KENTON — Troy Yant might be sporting a new hair color the next time you see him.
The Ottawa-Glandorf head coach told his team he would dye his hair if the team won the Western Buckeye League outright and the Titans did just that with a convincing 76-34 victory against Kenton to secure the league title Thursday night.
“It was a big goal,” said Yant about securing the title. “This was one of two primary goals. One was to win all our home games which we did and the other was to win the WBL outright. They are pretty excited about that.
“I also made a bet with them that if we won the WBL outright they could dye my hair black.”
With the win, Ottawa-Glandorf improves to 21-1 on the season and completes another undefeated season in the WBL with a 9-0 mark. This is the fifth straight WBL title for the Titans who have won 37 straight WBL games. The last time the Titans lost was Feb. 4, 2016, against Wapakoneta.
Kenton falls to 8-14 for the year and 0-9 in the WBL.
Kenton head coach Jay Bostelman said it was all about Ottawa-Glandorf’s intensity and tenacious defense.
“You just try to come out and you try to match their intensity level which isn’t easy to do. I don’t think there are many teams that can do that,” Bostelman said. “Every girl that comes in from that side gives 110 percent on the defensive end and their defense is what creates their offense. You see them run up and down the floor and they are very disciplined and they give 110 percent all the time.”
True to Titan form, Ottawa-Glandorf took control of this game early thanks to its smothering defense that led to easy baskets.
For the first four minutes the game was tied 7-7 when Kenton’s Sidney Plott popped a 3-pointer to knot the score at 7-7 with 3:55 left in the first quarter. But that would be the final hurrah for the Wildcats as Ottawa-Glandorf went on a 14-0 run to end the first eight minutes and then outscored Kenton 11-0 run to start the second quarter to grab a commanding 32-7 lead.
“I just thought the girls were pretty focused,” Yant said. “The defense looked really good and we were able to get some run outs. We had a lot of scoring off the bench from a lot of girls that we are going to need down the stretch so it was nice to see those girls come in and shoot with confidence.”
Nine different Titans scored points with Kelsey Erford leading the scoring parade with 18 points. The junior standout got off to a great start by tallying 12 first quarter points to help establish the big Ottawa-Glandorf lead.
Fellow junior Anna Siefker, with some excellent perimeter shooting, finished with 15 points as all her points came from behind the 3-point arc. Also breaking double digits was freshman Chloee Glenn who netted 13 points.
For Kenton, Plott chipped in 12 points and Lindsey Smith added a hard-earned 10 points.
With the postseason looming, Yant said he feels the team is ready for the tournament.
“I thought the starters did a good job staying focused,” Yant said. “We have some things to clean up but for the most part we didn’t have a lot of answers early (in the season) on so that is why you play a 22 game schedule so you can have games like tonight to see where things lay. You put it all together and there some things obviously we can be happy about come tournament.”