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DELPHOS — The Jefferson girls basketball team usually plays its home games at the high school but Saturday’s clash with top-ranked and unbeaten Ottoville was moved to The Stage of the Jefferson Middle School.


It didn’t matter where it was played as the Lady Green lived up to that top billing with a 78-35 dismantling of the Lady Wildcats.


“They just have too much size and strength; they are a very good team,” Jefferson mentor Dave Hoffman said. “You have to try and pick your poison as to how you defend them and hope they aren’t hitting from the outside. I think we were also a little intimidated at the start and that didn’t help us. We didn’t match up physically with them the first half; it was just a mismatch.”

Ottoville (17-0) unleashed a balanced offense: inside-out and all over the place; as they canned 33-of-57 shots (5-of-15 treys) for 57.9 percent. The senior twin towers of 6-0 Rachel Beining and 6-2 Abby Siefker dominated inside with 24 points and nine boards and 18 and 13, respectively. Senior Rachel Turnwald added 11 on three treys.

Ottoville dominated on the glass as well 42-24 (17-15 offensive).

For Lady Green mentor Dave Kleman, it was what he likes to see.

“I’m much more comfortable when we can spread the wealth and share the basketball. We have done a nice job with that this year; we pass the ball well and really work well together,” Kleman said. “I like to see us get half to 2/3 of our baskets on assists. It’s our second week without Tonya (Kaufman) and though we aren’t quite the same without her, we’re still a good team. We’re getting others like Kendra (Eickholt), Haley (Landwehr) and Annie (Lindeman) experience in filling some of what she did.”

The long and lanky Ottoville 1-2-2 zone (full- and half-court) limited the Wildcats (6-12) to 11-of-52 shooting (3-of-22 long range) for 21.2 percent. Junior Hannah Sensibaugh led the scoring with 13.

The Lady Green exploded out of the gate with 28 first-period points against the Jefferson 1-2-2 zone. In particular, Beining was on fire with 12 markers, while Siefker added six and junior Nicole Vorst five. On the other end, the much smaller Wildcats struggled to get much going inside against their taller foe, thus relying a lot on their perimeter game. They struggled, going 2-of-9 from the floor and committing seven of their 20 turnovers, and added 4-of-4 shooting at the line to get all their points. When Vorst hit an 18-footer from the left side with a tick left, Ottoville led 28-9.

They finished 12-of-21 shooting in the canto.

The Green and Gold lead continued to grow in the second period, though the Ottoville offense slowed down. They turned it over five times out of the game total of 19 but still dropped in 9-of-15 from the field. On the other end, the Red and White were 3-of-15 as Sensibaugh netted all seven of their points. When the sophomore Lindeman took a lob from Siefker to the glass with 51 ticks on the clock, Ottoville’s lead was 42-16.

The trend of the first half continued into the third: the Green and Gold were simply too big and too loaded for the senior-less Wildcats to deal with. The margin grew to 67-19 on a turnaround from the right block by Siefker before junior Jasmine McDougall scored from in front at 34 ticks and Sensibaugh hit a toss at 28.2 ticks to make it 67-22.

With all that was left to be decided was the final score, Ottoville went to its deep reserves in the fourth period. Jefferson junior Rileigh Stockwell shook loose for six of her eight points in the stanza as the Red and White outscored their foe 13-11.

“The second half, we focused on trying to be more physical with them and we were better at it. We just lost to a better team,” Hoffman added.

Ottoville totaled 7-of-10 freebies (70%); and 12 fouls. They visit Elida Tuesday

“We went zone, figuring that with the tough shooting background here (windows at each end of the court) and our long and lanky defense, it would be tough for them to shoot,” Kleman added.

Jefferson finished 10-of-13 at the line (76.9%); and 11 fouls. They host Spencerville Thursday (tip TBD).

In junior varsity action, Ottoville improved to 13-4 with a 34-28 triumph.

Sophomore Courtney Von Sossan led the victors with 12 (4 treys).

Freshman Taylor Stroh topped Jefferson (5-12) with nine.




Rachel Turnwald 4-0-11, Chelsea Boecker 0-0-0, Nicole Kramer 0-0-0, Taylor Mangas 3-0-7, Nicole Vorst 3-1-7, Monica Sarka 0-2-2, Kendra Eickholt 0-0-0, Courtney Von Sossan 1-0-3, Haley Landwehr 1-0-2, Annie Lindeman 1-0-2, Rachel Beining 11-2-24, Lexi Wannemacher 1-0-2, Lindsey Wannemacher 0-0-0, Abby Siefker 8-2-18. Totals 10-2-17/23-43.


Brooke Culp 0-1-1, Katie Goergens 0-0-0, Rileigh Stockwell 1-6-8, Hannah Sensibaugh 5-1-13, Gabby Pimpas 2-2-6, Makayla Binkley 1-0-2, Brooke Hesseling 1-0-3, Jasmine McDougall 1-0-2. Totals 8-3-10/13-35.

Score By Quarters:

Ottoville 28   19 20    11 – 78

Jefferson 9     7 6      13 – 35

Three-point goals: Ottoville, Turnwald 3, Mangas, Von Sossan; Jefferson, Sensibaugh 2, Hesseling.




Dana Eickholt 0-0-0, Nicole Kramer 2-0-5, Chelsey Boecker 1-0-2, Courtney Von Sossan 4-0-12, Annie Lindeman 0-0-0, Carly Kortokrax 0-0-0, Lexi Wannemacher 1-2-4, Lindsey Wannemacher 2-3-7, Monica Sarka 2-0-4. Totals 7-5-5/6-34.


Taylor Stroh 4-1-9, Heather Pohlman 0-4-4, Lindsay Deuel 2-0-5, Brooke Gallmeier 0-0-0, Shelby Koenig 3-0-6, Tori Black 0-0-0, Jessica Pimpas 0-1-1, Bailey Gorman 1-1-3. Totals 9-1-7/16-28.

Score by Quarters:

Ottoville 8     8 11     7 - 34

Jefferson 10    6 7       5 - 28

Three-point goals: Ottoville, Von Sossan 4, Kramer; Jefferson, Deuel.


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