HAVILAND - Trailing 18-13 with just over six minutes left in the first half, the Ottoville Lady Green finished off the second quarter on a 17-2 run and never looked back in a 59-41 win over Wayne Trace Thursday night in non-league girls basketball action.

Ottoville improves to 3-0 on the season with the victory, thanks in part as well to a 25-point night from Kasey Knippen.

Knippen helped the Lady Green seal the victory with a 15-point fourth quarter as Ottoville outscored Wayne Trace 19-6 in the final period.

“I thought the girls did a nice job of finding the open person and we were able to hit shots tonight,” said Big Green head coach Dave Kleman. “We got some good defensive pressure that turned into points on the other end and the girls made enough plays. That is a good basketball team over there in Wayne Trace and they are going to win a lot of games.”

The two teams battled back and forth in the first quarter with the opening period ending in a 13-13 tie.

Following a three-pointer from the Raiders’ Katrina Stoller and a Miriam Sinn bucket for an 18-13 Wayne Trace advantage, it was all Big Green for the rest of the half.

Ottoville forced eight Raider turnovers in that stretch and the Big Green was seven of 12 from the field in grabbing a 30-20 advantage at the midway point.

“That was a big stretch in the game,” said Wayne Trace mentor Bethany DeJarnett. “We got into a little bit of foul trouble there and that hurt us. Ottoville always puts a lot of pressure on you and they took advantage of some mistakes on our end.”

The Raiders cut the deficit in half in the third quarter.

Two Kaylee Shepherd buckets helped Wayne Trace get within 33-27 but a three-pointer by Tori Thomas and a basket from Knippen put Ottoville in front 38-29.

Katrina Stoller and Claire Sinn each hit a pair of free throws while Sadie Sinn picked up a basket to trim the Raider deficit to 40-35 at the end of three quarters.

“The girls battled and we played hard,” DeJarnett said. “We made some mistakes and we will get back to work on them and keep improving. I am proud of the way the girls played and we showed a lot of positives tonight.”

Ottoville put the game away early in the fourth quarter.

Two Knippen free throws, a basket by Quinley Schlagbaum and a three-point play from Knippen pushed the Lady Green lead to 47-37.

Knippen added a bucket and a three-point field goal before two Schlagbaum foul shots expanded the Ottoville lead to 54-37 before closing out the 59-41 win.

“We are working on things to get better,” Kleman said. “The girls are playing hard and we will keep improving. It is a work in progress but I am pleased with the effort tonight.”

Knippen added three assists, five steals and six rebounds while Schlagbaum chipped in nine markers, two assists, two steals and three rebounds. Hanneman posted eight points as well for Ottoville, which improves to 3-0 on the season.

Katrina Stoller paced Wayne Trace with 11 points on the night while Shepherd chipped in ten and Claire Sinn bucketed nine points and grabbed five rebounds. Miriam Sinn also recorded five points, four assists, three rebounds and ten steals.

In a two-quarter junior varsity contest, Wayne Trace held on for a 19-17 win over the Lady Green.

Rachel Stoller had six points for the Raiders with Tiffany Sinn and Katie Stoller bucketing four points each. Christina Graham (two), Katrina Stoller (two) and Kenadie Daeger (one) rounded out the Raider scorers.

Grace Gamble topped Ottoville with eight points followed by Nicole Knippen (four), Kylee Hoersten (three) and Faith Gamble (two).

Ottoville resumes play on Saturday when it hosts Lincolnview while Wayne Trace welcomes in Bryan for a non-league battle Tuesday.