BY JOE DRAY

DHI Media Correspondent

sports@timesbulletin.com

OTTOVILLE — The Ottoville Lady Green looked to hold on to their unblemished record Tuesday night as they hosted the Bath Wildkittens. Ottoville ran away with the contest and came out victorious, 47-31.

Ottoville head coach Dave Kleman had a list of things to improve upon before their game against Bath, and his ladies did not disappoint. The Lady Green won nearly every statistical category including the one that mattered most, the score.

“We had a couple film sessions that were brutal. We were not boxing out, going for the boards or getting rebounds. Defense was another point of emphasis, and I thought we executed well,” Kleman said.

Ottoville put Coach Kleman’s plan to action from the opening tip. Abi Hilvers kicked things off with a three from the top of the arc and gave the Lady Green an early advantage. She sank her second triple less then a minute later to extend their lead. Amber Miller followed up by going a perfect 2-for-2 from the line and put Ottoville on top 8-2.

Bath fired back with a three from the wing by Tori Dackin, then Lindsay Singhaus hit a jumper to bring the Wildkittens to within one, but it was all Ottoville to finish out the quarter. With a minute to go, Bridget Landin sank a jump shot to make it 16-9, Green. Landin capped off the quarter with a nice feed under the basket to C.J. Kemper for the hoop. It was 18-9, Ottoville, at the end of one.

After a face-paced opening quarter, things began to slow down in the second. There was little in the way of offensive production for either team, and the game only saw 11 points scored in the period. Bath opened up with back-to-back scores and cut into the Ottoville lead, but Findlay-commit Bridget Landin nailed a three from the top of the arc to silence any whispers of a comeback. Landin finished with a team-high 13 points.

“We did a better job of getting Bridget (Landin) the ball in the right position,” Kelman said. “That was part of our checklist, and we accomplished those things tonight.”

The game was scoreless for the next 2:10 before Haley Hoersten found paydirt under the basket. The Wildkittens went on to score two from the charity stripe to end the half, but still found themselves behind the eight ball, down 23-15.

The Ottoville defense began to wear on Bath in the second half. The Wildkittens could only conjure three points in the third quarter despite the lack of full court press and traps the Big Green are known for. Kaleigh Ketcham was responsible for the only Bath field goal in the quarter as Ottoville continued to pour it on. Landin rounded out the quarter with a 2-pointer under the basket and gave her team a 32-18 lead entering the final period.

It was more of the same as the Lady Green began to run away with the contest. They went on an 12-2 run to open the fourth before giving their starters a rest. Kasey Knippen had 4 points while on the run and helped put the nail in the coffin for Bath. Abbie Dackin hit a three as time ticked away, but it did little to console the Wildkittens as they fell in defeat, 47-31.

Ottoville remains undefeated at 13-0 while Bath slips to 9-3.

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BATH (31)

Abbie Dackin 2-5 0-0 5, Kennedy Fagan 0-1 0-0 0, Jaidyn Hale 2-16 3-6 8, Lindsay Singhaus 3-6 0-0 6, Tori Dackin 2-2 0-0 5, Chandler Clark 0-6 0-0 0, Ruby Bolon 1-3 3-3 5, Keleigh Ketcham 1-6 0-0 2, Elysabette Andrews 0-1 0-0 0, Total 11-46 6-9 31

OTTOVILLE (47)

Cassandra Kemper 4-10 1-2 9, Brynlee Hanneman 0-3 1-2 1, Bridget Landin 5-11 2-2 13, Haley Hoersten 3-6 0-0 7, Quinley Schlagbaum 0-2 1-2 1, Amber Miller 1-3 2-2 4, Kasey Knippen 3-7 0-0 6, Abi Hilvers 2-4 0-0 6, Nicole Knippen 0-1 0-0 0, Total 18-47 7-10 47

Rebounds: Bath 26, Ottoville 23

Score by Quarter

Bath 9 6 3 13 -31

Ottoville 18 5 9 15 -47

(JV)

Bath 9 8 2 5 -24

Ottoville 4 8 10 10 -32