OTTOVILLE — Ottoville came into its girls basketball game against Bath on Tuesday night with two major points of emphasis — defense and rebounding.
It took care of both of those areas, added three quarters of solid offense and the result was an emphatic 47-31 win over the Wildkittens.
Ottoville led by eight points at halftime and built that advantage to as much as 24 points with three minutes left.
Bridget Landin scored 13 points and had eight rebounds and C.J. Kemper had nine points and six rebounds for Ottoville (13-0). Jaidyn Hale’s eight points led Bath (10-3).
“I was real pleased with us defensively tonight. We played probably our best defensive game this year,” Ottoville coach Dave Kleman said.
“That was one of our points of emphasis the last week, about being ready no matter what position you’re in on the floor defensively. And I thought we did a great job of that tonight,” he said.
Bath struggled shooting the ball all night. It shot 26 percent (11 of 43) on field goals and was 3 of 19 shooting the ball in the middle two quarters.
Ottoville took the lead at the beginning of the game on back-to-back three-pointers by Abi Hilvers and Bath had to play from behind all 32 minutes.
Ottoville already has a variety of ways to score and Hilvers could give them another one going forward, Kleman said.
“She sprained her ankle recently and she’s just starting to get her shot back. And that’s not good news for everybody else,” he said.
Rebounding was emphasized as much, maybe more than defense in practice for Ottoville in the last week.
“We had a couple of film sessions, not being mean, but it was kind of brutal to some of our girls because we were glaringly not boxing out and going to the boards and rebounding. It wasn’t to embarrass them, it was just so they could see it,” Kleman said.
“We worked on it in practice and drills and stuff so they knew what they needed to be doing and when they needed to be doing it and we’ve done a much better job in the last week.”
Reach Jim Naveau at 567-242-0414 or on Twitter at @Lima_Naveau.
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