OTTAWA — Teams that can press for the full 32 minutes can be tough to beat. Ottawa-Glandorf proved that to be true as they used their full court press and forced 18 turnovers away from Wapakoneta on their way to a 49-37 victory in a Western Buckeye League game.
OG (15-2, 6-1 WBL) brought the pressure early and often in the first quarter. The Titans went on an 11-0 run to begin the game highlighted by 5 points apiece from Ellissa Ellerbrock and Kristen Miller. Wapakoneta (10-7, 5-2) finally scored its first basket of the game with 3:47 left in the first quarter. The Titans forced eight turnovers away from the Redskins in the first quarter and Wapak shot only 1-12 from the field. OG led 17-2 after one.
The second quarter was a completely different story for the Redskins as they went on an 11-0 run of their own to begin the quarter. Four different Redskins contributed to the run. Sara Warner led the way during that run with four points.
OG finally scored their first basket of the second quarter with 2:34 left. The Redskins pulled within seven points with 12 seconds remaining in the second but Ellerbrock drained a three at the buzzer to give her Titans a 10-point lead at halftime.
OG missed their first nine shots of the second quarter and shot only 4-15 during the quarter but they still led 26-16 heading into the third quarter.
The third quarter was a back-and-forth affair with both teams making several shots. Wapak outscored OG 10-9 to narrow the deficit to 35-26 heading into the final period of play.
Ellerbrock did not want to see her team give up their lead and stepped up big time to begin the fourth. The junior scored the first six points of the period for the Titans and extended their lead to 38-26 with 6:51 left. Wapak answered back when Warner scored on their next possession. Danielle Schroeder of OG scored on their next possession to make the score 41-28 with 6:09 left to play.
Wapak committed a costly turnover as Ellerbrock stole the ball and dribbled all the way down the court to make a layup and give OG a 43-28 lead with only 5:47 remaining. That 15 point lead proved to be too much for Wapak to come back from as OG held them off for the rest of the game by controlling the clock for almost two minutes on two possessions.
Ellerbrock led the way for OG with 17 points and six rebounds. Miller pitched in with 16 points of her own.
Warner led Wapak with 10 points while Megan Watt added five.