|Torrid 2nd half propels Lady Green over Lady Wildcats|
|Thursday, January 16, 2014 9:33 PM|
By BOB WEBER
OTTOVILLE — With the snow falling outside again and the temperatures dropping, two Putnam County girls teams renewed their rivalry as the Lady Wildcats from Kalida traveled down snowy and icy Route 224 to take on the Lady Green of Ottoville Thursday night.
For the second consecutive game, the Lady Green rallied in the second half to come away with a 47-42 win.
The Lady Wildcats, under the direction of head coach Adam Huber, came out strong early in the contest and quickly took control of the game behind five points from sophomore Brittany Kahle and four points each from fellow sophomores Kylie Osterhage and Allison Recker.
Thanks to the play of senior Annie Lindeman and her eight points in the quarter, the Lady Green were able to narrow the Wildcats’ lead to 15-10 after one quarter of play.
The second quarter found both teams using the 3-ball for their main scoring. The Wildcats got a big three ball from junior Jackie Gardner and sophomore Joni Kaufman. The Lady Green countered with two threes themselves from senior Taylor Mangas and sophomore Alicia Honigford.
The Wildcats led 26-22 going into halftime.
The third quarter was the key to the game this evening. The Lady Green of veteran head coach Dave Kleman came out with an aggressive and determined desire to not only take the lead but make it very difficult on the Wildcats with their full-court pressure.
Coach Kleman has often this year had anywhere from one to sometimes three freshmen on the floor. Brooke Mangas and Honigford keyed the Lady Green rally in the third period with seven and six points, respectively.
The Lady Wildcats became rattled and got out of their game during the quarter and turned the ball over several times as the Lady Green took advantage and outscored the visitors 15-5 to take a 37-31 lead after three quarters of play.
The Lady Wildcats, determined to not let their efforts fall short on the evening, gave the Lady Green everything they wanted in the final eight minutes. However, the Lady Green salted away the win from the foul line, making 8-of-10 attempts in the quarter and 18-of-28 for the game.
The Lady Wildcats outscored the Lady Green in the fourth quarter 11-10 but fell short by five, with the home squad notching a key 47-42 PCL game win.
With the win, the Lady Green go to 7-5 on the year and 4-1 in the Putnam County League. The Lady Green will be right back in action Saturday afternoon as they travel to Minster for a 1 o’clock start.
The Lady Wildcats (5-9, 1-2 PCL) will be back in action Saturday afternoon as they travel to Lincolnview for a noon start.
In the junior varsity contest, the Lady Green notched the win in overtime by a score of 31-30.
Jackie Gardner 3-1-1-10, Nicole Recker 2-0-0-4, Brittany Kahle 2-1-0-7, Kennedy Hoffman 1-1-0-5, Joni Kaufman 0-1-0-3, Kylie Osterhage 3-0-0-6, Allison Recker 3-0-1-7. Totals 14-4-2-42.
Nicole Kramer 0-0-2-2, Taylor Mangas 0-1-2-5, Brooke Mangas 3-0-8-14, Alicia Honigford 1-2-2-10, Annie Lindeman 5-0-4-14, Lexie Wannemacher 1-0-0-2. Totals 10-3-18-47.
Score by Quarters:
Kalida 15-11-5-11 - 42
Ottoville 10-12-15-10 - 47
3-Point Shots: Kalida – Gardner, Kahle, Hoffman, Kaufman; Ottoville – Honigford 2, Taylor Mangas.
Brooke Kimball 0-0-1-1, Hannah Kahle 1-0-0-2, Katelyn Siebeneck 2-1-3-10, Allison Recker 1-0-2-4, Laine Laudick 2-0-1-5, Cathy Basinger 4-0-0-8. Totals 10-1-7-30.
Madison Knodell 3-1-0-9, Autumn Neer 2-1-0-7, Alexis Thorbahn 2-0-0-4, Courtney VonSossan 0-1-0-3, Haley Landwehr 1-0-0-2, Lexie Wannemacher 1-0-0-2, Lyndsey Wannemacher 1-0-2-4. Totals 10-3-2-31.
Score by Quarters:
Kalida 7-5-8-7-3 - 30
Ottoville 4-10-6-7-4 - 31
3-Point Shots: Kalida - Siebeneck; Ottoville – Knodell, Neer, VonSossan.