OTTAWA - Ottawa-Glandorf's offense used runs to pull away from Elida.While the Titan offense waited for their chances, their deense was strong all game long. Put the two together and you have a 52-35 Western Buckeye League win for O-G.
The Titans put together a pair of scoring runs in the first half to build a lead on the Bulldogs, then used runs in the second and third quarters to expand their lead.
The runs were helped out by the Titans defense that forced 21 Elida turnovers in the game while O-G was turning the ball over just nine times. Taking dvantage of these turnovers was key to making these runs.
"We play man-to-man fullcourt and that's something we pactice everyday," O-G coch Troy Yant said. "Our girls expet to force turnovers. We had a pretty decent scout on them and we knew who was going to handle the ball. We knew who was going to handle the ball and when O'sha (Owens) got rid of the ball we were able to put pressure on the other girls. We were able to force some bad passes in those situations."
allowed O-G to build on their lead throughout the contest.
"We had 21 turnovers in the game and they had nine," Elida co-coach Elise Jenkins said. "We told the girls it was going to be man-to-man, in your face defense, we worked on it in practice, but our girls are not quite basketball smart yet. It's frustrating because they do not take it from practice to the game."
Elida scored the first points of the game when Carly Stetler hit a short jumper. O-G responded with a seven point run that gave them the lead for good as Kristen Miller hit a three-pointer, Jill Rosselit went strong to the basket for two points and Miller finished off a break with a layup. After Torie McAdams ended the O-G run with a basket, the Titans went on a 6-0 run as Miller buried another three, while Elissa Ellerbrock hit two free throws and Miller one for a 13-4 lead.
Elida went on a 6-3 run to end the first quarter and trail 16-10 going to the second quarter.
O-G maintained that six point lead as they were up 20-14 before using a 6-0 run to take a 12 point lead. Rosselit started the run with a putback that was followed by a Elissa Ellerbrock basket. Miller made it a 12 point game when she came up with a steal and layup. Baskets by O'sha Owens and Miller ended the first half scoring leaving O-G up 12 points.
Elida cut the Titan lead to nine points in the third quarter at 31-22 before O-G ended the quarter with a 9-2 run that had them up 40-24 going to the final eight minutes. Besides the turnover margin, offensive rebounding was key for O-G as they held a 32-21 edge in rebounds for the game. During the Titans third quarter run, they had three offensive boards that helped lead to points.
"Our posts need to get stronger and slow down the offensive rebounding success teams are having against us," Jenkins said. "It's just frustrating because these girls are good. They lost confidence the past month and you can see it on the court. We have one or two girls going as hard as they can, but if you don't have the whole team you're not going to go anywhere."
"I thought our game plan was pretty solid," Yant said. "Our girls executed what we wanted them to execute. It wasn't a real good match up for us as we ended up playing four guards and a post at the end, but we had the luxury of being up. I thought our girls responded well and played hard."
Miller led the Titans (4-3, 13-6) with 21 points and four steals, while Elissa Ellerbrock had 16 points and five rebounds. Stephanie Hempfling had eight rebounds, five assists and three steals.
Owens had 11 points to lead the Bulldogs (3-4, 7-10), while Stetler had seven points and five rebounds.
Ottawa-Glandorf won the junior varsity game 50-26.
The Lady Bulldogs are back in action Saturday at Parkway, while O-G is off until next Thursday when they visit St. Marys in WBL action.
Elida 13-32 8-11 35: Kylie Downton 3-0-6; Ashley Lowry 0-0-0; Lindsay Hall 0-0-0; Cassidy Slusher 0-0-0; O'sha Owens 4-3-11; Sabrina Kline 1-0-2; Torie McAdams Carly Stetler 2-2-7; Ericka Smith 2-0-4.
Ottawa-Glandorf 18-55 13-17 52: Michelle Maag 1-0-3; Dani Ellerbrock 1-2-4; Elissa Ellerbrock 3-10-16; Kristen Miller 8-3-21; Danielle Schroeder 0-0-0; Stephanie Hempfling 0-0-0; Molly Closson 3-0-6; Jill Rosselit 2-0-4; Kialee Koch 0-0-0.
Elida 10 6 8 11 - 35
Ottawa-Glandorf 16 12 12 12 - 52
Junior Varsity: Ottawa-Glandorf 50-26.
Three-point goals: Elida 1-8 (Cassidy Stetler); Ottawa-Glandorf 3-13 (Michelle Maag 1, Kristen Miller 2).
Rebounds: Ottawa-Glandorf 32 (Stephanie Hempfling 8, Elissa Ellerbrock 5); Elida 21 (Cassidy Stetler 5).
Turnovers: Ottawa-Glandrf 9, Elida 21.