ADA — Ottawa-Glandorf was a different basketball team the second half of
their Division II regional semi-final game with Clyde Tuesday evening
at Ohio Northern University.
Although the Titans never trailed in the game against the Fliers they were unable to deliver a knockout blow in the opening half. After some minor defensive adjustments at halftime, O-G picked up their intensity to deliver that knockout blow.
Using an 9-0 run to start the second half, while holding Clyde to four points in the third quarter, O-G built a double digit lead on their way to a 59-48 win in their regional semi-final contest.
With the win, the top ranked Titans (26-0) advance to a Division II regional final contest Friday evening, at 7:30 p.m., against Norton at Mansfield Senior High School. Clyde finished the season at 22-4.
Ottawa-Glandorf's defense played well at times in the opening half forcing 10 Clyde turnovers. However, the Titans were never able to get the Fliers out of their comfort zone by getting the game at a faster pace. That allowed the Fliers to run their sets and trail by one at halftime, 27-26. That all changed in the third quarter.
“Our defensive effort (the first half), maybe we had missed assignments or maybe we had people assigned to the wrong people. For what ever reason, I thought the defensive effort needed a fine tuning at halftime,” O-G coach Troy Yant said. “We came out, made some minor adjustments and I thought the girls met the challenge, brought some intensity at the beginning of the third quarter and were able to pump out a 10 point lead. I thought that was the comfort margin.”
Ottawa-Glandorf opened the third quarter with a 9-0 run as a Kadie Hempfling steal led to a Lexi Schroeder basket to start the scoring. Over a minute later, Hempfling extended the lead with a three point play and Lexi Schroeder came up with a steal that she turned into two points. A Kylie White basket with 5:45 remaining in the quarter gave O-G a 36-26 lead.
Clyde finally scored with 5:31 left in the quarter on a Heidi Marshall basket, but that would only one of two field goals the Fliers made in the quarter. The second came with 3:41 showing on the clock as Ally Barrera scored. The Titans took an 11 point lead to the final quarter as they closed the quarter on a 5-2 run as Ashley Schroeder, off a pass from Erin Kaufman, and Hempfling had baskets and White converted one of two free throws. Neither team scored in the final three minutes of the quarter.
“I thought in the third quarter, the intensity and more importantly the team work on defense was the difference,” Yant said. “The game plan was that we wanted to play fast, we wanted to increase the tempo of the game. I was kind of frustrated that Clyde was able to slow down the game and play even with us the first half. Part of that was our own turnovers and their point guard getting into the lane and attacking our defense. Again we made some adjustments and were able to shut that down.”
Another key on defense was switching Lexi Schroeder to guard Marshall after she had 12 points in the first half. Schroeder had started the game guarding Dowling.
“She ultimately goes right, so I was trying to force her more left,” Schroeder said. “I tried to keep her going left and try to keep her driving to the basket.”
“I think all of the people we had assigned to her were trying to do that, I thought Lexi did the best job of that,” Yant added. “We switched Lexi to her because she is a little longer. Historically has been a better defender for us, but we felt we needed her on 31 (Dowling) to make she wouldn't get shooting.”
“The third quarter was big, I think they outscored us 14-4,” Clyde coach David Lozier said. “Too many empty possessions to start the third quarter. We got silly with the ball the first three or four possessions and just like that we were down 10 and that was huge for them. They are a very good basketball team and they make you do things you usually don't do.”
Ottawa-Glandorf pushed their lead to 15 points early in the fourth quarter on two baskets by White. The lead grew to 16 points on a Kaufman basket (49-33) and the Titans were up 51-35 before the Fliers made a little bit of a run to make things interesting as they trimmed the score to 51-43 with 3:02 left on a basket by Marshall, off a steal. Three-pointers by Ally Barrera and Bree Dowling started the mini run by the Fliers.
A basket by Kaufman stemmed the tide and the two teams played nearly even the rest of the way for the 11 point O-G win.
White had a double-double for the Titans with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Hempfling recorded a triple-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists. She just missed a quadruple double checking in with eight steals.
Lexi Schroeder added 13 points and Kaufman had 12 points.
Marshall led the Fliers with 16 points and five assists and Dowling had nine points. Addie Martin scored eight points and grabbed nine rebounds for Clyde.