LEXINGTON - It took a quarter before the Ottawa-Glandorf girls basketball team was able to take  control of their Division III regional final contest against Western Reserve.

In an effort to neutralize Reserve's height advantage, the Titans started in a defense designed to offset that. After the opening quarter O-G ditched that defense and went back to what they normally do and the game was never the same. Getting into their game, the Titans used a big second quarter to run past the Lady Riders 62-40 at Lexington High School.

With the win, O-G (25-2) advance to their fourth straight state appearance this Thursday at 8 p.m. against Columbus Africentric.

With the Lady Riders starting a pair of 6-1 girls in the middle, the Titans went with a defense to try and slow them down. It didn't work early as Cora Wyers and Brooke Ommert combined for 10 first quarter points. Those points helped the Riders to a 10-6 lead before O-G changed the complexion of the game with an 8-2 run for a 14-12 lead after eight minutes.

Four of the Titans points came after they grabbed offensive rebounds. That run continued into the second quarter as O-G built a 28-14 lead with a 20-2 run. And with their old defense taking control O-G held the Riders to four points in the second quarter for a 30-16 halftime lead. The Riders hit only 1-of-12 field goal attempts in the second quarter.

"I think it really started in the first quarter, O-G coach Troy Yant said."We were mixing things up in the first quarter between man and zone and it really didn't work for us. We just scrapped it and went straight man, put a little pressure on them and we knew our assignments by then. I thought the girls really played well. Once we got out of trying to play junk, we were doing something because they were big, but once we got back to doing what we do it broke the game open."

In that second quarter run, Brianna Schimmoeller and Carri Johnson hit three-pointers, but more importantly O-G started to force turnovers that allowed them to get into some transition. Erin Kaufman scored off a Hempfling feed after a turnover and Hempfling came up with a steal and drove in for two points and a 21-14 Titan lead that led to a Rider timeout.

Ottawa-Glandorf continued to dominate in the third quarter as a 7-2 run pushed their lead to 19 at 40-21. Paige Sutter started it with a putback before Hempfling scored off one of her 10 steals in the game. After two free throws by Wyers for Reserve, Johnson's second three-pointer of the game gave the Titans a 19 point lead.

Western Reserve was able to pull back within 42-28 after an Andrea Robson three and a Emma Blankenship basket. O-G closed the third quarter with a 6-0 run, then started the fourth quarter by scoring seven straight points for a 55-28 lead. With the Titans in complete control they were able to get everyone a chance to play in the regional final game.

Hempfling had another solid day for the Titans with a team leading 17 points, six rebound, four assists and 10 steals. Kaufman added 14 points and Sutter had 10 points and four rebounds.

Wyers had 13 points to lead the Lady Riders, while Robson and Ommert both had eight points.