OTTAWA-GLANDORF — The Ottoville Lady Green faced off against the Columbus Grove Lady Bulldogs at Ottawa-Glandorf High School on Saturday night for a Division IV District title in girls hoops.

The Lady Green prevailed over Columbus Grove by a score of 51-33.

Columbus Grove opened the contest with a 3-pointer from Carlee McClure but Ottoville responded with a 10-2 run, getting six points from Bridget Landin — 10-5, Lady Green.

The Lady Green continue its hot streak to start the second quarter as Landin got a bucket and Kasey Knippen drilled a triple for Ottoville to go up 15-5. The Lady Bulldogs ended a nearly 6-minute scoreless drought with a trey from Lauren Schroeder to bring the score to 15-8, Ottoville. Later on in the second quarter, Ottoville and Columbus Grove exchanged 3-ponters: Teyah Sautter for the Lady Bulldogs and Knippen for the Lady Green — 20-11. Ottoville went into halftime up 24-15 after Schroeder drained two fouls shot for Columbus Grove.

Schroeder opened the second half with two made foul shots before Ottoville went on a 7-0 run, capped with a 3-point play from Quinley Schlagbaum — 31-17. Midway thru the third quarter, Columbus Grove got another triple from Sautter to cut the Ottoville lead to 33-21. The Lady Green ended the third period again with a 7-2 run to give Ottoville a 40-23 advantage.

Columbus Grove opened the final quarter with three points for McClure and a jumper from Rylee Sybert to cut the Lady Green lead to 40-28. After Ottoville went up 44-28, the Lady Bulldogs got a 3-pointer from Schroeder followed by buckets from Landin and Amber Miller. The Lady Green, up 48-33 with less than two minutes to go, slowed down the pace of the game to prevent any chance of a Columbus Grove come back. When all was said and done, Ottoville picked up the 51-33 victory.

“Ottoville has three 6-footers, so we knew we would have an issue with their strength being inside and being able to score in the paint and rebound very well; that was a point during our one and half days of practice for this game. Ottoville is good; they are athletic and so strong and it wasn’t a good matchup for us. I feel like our girls did the best that they could,” said Columbus Grove girls basketball coach Brian Schroeder.

“I think typical two teams that our used to playing each other; we played against them in the summer and both teams were hyped for the game. We did a good job rebounding, which got us extra possessions, and with our size, we were able to pass over their zone, which prevented them from putting as much pressure as they would have liked on us,” said Ottoville girls basketball coach Dave Klemen.

The Lady Green will travel to Elida High School on Thursday night for the second game of the Division IV Regional semifinals to take on Hopewell-Loudon.

Columbus Grove 33

Angel Schneider 1-2 0-4 2, Rylee Sybert 1-9 0-0 2, Teyah Sautter 1-3 0-0 3, Carlee McClure 4-13 1-2 12, Lauren Schroeder 3-8 4-4 13, Abigail Gladwell 0-3 0-0 0, Amy Vorst 0-1 1-2 1, Total 10-39 6-12 33

Ottoville 51

Cassandra Kemper 7-10 0-0 14, Bridget Landin 6-13 0-0 12, Quniley Schlagbaum 1-1 3-3 5, Amber Miller 2-4 0-0 4, Kasey Knippen 4-12 2-2 13, Haley Horsten 0-3 3-5 3, Abi Hilvers 0-1 0-0 0, Total 20-44 8-10 51

C 5 10 8 10 33

O 10 14 16 11 51

3-Pointers: Grove 5-16 (Schroeder 3, Sautter, McClure), Ottoville 3-13 (Knippen 3), Rebounds: Grove 24 (McClure 7), Ottoville 28 (Landin 9), Assists Grove 5 (Schroeder 3), Ottoville 7 (Schlagbaum 3), Turnovers: Grove 13, Ottoville 13, Fouls: Grove 14, Ottoville 16,