COLUMBUS — When Berlin Hiland’s Kennedy Schlabach let her desperation
3-pointer go, she felt it was going to go long. When the ball swished
through the net, it was Ottoville that was left longing for answers.
a 5-6 junior, knocked down a long 3-pointer at the buzzer Thursday
night to defeat the Big Green 44-41 in the second of two Division IV
state semi-finals at Value City Arena.
Hiland advances to the
Division IV state championship game Saturday, at 2 p.m., against
Waterford (25-3).Waterford defeated Jackson Center 37-35 in the first
game, also with a buzzer beater.
Ottoville finishes the season at 24-4.
Bridget Landin helped rally the Big Green from a 2-point deficit with
7.8 seconds left by hitting two free throws around a Hawk timeout.
Landin tied the game, the Hawks got the ball into the hands of Morgan
McMillen, who brought the ball up court and fed a pass over to Schlabach
on the right wing. With time running out, Schlabach let loose with a
long 3-pointer that hit nothing but the bottom of the net with the
“I knew there wasn’t a lot of time left,”
Schlabach said. “I honestly thought Morgan was going to shoot the ball.
Once I got it, I just let it fly. I had no choice. When I let it go I
really thought it going long.”
“You can draw the plays up, but the
kids have to make shots,” Hiland coach Dave Schlabach said. “We set the
play up in the timeout to get her the ball after the made free throw. I
didn’t want to call a timeout then to get them in a scramble mode and
she (Morgan) set up her buddy and Ken (Kennedy) knocked it down. Half
dad, half coach, it was awesome.”
The shot completed a fourth
quarter comeback by Berlin Hiland that saw them trailing 32-27 after 24
minutes of action. Actually Hiland trailed 32-22 late in the third
quarter before a 3-pointer by McMillen and an Angela Troyer basket made
it a 5-point game going to the final quarter.
The Hawks tied the
game two minutes into the fourth quarter on five straight points by
Kennedy Schlabach. Hiland took their first lead of the game at 36-34 on a
Troyer basket and were up by as many as three points at 39-36. Forced
to foul, the Hawks helped out Ottoville by missing the front end of
three one-and-ones in the fourth quarter.
Landin pulled the Big
Green into a 39-39 tie by hitting 3 of 4 free throws as she was fouled
driving to the basket. After Troyer drove into the lane and hit a shot
with 35 seconds left, Landin was again fouled on a drive to the basket
with 7.8 seconds left.
“It was tough. It was exciting. I knew I
had to make them to help us stay in the game,” Landin said. Landin
missed her first free throw in the final quarter, then drained five
straight pressure packed free throws. She was 7-of-8 at the line in the
Her final free throw of the night set up the final play.
was a great shot by Kennedy at the end,” Ottoville coach Dave Kleman
said. “There were two really good teams battling it out, who ever had
the ball last was going to win. They pushed it, drove it and kicked it
out to Kennedy and it was a deep three. We were supposed to have someone
in her face and we didn’t and she took advantage of it. That was a big
Twice in the game the Big Green had chances to grab a little bigger lead than what they had, but they were unable to do.
having a 10-point lead in the third quarter, the Big Green were up
seven points in the second quarter at 21-14. Ottoville had chances to
extend that lead, but were unable to do so, missing some close range
shots and turning the ball over. They did have one basket waved off on
an offensive foul during that time period. Berlin Hiland hit four free
throws in the final 1:50 of the half to close within three at halftime.
just didn’t score enough points tonight,” Kleman said. “We just didn’t
execute enough. Stat wise, the one that jumps out at me is turnovers. We
normally don’t have that many (22) turnovers. They had 13 and we had
22. You can’t give up that many possessions against a team like that and
expect to overcome it.”
Angela Troyer led three Hawk players in double digits with 18 points, while Schlabach had 15 and McMillen 11.
finished with a double-double for the Big Green with 15 points and 10
rebounds. CJ Kemper was next with seven points. Kasey Knippen pulled
down six rebounds in the game.
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Berlin Hiland 14-38
11-16 44: Tiffany Weaver 0-0-0; Kennedy Schlabach 5-2-15; Morgan
McMillen 3-3-11; Jessica Troyer 0-0-0; Angela Troyer 6-6-18; Sara Keim
0-0-0; Isabelle Fowler 0-0-0; Melissa Hostetler 0-0-0.
15-33 8-11 41: CJ Kemper 3-1-7; Bridget Landin 4-7-15; Brooke Mangas
1-0-2; Alicia Honigford 1-0-3; Alexis Thorbahn 1-0-2; Madison Knodell
1-0-3; Amber Miller 3-0-6; Kasey Knippen 1-0-3.
Berlin Hiland 7 11 9 17 - 44
Ottoville 10 11 11 9 - 41
Three-point goals: Berlin Hiland 5-17 (Schlabach 3, McMillen 2); Ottoville 3-10 (Honigford 1, Knodell 1, Knippen 1).
Rebounds: Berlin Hiland 19 (McMillen 4); Ottoville 27 (B. Landin 10, Knippen 6).
Turnovers: Berlin Hiland 13, Ottoville 22.