Ottoville blows past Kalida 62-38 in girls hoops action

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Pohlman, Markward combine for 41 points to lead the Big Green
Brittany Pohlman and Krystal Markward make a nice one-two punch for Ottoville's girls basketball team.

And the duo delivered another big blow Thursday night in a Putnam County League showdown against Kalida, combining for 41 points in the Big Green's 62-38 win over the Wildcats.



OTTOVILLE – Brittany Pohlman and Krystal Markward make a nice one-two punch for Ottoville's girls basketball team.

And the duo delivered another big blow Thursday night in a Putnam County League showdown against Kalida, combining for 41 points in the Big Green's 62-38 win over the Wildcats.

Pohlman, a senior transfer from Delphos St. John's led the way with 22 points, dropping 10 of those points in the opening quarter as Ottoville (8-1, 2-0 PCL) opened up a 21-4 lead and never looked back.

Markward, a senior as well, finished with 19 and Ottoville head coach Dave Kleman was pleased with the way his dynamic duo performed as the Big Green continued its quest for another conference title.

“They are still learning to play together, but I thought they did a nice job of stepping up tonight,” Kleman said. “They have been big parts of our offense, but the nice thing is that we have other girls who can score as well. We have great depth.”

And that depth was too much for the Wildcats (4-5, 1-2) to handle. Kalida trailed 30-18 at halftime and managed only four field goals in the second half. It turned the ball over 14 times.

“Ottoville is a very good basketball team,” Kalida head coach Karl Lammers said. “They were tough to handle defensively and it was a struggle for us to get going on offense because of it. The girls played hard but you have to be at your best against a team like Ottoville.”

The Big Green's lead soared past 20 at the start of the fourth as Pohlman drained her third 3-pointer of the night to give Ottoville a 47-26 advantage.

“Kalida is a young team and they have better days ahead of them,” Kleman said. “I thought we did a good job defensively against them, especially in the second half. The key is we gave them very few good looks.”

Ottoville was 22-of-41 from the field and got an added boost from Gina Beining, who pumped in 7 points. The Big Green turned the ball over 14 times.

Kalida was paced by Kara Kaufman, who pumped in 11 points. She was particularly effective from beyond the arc, knocking down three treys.

The Wildcats shot just 11-of-43 from the field and turned the ball over 16 times in the setback.

As the new year draws closer and the final stretch of the regular season begins, Kleman is pleased with where his Ottoville team is at this point. However, he knows there is room for improvement for a team that reached the state semifinals last season.

“We have a long way to go in a short period of time,” Kleman said. “We are making progress, and if we continue to do that, we are going to be a very good basketball team when the playoffs start.”

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