BLUFFTON — Ottawa-Glandorf never gave Hicksville a chance to breathe.
The Titans came out pressing and the Aces crumbled under the pressure.
Ottawa-Glandorf cruised home to a 67-39 victory over Hicksville in the Division III girls basketball sectional finals Saturday at Bluffton High School.
O-G (22-1) advances to the district semifinals against the Liberty-Benton (20-3) at 6:15 p.m. Thursday at the Elida Fieldhouse.
The Titans have won 15 in a row.
Hicksville ends its season 10-14.
Kelsey Erford led the Titans with 15 points on a night when 12 players scored. Erford scored 13 by halftime.
“One of the best parts of our team is we’re so excited for everyone (playing tonight), getting everyone involved and having almost everyone score,” Erford said. “Getting everyone in, I think it really helped us.’’
Erin Kaufman added 10 points and five rebounds for O-G.
Chloee Glenn had nine points and eight rebounds. Jasmine Rich scored six points.
Hicksville 6-foot freshman Kenzie Schroeder led the Aces with 18 points and six rebounds.
For O-G, its defense was way too much for the Aces, forcing them into 35 turnovers for the night.
The Titans were in control from the tip.
O-G led 20-0 after the first quarter and 39-12 at the half.
“The girls did a good job of getting out early and getting turnovers,” O-G coach Troy Yant said. “We kind of did what we wanted to.’’
O-G came out in a man press and Hicksville struggled to get the ball past halfcourt.
When the Aces crossed halfcourt, the Titans came with man-to-man pressure.
It added up to 17 Hicksville turnovers in the first quarter.
“We got a lot in transition and didn’t have to run a lot of offense,” Yant said. “When the tempo slowed down, we didn’t play real well, but that’s probably the first game (of the tournament.’’
The Titans continually picked up turnovers and headed to the other end for a basket.
Erford scored six points to lead the Titans in the first quarter.
“We knew if we started off fast, then hopefully by the end, we could get some more people in,” Erford said. “We knew if we played like we’re capable of to start off the game it would make it a lot better game for everyone.’’
After a 20-0 first-quarter lead, O-G nailed three 3-pointers in the second quarter.
Erford, Anna Siefker and Lauren Diller all hit shots from behind the 3-point line.
After Erford’s 3-pointer, the Titans’ bounced their lead to 31-5 with 4:24 left in the second quarter.
And the O-G pressure continued to come at Hicksville in waves.
Hicksville raked up 26 turnovers by halftime.
“Everyone was really nervous being the first game of tournament, but now we can finally breathe and look forward to our next game,” Erford said.
O-G won the boards 31-27.
O-G shot 42 percent from the field and was 7 of 17 on 3-pointers.
Hicksville shot 48 percent from the field and was 2 of 4 on 3-pointers.
“It’s good to get through the first-game jitters and get through it without getting anybody hurt,” Yant said. “Now we’ll get ready for the next one.’’
Liberty-Benton 62, Delphos Jefferson 31
Josie McGue had nine points and Aly Lindeman scored eight for Jefferson (10-14)
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