OTTAWA — Ottawa-Glandorf revved up its defensive pressure in the third quarter and threw it in Bath’s direction.
And that’s exactly what the Titans needed.
O-G pulled away down the stretch from Bath for a 44-36 girls basketball victory Thursday night at Hermiller Gymnasium.
It marked O-G’s 32nd Western Buckeye League win in a row.
O-G stands 10-1, 4-0 in the WBL.
Bath is 13-2, 3-1 in the WBL.
Kelsey Erford had 13 points for O-G. Brianna Schimmoeller scored 12, with two 3-pointers.
“It was a matter of who wanted it more,” Schimmoeller said of her team coming back from being down eight at the half. “It was a matter of heart and effort.’’
Erin Kaufman had nine points and 10 rebounds for O-G.
Ja’Dasia Hardison had 11 points for Bath. Madelyn Renner had five points and eight rebounds.
Abbie Dackin and Esther Bolon both scored six.
Both O-G’s and Bath’s man-to-man defenses locked down early and the game took a while to find a flow.
Bath led 8-7 after the first quarter and pulled out to a 23-15 halftime lead.
“We challenged the team at halftime,” O-G coach Troy Yant said. “Defensively, we were playing well, but offensively, we were stagnant. We needed to share the ball more.’’
O-G’s man defense took hold in the third quarter, while its offense began moving and reversing the ball.
It helped the Titans rip off a 9-0 burst to start the third quarter to pull out to a 24-23 lead.
During that run, Kaufman hit a spinning 8-footer and a driving layup. Schimmoeller sank a 3-pointer.
O-G outscored Bath 15-1 in the third quarter to pull out to a 30-24 lead.
“I thought their pressure on defense was good the entire game,” Mauk said. “I thought they guarded well in the halfcourt. I thought both teams played well, defensively. … We have to learn and grow from this.’’
The Titans forced nine Wildkitten turnovers during the third quarter.
Bath came back in the final quarter.
Dackin’s 3-pointer tied the game at 36 with 1:45 to play.
O-G’s Anna Siefker gave the Titans the lead to stay 39-36 with 1:22 to go.
Bath, which doesn’t have a senior on its roster, made four turnovers in the final minute and Erford hit 3 of 4 at the foul line.
Bath finished with 23 turnovers.
“Sometimes we panicked, offensively,” Mauk said. “But it’s not the end of the season. We’re 13-2.’’
O-G had 15 turnovers.
O-G won the boards, 34-32.
O-G led 12-11 with 5:15 left before halftime when the Wildkittens ripped off a 9-0 run.
That pulled Bath in front 20-12 with 2:55 left before halftime.
Freshman Lexi Renner had four points during that run, with a driving layup.
Bath held 6-foot sophomore Kaufman to four points in the first half. Whenever she touched the ball, three players surrounded her deep in the post.
Kaufman had five points in the pivotal third quarter, while Schimmoeller scored six.
“One of our goals was to win the WBL and we knew we couldn’t do that without beating Bath,” Schimmoeller said. “We had a lot of heart.’’
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