disappointed Ottoville coach Dave Kleman about the missed opportunities late in the game. “Kalida does a good job playing defense, but we didn’t do a very good job of working with each other, getting open. It’s a team loss. Kalida deserved to win it.”

Fine defenses by both teams made easy shots almost impossible to come by — and also created fouls aplenty, which neither teams capitalized on to a great extent. Kalida missed its last four fourth-quarter free throws, which allowed Ottoville to push the game into overtime. Overall, the Ladycats cashed in only 12 of 24 freebies (50 percent), although the number of made free throws proved to be the difference in the game . The Lady Green hit only 5 of 11 (46 percent).

The visitors led 30-24 with 6:04 left in the fourth quarter, but back came the Cats with five straight — layup by sophomore Grace Klausing on a lob from sophomore point guard Kathryn Siebeneck, followed by a 3-pointer from the left corner by junior McKayla Maag — 30-29, Ottoville, at 3:48. Lady Green senior Haley Hoersten was fouled on an offensive rebound and cashed in both free throws to lead by three, but Kalida senior Lauren Langhals drove the baseline to cut it to 32-31 at 3:00.

Ottoville senior Brynlee Hanneman muscled in a layup off of a Hoersten assist, then finished the old-style 3-point play to lead 35-31 at 2:40. Kalida junior Abby Wurth swished a three from the right wing to cut it to one. After a Lady Green turnover, Klausing went to the line and back-rimmed both ends of the one-and-one, but both shots bounced high and dropped through to put Kalida up 36-35 at 1:19. It was then a matter of the aforementioned four missed Kalida free throws, and Ottoville senior Quinley Schagbaum swishing the second of two free throws at 0:04 to create the extra period.

Maag started the extra period by hitting the second of two free throws, but Lady Green senior Kasey Knippen and sophomore Nicole Knippen escaped for consecutive layups to lead 40-37 at 2:38. The game then became a two-minute free throw contest — Kalida hitting 2 of 6, Ottoville none-of-two — until Wurth snared a long-distance air ball and put it back to get a 41-40 lead with 24 ticks left. After another Ottoville turnover, Klausing sealed the deal with two free throws at 0:02.

The first half was a back-and-forth affair until Kalida finished it up with a 7-1 run to lead 18-12 at the break. The Ladycats could’ve had a bigger lead if not for 13 turnovers in those 16 minutes. On the other hand, the Lady Green would’ve been a lot closer if they weren’t shooting an icy 5-for-18 from the field.

Ottoville’s shooting picked up considerably in the third quarter, and their 11-0 run turned a 21-14 deficit into a 25-21 lead with 3:31 on the clock. That run included three triples — two by Hoersten and one by Schlagbaum. However, Langhals’s two free throws got the Cats to within 25-23 going into the fourth.

For the game as a whole, the stats weren’t that much different. Kalida was a tad better from the field — 39 percent (13 of 33) to 36 percent (15 of 42). Both teams landed five treys — Ottoville on 11 shots (46 percent), Kalida on 15 shots (33 percent). The Cats won the boards 27-20 and had one less turnover, 19-20.

Klausing and Wurth led the Kalida scoring with 13 and 12. Kasey Knippen, Hoersten, and Nicole Knippen had 10, 10, and 9 for Ottoville. The teams’ two leading scorers, Wurth and Kasey Knippen, both spent a lot of time on the bench in foul trouble.

Ottoville (40)

Brynlee Hanneman 5, Haley Hoersten 10, Quinley Schlagbaum 6, Nicole Knippen 9, Kasey Knippen 10, Tori Thomas 0, Alexis Honigford 0, Kylee Hoersten 0.

Kalida (43)

Grace Klausing 13, McKayla Maag 5, Lauren Langhals 7, Halie Kaufman 3, Abby Wurth 12, Kathryn Siebeneck 0, Carlie Rampe 3, Brenna Smith 0, Melanie Meyers 0.

Ottoville 9 3 13 11 4 - 40

Kalida 9 9 5 13 7 - 43

3-point shooting: OV 5/11 (Haley Hoersten 2, Nicole Knippen 2, Schlagbaum), K 5/15 (Klausing, Maag, Kaufman, Rampe, Wurth). Rebounds: OV 20, K 27. Fouls: OV 20, K 18. Turnovers: OV 20, K 19. Jayvee score: OV 28-22 (two quarters).