COLUMBUS — Shadyside is a 3-point bombing machine.
And for a while, Shadyside was having success cranking at the 3-point line.
But when Ottoville took that away, Shadyside was left to search for a plan B.
Ottoville’s defense clamped down on Shadyside to post a 50-43 victory in the Division IV state semifinals Friday at Ohio State’s Value City Arena.
Ottoville (25-3) will meet Minster (27-1) in the state game at 5:15 today at Ohio State.
It will be a Division IV title rematch from last year.
It marks Ottoville’s eighth trip to the state tournament, including 2018 and 2017.
It’s the third state tournament for Ottoville first team all-state guard Kasey Knippen.
Knippen led the Big Green with 20 points and seven rebounds. She hit 8 of 15 from the floor.
“It felt pretty normal (at state),” Kasey Knippen said. “I told the girls on the way down, ‘This is my third year and it feels like it’s something normal.’ It’s nothing to be nervous about. We’ve done it before.’’
Haley Hoersten had nine points and three rebounds.
“You’re not as nervous now,” Hoersten said.
Alexa Honigford had eight points with two 3-pointers.
Shadyside (24-5) entered the day with 221 made 3-pointers on its ledger.
For the game, Shadyside hit 8 of 24 on threes.
Ottoville started out playing a 3-2 zone before switching to man.
“We tried to mix it up on them and tried to mix them up,” Ottoville coach Dave Kleman said. “But they got too many open looks so we went strictly to man because of that.’’
Baylee Wach led Shadyside with 17 points and was 6 of 16 on 3-pointers.
Tory Hendershot had 13 points for Shadyside, while Sydnie Destifanes had 12 points and two 3-pointers.
Ottoville led 36-26 after three quarters, but Shadyside stayed close, even after the Big Green scrapped its zone for a man.
Shadyside got as close as 42-38 with 2:44 to go by driving inside.
Ottoville’s Quinley Schlagbaum then dropped two foul shots off the one-and-one to make it 44-38 with 2:21 to go.
Schlagbaum hit 4 of 4 at the line in the final quarter.
Nicole Knippen then got loose for a layup in the spread offense and the Big Green had a 46-38 lead with 1:45 to go.
Kasey Knippen’s two foul shots made it 48-40, Big Green, with 41 seconds left.
Ottoville won the boards 34-28.
The Big Green shot 37 percent from the field, while Shadyside shot 33 percent.
The game was tied at 11 after the first quarter.
Ottoville outscored Shadyside 12-5 in the second quarter to pull out to a 23-16 halftime lead.
“The key was the second quarter,” Shadyside coach Serge Gentile said. “They put us on our heels a little bit. We had some turnovers. They had 16 points off turnovers and a lot of those were off turnovers.
“I thought we got comfortable against their zone. They switched to man and got out and pressured us a little bit and that’s what got us on our heels. We got hesitant instead of attacking.’’
Kasey Knippen had 13 points at the half. She had the bulk of her points on dribble drives into the lane, followed by a pullup or a floater.
“They didn’t have a post player and that helped a lot since I didn’t have to worry about getting blocked,” Knippen said. “But that’s my normal thing (to drive).’’
The Big Green played most of the first half in a 2-3 zone and Shadyside found a few seams in the corners for their threes.
Wach canned three 3-pointers in the first quarter and dropped four by halftime.
By the third quarter, Ottoville was in full man-to-man mode and Shadyside was struggling to run its offense.
Ottoville forced Shadyside into 16 turnovers, many coming out of the halfcourt.
That helped kick in the Big Green transition game.
“It was a grind-out type of win,” Kleman said. “We stayed together and at the end got some key buckets when we needed them. I’m real proud of the girls.’’
Minster defeated Ottoville 63-48 in last year’s D-IV state title game.
“We have to stay even or win the rebounding battle with Minster, which is a tall order,” Kleman said.
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