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Sunday, February 23, 2014 9:01 PM


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VAN WERT – Taylor Mangas scored 16 points while Brooke Mangas and Lexie Wannemacher added 11 markers each to lead the Ottoville Big Green to a 58-53 win over Kalida in the Division IV girls sectional championship at Van Wert High School Saturday night.

The Lady Big Green move to 14-8 on the season and advance to play in Thursday’s district semifinal at Lima Senior High School. Ottoville will take on Leipsic in the second game of the evening at approximately 8 p.m. The Lady Vikings are now 20-3 on the year after a 55-35 win over Miller City on Saturday.

With Ottoville on top 8-6 midway through the opening quarter, the green and gold closed the stanza with seven straight points.

Two charity tosses by Lyndsey Wannemacher, a basket from Lexie Wannemacher and a three-pointer by Alicia Honigford helped Ottoville open a 15-6 advantage after eight minutes of action.

“We didn’t get out to a good start,” commented Kalida head coach Adam Huber. “I don’t know if it was nerves or why but for some reason, we didn’t execute early on. Once we settled down a little bit, we did a much better job of executing our game plan.”

The Big Green continued to widen the margin early in the second quarter, pushing the lead to as much as 26-14 on a Lexie Wannemacher basket with 4:05 left in the half.

However, for the final four minutes of half, it was all Kalida.

The lady Wildcats closed the half with ten straight points to get within 26-24 at the break.

Jackie Gardner started the run for the maroon and gold with a bucket before a Kylie Osterhage basket cut the deficit to 26-18.

Another Gardner two-pointer and four straight free throws from Brittany Kahle helped the lady Wildcats get within two points at the intermission.

“We got into a little bit of foul trouble and Kalida did a good job of taking advantage of that,” stated Ottoville head coach Dave Kleman.

Ottoville responded to open the second half, putting together a 17-6 run to push the Big Green lead to 43-30.

“We came out and we were able to convert on some good scoring opportunities,” Kleman continued. “Taylor hit some big shots for us tonight and Brooke also hit a key shot in that run.”

The Big Green opened the second half scoring on a Brooke Mangas trey before Taylor Mangas added two more three-pointers for a 35-25 lead.

Two baskets by Lexie Wannemacher kept Ottoville on top 39-30 before a Lyndsey Wannemacher basket made it 41-30. A pair of charity tosses by Haley Landwehr expanded the advantage to 43-30 but the Wildcats would again respond.

Kahle ignited the run, hitting two free throws, before Kalida added an Osterhage two-pointer and two Gardner foul shots to get within 44-37.

Following a Big Green turnover, Kahle hit a basket and Gardner connected on a trey as Kalida trimmed the deficit to 44-42 at the end of three periods.

“I give our girls a lot of credit,” Huber continued. “We have faced a lot of adversity this year and tonight’s game was very similar to our season. There were times where we could have given up but the girls kept battling and we had opportunities but just couldn’t get over the hump.”

Taylor Mangas connected on a pair of free throws to put the Big Green on top 46-43 before a trey from Kahle knotted the score at 46-46 with 6:30 left in the contest.

“Kalida did a good job tonight and they played very, very hard,” Kleman added. “We knew it was going to be a tough game and it was everything we expected.”

With the contest tied at 48-48, a trey from Taylor Mangas put Ottoville on top for good at 51-48 with 3:08 left in the game.

“That was a big possession and Taylor came up with a big shot there for us,” continued the Big Green mentor. “We had girls who stepped up and made key plays for us.”

Annie Lindeman hit one of two foul shots to push the margin to 53-49 at the 1:30 mark.

The Big Green then sealed the victory with four straight free throws by Taylor Mangas, taking advantage of three Wildcat misses and a turnover, to post a 57-49 lead with 1:00 remaining.

Nicole Reindel and Elizabeth Turnwald wrapped up their careers for the lady Wildcats.

“I am proud of the way we played,” Huber concluded. “The seniors did a great job of leading these kids and they have shown them the right way to do things this year, both on and off the court. They have been tremendous role models.”

Kahle paced the lady Wildcats with 17 points and five rebounds while Gardner added 15 markers and five boards. Osterhage also picked up a dozen points and grabbed six caroms.

Taylor Mangas had eight rebounds for the lady Big Green while Lyndsey Wannemacher picked up six boards. Lindeman topped Ottoville with five assists.

Last Updated on Sunday, February 23, 2014 9:08 PM

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