|Lady Green stays perfect in win over O-G|
|Monday, December 24, 2012 12:30 PM|
It turned out the veteran leadership of the visiting Lady Green was too much for an underclassmen-laden Lady Titan squad to the tune of a 43-26 victory.
The Lady Green (7-0) shot 12-of-43 from the field (2-of-12 3-balls) for 27.9 percent versus 9-of-34 for the Lady Titans (3-5), including 0-of-7 downtown, for 26.5 percent.
“You’re going to have shooting nights like this; that’s just basketball,” Ottoville mentor Dave Kleman observed. “We didn’t handle the ball well the second half; O-G is a physical team and they had a lot to do with that and some of our poor shooting.”
O-G coach Troy Yant also gave credit to the Ottoville defense.
The Ottoville defense was rock-solid in the first half, giving up only four points. When BGSU-bound senior Abby Siefker (10 markers, 12 boards, 4 blocks, 3 steals) hit a putback just 30 ticks into the game, the visitors led for good. They limited O-G to a mere four shots from the floor and forced four turnovers. The Titans were forced to run their offense higher out on the floor thanks to the length of the visitors. The only points O-G scored were a single by sophomore Elissa Ellerbrock (9 markers, 3 steals) at 1:59 and a jumper by junior Kristen Miller (7 points) at the 57-second mark for an 8-3 deficit. When senior Nicole Vorst hit a jumper from the right elbow a with 7.1 ticks on the board, Ottoville led 10-3.
The Green and Gold defense was even better in the second stanza: limiting their foe to only two shots from the floor (missed both) and 1-of-2 free throws by Miller (8-of-12 for the game for 66.7%) by using their 1-2-2 press and man-to-man defense to force eight miscues (28 for the game versus 20 for themselves). The visitors didn’t quite take as much advantage of it as Coach Kleman might like by hitting 3-of-14, so they only led 18-3 before Miller’s toss at the 8-second mark made it an 18-4 halftime spread.
O-G continued a major struggle handling the basketball in the third, turning it over nine more times; at the same time, they only canned 3-of-10 shots. Fortunately for them, Ottoville turned it over seven times (20 overall) and hit 4-of-12 shots as the Titans’ defense went from a 2-3/1-2-2 mix to straight man. Still, when senior Rachel Beining hit the second-of-2 throws at 6.3 ticks, Ottoville led 29-14.
The Titans put together their best span in the first 3-plus minutes of the fourth, getting within 30-22 on a basket by sophomore Anna Bellman at 4:34. However, Ottoville — despite eight more miscues — put the game away at the free-throw line, hitting 11-of-15 from that space in the final 4:27 (17-of-23 overall for 73.9% versus 8-of-12 for the hosts for 66.7%).
“To hold a high-flying team like O-G — that likes to run —the way we did is a credit to our defense,” Kleman added. “We can apply a lot of pressure on an opponent’s guards, especially with Abby and Rachel to back them up; they are our erasers. We have some things to work on; a coach is never satisfied. One is defensive rebounding and the other is turnovers.”
In sum, Ottoville nabbed 31 caroms (14 offensive) as Vorst and Beining each added five; and added 15 fouls. The Green visits Ada 6 p.m. Thursday.
Ottawa-Glandorf ended up with 27 caroms (10 offensive) as Bellman led with six; and 17 fouls. They visit Columbus Grove the same night.
Sophomore Madison Stechschulte netted eight for the victors, while sophomore Lexi Wannemacher countered with eight for the Lady Green (6-1).