(updated: 11:05 p.m.) Elmwood girls beat Otsego (01-16-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jordan Cravens/Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 16 January 2014 23:21
Otsego's Morgan Smoyer shoots over Elmwood's Ashley Veryser (14) during their game Thursday night. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
JERRY CITY —Despite making only one field goal in the second quarter, Elmwood’s girls basketball team found a way to win Thursday.
The Royals downed Otsego 49-35 to remain undefeated in the Northern Buckeye Conference.
After leading 16-6 after the first quarter, the Royals slumped mightily in the second eight minutes of play. Elmwood didn’t score again until 1:29 left in the second quarter. That allowed Otsego to close the gap at 16-11.  PHOTO GALLERY
“We didn’t move (in the second quarter). We were just standing,” Elmwood coach Doug Reynolds said. “In the second half, I thought we moved better. Kristen Curtis looked for her shot more. She has to be a threat at all times because the defense collapses on her and that opens somebody else up.”
Curtis led all scorers with 20 points as Elmwood improved to 9-4 and 7-0.
With the win, Elmwood retains a two-game cushion for first place in the NBC. Woodmore and Rossford are tied for second place at 5-2.
Lindsey Donald paced Otsego, 5-7, 3-4, with 14 points.
Otsego cut the lead to three to begin the third quarter at 20-17, but Elmwood retained its lead with precision at the free-throw line. The Royals were 16-of-22 from the free-throw line.
“The girls battled and battled, but we just couldn’t find the bottom of the basket tonight,” Otsego coach Scott Bernthisel said.
Otsego played without one of its starters and a solid scorer in 5-foot-11 sophomore Kim Forshey. She was out due to injury.
“She has a dimension we missed tonight,” Bernthisel said.
Bernthisel hopes to have her back in the line-up soon, but for now said her status is day-to-day.
Despite the second quarter drought, Elmwood never trailed.
“We got off to a nice start. We have played four games in 25 days, so we are getting back into it,” Reynolds said.
“I think we got going, but then became a little complacent,” he said.
Leading by seven at the half at 20-13, baskets by Morgan Smoyer and Madeline Asmus cut the lead to 20-17 with 5:45 remaining in the third quarter. Later in the third quarter, Elmwood notched up its lead again with a 3-pointer by Courtney Emmitt to make it 27-18. That’s as close as Otsego would come for the remainder of the game.
Elmwood also dominated the boards and out-rebounded Otsego 40-28. Samantha Ervin pulled down 15 rebounds for the Royals.
Elmwood also won the junior varsity game 46-42. Jaela Kynard had 21 points for the Royals and teammate Lindsay George had 12. For Otsego, Lauren Gray had 16 points and Lauren Wynn had 10.

Asmus, 2-1—5; Beach, 1-1-0—5; Wenig, 0-0—0; Hesselschwardt, 1-1—3; Donald, 2-2-4—14; Smoyer, 4-0—8; TOTALS: 10-3-6—35
Sears, 2-0—4; Hillard, 2-2—6; Curtis, 1-4-6—20; Veryser, 2-0—4; Swavel, 0-5—5; Harvey, 0-0—0; Emmitt, 0-1-0—3; Ervin, 2-3—7. TOTALS: 9-5-16—49.
OTSEGO    6    7    9    13    —35
ELMWOOD    16    4    13    16    —49
Junior varsity: Elmwood, 46-42.
Last Updated on Friday, 17 January 2014 10:54

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