OTTOVILLE — Coming off a state semifinal appearance in 2016-17, Ottoville showed that it is a favorite to get back to Columbus this season as the Lady Green raced past visiting Van Wert, 90-46, at L.W. Heckman Gymnasium on Friday night.

Nine different Lady Green players scored in the first half, and four players finished in double figures as Ottoville connected on a dozen three-point field goals and shot 52 percent in improving to 1-0 on the season.

“We’ve got a group that can score; we’ve got nine letter winners back and we’re comfortable playing 12 if we need to,” Ottoville head coach Dave Kleman said. “We have some younger kids who are coming along, as well, and every one of them can shoot 3’s.”

The Lady Green took command of the game with a 17-0 run that encompassed the bulk of the second quarter. During that stretch, 6-1 senior Bridget Landin scored on three straight trips up the court, including a step-back three after shaking loose of an on-ball defender.

“Bridget can play point and bring the ball down, and they were hawking her and she steps back and hits a three there,” Kleman said. “Any number of [our players] can do that.”

Van Wert committed 25 turnovers and made just 29 percent of its shots, but the Cougars, who were 6-17 last season, showed that this season should be markedly better than a year ago. Van Wert scored the game’s first four points with solid defense and an opportunistic fast break attack with layups from Reagan Priest and Cassidy Meyers. It wasn’t until a CJ Kemper steal that ended with a 3-point play that the Lady Green took the lead.

“We knew coming in tonight that it was going to be a battle, but I thought we hung in there well with them in that first quarter,” Van Wert head coach Rob Adams said. “We gave them everything we had, but their size is an issue, especially on the rebounds and the outlets; they look up the floor quickly.”

Ottoville’s varsity roster features only one player, reserve guard Emily Landin, who stands under 5-7, and four players at 5-10 or taller. No matter the player or their listed position, however, Ottoville’s team has great depth and great versatility. Kemper led the Lady Green with 20 points on the night, including a dozen in the first half. Bridget Landin finished with 15 points while Amber Miller had 11 and Abi Hilvers scored 10.

After missing much of the first half with foul trouble, Priest made her presence felt in the third quarter. She scored 10 of her 14 points in the period. An Abby Jackson bucket in the paint during the early stages of third also helped to keep the Cougars within shouting distance.

“In the third quarter, [Reagan] was huge,” Adams said. “Their press caused us some problems, and they do that to a lot of teams with their length and their size, but we’ve got some good ball handlers on the team; I think it’s going to get easier from here.”

Meyers, a senior guard, scored six of her 14 points in the final period. She went 8 of 8 at the free throw line, and she finished with a game-high 7 rebounds. Jackson added 8 points and 3 rebounds while Caylee Phillips added 5 points off the Cougar bench.

“I like our team,” Adams said. “I love where our team is and where we are going. That’s a great first test to see where we are at as a team, and we have some things to work on, but staring out with Ottoville, the No. 3 team in the state preseason, we hung in there, and we didn’t stop fighting. I’m proud of that.”

Ottoville visits Crestview in a marquee early-season matchup on Saturday evening. Van Wert is back in action at Coldwater on Tuesday.