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Friday, December 14, 2012 1:45 PM

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OTTOVILLE — Thursday night found two traditionalLY strong Putnam County League girls programs taking on each other at the L.W. Heckman Gymnasium.

The Miller City Lady Wildcats traveled to Ottoville to take on the undefeated Lady Green.

The home team just had too much firepower on both ends for the Wildcats as the home team came away with a decisive 78-30 PCL win.
The Lady Wildcats, under the direction of veteran head coach Chris Rump, came into the contest with a very young team (two seniors, no juniors, three sophomores and seven freshmen). The Wildcats played hard and hung with the Lady Green for much of the first quarter but soon the Lady Green’s experience and inside-outside game just took over.

The Lady Green used a balanced attack throughout the first quarter with six girls denting the scorebook. Senior Abby Siefker and junior Taylor Mangas, providing a spark off the bench, both scored five points in the period to lead the way. The Wildcats were paced by senior Melissa Michel and sophomore Haley Lammers with six and four, respectively, as the hosts finished the quarter with a 21-10 advantage.
The second quarter, the Wildcats had no answer for Bowling Green State University-bound Siefker — a 6-2 post — as she garnered 12 of her team’s 19 points in the period. The Lady Green was even more impressive on the defensive end, holding the Wildcats to a mere four points in the quarter. The Wildcats were forced into 14 first-half turnovers by the Lady Green defense en route to a 40-14 halftime lead for the hosts.

Lady Green head coach Dave Kleman praised his team’s performance on the evening: “We played very well tonight, especially on the defensive end. Our defensive pressure and intensity has really picked up over the last two games. We’re getting contributions from the starters and the girls off the bench – Taylor (Mangas), Courtney (VonSossan), Haley (Landwehr), Annie (Lindeman) and Kendra (Eickholt) are allowing us to get stronger each game and develop a deep bench.”

The second half found the Lady Green’s defensive prowess intensify even more as they held the Lady Wildcats to one point for the third quarter. Senior Rachel Beining had a strong quarter performance with eight points. Von Sossan, a sharp-shooting sophomore sub off the bench, and junior Tonya Kaufman chipped in six and five points, respectively, as Ottoville led 65-15.

The final stanza found both teams emptying their respective benches and playing the game out. The Lady Wildcats outscored the Lady Green by a 15-13 count for the quarter.

Kleman realized he had the experience advantage this night: “Give credit to the Lady Wildcats and Coach Rump. They battled but our big girls (Abby and Rachel) just gave them trouble with their height and couple it with a fine shooting performance from us from the outside and it just makes for a long night. They’re young but they’ve got some good numbers coming up throughout the lower grades that should help the progression of Coach Chris and his team for years to come.”

The Lady Green (6-0, 1-0 PCL) had three ladies score in double figures for the evening. Seniors Siefker and Beining had 21 and 14, respectively, followed closely by junior Kaufman with 13. The Lady Green shot 50 percent (32-of-64) on the night from the field and 9-of-15 (60%) from the stripe. They will not play again until Dec. 22 when they travel to Ottawa-Glandorf to take on the Titans with a noon junior varsity starting time.
The Lady Wildcats (0-7, 0-2 PCL) were led by Michel with 10 points. The Lady Wildcats were 30 percent (11-of-37) from the field and 6-of-9 (67%) from the stripe. Miller City’s next contest will be Tuesday when they travel to Leipsic for a 6 o’clock PCL JV start.


Miller City (30)
Brandi Gerschutz 0-1-0-3, Liz Klear 0-0-1-1, Megan Niese 0-0-0-0, Livia Schroeder 0-0-0-0, Amanda Simon 2-1-0-7, Melissa Michel 3-0-4-10, Haley Lammers 3-0-0-6, Cassie Niese 1-0-1-3. Totals 9-2-6-30.
Ottoville (78)
Rachel Turnwald 4-0-0-8, Chelsey Boecker 0-0-0-0, Taylor Mangas 1-1-2-7, Nicole Vorst 0-0-3-3, Tonya Kaufman 4-1-2-13, Monica Sarka 0-1-0-3, Kendra Eickholt 0-0-0-0, Courtney Von Sossan 0-2-0-6, Annie Lindeman 0-0-0-0, Haley Landwehr 0-0-1-1, Rachel Beining 7-0-0-14, Lindsey Wannemacher 1-0-0-2, Lexie Wannemacher 0-0-0-0, Abby Siefker 10-0-1-21. Totals 27-5-9-78.
Score by Quarters:
Miller City    10   4      1    15 — 30
Ottoville    21  19   25    13 — 78

JUNIOR VARSITY
Miller City (11)
Allison Alexander 0-0-1-1, Jenelle Kuhlman 5-0-0-10. Totals 5-0-1-11.
Ottoville (50)
Dana Eickholt 0-1-2-5, Chelsey Boecker 1-0-0-2, Monica Sarka 4-0-0-8, Maddie Herman 0-0-0-0, Courtney Von Sossan 1-2-0-8, Haley Landwehr 2-0-1-5, Annie Lindeman 3-0-0-6, Carly Kortokrax 1-0-0-2, Lexie Wannemacher 3-0-1-7, Lindsey Wannemacher 3-0-1-7. Totals 18-3-5-50.
Score by Quarters:
Miller City      0    4    2    5 — 11
Ottoville    17   13   9   11 — 50

 

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