|Ottoville girls, Knights win openers at VW|
|Monday, November 26, 2012 12:11 PM|
VAN WERT - The Van Wert Lady Cougars took on the Ottoville Lady Green at Van Wert High School in the second game of the McDonald’s Tip-off Tournament, with the Lady Green beating the Cougars 56-27 to advance to the championship game today.
Ottoville was led by 6-2 senior center Abby Siefker with a game-high 26 points, whereas the Cougars were led by junior guard Cheyenne Handy with nine points off the bench. All of Handy’s points came in the second half.
The Lady Green were the first to score when Rachel Beining got fouled and made the front end of two foul shots. Siefker grabbed the miss on the second foul shot and put it back up to give Ottoville a 3-0 lead. Van Wert countered with an Erin Morrow layup. Siefker and Beining controlled the low block for much of the game, which allowed the Lady Green to take a 9-4 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter was more of the same as Siefker scored three straight baskets to extend the Ottoville lead to 15-4. The Cougars ended the Ottoville run when Alexis Dowdy made a layup to make the score 19-4 Lady Green. A Morrow free throw with just seconds left on the clock cut into the Ottoville lead and made the score at the end of the first half 25-7 in favor of the Lady Green.
Van Wert was bothered by the Lady Green full-court press for much of the first half, as the Cougars only got off 17 shots compared to Ottoville’s 27.
Siefker and Beining started the second half hot again as they scored six straight points to increase the Ottoville lead. Van Wert, again, got a basket from Dowdy to end the Lady Green run. After Handy went coast-to-coast and made the layup, she promptly stole the ball from Ottoville and made a quick layup to give the Cougars a quick four points and cut Ottoville’s lead to 37-13. Two Claire Butler free throws for Van Wert brought the score to 43-15, Lady Green, at the end of the third quarter.
The closest the Lady Cougars could get in the fourth period was 47-22.
With the victory, Ottoville will take on the Crestview Lady Knights tonight in the championship game at 7:30 p.m. With the loss, the Cougars get the Wayne Trace Raiders in the first game at 6 p.m..
“As a team, we’re looking to go inside first and then if we can’t get inside, we have plenty of shooters you will see through this year. If you want to pack into our post players, we will pop it out to our shooters and let them make shots,” said Ottoville coach David Kleman. “I thought we came out a little sloppy; we were getting such good shots (that we were) in a hurry to finish them; we were just a little off and we were not finishing those shots.”
Van Wert coach Lance Moonshower was not happy with his unit’s first-half performance.
“(I’m a) little disappointed with our effort in the first half; we just look like we couldn’t handle the pressure whatsoever. We were not executing our game plan and we let them control the pace of the game. We looked a little nervous a little scared; it just went downhill fast,” Moonshower explained.