ELIDA — Ottawa-Glandorf kept making runs at Liberty-Benton during their Division III district championship game at the Elida Fieldhouse Saturday afternoon.
Every time the Titans were within striking distance the Eagles would hit a big shot to stem the tide. After the Eagles answered a third quarter challenge by the Titans, Liberty-Benton used an 8-0 run to get their lead back to double digits and they never looked back in handing O-G a 72-58 setback.
The win sends the Eagles (23-2) to the Division III regional semi-finals Tuesday evening at Ohio Northern University. The Titans saw a successful season end at 22-3.
Ottawa-Glandorf got off to a slow start falling behind 13-1 four minutes into the game. Once the Titans got the offense rolling they found themselves down 21-15 after one quarter and 36-32 at halftime as they outscored the Eagles 17-15 in the second quarter.
Liberty-Benton tried to pull away from O-G during the third quarter as they led by seven points twice before O-G came with four points on a three point play by Elissa Ellerbrock and later on a driving layup by Kristen Miller that had the score at 50-46. The Eagles' Carrie Reynolds finished the third quarter scoring with five points, her final points on a three-pointer after an O-G turnover as they were trying to run out the third quarter clock.
Bowling Green State University signee Rachel Myers started the fourth quarter with a three-pointer that had the Eagles up 12 points. Danielle Ellerbrock answered back for the Titans before Liberty-Benton scored the next four points for a 62-58 lead. The Titans made another run coming with seven points at 64-57 with 1:50 left. That would be as close as they would get as Liberty-Benton finished the game with an 8-1 run for the final score.
Myers led the Eagles with 34 points and four assists, while Reynolds had 14 points and four assists. Nicolette Devincentis added 14 points and Jensen Hiegel pulled down eight rebounds.
Kristen Miller led the Titans with 25 points, four assists and two steals. Anna Bellman had nine points and seven rebounds, while Elissa Ellerbrock had eight points and eight rebounds. Dani Ellerbrock had eight points for O-G.