ELIDA — Ottawa-Glandorf's defensive pressure has helped them to several of their wins this season. It was no different Thursday evening as the Titans faced Elida in Western Buckeye League action.

The Lady Titans forced 30 Elida turnovers as they claimed a 59-36 league win at the Elida Fieldhouse. The eighth ranked Titans, in Division III, moved to 7-1 in the league and 16-2 overall, while the Bulldogs dropped to 3-5 in the league and 8-10 overall.

Ottawa-Glandorf's defensive pressure caused the Bulldogs problems from the start as O-G turned four Elida first quarter turnovers into points in building a 16-5 lead. The Bulldogs were held without a basket in the opening quarter as all five of their points came at the free throw line.

The Titans used  fullcourt pressure against the Bulldogs, along with halfcourt man and they used some zone in the halfcourt to mix things up on the Bulldogs.

“We deviated a lot from the things we normally do,” O-G coach Troy Yant said. “We played a lot more zone and the kids aren't real comfortable with it as we only had a day or two to practice it. We put it in a couple of weeks ago and it looked good, but tonight we got so far removed from what we do the girls were second guessing themselves. I thought the pressure was pretty good, but if we had to play the game again we would just go with man-to-man the whole way. But we were trying to get things in place to get ready for tournament to give some different looks. I didn't think we played real well, but at times we looked all right.”

“We knew they were known for their defensive pressure,” Elida co-head coach Chrissy Biliter said. “They didn't do anything special, we just don't take care of the ball. O-G is good and their defense is good, but they didn't do anything special. It's hard to win against a good team like O-G when you have 30 turnovers.”

Elida scored the first two points of the game when  Abby Waddle hit two free throws. O-G took control of the game scoring the next 13 points as five different players scored for the Titans. Anna Bellman had five of the points as she converted a three point play and hit two free throws to give O-G a 13-2 lead. Danielle Schroeder, Elissa Ellerbrock, Dani Ellerbrock and Kristen Miller all had a basket in the run.

The Bulldogs ended the Titans 13-0 run with three straight free throws, one by Kylie Downton and two by Carly Stetler before a putback by Elissa Ellerbrock and a Danielle Schroeder free throw gave O-G a 16-5 lead.

Elida hit their first basket of the night early in the second quarter as Bailee Kihn scored on a putback before O-G went on a 9-2 run for a 25-9 lead. Miller had five of the points for the Titans as she buried a three-pointer, then followed with a short jumper. After a basket by Elida's Downton, a basket by Elissa Ellerbrock and two free throws by Jill Rosselit had the Titans up 16. Michelle Maag and Kuhn traded baskets to end the first half scoring.

Elida's offense picked up in the third quarter as they scored 16 points as Downton ended the quarter with seven straight points, three coming on a three point play off a steal. However, they were unable to cut into the O-G lead as the Titans scored 20 points for a 47-27 lead after three quarters. Miller had seven points for the Titans in the quarter, including a three point play.

The Titans finished the game with a 12-9 fourth quarter scoring edge as both teams went deep into their bench.

Miller had 16 points for the Titans, while Bellman had 11 points and Elissa Ellerbrock 10 points.

“I thought it was important for us to keep working and try to get better at other things,” Yant concluded. “I don't think we ever got into a flow. They took advantage of our miscues early and they were able to get the ball inside. They shot better than we did,  higher percentage. Our girls know their assignments in base man, but when we started jumping to different defenses some of the girls kind of lost their assignments allowing them to penetrate and no one was there to help.”

Downton had 13 points for the Bulldogs and Kuhn had 12 points.

Ottawa-Glandorf won the junior varsity game 50-36.