— Kalida couldn’t have asked for a better start to their Division IV
sectional semi-final at Ottawa-Glandorf Tuesday night.
Pandora-Gilboa scored the opening points of the game, the Wildcats
scored the next 13. That early run gave the Wildcats the breathing room
they wanted on their way to a 55-39 win over the Rockets at the Robert
J. Hermiller Gymnasium.
The win sends the Wildcats (14-9) to the
sectional finals Friday against top seeded Miller City (14-8) at 6:15
p.m. The Rockets saw their season end at 3-19.
The Rockets drew
first blood when Hunter Hovest banked in a short jumper. Kalida missed
their first three shots of the game before Cole Miller grabbed an
offensive rebound and scored. That started a 13-0 run which included a
three point play by Miller, five points from Devin Kortokrax, a Luke
Langhals basket and a free throw by Randy Zeller. P-G went 2-of-9 from
the field in the opening quarter as their other basket was scored by
Seth Schmenk with 2:05 left in the quarter. Neither team scored after
that as the Wildcats had a nine point lead going to the second quarter.
of the keys you hope to have is a good start,” Kalida veteran coach
Dick Kortokrax said. “I was very appreciative of the fact we forced them
to use an early timeout with us up 13-2, then the rest of the night
that was basically it. They (P-G) fought very hard, which we thought
they would, and as a result it was our start that was the key to the
While the Rockets offense started to click in the second
quarter, the Wildcats were able to add to its first quarter lead with a
17-10 scoring advantage.
Schmenk opened the second quarter scoring
for P-G before Kortokrax scored four straight points for Kalida, two
coming on a steal. Schmenk added two baskets to the P-G score, but
Zeller helped Kalida add to its lead draining a pair of three-pointers.
After a Colin Fenstermaker bucket for P-G, Kortokrax drained two free
throws and Zeller picked off a backside rebound and scored giving Kalida
a 28-12 lead. Another basket by Schmenk and two free throws from Luke
Langhals had the Wildcats up 16 points at the break.
were 7-of-28 from the floor in the opening half and didn’t shoot a free
throw although they were trying to push the ball inside. Meanwhile
Kalida shot nine free throws in the opening half making eight of them.
started in our zone and I think we lost our discipline in the zone. We
let Zeller get loose a couple of times for two big three’s and we let
Kortokrax get open on the wings for three’s. which were momentum
killers,” P-G coach Logan Smith said. “We struggle scoring, so to give
up 30 points the first half was tough. The bad thing was we had eight or
nine shots around the rim the first half that we couldn’t convert. We
did a little better the second half, but we weren’t able to get to the
The third quarter was a battle between Zeller for Kalida,
while Schmenk and Fenstermaker combined for all 13 of the Rockets
points. Zeller had nine of Kalida’s 11 points in the quarter as he had a
pair of putbacks and a three-pointer. Schmenk had nine points for P-G
in the quarter, that included a three, while Fenstermaker had four.
Trent Gerding scored the Wildcats other two points as Kalida was up
41-27 after three periods.
The fourth quarter saw the Rockets make
a run behind the play of Schmenk. The senior had seven straight points
for the Rockets, including a three-pointer, that pulled P-G within 45-36
with 4:13 left. Kortokrax ended a long Kalida scoring drought with a
basket that Fenstermaker matched. Another Kortokrax basket and one by
Cole Miller gave the Wildcats a 13 point lead before two free throws by
Kortokrax and two by Adam Langhals iced the game for Kalida.
want an inside-outside game and at times we had trouble with that,”
coach Kortokrax said. “Plus they had one young man (Schmenk) that could
score for them and help their cause. It was a question as to whether we
could answer with some balance. We don’t want one to score, we want
three guys to score and its hard to find that third guy at times.
Another thing I felt we were in control was the foul line and when you
hold your opponent to four chances you have a good chance to win because
I felt we were getting there a lot more.”
Kortokrax had 20 points
and five rebounds for Kalida, while Zeller had a double-double with 18
points and 10 rebounds. Miller had nine points and six rebounds. Luke
Langhals also had six rebounds for Kalida.
Schmenk led the Rockets
and all scores with 26 points and he had 10 rebounds. Fenstermaker
chipped in with 10 points and four rebounds.
“Being down 16 at the
half against a quality team, that is fundamental and runs their sets
and is going to get a good shot is tough to beat,” Smith said. “They
were able to get a lot of easy stuff in transition. They did a good job
of getting backside rebounds. Their post players are not great shooters,
but they know how to find the open spots to keep the ball alive. Seth
is a very streaky shooter, but he did a great job getting to the basket
and he made some three’s. I told our coaches if the ball is in his
hands, make or miss, we were going with that. Colin did a great job
getting into the lane and posting up harder the second half.”
* * *
17-46 3-4 39: Jacob Wauters 0-0-0; Seth Schmenk 12-0-26; Brian Schneck
0-0-0; Hunter Hovest 1-0-2; Alex Osborn 0-1-1; Jared Tousley 0-0-0;
Colin Fenstermaker 4-2-10.
Kalida 19-50 12-15 55: Grant Unverferth
0-0-0; Adam Langhals 0-2-2; Austin Swift 0-0-0; Luke Langhals 1-2-4;
Devin Kortokrax 6-6-20; Randy Zeller 7-1-18; Trent Gerding 1-0-2; Logan
Roebke 0-0-0; Cole Miller 4-1-9; Brandon Verhoff 0-0-0.
Pandora-Gilboa 4 10 13 12 - 39
Kalida 13 17 11 14 -55
Three-point goals: Pandora-Gilboa 2-10 (Schmenk 2); Kalida 5-21 (Zeller 3, Kortokrax 2).
Rebounds: Pandora-Gilboa 23 (Schmenk 10); Kalida 33 (Zeller 10).
Turnovers: Pandora-Gilboa 14, Kalida 10.