|Ottoville girls depth too much for ’dogs|
|Friday, December 28, 2012 2:01 PM|
The Bulldogs played the Lady Green tough early but the depth of the Lady Green took over in a convincing 58-32 non-league win.
On the other hand, the Lady Green started off slow from the offensive end of the court. Lady Green head coach Dave Kleman looked to his bench for some help and sent in junior Taylor Mangas. She did not disappoint as she connected on three shots beyond the arc and a total of 11 points for the quarter to help the visitors post a 15-13 lead at the end of one.
Coach Kleman has been looking for this from his bench this year: “Taylor Mangas stepped up tonight and played great for us. She hit some big 3s for us and also played hard and aggressive defense tonight.”
The Lady Green showed why they are tough to defend and plan against in the second quarter. The Bulldogs held senior Abby Siefker to two points in the first half and sent her to the bench early in the second quarter with foul trouble. No panic set in with the Lady Green as senior Rachel Turnwald followed Mangas’ performance in the first with eight points of her own, including two deep 3-pointers. Senior Rachel Beining and junior Tonya Kaufman also added to the Lady Green’s 19 second-quarter points with four points each.
The Bulldogs only managed to score seven points in the quarter, led by senior guard Taylor Willeke’s five points. As the teams headed to the locker room, the Bulldogs trailed the Lady Green 34-20.
The third quarter found the Lady Green looking inside for their scoring opportunities and Siefker (9 points) and Beining (2 points) counted for 11 of their team’s 15 points for the quarter. The Bulldogs came away with only four points in the quarter, all scored by sophomore Tori Wyss, and trailed heading into the final eight minutes of play by a score of 49-24.
The fourth quarter saw both teams substitute freely as the game was out of reach for the Bulldogs and the Lady Green stayed perfect on the year with a convincing 26-point win over the hosts.
Coach Kleman was pleased with his team’s performance on the evening: “I thought we played really well tonight; I thought we did a very good job of sharing the ball tonight. Abby got in foul trouble early; it didn’t bother us and we extended the lead with her out of the game as the other girls stepped up their games and all contributed to the win tonight.”
The Lady Bulldogs (4-4) were led in scoring by Willeke and Wyss with 11 points each. The Bulldogs shot 32 percent from inside the arc on 9-of-28; 18 percent from beyond the arc on 2-of-11; and shot an excellent 80 percent from the stripe with 8-of-10.
The Lady Green (8-0) had four girls score in double figures on the evening: Mangas (14), Siefker (13), Kaufman (11) and Turnwald (10). The Lady Green had a good night shooting the rock by going 45 percent from inside the arc on 14-of-31 shots; 50 percent from beyond the arc with 7-of-14; and 60 percent from the stripe on 9-of-15.
Both teams will be back in action Saturday with the Bulldogs hosting Hardin Northern and the Lady Green traveling to Liberty-Benton.