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OTTAWA – Elida knew they would have to be sound with the basketball against Ottawa-Glandorf’s pressure defense Thursday night.
And while the Bulldogs worked on handling the Titans pressure in practice, the results were less than desirable once the game started. The Titans’ full-court pressure took its toll on the young Bulldogs as O-G forced Elida into mistakes that helped O-G walk away with a 52-35 Western Buckeye League win at the Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium.

While Elida worked on handling the Titans full-court pressure in practice, they still had troubling handling it when it counted as they turned the ball over 21 times, compared to just nine for the Titans. The extra chances with the ball allowed O-G to build on their lead throughout the contest.

“We had 21 turnovers in the game and they had nine,” Elida co-coach Elise Jenkins said. “We told the girls it was going to be man-to-man, in-your-face defense; we worked on it in practice but our girls are not quite basketball smart yet. It’s frustrating because they do not take it from practice to the game.”

Elida scored the first points of the game when Carly Stetler hit a short jumper. O-G responded with a 7-point run that gave them the lead for good as Kristen Miller hit a 3-pointer, Jill Rosselit went strong to the basket for two points and Miller finished off a break with a layup. After Torie McAdams ended the O-G run with a basket, the Titans went on a 6-0 run as Miller buried another three, while Elissa Ellerbrock hit two free throws and Miller one for a 13-4 lead. Elida went on a 6-3 run to end the first quarter and trail 16-10 going to the second quarter.

O-G maintained that 6-point lead as they were up 20-14 before using a 6-0 run to take a 12-point lead. Rosselit started the run with a putback that was followed by an Elissa Ellerbrock basket. Miller made it a 12-point game when she came up with a steal and layup. Baskets byElida’s O’sha Owens and Miller ended the first-half scoring leaving O-G up 12 points.

Elida cut the Titan lead to nine points in the third quarter at 31-22 before O-G ended the quarter with a 9-2 run that had them up 40-24 going to the final eight minutes.

Besides the turnover margin, offensive rebounding was key for O-G as they held a 32-21 edge in rebounds for the game. During the Titans third-quarter run, they had three offensive boards that helped lead to points.

“Our posts need to get stronger and slow down the offensive rebounding success teams are having against us,” Jenkins said. “It’s just frustrating because these girls are good. They lost confidence the past month and you can see it on the court. We have one or two girls going as hard as they can but if you don’t have the whole team, you’re not going to go anywhere.”

“I thought our game plan was pretty solid,” O-G coach Troy Yant said. “Our girls executed what we wanted them to execute. It wasn’t a real good matchup for us as we ended up playing four guards and a post at the end but we had the luxury of being up. I thought our girls responded well and played hard.”

Miller led the Titans (4-3, 13-6) with 21 points and four steals, while Elissa Ellerbrock had 16 points and five rebounds. Stephanie Hempfling had eight rebounds, five assists and three steals.

Owens had 11 points to lead the Bulldogs (3-4, 7-10), while Stetler had seven points and five rebounds.
Ottawa-Glandorf won the junior varsity game 50-26.

The Lady Bulldogs are back in action Saturday at Parkway, while O-G is off until next Thursday when they visit St. Marys in WBL action.

Elida 13-32 8-11 35: Kylie Downton 3-0-6; Ashley Lowry 0-0-0; Lindsay Hall 0-0-0; Cassidy Slusher 0-0-0; O’sha Owens 4-3-11; Sabrina Kline 1-0-2; Torie McAdams Carly Stetler 2-2-7; Ericka Smith 2-0-4.

Ottawa-Glandorf 18-55 13-17 52: Michelle Maag 1-0-3; Dani Ellerbrock 1-2-4; Elissa Ellerbrock 3-10-16; Kristen Miller 8-3-21; Danielle Schroeder 0-0-0; Stephanie Hempfling 0-0-0; Molly Closson 3-0-6; Jill Rosselit 2-0-4; Kialee Koch 0-0-0.
Score by Quarters:
Elida         10  6   8  11 – 35
O-G          16 12 12 12 – 52
Three-point goals: Elida 1-8 (Cassidy Stetler); Ottawa-Glandorf 3-13 (Michelle Maag 1, Kristen Miller 2).
Rebounds: Elida 21 (Cassidy Stetler 5), Ottawa-Glandorf 32 (Stephanie Hempfling 8, Elissa Ellerbrock 5).
Turnovers: Elida 21, Ottawa-Glandorf 9.
Junior Varsity: Ottawa-Glandorf 50-26.


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