LIMA — Ottawa-Glandorf girls head basketball coach Troy Yant realized that controlling the tempo of the game would be critical in Saturday’s nonconference matchup with Lima Senior.
The Titans also knew that controlling the inside play of Lima Senior’s two post players would be vital.
Ottawa-Glandorf was successful in both areas Saturday afternoon.
Other than a very brief one-point lead, early on for Lima Senior, Ottawa-Glandorf controlled the tempo, en route to a convincing 59-38 victory over the Spartans at Lima Senior.
Ottawa-Glandorf’s pressure helped cause 23 Lima Senior turnovers.
The Titans also shot the ball well, as they connected on 46 percent of their field goal attempts. The Spartans struggled, hitting 38 percent of their shots.
“I think we controlled tempo for at least 2 ½, 3 quarters,” Yant said. “We kind of got what we wanted. I think we did a good job on their post players. We kept their post players from getting easy buckets.
“The last couple games we saw, their two post players almost put up double-doubles. So, I felt pretty good with our post players handling that, today.”
Lima Senior’s two inside players – Ajohlon Bullock (5-foot, 10-inches) and Cheyanne Bean (6-foot) – scored 12 and seven points, respectively. Bullock scored just three points in the first half.
However, Bullock and Bean did pull down nine and eight rebounds, respectively.
Lexi Williams added 11 points, eight boards and two steals for Lima Senior (8-5).
Ottawa-Glandorf (9-1) had three players score in double figures on Saturday.
Kelsey Erford scored 15 points, had four rebounds and two steals. Brianna Schimmoeller had 15 points, four steals and four assists. Freshman Maggie Verhoff scored 13 points, including three 3-pointers.
O-G jumped out to a 7-2 lead, within the first two minutes of the contest. Erford nailed a 3-pointer to jump-start the Titans.
Lima Senior did take the lead once, 8-7, on a 12-footer by Bean.
However, that Lima Senior lead was short-lived as the Titans pushed back out to a 14-11 advantage by the end of the first quarter.
Schimmoeller led the Titans in the first eight minutes of action with six points and two steals.
The Titans opened the second quarter with a 5-0 run, as they pushed the lead to 8, 19-11.
Lima Senior struggled the rest of the half as it scored just five points in the second stanza. O-G went into the halftime break with a comfortable 31-16 lead.
Erford led the Titans with 11 first-half points.
The Spartans turned the ball over 11 times in the first half. Seven of those turnovers were steals made by the Titans.
The Spartans turned it over eight more times in the third quarter. The Titans capitalized on most of those miscues and pulled out to a 51-25 lead by the third stop.
The Titans got hot in the third period, as they connected four times behind the arc. Verhoff had two 3-pointers in the third.
The Spartans struggled, shooting the ball, as they were just 3 of 12 from the field. O-G was 7 of 13 from the floor.
“We were a little tentative with Bri Schimmoeller,” Yant said. “She kind of tweaked something there in practice, yesterday. So, we didn’t have her on their point guard. So, we were kind of feeling them out, early. She (Schimmoeller) said at halftime that she was good to go. So, we turned it up a little bit; and she did a good job.”
O-G held a slight edge on the boards, 32-31.
The Titans turned the ball over 15 times on the day.
“We did make some post entry passes that turned into turnovers,” Yant said. “We also made a couple outlet passes that weren’t very good. But I thought in our half-court offense, we did a better job.
“We didn’t give them a lot of second opportunities, early. Things kind of fell apart there in the end. But it’s kind of hard to play with a 25-point lead, and mixing in some younger players. But I thought we played well.”
Lima Senior head coach Vince Halliday said the Titans did not throw any surprises at his team on Saturday.
“Overall, for us, it was one of our worst performances of the year,” Halliday said. “I’m just really disappointed in how we played. I thought we didn’t play with much urgency. We talked about the things O-G does. … They did exactly what we talked about. We just didn’t handle it. We didn’t do a very good job with it. They (O-G) did a very good job.
“Obviously, we need to rebound. The beautiful thing for us is that we’re back at it Monday night. We host St. Ursula in a big league game. So, hopefully we can put this one behind us and get ready for Monday.”
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