OTTOVILLE — Bath played what its coach Greg Mauk described as a swarming defense when the Wildkittens took a 57-27 girls basketball win over Ottoville on Tuesday night.
“I thought we were swarming on defense. I thought we played really hard on defense. We did a good job of taking away (Nicole) Knippen, who is a really good basketball player. That kind of put them on their heels a little bit. I was pleased with how we guarded tonight,” Mauk said.
“She is their best ball-handler, best scorer, all of those things. We just happened to have a night where she didn’t get a lot of really good looks at the basket. I was really proud of the way we played defensively.”
Ruby Bolon, Chandler Clark and Esther Bolon all scored 12 points to lead Bath (13-1). Knippen’s 15 points led Ottoville (7-5).
Bath set the tone for the game early when it jumped out to a 19-4 lead after one quarter and the lead grew to 31-13 by halftime when Ottoville went scoreless for almost five minutes late in the second quarter.
Ottoville was 1 of 11 on field goals in the first quarter and 5 of 20 in the first half. It cut the lead to 31-18 early in the third quarter, but Bath responded with a run of its own and led by 20 points or more the final 10 minutes of the game.
For the game, Ottoville shot 24 percent on field goals (10 of 42). Knippen hit 6 of 10 field goal attempts and the rest of the roster was 4 of 32.
Bath shot 47 percent (23 of 48) on field goals. The Wildkittens had a 30-16 rebounding edge. Bath had 13 turnovers and Ottoville had 14.
“Offensively, we were up and down a little bit but I thought we shot the ball pretty well,” Mauk said.
Next up for Bath is a trip to Ottawa-Glandorf on Thursday night in a match-up of two teams unbeaten in league play in the Western Buckeye League so far this season.
Reach Jim Naveau at 567-242-0414.