Ottoville's Annie Lindeman (33) looks for a shot as Leipsic's Amber Gerdeman defends during their district semi-final game Thursday. (Photo Submitted)
Ottoville's Annie Lindeman (33) looks for a shot as Leipsic's Amber Gerdeman defends during their district semi-final game Thursday. (Photo Submitted)

By Nick Johnson
DHI Correspondent
LIMA — The Leipsic Lady Vikings faced off against fellow Putman County League member Ottoville Thursday night at Lima Senior High school in the Division IV girls district semi-finals Thursday night.
The Lady Vikings won a hard fought game 47-44 over the Lady Green.
Leipsic got off to 4-0 lead thanks to baskets from Haley Gerten and Shalynn Morman to start the first quarter. The Lady Green finally got on the board with a layup from Annie Lindeman to cut the Lady Viking lead to 4-2. After a Leipsic put back basket from Amber Gerdeman put the Lady Vikings up four, Ottoville get a jumper from Alicia Honigford to cut the lead back down to two.
The Lady Vikings got baskets from Kelly Nadler and Gerdeman which forced Ottoville to burn a timeout with 3:09 left in the first quarter.
Out of the timeout the Lady Green got two three pointers from Nicole Kramer to make the score at the end of the first period 11-10, Lady Viking.
Leipsic got a jumper from Gerten to open the second stanza before Kramer drained another trey to tie the score 13-13. The Lady Green quickly took the lead with a basket from Annie Lindeman but Leipsic got a quick layup from Kaufman to bring the score to a tie at 15-15.
After two made foul shots by Lexie Wannemacher for the Lady Green, Gerten got layup right before time expired on the first half scoreboard to make it 19-19 after two quarters.
The Lady Vikings open the second half with a layup from Rachel Rieman but the Lady Green got another three pointer, this time from Honigford, to make the score 22-21, Ottoville. Leipsic went on a 7-0 run to recapture the leading getting five points from Morman including a three pointer and a Gerten layup, 28-22.
Ottoville got a two three pointers one from Kramer and one from Taylor Mangas but that wasn’t enough as Leipsic went into the fourth period with a 31-30 lead.
Leipsic opened the final quarter getting seven points from Gerdeman to increase their lead to 38-32.
Mangas drained a three pointer for Ottoville to cut the Leipsic lead to 38-35 midway thru the fourth quarter. The Lady Vikings got four points from Gerten in-between two made foul shots from Wannemacher for Ottoville to make the score 42-37, Leipsic. After a Mangas layup cut the Lady Viking lead to 44-41, Leipsic was able to go three of four from the foul line in the waning moments of the game.
A last second three pointer from Lindeman for Ottoville cut the Lady Vikings lead to 47-44 but quick passing by Leipsic allowed them to run all the time off the clock and secure the victory over Ottoville.
“We knew coming into the game that we would be happy with just a one point win and we knew what kind of game it was and we know the kind of pressure they would bring. We just had to find ways to score, but in the end we found a way to have a three point lead and win the game and we will take it. We want to get the ball inside, gets some fouls and get into the bonus. Amber made some good post moves to extend the lead .Rachel and Haley made some late foul shots and it’s a team effort and we got the win as a team,” said Leipsic coach Gary Kreinbrink
“We battled really hard, both teams played hard, wanting to finish and win the game. We played real hard and I thought we improved a lot thru the year and Gary’s team just out played us a little bit towards the end and that’s great for them, they are a good team. They don’t have that record for nothing and you don’t go 7-0 in the PCL and not be a good team. I thought Nicole Kramer kept us in the first half as she hit three three-pointers, but we are a little green and very young. I look forward to what we can do in the future,” said Ottoville coach Dave Kleman.
Leipsic got big nights from Gerten and Gerdeman as both players scored 17 points and Gerdeman fell one rebound short of the double-double with nine boards.
Ottoville had two girls in double figures as Kramer had 12 points off the bench and Lindeman chipped in 11 points for her squad.
With the win on Thursday night the Lady Vikings move on to face the Crestview Lady Knights on Saturday at seven at Lima Senior High School for the Division IV district finals.