OTTAWA — Celina knew the defensive pressure was coming.
Unfortunately, there wasn’t much the Bulldogs could do about it.
Ottawa-Glandorf came out in a full-court man-to-man press, forced 13 first-quarter turnovers and set the tone, en route to a 56-24 victory Thursday night against visiting Celina in a Western Buckeye League girls basketball matchup at Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium.
For the game, Celina turned the ball over 32 times.
When the Bulldogs did break the press, they struggled to score, connecting on just 33 percent of their field goal attempts.
With the convincing win, O-G improves to 14-1 overall and remains undefeated in the WBL at 5-0. Celina slips to 4-10 overall and 2-3 in league play.
Senior guard Erin Kaufman and Ashley Schroeder each scored 10 points to lead O-G in scoring. Erin Kaufman (freshman, wing player) added nine points and five rebounds for the Titans.
Brooke Robbins led Celina with 10 points and four rebounds.
With the lopsided victory, O-G coach Troy Yant had the luxury of getting some of his reserve players into the game.
“When you play one game all week, you want to get the girls involved,” Yant said. “I think our pressure kind of prevented them from getting into their sets. That kind of slowed them down. We were getting some turnovers. So, we were able to get pretty deep and rotate some people in. So, we’ll take it. It’s one of those games that you can get some things on tape, then work on stuff at practice.”
It was off to the races Thursday for O-G, as the Titans started the game with a 6-0 run. Celina turned the ball over eight times in the first four minutes.
The Titans pushed the pace from end to end, pulling out to a 13-3 lead by the first stop. The Bulldogs struggled, offensively, connecting on 1 of 7 of their shots from the field.
O-G’s lead ballooned to 31-11 by the halftime break. The Titans were 7 of 12 shooting from the floor in the second stanza. Kasey Ellerbrock (six points) nailed two 3-pointers in the second quarter to ignite O-G.
The Bulldogs turned the ball over 20 times in the first half.
O-G led 44-14 by the end of the third quarter. The Bulldogs turned the ball over nine more times.
“Any time you see a roster with that many seniors, especially seniors who have had the experience of going to the state tournament, you just know it’s going to be like that,” Celina coach Cenzie Rushton said. “Our big emphasis tonight was to get better, and we didn’t want to quit.”
On the night, O-G shot 51 percent from the field. Celina shot 33 percent from the floor.
Celina held a slight edge on the boards, 25-21.
“We went into halftime and said our goal was to hold them to 55 (points) or under,” Rushton said. “We held them to 56. We got close. But we’re in the building stage and they’re in the established stage. It’s great to watch, but it’s not when you’re on the other end.”
For O-G, Thursday’s contest was an opportunity to see what the bench players could do.
“You just want to stay basic and let the girls coming off the bench see what they can do.” Yant said. “We played full-court man, and some half-court man. We ran a handful of offensive actions, so the girls coming off the bench felt comfortable.
“With the half-court offense, we’re still struggling. Part of that is maybe the continuity with shuffling people in and out. But I saw some good things with a couple of the girls coming off the bench. We just have to work on our post play and hopefully get some things settled.”