Columbian improves to 2-0 with win over FHS

PHOTO BY ZACH BAKER Columbian’s Meredith Obringer (22), Fostoria’s Jasmine Groves (33) and Carmen Castro all try for the ball Tuesday in Tiffin.

New Columbian coach Amy Cooper wanted a fast start Tuesday against Fostoria.

She got it.

Hailey Cooper hit a pair of early 3s, Serena Ingalls and Meredith Obringer combined for four field goals, and the Tornadoes led the Redmen 19-3 at the end of the first quarter.

From there, behind 15 points from Hailey Cooper, 12 from Ingalls and a six-point, nine-rebound effort from Brook Boes, the Tornadoes rolled past Fostoria, 58-23.

“We talked for the last couple of days,” Cooper said. “We wanted the girls to not take anybody lightly this season, and to come out and take charge, and they certainly did that in the first quarter.”

The Tornadoes also played a strong game defensively, holding the Redmen to just nine first-half points, and numerous miscues.

“We set a goal before the game started that we wanted to cause 30 turnovers,” coach Cooper said. “I’m not sure how many they had — I feel like it wasn’t quite 30 — but we’re really looking for them to go after the ball. I wanted them to read the passes and get in the passing lanes, and they did a really good job of that.”

Meanwhile, Fostoria coach Craig Mintz struggled to find positives after his team dropped to 0-3.

“We didn’t gain anything,” he said. “You can’t expect to win games scoring 23 points. Just can’t. No defense is that good.”

The Redmen had just one player — Jasmine Groves — score in double figures. She finished with 10 points.

“We knew going into it we were gonna struggle to score, but we just don’t hit shots,” Mintz said. “We got good looks. I mean, our first four possessions were wide-open 3s from the corner, and none of them hit the rim. There’s no x’s and o’s. There’s no drills I can do, there’s nothing more these kids can do than to execute.”

Columbian has won its first two games, each by double digits. Toria Ingalls and Mia Ingalls each had seven points Tuesday, while Obringer added six.

“I think the best way to win games is to play great defense, but then to have a very evenly distributed scoring on our offense, and that’s what we’ve had so far,” Cooper said. “That’s the best way to win games. So far, the girls have bought into that, and that’s what we’re planning on.

“We’re really excited. We’re 2-0, and the kids are gonna keep pushing all the way through the season and see where we can end up.”

Mintz said the Redmen — who have played three games in five days — will keep working.

“We go back to the drawing board,” he said. “The kids don’t give up. That’s one thing I love about this group.”