DEFIANCE — And now the rematch. But first there was the mismatch.
Ottawa-Glandorf rolled to a 49-21 win over Delta in a Division III girls basketball regional semifinal at Defiance High School on Wednesday night.
That set up a rematch of last year’s regional championship game between O-G and Columbus Africentic on Saturday at Lexington High School in this year’s regional title game. Africentric defeated Willard 54-50 in overtime in Wednesday night’s other regional semifinal.
Ottawa-Glandorf (24-2) took control of its second meeting with Delta (17-7) this season late in the first quarter and never looked back.
Kelsey Erford scored 17 points, 14 of them in the first half, and the Titans’ defense made Delta’s offense a non-factor in the game.
Delta shot 20 percent on field goals in the game (5 of 25) and turned the ball over 18 times.
From the time Chloee Glenn gave O-G a 9-6 lead on an offensive rebound bucket and a free throw with 1:54 remaining in the first quarter until Delta got a basket from Braelyn Wymer with two minutes left in the game, the Titans’ defense allowed one field goal in a 24-minute span.
Ottawa-Glandorf coach Troy Yant said. “What did they get, maybe five of their first seven points on free throws? Once we kind of cleaned that up and stopped fouling them we did a pretty good job. In the second and third quarters I thought we really clamped down on defense and did a pretty good job.
“I thought Myka Aldrich, Lily Haselman and Anna Siefker did a really good job on their shooters, face guarding them and taking them out. That was a team that has three girls who score in double figures and I thought our girls did a real good job.”
Siefker said, “I think that our coaches prepared us really well. We knew who all their shooters were, we knew pretty much what they were going to do. We just had a really good idea of what they were going to do so we were able to shut them down. “I think our defense and our aggressiveness really paid off.”
Ottawa-Glandorf defeated Delta 51-37 earlier this season. “We had a great scouting report that the coaches had put together. We just knew everybody had to be locked in and focused from the beginning,” Erford said.
She said there are similarities between this year’s match-up against Africentric and last season when O-G lost 39-35 in a closely contested regional championship game.
“I think it’s similar to last year where obviously, we might not be the most athletic team or they might have us beat in certain aspects but I think something we have them beat in is heart and teamwork. The way we think of it is, ‘Why can’t it be us?’ There is nothing to lose in this game. We just have to give our all.”
Reach Jim Naveau at 567-242-0414.