OTTOVILLE — When a team is disciplined enough to run a full-court press for all four quarters, it is tough to beat. Ottawa-Glandorf used its athleticism to its advantage as the Titans forced 31 turnovers away from Ottoville on their way to a 52-37 victory in this non-conference matchup.
“We’ve been trying to turn it up the last couple of games,” Ottawa-Glandorf coach Troy Yant said. “We just tried to stay true to our system. Last year (against Ottoville) we played completely different. Obviously they had the two bigs (Abby Siefker and Rachel Beining) and that didn’t work for us. We’ve got some nice guards, and we thought we could pressure them a little bit.”
Kristen Miller got the scoring started for the Titans as she sank a jumper to begin the game. The Big Green took the lead away from the Titans as Annie Lindeman sank a free throw and Lexie Wannemacher had a layup to make the score 3-2 with 6:41 left in the first quarter.
That was the last time that Ottoville led. Ottawa-Glandorf outscored Ottoville 20-9 in the first quarter.
Ottawa-Glandorf (6-2) forced 11 turnovers in the first quarter. The Titans scored 14 points off of those turnovers.
“We were hoping to get some turnovers in the first quarter and establish good defense,” Yant said. “That helped free up our offense and everything else kind of fell into place for us.”
Ottoville (4-3) began to chip away at the lead to begin the second quarter when Haley Landwehr scored and three possessions later Wannemacher scored again to make the score 20-13 with 5:19 left in the half. Ottawa-Glandorf finally got their first points in the second quarter when Danielle Schroeder scored with 4:29 left.
The Big Green outscored the Titans 8-7 in the second quarter. Ottawa-Glandorf led 27-17 at halftime.
After getting into foul trouble in the first half, Elissa Ellerbrock showed up in a big way for Ottawa-Glandorf in the third quarter. The junior went 3-for-3 from the field and 3-for-4 from the free throw line en route to scoring nine points in the quarter.
The Titans outscored the Big Green 16-9 in the period and took a 43-26 lead into the final period.
Ellerbrock picked up right where she left off in the third quarter to begin the fourth. Ellerbrock scored the first basket of the period to give the Titans a 45-26 lead. Brooke Mangas answered back for Ottoville by sinking two free throws on the next possession. Miller then sank a 3-pointer to give Ottawa-Glandorf a 48-28 lead with 7:02 remaining.
Ellerbrock scored six points in the fourth quarter as they were able to hold off Ottoville for the rest of the period.
Ellerbrock led Ottawa-Glandorf with 15 points. Miller added nine while Schroeder had seven.
“I was really upset about getting those two fouls in the first half,” Ellerbrock said. “I just tried to come out hard in the second half, and I wanted to step up and be a leader for our team. I thought we played well as a team.”
Brooke Mangas led Ottoville with 12 points while Taylor Mangas scored eight.
“We have some young guards, and we play a lot of freshmen and sophomores,” Ottoville coach Dave Kleman said. “That’s a good experience for them with playing against that (full-court press). Our young girls went brain dead which is typical. That was good that they pressed us and it was a good learning curve for us. Hopefully the next time our freshmen won’t let that happen. We just didn’t do enough today to win the game.”