OTTAWA — In its first three games of the season, Ottawa-Glandorf’s defensive pressure has wreaked havoc on opposing teams.
Ottawa-Glandorf’s opponents have struggled at finding ways to solve the Titans’ tenacious, defensive pressure.
Saturday’s nonconference girls basketball matchup with visiting Spencerville played out much the same way as O-G’s previous three games of the season.
O-G pressured Spencerville into 30 turnovers, and held the Bearcats to 6 of 25 shooting (24 percent) from the floor, en route to a 54-15 victory against Spencerville at Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium.
O-G improves to 4-0 overall. Spencerville slips to 2-3.
O-G’s game plan Saturday was to take away Spencerville’s top scorers.
Emma Leis, a 5-foot, 6-inch junior guard, was held scoreless. Teammate Nelaya Burden, a 6-foot senior wing player, was held to nine points for Spencerville.
“Obviously, I think our defense was keyed in, early on,” O-G coach Troy Yant said. “They (O-G’s players) took the scouting report and almost perfected it in the first quarter. They did a heck of a job in the first quarter. Our first seven girls really locked in. To keep Emma Leis from scoring and to keep Burden under 10 points – that’s a pretty good night, defensively.”
Burden had a 3-pointer in the first quarter.
“She (Burden) had the one three,” Yant said. “We kind of got lost in transition and she kind of walked into a three. But if you take that off the boards, she had four (points) in the first half. If we can take their two best players and allow just four points between them in the first half, then it’s going to show up on the scoreboard.”
O-G had two players score in double figures Saturday. Kelsey Erford, a 5-8 junior guard, led O-G and all scorers with 14 points. Erford also pulled down six rebounds, dished out four assists and made three steals. Anna Siefker, a 5-4 junior guard, added 11 points, including three shots behind the 3-point line. Erin Kaufman, a 6-foot, sophomore post player, had six points and five boards for the Titans.
“I think Kelsey Erford did another nice job – putting her nose down, getting to the rack, and doing some nice things,” Yant said. “It kind of fueled the offense. …
“We kind of needed that early, when some of the other girls weren’t hitting. Then, we were able to get some nice stops, and things started to work for us.”
In all, 10 players cracked the scoring column for O-G.
“When you can jump out and get a comfortable lead, then it’s a little easier to get those younger girls in, and give them a chance to get some buckets,” Yant said.
O-G jumped out to a 9-2 lead, a little more than three minutes into the contest. A 3-pointer by Siefker jump-started the Titans.
O-G came away with a 14-7 advantage by the end of the first quarter.
O-G’s defensive pressure helped cause eight Spencerville turnovers. Burden led Spencerville with five first-quarter points.
The Titans found their range in the second quarter. In all, O-G connected three times behind the 3-point line in the second stanza.
O-G was 5 of 8 shooting from the floor in the second quarter. Spencerville, however, was just 1 of 6 from the floor in that eight-minute span.
O-G’s lead grew to 27-9 by the halftime break.
Both teams turned the ball over in the first half. O-G committed 11 turnovers, while Spencerville had 15 miscues.
Erford led O-G in the first half with nine points, four rebounds and three assists. Burden led Spencerville with seven first-half markers.
The Bearcats were 4 of 13 shooting from the floor in the first half. O-G was 10 of 20 from the field.
Spencerville continued to struggle in the second half.
The Bearcats were limited to 0 of 6 shooting in the third quarter as the Titans out-scored them 16-0, en route to a 43-9 lead by the third stop.
For the game, O-G shot 48 percent from the floor.
The Titans controlled the boards, 30-17.
“I thought they did a great job,” Yant said, in reference to his team’s effort Saturday. “We were able to get it down the floor, into transition, and do some nice things. I’m pretty happy at the way we played.”
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