Ottoville senior Bridget Landin receives congratulations from teammate CJ Kemper after scoring her 1,000th career point Thursday night. (Putnam Sentinel/Charlie Warnimont)
Ottoville senior Bridget Landin receives congratulations from teammate CJ Kemper after scoring her 1,000th career point Thursday night. (Putnam Sentinel/Charlie Warnimont)

OTTOVILLE — There won’t be many times this season Ottoville goes away from playing its full court pressure defense.

Thursday evening against Ottawa-Glandorf, the Lady Green did just that. With the Titans being able to get around the full court pressure, Ottoville played more half court defense the second half. That switch along with some timely shots from three-point range helped the Big Green rally for a 54-48 non-league win at the L. W. Heckman Gymnasium.

Ottoville improves to 8-0 on the season, while O-G dropped to 6-1.

Ottoville attempted to disrupt the Titans offense with some full court pressure the first half. The Titans were able to handle it and with the help of four three-pointers in the second quarter took a 26-18 lead into halftime.

After the two teams traded baskets to start the second half, Ottoville’s half court pressure started to disrupt O-G offensively as the Big Green went on a 21-5 run to end the third quarter and take a 41-33 lead to the final quarter.

“They were getting by us too much in the full court, so we played more half court defense to keep them in front of us,” Ottoville coach Dave Kleman said. “They were hot the first half from the three’s and I told the girls we needed to contest them better and hope they are not hitting as many, but the second half we were hitting them.”

After Abi Hilvers, Big Green, and Ashley Schroeder, O-G, traded baskets to start the third quarter, Ottoville went on a 6-0 run behind four points from Bridget Landin, her first points of the night. After a Schroeder three pushed the Titan lead back to five points, another Landin basket and a three-pointer by kasey Knippen tied the game at 31-31.

A Kadie Hempfling basket gave O-G a 33-31 lead before the Big Green closed the third quarter with a 10-0 run as Abi Hilvers hit a pair of three-pointers, including one to beat the third quarter buzzer for a 41-31 Ottoville lead. Hilvers had eight points in the quarter for the Lady Green and Landin added six points.

“In trying to figure out what the turning point was, obviously it was the third quarter. We came out of the locker room and the girls were very complacent,” O-G coach Troy Yant said. “The girls played with the lead, but they didn’t play smart. It was the last thing we mentioned to them was play smart. I think they took smart for lazy, complacent or whatever. Our passes we not crisp, our cuts were not crisp, there were a lot of deflections and turnovers. We were not focused and it gave them the window to take advantage of it.”

Although Ottoville had all the momentum on their side after the third quarter, O-G went on a 6-0 run to start the fourth quarter to pull within 41-39. Schroeder scored four of the points and Hempfling had a basket.

However, the Lady Green quickly settled down going on a 7-0 run that started with a Haley Hoersten three before Landin scored four points, the first coming on a free throw at the 3:34 mark that gave her 1,000 points for her high school career. After a brief moment of celebration, Landin hit the second free throw, then converted a pass from Kasey Knippen giving the Big Green a 51-41 lead.

“I was thinking about a timeout, by my assistant coaches said let them work it out, see what’s going on, see if then can figure it out,” Kleman said. “They did. We have a veteran group and they do a really good job for us.”

O-G cut the Ottoville lead to five late, on a Hempfling three, before the clock expired.

“We were playing hard and double up on certain people, then they have a couple of girls off their bench hit three’s. You have to hope some of those miss when you are trying to make a comeback, but they did a great job of taking there time and finding the open person,” Yant said.

Knippen paced the Ottoville attack with 13 points and Landing finished with 10. Quinley Schlagbaum chipped in nine points.

Hempfling led the Titans with 16 points and Schroeder had 15 points.

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Ottawa-Glandorf 21- 0-4 48: A. Schroeder 7-0-15; K. Erford 0-0-0; C. Johnson 1-0-3; P. Sutter 2-0-4; E. Kaufman 2-0-4; M. Meyer 0-0-0; B. Schimmoeller 1-0-3; K. Ellerbrock 0-0-0; K. Hempfling 7-0-16.

Ottoville 16- 15-21 54: C. Kemper 1-4-6; B. Landin 3-4-10; H. Hoersten 1-2-5; Q. Schlagbaum 2-5-9; A. Miller 1-0-3; K. Knippen 5-0-13; E. Landin 0-0-0; A. Honigford 0-0-0; A. Hilvers 3-0-8.

Ottawa-Glandorf 12 14 7 15 - 48

Ottoville 14 4 23 13 - 54

Junior Varsity: Ottawa-Glandorf 35-32.

Three-point goals: Ottawa-Glandorf 6 (Schroeder 1, Johnson 1, Schimmoeller 1, Ellerbrock 1, Hempfling 2); Ottoville 7 (Hoersten 1, A. Miller 1, K. Knippen 3, A. Hilvers 2).