OTTAWA — It was an emotional senior night for the three Ottawa-Glandorf seniors.
But seconds after the speeches and the gifts, the seniors got down to pounding Patrick Henry.
Seniors Carrie Johnson, Kadie Hempfling and Mackenzie Meyer all played a key role in O-G demolishing Patrick Henry 66-32 in a girls basketball game Tuesday at Hermiller Gymnasium.
Johnson scored 12 points and hit 3 of 3 on 3-pointers. She was 4 of 5 from the field and had her season-high for 3-pointers.
“It was very emotional. We’re one big happy family,” Johnson said. “In the locker room before the game we’re singing and dancing. There were some tears going around just because this is our last year together. But there’s a lot of heart on this team. It was amazing to come out like that.’’
Hempfling had 11 points and 12 rebounds. Meyer had three points and played outstanding defense in the O-G zone press.
Ashley Schroeder led O-G with 16 points and three 3-pointers. Erin Kaufman and Kasey Ellerbrock both scored nine.
Overall, O-G hit 13 of 24 on 3-pointers over the PH 2-3 zone.
The Titans’ press forced 35 turnovers.
“I thought the seniors were pumped up for senior night,” O-G coach Troy Yant said. “Mackenzie Meyer got another start for us tonight and played some really hard-nosed defense. I think we had only taken one charge all year and she took two in the game. It kind of re-established a defensive mentality that we had got away from.
“Carrie Johnson came out and hit quite a few threes. … Kadie was Kadie, motoring up and down and was able to get some things going for us.’’
O-G is 17-2 and sits atop the Western Buckeye League at 7-0.
Patrick Henry is 6-13.
Hempfling has 1,124 career points, which stands second on the O-G girls all-time list behind Melanie Halker’s 1,204.
The Titans came out with its 1-2-2 press and the result was the Patriots began coughing the ball up.
This led to transition baskets the other way.
Johnson drilled her first shot, a 3-pointer, to make it 8-2.
“Hitting that first one felt amazing,” Johnson said. “As soon as I hit that one, I knew tonight was going to be the night. I was feeling good the rest of the night.’’
O-G led 14-2, with the help of six Patrick Henry turnovers.
The Titans led 17-4 after the first quarter with Hempfling scoring five.
PH sat back in its 2-3 zone and the Titans made it pay.
O-G ripped off a 13-0 run to start the second quarter. That pushed the Titans’ lead to 30-4.
During that run, Schroeder and Johnson both sank 3-pointers.
Johnson and Ellerbrock both canned back-to-back 3-pointers and the O-G lead grew to 38-6.
O-G went into the locker with a 40-13 lead.
By the half, O-G had forced 16 PH turnovers.
The Titans had hit 7 of 12 on 3-pointers at the half.
Johnson was 3 of 3 on threes and had 11 points at the half.
O-G is at Kenton on Thursday. A victory would give the Titans at least a share of the Western Buckeye League title.
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