OTTAWA — First, Ottawa-Glandorf’s Kadie Hempfling checked 1,000 points off her list of things to do.
Then, she took care of Bath.
Hempfling scored her 1,000th career point on a night when she had 27 points and 10 rebounds to help the Titans defeat Bath 47-37 in a girls basketball Western Buckeye League showdown Thursday at Hermiller Gymnasium.
“It’s the best feeling in the world,” Hempfling said of getting the 1,000th point in a win.
Hempfling tied her career high with 27 points, including scoring 12 in the final quarter.
“My teammates and Mr. (coach Troy Yant) and all the coaching staff have given me all the support I need, and along with my family, so I’m happy it was at a home game,” Hempfling said. “I couldn’t be more thankful for all the fans who came out to support me. It almost brought tears to my eyes to see all the people stand up for me with their signs.’’
O-G led 33-31 after three quarters.
The Titans then ripped off a 8-0 to start the fourth quarter to pull out to a 41-31 lead with 3:37 to go. Hempfling scored six during that key burst.
“Good players do what they have to do to win big games,” Bath coach Greg Mauk said. “Kadie took over and we didn’t have an answer for it. We played her really well in the first half and in second half when she decided the game was on the line, she was going to make things happen. That’s what good players do.’’
Added Hempfling, “In the fourth quarter, you saw Titan basketball. That’s us.’’
Freshman Chandler Clark led Bath with nine points.
Lindsay Singhaus had seven points. Elysabette Andrews had six and Jaidyn Hale had five.
Erin Kaufman had six points for O-G. Paige Sutter five points and 11 rebounds.
Hempfling entered the night with 994 career points.
She cleared 1,000 at the 7:10 mark of the second quarter with a 3-pointer from the left wing. That pushed her to 1,002.
Bath went right down and scored on a 3-pointer before the game was halted at the 6:55 mark.
At that point, Hempfling ran to the corner and hugged her mom and dad, amidst a sea of 1,000-point signs waving in the crowd.
“I wanted the moment to be there forever because I loved seeing that, but I’m glad to get it off my shoulders and play the game,” Hempfling said. “I think it was everyone’s head, even Bath. … Once I got that (the 1,000th point) in the second quarter, we all relaxed and breathed a little bit.’’
Bath is 10-2, 2-1 in the WBL. O-G is 11-1, 3-0 in the WBL.
“At halftime we said if we get into this kind of game (3-pointers), they’ll outshoot us,” O-G coach Troy Yant said. “We need to go back to attacking the basket. … We were able to get out (in transition) in the fourth quarter and Kadie took care of business. … Once the guards started getting her the ball, she took over.’’
Bath played without starter 5-foot-10 Madelyn Renner, who was out with an ankle injury. Hale was under the weather, but played.
“She (Hale) played limited minutes in the second half,” Mauk said.
O-G took the lead to stay 31-29 on a Sutter layup with 2:36 to go in the third quarter.
The Titans’ man defense was smothering the entire way. The Titans held Bath to 10 second-half points, but only one field goal.
Ashley Schroeder watched Hale, while Sutter kept a watch on Singhaus.
“The idea was to let someone else beat us (besides Hale and Singhaus),’’ Yant said.
Bath played plenty of 2-3 zone early and the Wildkittens led 12-10 after the first quarter.
The Wildkittens closed the first half on an 8-3 run to pull out to a 27-22 halftime lead.
Bath went mostly man in the second half to help its rebounding.
O-G won the boards 39-32 and 16-5 at the offense end.
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