COLUMBUS — No. 6 Ottoville (25-3) defeated Shadyside (24-5) 50-43 in the second OHSAA Division IV girls basketball state semifinal Friday at the Jerome Schottenstein Center.
After a deadlocked first quarter that ended in an 11-all tie, Ottoville’s First-Team All-Ohioan, senior Kasey Knippen, stole the ball and finished with a layup on back-to-back possessions, giving the Lady Green a lead that they would hold for the remainder of the game.
Knippen, one of two returning starters from the 2018 runner-up Ottoville squad, was the game’s high scorer with 20 points while also adding seven rebounds, four steals, and three blocks.
Shadyside sophomore Baylee Wach, a Third-Team All-Ohio honoree, led the Tigers with 17 points, including an OHSAA Division IV semifinal game record five three-point field goals. This was the Tigers fourth appearance in the state tournament.
For the second-consecutive year, Ottoville will face Minster in the state championship game. Last year, Minster defeated Ottoville 63-48. The Division IV title game is set for 5:15 p.m. Saturday at the Schottenstein Center.
No. 2 Minster 65,
No. 9 Willoughby Cornerstone Christian 31
COLUMBUS – No. 2 Minster (27-1) defeated No. 9 Willoughby Cornerstone Christian (23-5) 65-31 to advance to its second-straight Division IV state final Thursday at the Jerome Schottenstein Center in Columbus.
Minster took control of the game early with a 18-6 lead by the end of the first quarter and never relinquished it as the lead grew over each of the next three quarters.
Division IV Second Team All-Ohio senior Courtney Prenger was the high scorer for the Wildcats with 18 points and nine rebounds. Division IV First Team All-Ohio sophomore Ivy Wolf aided Prenger with 12 points of her own.
Division IV Honorable Mention junior Kailey Tyna led the way for Cornerstone with 13 points and five rebounds.