OTTOVILLE — Ottoville bounced back from a slow start with a solid second period as they went on to take a 56-46 non-league girls basketball triumph over Jefferson Wednesday night at L.W. Heckman Gymnasium.
The Lady Green (11-8) used a 46-32 edge on the backboards to help seal the deal. They were led by a pair of double-doublers as junior Lexie Wannemacher had 20 points and 15 rebounds and all-around senior Taylor Mangas had 13 points, 15 rebounds, six steals and three assists.
The Lady Wildcats (9-11) had three players in twin digits as senior Katie Goergens had 17 points (4 treys), 12 by junior Brooke Culp (5 boards, 4 assists) and 10 from senior Rileigh Stockwell (9 rebounds, 3 steals).
“We gambled a lot on the perimeter; we tried to trap their guards. We forced some turnovers but when they handled the pressure, we didn’t slide down quick enough to defend the post and rebound,” Jefferson mentor Dave Hoffman noted. “Wannemacher scoring 20 inside was big for them. Katie getting in foul trouble snuck up on us and it hurt us when she had to go to the bench, plus had to be careful after that when she was in. She was scoring pretty well for us and when she went out, our bench didn’t help us at that point like they have been.”
Ottoville mentor Dave Kleman was pleased with how his troops replied.
“Jefferson came out hot and built that 11-0 lead. We kept battling,” he explained. “That’s what you get with trying to put four classes together; it’s never pretty and mold them together. I told Hoffy that it’s never pretty when we play each other and he agreed with me. We have those young girls still learning how to play consistent basketball.”
The Red and White scored those first 11 points of the contest, with Goergens swishing a pair of treys in the first 2:38, and finished it on a drive by Culp at 2:38. Wannemacher went to work, knocking in a third-chance putback at 1;11 and a second-chancer at 2.1 seconds, to get the Green and Gold within 11-4.
Both teams used extended pressure to bother the other from the start, Jefferson especially with its 1-3-1 half-court trap to force eight early turnovers and Ottoville its man scheme to force five errors.
That was only the beginning of the rally. The hosts scored the first nine points of the second quarter, all by Mangas, to take its first lead at 13-11 on her three-ball at 6:42. Jefferson senior Jasmine McDougall and Stockwell answered back, but that was short-lived. Mangas hit another trifecta, this time from the right side, to give them the lead for good. Mangas went on to tally 12 in the quarter to help Ottoville reach a 23-15 edge on a power move by freshman Alexis Thorbahn. A three point play from Culp at 1:21 accounted for the halftime score of 23-18, Ottoville.
Jefferson turned it over 11 times in the period to Ottoville’s seven. Goergens picked up her third foul at 5:12 and fourth 26 ticks later and was done until the second half.
The Lady Green continued its steady attack in period three, this time behind the inside power of Wannemacher’s 10 points, to not only stay in the lead but add to it. Culp’s six counters tried to match that but Ottoville started to take command on the backboards. Ottoville had its largest lead to that point of 37-24 on a deuce by freshman Brooke Mangas (6 assists, 5 boards) at 3:20 and when freshman Alicia Honigford drilled a triple from the left corner with 39 seconds left, they held a 42-31 edge after three periods.
Jefferson continued to try and scratch their way back behind their trapping pressure but they only forced four miscues in the final quarter. Wannemacher tacked on six more points in the span. Though Goergens dropped in eight (including 2 more bombs), her Wildcats couldn’t get any closer the final margin on a Goergens basket.
“We started off quick. We forced turnovers and that got us out well,” Hoffman added. “Unfortunately, we couldn’t sustain it. Once Ottoville adjusted, they started to take advantage inside and once they got rolling, it was tough for us to recover. Too often, when we forced turnovers after that, we gave it right back. Still, I was extremely pleased with our defensive intensity all night, especially in the first period; it was tremendous.”
“We are very much a work in progress with our young girls gaining experience. Either I have a lot more gray this year or a lot less hair,” Kleman added. “Again, the girls keep battling and we had a great second quarter. Once we took the lead, we held on to it. That’s an area we need to improve, too; putting a team away when we have the chance.”
In junior varsity action, Ottoville grabbed a 37-15 triumph.
Leading Ottoville was junior Lyndsey Wannemacher with 16.
For Jefferson (11-9), sophomore Jessica Pimpas netted four.
Both teams return to the court tonight: Jefferson for its regular-season finale at home versus NWC foe Allen East and Ottoville on the road at long-time season-ender McComb.
Heather Pohlman 0-0-0, Brooke Culp 3-6-12, Lindsay Deuel 0-0-0, Katie Goergens 6-1-17, Rileigh Stockwell 4-2-10, Hannah Sensibaugh 0-0-0, Gabby Pimpas 1-0-3, Shelby Koenig 0-0-0, Makayla Binkley 0-0-0, Jasmine McDougall 2-0-4, Tori Black 0-0-0, Jessica Pimpas 0-0-0. Totals 11-5-9/14-46.
Nicole Kramer 1-0-2, Chelsey Boecker 0-0-0, Taylor Mangas 3-5-13, Brooke Mangas 2-2-6, Monica Sarka 1-0-2, Alicia Honigford 1-0-3, Alexis Thorbahn 1-0-2, Courtney Von Sossan 0-0-0, Haley Landwehr 0-0-0, Annie Lindeman 3-2-8, Lexie Wannemacher 9-2-20, Lindsey Wannemacher 0-0-0. Totals 18-3-11/20-56.
Score By Quarters:
Jefferson 11 7 13 15 – 46
Ottoville 4 19 19 14 - 56
Three-point goals: Jefferson, Goergens 4, G. Pimpas; Ottoville, T. Mangas 2, Honigford.
Taylor Stroh 0-0-0, Heather Pohlman 0-0-0, Kiya Wollenhaupt 0-0-0, Mackenzie Hammons 1-0-3, Kelsey Berelsman 1-0-2, Lindsey Jettinghoff 0-0-0, Tori Black 0-1-1, Jessica Pimpas 1-2-4, Bailey Gorman 1-0-3, Shelby Koenig 0-2-2. Totals 2-2-5/10-15.
Madison Knodell 2-0-5, Autumn Neer 1-0-2, Nicole Kramer 1-0-3, Chelsey Boecker 0-0-0, Alexis Thorbahn 0-0-0, Courtney Von Sossan 2-0-6, Haley Landwehr 1-0-3, Lexie Wannemacher 1-0-2, Lyndsey Wannemacher 7-2-16. Totals 10-5-2/7-37.
Score by Quarters:
Jefferson 6 4 0 5 - 15
Ottoville 13 7 11 6 - 37
Three-point goals: Jefferson, Hammons, Gorman; Ottoville, Von Sossan 2, Knodell, Kramer, Landwehr.