OTTAWA — It’s all starting to wind down for Ottawa-Glandorf senior Erin Kaufman.
But she’s got plenty of basketball left in the meantime.
Kaufman tossed in a career-high 30 points to power the Titans past Kenton 73-46 in a girls basketball game Thursday at Hermiller Gymnasium.
With the victory, the Titans clinch at least a share of the Western Buckeye League title.
It marks O-G’s fourth straight WBL title.
“It’s a huge accomplishment and definitely goes back to the girls I started with,” senior Erin Kaufman said. “It’s a great feeling to be a four-time WBL champion.’’
The Titans are 19-1, 8-0 in the WBL.
Kenton is 3-15, 1-6 in the WBL.
“That’s the first goal we set, to win the WBL and we’re going to give it everything we got next week to try to own it outright,” O-G coach Troy Yant said. “It means a lot. To go four years in a row, it’s a testament to the dedication and the work the girls put in.’’
Kaufman hit five 3-pointers to help her pass her previous career-high for points of 24. She scored 10 points in the key second quarter, then tossed in 13 in the third quarter.
Kelsey Erford had 12 points and seven rebounds for O-G.
Freshman Erin Kaufman, a 5-11 post player, had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Jenna Manns had 17 points with five 3-pointers for Kenton. She left the game in the final quarter with an injury.
Sidney Plott had 12 points and two threes for Kenton.
O-G’s defense was the key to the game, as it forced 29 Kenton turnovers.
O-G won the boards, 34-29.
O-G needed a quarter to shake off the emotion of the senior night hoopla.
That, and Kenton hit 5 of 8 on 3-pointers in the first quarter.
That helped the Wildcats run out to a 9-2 lead.
Kenton led 21-9 after Manns drilled her third straight 3-pointer. That came with 1:52 left in the first quarter.
Kenton led 23-14 after the first quarter.
“We started the seniors and we had all the festivities and everyone is kind of in a different world,” Yant said. … “(Senior Erin Kaufman) has done that the last couple of games when we’ve needed her. I thought she did a great job of pulling the team back together, especially with Ashley (Schroeder) out (for the fourth game with a hamstring injury). I thought tonight when things got rattled, she (Kaufman) got them back and kind of carried them from then on.’’
Kaufman said, “At the beginning we were like, ‘it’s senior night and it’s surreal and bitter sweet. The game started and we obviously weren’t focused. We came out in the second quarter and pulled it together.’’
Schroeder did start as a senior, but came right out seconds into the game.
The Titans cranked up their man defense and threw in some man pressure off the press.
The result was O-G outscored Kenton 15-5 in the second quarter.
Senior Erin Kaufman scored 10 points in the second quarter. Her second 3-pointer of the quarter gave O-G the lead for the first time 29-28 with 44 seconds left before halftime.
It was announced on senior night that Kaufman will attend the University of Toledo next year and study nursing. She won’t be playing basketball in college.
“I’m excited,” Kaufman said. “I love basketball and I want to end it with the girls I started it with.’’
Kenton had 14 turnovers at the half, with nine coming in the second quarter.
The Titans put the foot hard on the accelerator in the final quarter. They outscored Kenton 30-6 in third.
They had a 13-1 run to start the third and ended the quarter on a 17-0 run, with the press-and-run game in high gear.
“Our defense definitely gets our offense going,” Kaufman said. “The run game helps us so much and once we start running, our offense comes natural.’’
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