ELIDA — One quarter was all it took.
Then it was back to Ottawa-Glandorf girls basketball.
The Titans rammed it inside after the first quarter to cruise to a 63-31 Thursday night girls basketball victory against Elida.
It was the opening night of Western Buckeye League play for the girls.
O-G is 4-0, while Elida is 1-3.
Ashley Schroeder led the Titans with 14 points and two 3-pointers. Bowling Green State-bound Kadie Hempfling had 11 points.
Erin Kaufman added seven points and a team-high five rebounds for O-G.
Shyah Wheeler had 13 points, nine rebounds and three blocks for Elida.
Elida’s Hayleigh Bacome had seven points. Destiny Owens had six points, six rebounds and three blocks.
Elida started quick behind the play of Wheeler (six first-quarter points) and Bacome (five first-quarter points).
The Bulldogs jumped out to an 11-9 lead after the first quarter.
After an Alyssa Doty 3-pointer, the Elida grew to 14-11 early in the second quarter.
At that point, O-G stopped launching 3-pointers and drove the ball inside.
The Titans ran off an 11-0 run to pull out to a 22-14 lead with 4:30 left in the second.
“We noticed they (the 3-pointers) weren’t falling and we then had the attack mentality,” Hempfling said.
Hempfling had eight points in the second quarter and six during that key run.
“Erin Kaufman started getting some rebounds for his (during that run),” O-G coach Troy Yant said. “There was a timeout and we reminded the girls that we really weren’t doing what we wanted to do. We’re shooting threes on a quick transition. We weren’t getting back. The idea was to go inside. And the first two times we went inside Kadie got a nice touch and we were able to get a bucket.’’
O-G took the lead to stay 15-14 on a fast-break layup by Kelsey Erford.
By halftime, the Titans had seized a 31-16 lead.
O-G’s Hempfling and Elida’s Wheeler both went into the break with two fouls.
Hempfling remained in foul trouble the rest of the way.
Picking up the O-G offensive slack was Schroeder, who scored 10 in the third quarter, with two 3-pointers.’’
“She does that in practice,” Yant said of Schroeder’s shooting threes.
That helped the Titans on a 13-0 run to start the second half. That gave O-G a 44-16 lead.
From there, the Titans were able to steamroll home.
O-G won the boards, 33-30.
O-G shot 46 percent from the field and was 5 of 17 on 3-pointers.
Elida shot 24 percent and was 4 of 15 on 3-pointers.
“This week we got better in practice and I think that really showed in this game,” Hempfling. “The last couple games before this we were kind of sluggish. We really haven’t been us. I think we found our niche tonight and we have to get better from here.’’
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