Ottoville overpowers rival Fort Jennings to move to 4-0

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Ottoville 57, Fort Jennings 32
Ottoville's girls basketball team knew it would have an edge against rival Fort Jennings on Tuesday. The Big Green is a veteran team that played in the Division IV state
tournament a year ago. The Musketeers lost all five of their starters
to graduation. The result? A 57-32 runaway win by Ottoville.


FORT JENNINGS – Ottoville's girls basketball team knew it would have an edge against rival Fort Jennings on Tuesday.

The Big Green is a veteran team that played in the Division IV state tournament a year ago. The Musketeers lost all five of their starters to graduation. The result? A 57-32 runaway win by Ottoville.

“Our experience made a big difference,” Ottoville head coach Dave Kleman said. “We knew we could take advantage of that, but Fort Jennings will get better. They just need to get more experience, and the only way to get experience is to play games.”

Ottoville opened up a 33-11 lead at halftime and never looked back as it improved to 4-0 on the season.

Senior Gina Beining provided most of the scoring punch for the Big Green, pumping in 16 points, including 12 in the first half.

Senior Brittany Pohlman, a transfer from Delphos St. John's, clicked for 15.

The combo proved to be an effective 1-2 punch against the Musketeers, who dropped to 0-5.

“Gina and Brittany played very well tonight,” Kleman said. “They stepped up and led the way. What will really be nice is when we get our other starting guard back (Krystal Markward).”

To Fort Jennings' credit, the Musketeers continued to play hard, right up until the final buzzer in fact.

Sophomore Katie VonLehmden showed glimpses of her potential, clicking for 9 points in the setback.

She displayed her athleticism by attacking the basket and nailed a 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded at the end of the third quarter to cut Ottoville's lead to 51-19.

Sophomore Leah Kimmet scored 8 points and senior Jessica Ladd added 7 points.

“We played hard, and I'm proud of the girls for not quitting,” Fort Jennings head coach Matt Meyerholtz said. “The girls are working hard and we will improve as the season continues.”

As for Ottoville, it's off to another solid start and Kleman is hoping his team can keep the momentum rolling in its direction.

“I like the way we have played so far,” Kleman said. “We're doing a lot of good things but there is always room for improvement. Overall, it's a good start for us to the year.”

The game did not count in the Putnam County League standings as the two teams will meet again Jan. 27.

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