SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP – Ottawa-Glandorf did not get the start that it wanted.
But once the Titans got through the first quarter, they put the foot on the gas pedal and sped away from Shawnee for a 58-42 victory in a key Western Buckeye League girls basketball matchup at Lappin Gymnasium on Thursday night.
After O-G slipped out with a seven-point lead by the end of the first quarter, the Titans then led by as many as 35 points in the second half.
Defensively, O-G’s pressure helped cause 25 Shawnee turnovers, with 24 of those coming in the first three quarters.
“That was kind of what we wanted to do – to make sure we kept them in front of us,” O-G head coach Troy Yant said. “You can see how explosive they are if they get behind you. … They just go and attack the basket. So, I thought we did a good job of keeping them in front of us, and then getting into the passing lanes.”
Chloee Glenn, a 5-9 post player, led Ottawa-Glandorf (16-2, 6-1 WBL) with 13 points. Glenn also had five rebounds, three steals and three assists. Kelsey Erford had 11 points, three steals and three assists. Lily Haselman, Erin Kaufman and freshman Myka Aldrich each had eight points for the Titans. Haselman had two 3-pointers.
“I thought Myka Aldrich did a really nice job tonight – from basically being a JV player,” Yant said. “We’ve been looking for that fifth starter, and she’s been really showing up the last couple games and doing some really nice things. I thought she did a nice job. She was in the right place and made some nice cuts to the basket. So, we’re really happy at the way she played.
“I thought the rest of our four starters gave us some good quality minutes. We’re still trying to find that sixth, seventh, and eighth person. It’s a work in progress.”
Hailee Conrad led Shawnee (9-6, 3-3 WBL) with 11 points and four steals. Emily Skinner came off the bench for the Indians and scored nine points, including two 3-pointers. Zoe Best added eight points and four boards for Shawnee.
After the score was knotted twice in the first quarter, O-G slipped out with a 13-6 lead by the first stop.
Glenn led the Titans with five first-quarter points.
O-G turned the ball over five times in the first eight minutes, while the Indians committed eight miscues.
O-G pushed the tempo in the second quarter.
The Titans opened the second with an 8-0 run to push their lead to 21-6.
By the halftime break, O-G had extended its lead to 19, 32-13.
The Titans shot the ball well, as they made 13 of 25 from the field in the first half for 52 percent shooting.
Shawnee made good on 6 of 20 shots from the floor for 30 percent.
Glenn ended the half with nine points. Erford scored eight points in the first 16 minutes of action, including six markers in the second quarter.
O-G’s defensive pressure helped cause 16 Shawnee turnovers in the first half.
The Titans came out firing in the second half.
By the 2:17 mark, O-G had extended its lead to 35, 49-14. Haselman dialed long distance twice in the Titans’ 17-1 run to start the second half.
O-G led 49-23 at the end of the third stanza.
The Titans were 7 of 8 from the floor in the third, while Shawnee was 3 of 5 from the field. Haselman led the Titans with eight third-quarter markers.
In the final eight minutes, Shawnee chipped away at the deficit and cut it to 16 points by the final buzzer. Skinner scored all of her nine points in the fourth quarter.
For the game, O-G shot 57 percent from the field. Shawnee connected on 42 percent of its field goal attempts.
Both teams came away with 22 rebounds.
“We didn’t have a great two days of practice,” Yant said. “So, this was nice to see. Being later in the season, we needed a game where we could come out and get into the middle quarters and really work with our starters.”
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