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Sunday, December 30, 2012Girls Basketball: Siefker, Beining lead Ottoville past L-B
Ottoville coach Dave Kleman calls it a "pick your poison" situation.
Liberty-Benton coach Nate Irwin just knew he felt sick trying to counter it.
Ottoville's twin posts, seniors Abby Siefker and Rachel Beining, gave Irwin that feeling of unrest Saturday as they combined for 30 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Big Green (9-0) past L-B (5-3) 53-32 in a nonconference girls basketball game.
The 6-foot-2 Siefker scored a game-high 19 points and grabbed six boards. When the Eagles focused on her on the blocks, Beining was there to pick up the slack, scoring 11 points and getting a game-high seven rebounds.
"There's a lot of teams where they'd be throwing the ball inside to Beining 30 times a game," Irwin said. "She'd be the No. 1 option for most every team out there."
"There's no doubt," Kleman said. "If you want to stop Abby, then Rachel is right there. Those two, they are double trouble. And, they pass to each other very well.
"Who are you going to stop?"
Beining's play was especially key in the first half. Siefker got in some foul trouble and, while she had 11 first-half points, she only had one rebound. Beining scored nine points in the opening half and had four rebounds.
That post presence paid dividends as the Big Green built an early 6-0 lead, led 12-5 after one quarter and stretched the advantage to 20-6 in the second quarter. Ottoville finished the game 19 of 25 shooting from inside the 3-point line.
"We played really well," Kleman said. "We were kind of sky-high for this one. We've been building, our bench has been getting better and our guards are getting better.
"We lost a lot in the perimeter from last year, and our younger kids are growing into the position."
Irwin called a timeout after Siefker's layup gave Ottoville that 20-6 edge with 5:07 left until halftime. Another one soon followed. They were to little avail.
"They have a senior-laden group, and this was good for us to see where we're at right now," Irwin said. "We're just flat-out not good enough right now to compete with a team like that.
"They have so many weapons. You can only take away so much. Their guards aren't flashy, but they get the job done."
Taylor Mangas and Tonya Kaufman took their opportunity to shine in the third quarter. Tonya Kaufman got to the basket for a layup early in the quarter, and Taylor Mangas crashed the boards for a couple of offensive rebounds. Point guard Rachel Turnwald keyed an offense that turned the ball over only eight times in the game.
The Big Green kept things rolling into the fourth quarter before L-B Rachel Myers heated up and scored five points in a quick flurry. Myers finished with a team-high 14 points.
"Thirty-two points is the most they've given up in a game this season, so at least we got to that," Irwin said with a chuckle. "We told the girls beforehand, we'd have to try and hold them under 32. We didn't quite get there."
Katie Simon had eight points for Liberty-Benton. Lauren Kotey led the Eagles with eight rebounds.
Mangas had six points and Kaufman five for Ottoville.
Turnwald 1-2--4, Mangas 3-0--6, Vorst 0-0--0, Kaufman 2-1--5, Sarke 0-0--0, Eickholt 0-2--2, Von Sossan 0-0--0, Landwehr 2-0--4, Lindeman 1-0--2, Beining 5-1--11, Siefker 8-3--19. TOTALS: 19-28 9-12 53.
Stuck 0-0--0, Trevino 1-1--3, Kotey 0-2--2, Myers 5-2--14, Gray 0-0--0, Devincentis 0-0--0, Weaver 0-0--0, Simon 4-0--8, Lishawa 1-1--3, Reynolds 1-0--2. TOTALS: 12-39 6-19 32.
Ottoville 12 17 12 12 -- 53
Liberty-Benton 5 10 6 11 -- 32
3-Point GOALS: Ottoville 0-3; Liberty-Benton 2-13 (Myers 2).
rebounds: Liberty-Benton 17 (Kotey 4); Ottoville 26 (Beining 7).
turnovers: Ottoville 8, Liberty-Benton 9.
junior varsity: Ottoville, 47-30.
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