Beinging one of keys in Ottoville’s win over Fort Jennings

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Ottoville 63, Fort Jennings 30
Gina Beinging was lauging and joking with teamates during pre-game warm-up drills Thursday. But once the ball was thrown into the air and the game began, the Ottoville standout was all business. Fort Jennings did everything it possibly could defensively against her and still Beinging scored 14 points as the Big Green rolled to a 63-30 Putnam County League victory over their rival at L.W. Heckman Gymnasium.


OTTOVILLE – Gina Beinging was lauging and joking with teamates during pre-game warm-up drills Thursday night.

She looked like any other high school senior, enjoying what are her final days of years that seem to go by all too quickly.

But once the ball is thrown into the air and the game begins, the Ottoville standout is all business.

She certainly was against Fort Jennings, which did everything it possibly could defensively against her and still allowed her to score 14 points as the Big Green rolled to a 63-30 Putnam County League victory over their rival at L.W. Heckman Gymnasium.

The Big Green improved to 13-1 overall and are well on its way to another PCL crown as it sits at 6-0 in conference play.

“I'm used to having teams play me tough,” Beining said. “I just have to work harder to get my shots. But I know if I get doubled up in the post, I can always kick the ball out to one of my teammates.”

And that is what makes the Big Green so dangerous. Beining scored 9 first-half points, five of which came from the foul line, as Ottoville opened up a 29-16 halftime advantage.

But her teammates were ready to step up when necessary.

Like Tricia Honigford, who put the game out of reach with four 3-pointers. She made six in all and each one went through the net with relative ease as she lit up the Musketeers for a game-high 20 points. Her shooting clinic helped put the Big Green up 52-20 heading into the final period.

Britt Pohlman wasn't bad either as she came through with 16 points in the win. Fort Jennings was led by Katie Von Lehmden, who pumped in 8 points. Jessica Ladd scored 7 points.

“It's nice having a strong inside-outside game,” Ottoville head coach Dave Kleman said. “Gina gives us a strong presence under the basket but we have a lot of other weapons on the team, too. That is a big part of our success.”

Beining' success has led her to earn a scholarship to NAIA Georgetown (Ky.) as she will continue her career at the college level.

“It's a relief to get that out of the way. I've been working so hard to get to that point and I'm thankful the coaches have put me in a position to play at the next level.”

Beining said she will spend her offseason building her strength to prepare for life in college hoops. For now, though, her focus is on helping Ottoville get back to state and avenge last year's state semifinal loss.

“We're having a great season and we want to keep getting better,” Beining said. “We have to stay focused and get through the rest of the season before preparing for our tournament run. It was tough losing at state last year and we want to get back there badly and make up for it. Hopefully it wall work out.”

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