|Lady Green smother Blue Jays|
|Monday, February 11, 2013 3:55 PM|
DELPHOS — Ottoville’s girls hardwood unit brought its top ranking in Division IV into Robert A. Arnzen Gymnasium Saturday night for the annual non-conference archrivalry game versus St. John’s.
The Lady Green didn’t disappoint, smothering the Lady Blue Jays 42-18 to spoil the Jays’ Senior Parents Night.
“Their defense does make things tough on you but for me, we missed some easy shots early on that we need to make. If we made them, who knows how different it might have gone,” Jays mentor Dan J. Grothouse noted. “We knew coming in we weren’t going to get a lot going inside, so we had to hit some shots from the outside to have a chance. However, when we missed early, that hurts our confidence and their defense upped its intensity as the game wore on.”
Senior Abby Siefker added the 1,000-rebound milestone to her 1,000-pointer from earlier this season this night, gathering another double-double: 22 markers and 14 boards, to go with four blocks and three steals; to pace the Lady Green (20-0).
“I like getting the 1,000 rebounds more than the points; it means more as far as being determined. I knew I was getting close,” Siefker said. “This is also a big game for us, so it’s even more special. Now we can get ready to make a long run in the tournament, which is what we’ve been striving for four years.”
“We joke with Abby that she has played with enough girls to shoot and miss a lot so she can rebound,” Ottoville mentor Dave Kleman joked. “She is the first 1,000-rebound player we’ve ever had in the girls, which is surprising since we’ve had some great post players, and I believe she’s the first period for boys or girls. She’s been doing this for all four years; it’s an amazing player to average a double-double as a freshman. The other three seniors may be overshadowed by her but she is also quick to give them credit because she can’t do it alone.”
Ottoville also held the Jays (8-12) to 4-of-29 shooting, including 1-of-16 downtown, for 13.8 percent.
Senior Jessica Recker led the hosts with nine points. Classmates Katie Vorst (6 markers, 6 boards) and Casey Schnipke were also recognized.
With both teams seemingly nervous to start this contest, Siefker, who put up her numbers despite being double- and triple-teamed, hit an old-fashioned 3-point play with 4:21 showing in the first to start the scoring and give the Green and Gold the lead for good. In fact, she scored nine of her team’s 12 points (6-0 senior Rachel Beining added the other three on a hoop-and-harm). The Jays struggled to score, hitting 1-of-6 shots and turning the ball over five times (17 for the night) against the lengthy Ottoville 2-2-1 press and half-court man schemes. Vorst scored four of the Jays’ six markers and Recker the other two. When Beining put in her three points at 23 ticks, Ottoville led 12-6 at the end of a quarter.
The Jays’ offense struggled even more so in the second stanza as the Lady Green defense made things very difficult, forcing turnovers and missed shots (0-of-6). Most of the Jays’ points came via the free-throw line in the half — 7-of-11 (9-of-15 for the game for 60%) — 3-of-4 in the period. Vorst hit two and junior Emilie Fischbach one. Siefker netted seven, while senior Nicole Vorst and junior Taylor Mangas added a basket each. When Siefker took a lob from sophomore Annie Lindeman for a deuce at 1:09, the visitors led 23-9.
Though Ottoville’s offense wasn’t exactly clicking, it remained steady. That definitely didn’t hold true for the Jays. They broke their field-goal drought (15:54) when Recker hit a baseline jumper at the 2:58 mark but that was the only made shot for the Jays in the quarter. When — who else? — Siefker laid in a lob from sophomore Haley Landwehr 2.1 ticks before the horn, the guests led 34-13.
Ottoville’s lead reached as high as 27 in the finale.
“I thought our defense did as good a job on Siefker as could be expected. She got her points but she had to work for them,” Grothouse added. “We tried to be as physical with her as we could. We gave up way too many second shots, though; it’s easy enough to lose contact with her or her teammates on rebounds. Overall, though, we played hard and we played aggressive.” In sum, Ottoville netted 17-of-45 shots, 2-of-13 beyond the arc, for 37.8 percent and 6-of-11 singles (54.5%); grabbed 26 rebounds, 10 offensive; and added 13 errors and 14 fouls. Ottoville hosts McComb Thursday.
“We’re still getting there; I thought we were a couple of weeks ago but when Tonya (Kaufman) went down to an injury, we had to step back,” Kleman added. “We’re getting back to what we were; we aren’t as deep as before but the girls we’ve had step in have done a better job as they’ve gotten more familiar with their roles.”
St. John’s totaled 23 caroms (3 offensive) as Fischbach added five; and 14 fouls. They visit Kalida Tuesday.
In junior varsity action, Ottoville used a 16-4 first period to nab a 39-28 victory.
Freshman Nicole Kramer led the Lady Green (16-4) with 13 and sophomore Courtney Von Sossan added 10.
Freshman Rachel Pohlman topped the Jays (7-12) with eight.
Rachel Turnwald 0-0-0, Nicole Kramer 0-0-0, Chelsea Boecker 0-0-0, Taylor Mangas 2-0-5, Nicole Vorst 2-0-5, Monica Sarka 0-0-0, Kendra Eickholt 0-0-0, Courtney Von Sossan 0-0-0, Haley Landwehr 0-0-0, Annie Lindeman 0-0-0, Rachel Beining 3-2-8, Lexi Wannemacher 1-0-2, Lindsey Wannemacher 0-0-0, Abby Siefker 9-4-22. Totals 15-2-6/11-42.
ST. JOHN’S (18)
Tara Vorst 0-0-0, Emilie Fischbach 0-1-1, Brooke Zuber 0-0-0, Rebekah Fischer 0-0-0, Katie Vorst 1-4-6, Erica Saine 0-0-0, Jessica Recker 2-4-9, Amanda Boberg 1-0-2, Casey Schnipke 0-0-0, Sydney Fischbach 0-0-0. Totals 3-1-9/15-18.
Score by Quarters:
Ottoville 12 11 11 8 - 42
St. John’s 6 3 4 5 - 18
Three-point goals: Ottoville, Mangas, Vorst; St. John’s, Recker.
Dana Eickholt 0-0-0, Nicole Kramer 5-2-13, Chelsey Boecker 0-0-0, Madalyn Herman 0-0-0, Alexa Marlow 0-1-1, Courtney Von Sossan 4-0-10, Haley Landwehr 0-0-0, Annie Lindeman 2-1-6, Carly Kortokrax 0-0-0, Lexi Wannemacher 2-1-5, Lindsey Wannemacher 2-0-4. Totals 11-4-5/9-39.
ST. JOHN’S (28)
Rachel Pohlman 3-2-8, Emilie Grothouse 2-0-5, Olivia Kahny 2-1-5, Maddie Pohlman 0-0-0, Ashlyn Troyer 0-0-0, Halie Benavidez 0-0-0, Sam Kramer 0-0-0, Samantha Wehri 2-0-5, Colleen Schulte 1-3-5. Totals 8-2-6/10-28.
Score by Quarters:
Ottoville 16 6 4 13 - 39
St. John’s 4 12 4 8 - 28
Three-point goals: Ottoville, Von Sossan 2, Kramer, Lindeman; St. John’s, Wehri, Grothouse.
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