ELIDA – Ottoville didn’t come into the Division IV regional semifinal game as a one-trick pony.
When senior standouts Rachel Turnwald and Abby Siefker were forced to the bench in the second period with two fouls, the other three starters stepped up and the Big Green never missed a beat.
Ottoville took it to Leipsic (17-9) for the second time this season, this time by a 52-29 score in the girls regional semifinals and earned the right to meet Arcadia Saturday night for a trip to the state tournament.
Arcadia (23-3) beat Pettisville 46-36 in the first game at the Elida Fieldhouse Thursday night.
Nicole Vorst with nine points and Rachel Beining and Taylor Mangas with eight each led the first half Ottoville charge. Vorst totaled three 3-pointers in the first half while Mangas added two of her own.
Beining was a perfect 3-for-3 from the field and 2-for-2 from the free throw line.
The Big Green defense forced 10 first-half turnovers by the Vikings and Ottoville jumped out to a 19-6 lead after one period of play.
Leipsic did narrow the margin to 30-20 going to the half but both Turnwald and Siefker were well rested and ready to go.
The Big Green began the third quarter with a 7-0 run on a free throw by Siefker and six straight points by Turnwald that came on a basket and then a 4-point play when Turnwald was fouled as she converted a 3-pointer plus the free throw and Ottoville took a 42-24 lead to the final period.
Ottoville got great balance as Turnwald ended with 12 points while Beining and Mangas both added 10 and Siefker and Vorst ended with nine each.
“That’s normal for us to have balance like that. That'ss the way we play and that is what it takes in tournament play,” Ottoville coach Dave Kleman said. “We had a little foul trouble in the first half but our bench gave us some minutes; we weathered the storm and were able to make our runs.”
Leipsic struggled from the field as they only converted 10-of-34 for 29 percent while the Big Green ended at 43 percent on 16-of-37 from the floor.
Ottoville forced the Vikings into 18 turnovers and won the battle of the boards by a 26-21 margin.
“Our game plan was to score more points than Leipsic,” Kleman said. “We were led by our seniors and will need to play well against Arcadia for the right to advance to state.”