|Ottoville girls complete perfect regular season|
|Friday, February 15, 2013 1:41 PM|
A look at their history is truly a remarkable high school career in which they hope to continue heading into tournament play next week. The stats show how successful these four ladies, along with their teammates have been: Four years (2010-13) Putnam County League Champions/28-0 in PCL play; never lost a home game; and with the win this night, their teams have combined for an 86-5 mark (95% winning percentage).
Big Green head coach Dave Kleman was quick to point out that these girls are successful both on and off the court: “Academically, they’re great kids; all are going to college and all have chosen where they’re headed and what they want to pursue on and off the basketball court. They are great examples for the rest of our kids. They work hard – first to come into practice and the last to leave – spend a lot of time after practice working on their shooting or helping the underclassman. They did the things this summer preparing them to be both physically and emotionally ready for the grind of the season.”
As the game started, one could see that the McComb Panthers were ready for battle as they steadied the ship after the Lady Green had jumped out to an early lead and only trailed 10-7 after the first eight minutes of play. The Panthers were led in scoring by junior Brenna Dee with three points and senior Briana Herr and junior Emily Clymer chipped in two points each.
The Lady Green struggled throughout the first quarter and into the second with connecting inside with baskets from seniors Siefker and Beining; however, they weathered the ferocious Panther defense throughout the half and take a 22-20 lead into halftime.
The Lady Green relied on their two other seniors in the first half as Turnwald (7 points) and Vorst (4 points) led the way for the home squad. The Lady Green also got key minutes from their bench as Haley Landwehr and Annie Lindeman saw a lot of time in the half with Siefker and Vorst in foul trouble.
The Panthers only had three girls break into the scoring column in the first half as Clymer (10 points – 6-6 FT), Dee (8 points) and Herr (2 points) led their attack.
The second half saw the Lady Green open their advantage to five points behind a 3-ball from junior Taylor Mangas. The Lady Green also started to find their inside-outside game back. Nine points came from Beining, Siefker and Lindeman underneath; the last eight points came from outside in Mangas, Vorst and Turnwald. After three quarters of play, the Lady Green stretched out their lead to 39-31.
The Panthers tried to stay close during the final period, especially behind the play of Clymer, who finished with a game-high 19 points; however, the Lady Green’s balance was just too much for the Panthers to overcome as the Lady Green finished off a perfect regular season with their 21st win on the year.
Coach Kleman was overall pleased with his team’s performance on the evening: “We’re fighting a little bit of sickness but hopefully we’ll be nice and healthy for the tournament and get the sickness over now. I thought we did a nice job tonight battling through some adversity. We got into some early foul trouble and we had some kids come off the bench and really play well for us tonight.” The Lady Green (21-0), ranked #1 in Division IV in the final regular-season poll, were led by two girls in double figures on the evening: Beining (16 points – 10 in the final quarter) and Turnwald (12 points – 7-11 from the charity stripe) led the way.
The Lady Green will be back in action Tuesday night as they travel to Bluffton to start sectional play against Perry with a 6:15 p.m. start.