Four crowned sectional champs

JC, Loramie, Minster, Versailles crowned


Fort Loramie’s Katy Hoying looks to shoot as Botkins’ Sarah Bergman defends at Sidney High School Saturday in girls sectional tournament finals.

Fort Loramie’s Katy Hoying looks to shoot as Botkins’ Sarah Bergman defends at Sidney High School Saturday in girls sectional tournament finals.

Jackson Center’s Christen Ware snatches up a rebound as Houston’s Jess Monnier looks on at Sidney High School Saturday in sectional tournament finals.

Staff report

SIDNEY — The Jackson Center Lady Tigers withstood a strong start by the Houston Lady Wildcats, and came away with a 48-40 victory in the Division 4 Sectional finals Saturday afternoon at Sidney in high school girls tournament play.

The Lady Tigers go to 18-7 on the year and advance to the district championship Saturday at 3 p.m. at Tipp City against the state’s No. 6-ranked team, Tri-Village.

Houston’s season comes to an end at 11-14.

Houston jumped out to an 8-2 lead to open the game, but Jackson was back to within 10-8 at the end of the quarter. Kamryn Elchert then drained a three-pointer to put the Lady Tigers up 11-10, and that started a 10-0 run by the Lady Tigers that put them up 18-10 midway through the final period.

Houston snapped the run on a three-point play by Micalah Hensley, but Pauline Meyer then answered with a three-pointer to make it 21-13. However, the Lady Wildcats scored the final four points of the quarter to make it a four-point game at the half.

It was 28-25 heading to the final period, and Jackson started off well, scoring the first six for a 34-25 lead. But Houston then got a five-point trip down the floor when Stang hit a three-pointer and Hensley got tangled up with a Jackson player away from the ball and was awarded two free throws, which she sunk to cut the lead to 34-30.

But Jackson again had an answer, with Peyton Esser converting a three-point play and Christin Ware scoring inside for a 40-30 lead.

Houston didn’t let up, but Jackson’s Cassie Meyer hit six straight free throws in the final 33 seconds to keep the lead at a safe level.

Jackson had outstanding balance. No one was in double figures, but C. Meyer, Esser and Elchert all had nine and Nicole Fogt eight.

Houston got 11 from Hensley and 10 from Stang.

“We got off to a slow start, and I just told the girls they needed to relax,” said Lady Tiger coach Scott Doseck, whose team has now won five in a row and eight of its last nine. “We have an experienced group, but they were just rushing. Kamryn (Elchert) hit a couple of big threes that really got us going in the second quarter, and we were okay after that.”

Jackson Center (48) — P. Meyer 6, Esser 9, Elchert 9, C. Meyer 9, Fogt 8, Clark 2, Ware 5.

Houston (40) — Hensley 11, Winner 9, Stang 10, S. Monnier 5, New 3, J. Monnier 2.

Score by quarters:



Three-pointers: JC 6 (Elchert 3, P.Meyer 2, Esser); Houston 3 (Stang 2, New).

Records: JC 18-7, Houston 11-14.

JC’s next game: Saturday, district championship at Tipp City, 3 p.m. vs. Tri-Village (21-3).


Loramie 68, Botkins 34

SIDNEY — Top-seeded Fort Loramie coasted to another Sidney Division 4 Sectional championship, Saturday, beating County rival Botkins 68-34.

The Lady Redskins are now 21-4 and will play in the district championship on Saturday at Tipp City High School against Cincinnati Country Day at 1 p.m.

Botkins finished the season 11-14.

The Lady Redskins broke away from an 8-8 tie in the early going to a 13-8 lead after one, then outscored the Lady Trojan 20-4 in the second quarter to settle the verdict.

Jessica Boerger had 11 points, including 10 in the final period, to lead the Lady Redskins. Olivia Quinter aded 10 points.

Botkins got 10 points from Sarah Bergman.

Botkins (34) — Pitts 5, Esser 5, Bergman 10, Lane 8, Woodall 6.

Loramie (68) — Gasson 2, R. Frey 2, Quinter 10, Luebke 6, Stang 1, Brandewie 4, Boerger 22, Hoying 3, H. Frey 6, Holthaus 8, Meyer 4.

Score by quarters:



Three-pointers: Botkins 3 (Pits, Esser, Lane); Loramie 2 (Quinter 2).

Records: FL 21-4, Botkins 11-14.

FL’s next game: Saturday, district chamnpionship at Tipp City, 1 p.m. vs. Cincinnati Country Day.


Division 3

Miami East 53, Anna 46

PITSBURG — Anna made an amazing comeback in the final period, but didn’t have quite enough left to overtake Miami East, leading to an upset in the Division 3 Sectional finals at Franklin-Monroe, 53-46.

The Lady Rockets were the No. 1 seed in the tournament, but see their season end with a final 21-4 mark. Three of those losses came in their last six games, but it looked they were back on track when they won their first two tournament games by a combined 100 points.

But on Saturday, they dug themselves too big of a hole to climb out of, despite a valiant effort.

Anna fell behind 30-17 at the half, and things went from bad to worse in the third quarter, leaving the Lady Rockets trailing 44-28 with just one quarter to play.

But behind Avery Bensman’s two three-pointers, and relentless full-court pressure, Anna came storming back and cut the lead to 47-46 with with just under four minutes remaining in the game. However, from that point on, the Lady Rockets failed to score, and Miami East pulled away to the win, avenging a 54-48 home loss to Anna the day after Christmas.

Macey Huelskamp had 15 to lead the Lady Rockets, and both Bensman and Nicole Barhorst finished with 11.

The Lady Rockets hit just 18 for 58 from the field for 31 percent and were outrebounded 33-19. What almost turned the tide for Anna was forcing East into 21 turnovers while committing just seven of their own.

Miami East now takes an 18-7 record into district play.

Miami East (53) — Haney 16, Thompson 5, Hellyer 8, M. Kinnison 8, Howard 8, Miller 6, A. Kinnison 2.

Anna (46) — Bettinger 4, Bensman 11, Barhorst 11, Huelskamnp 15, Gaydosh 3, Boyd 2.

Score by quarters:



Three-pointers: ME 1 (Thompson); Anna 4 (Bensman 2, Barhorst, Huelskamp).

Records: Anna 21-4, ME 18-7.


Versailles 64, Madison 41

PITSBURG — Third-seeded Versailles advanced to district play with an impressive 64-41 rout of Madison in D-3 Sectional final play Saturday at Franklin-Monroe.

The Lady Tigers, the defending state champions, have now won nine straight games and will play for a district championship Saturday at Springfield High School against Waynesville.

It was a huge second quarter that made the difference Saturday. The Lady Tigers led 15-11 after one, then outscored Madison 26-7 in the second quarter for a 41-18 halftime bulge.

“Second quarter has been a good quarter for us,” Stonebraker said. “We felt like coming in the transition game was going to be big for us today. We were much better off pushing the ball down the floor and not letting them get setup in the zone.”

Kami McEldowney led the Tigers offense with 15 points. Danielle Winner had 13 points — nine in the second half — and pulled down five rebounds. Lauren Monnin had 10 points and seven rebounds.

Versailles was 27 of 59 from the floor for 45 percent and six of 12 from the line for 50 percent.

Middletown Madison was 16 of 33 from the floor for 49 percent and seven of 11 from the floor for 64 percent.

Versailles won the battle of the boards 24-23 and had 16 turnovers to the Mohawks 26.

Versailles (64) — McEldowney 15, Watren 7, Langston 6, Winner 13, Monnin 10, Peters 4, Ording 3, Schmitmeyer 2, Shimp 2-0-4.

Middletown Madison (41) — Runnels 3, Whiteman 6, Canter 5, Bush 19, Dietz 6, Campbell 2.

Three-pointers: Versailles 4 (Langston 2, McEldowney, Ording). Madison 2 (Runnels, Bush).

Score by quarters:



Records: Versailles 19-06, Madison 15-10.

Versailles’ next game: Saturday, district championship at Springfield, 11 a.m. vs. Waynesville (15-7).


Division 4

Minster 51, Ada 45

BATH TOWNSHIP — Number one seed Minster withstood a valiant effort from Ada to grab a sectional championship in girls Division 4 action Saturday night, 51-45.

Minster, 19-4, advances to the Wapakoneta District and plays Upper Scioto Valley Tuesday at 8.

Ada came out and hit all eight of its field goals in the first quarter to grab a 23-19 lead after one period. The Lady Bulldogs connected on all six of their three-point attempts, including a perfect four of four by junior Haley Wyss.

“She was hitting from 23 feet out and if she had an ounce of daylight it was going in,” said Minster coach Nann Stechshulte. “It is now just survive and advance ,and we did that tonight.”

Wyss would connect on her next two treys in the second quarter and the Bulldogs suddenly had a 10 point lead at 33-23 two minutes before halftime. But the Lady Wildcats found an answer that may have turned the game around. Rosie Westerbeck and LeAnn Huelsman connected on back-to-back threes and Minster closed to within 33-29 going to the break.

The Lady Wildcats finally took their first lead of the game when Huelsman sank a trey to give Minster a 37-36 lead at the 4:05 mark of the third quarter. Minster would go on to grab a 41-39 lead after three period thanks to a 12-6 advantage in the third quarter.

Ada battled back to grab the lead at 43-41 before Minster scored six straight points to regain control at 47-43. The last basket came on a steal and layup by Hannah Schmitmeyer.

The Lady Bulldogs got to within 47-45 before Minster made four straight free throws in the final minute to seal the victory.

Westerbeck led Minster with 11 points and Huelsman added 10.

“Allie Borgerding came in and guarded Wyss and was able to turn the game around,” Stechshulte said. “We were just settling for shots and finally got patient and better with our shot selection.”

Ada (45) — Sutton 3, Vore 3, Faine 4, Wildman 10, Wyss 18, Woods 7.

Minster (51) — Roetgerman 7, Hulesman 10, Westerbeck 11, Schmitmeyer 6, Borgerding 8, Prenger 9.

Score by quarters:

Ada `23`33`39`45

Minster `19`29`41`51

Three-pointers: Minster 4 (Huelsman 2, Westerbeck, Borgerding); Ada 9 (Wyss 6, Wildman 2, Sutton).

Records: Minster 19-4; Ada 15-8.

Minster’s next game: Thursday, district semifinals, 8 p.m. (second game) at Wapakoneta vs. Upper Scioto Valley.


Crestview 37, New Bremen 30

LAFAYETTE — New Bremen fell short of a sectional title and finished the season 18-6 after losing to Convoy Crestview 37-30 in another D-4 tournament game Saturday.

The Lady Cardinals fell behind by nine at the half but pulled to within four after three periods. But they could get no closer.

Debbie Paul led New Bremen with 14.

Crestview (37) — Black 2, Zaleski 7, Bauer 13, Motycka 11, Guest 4.

New Bremen (30) — Clune 9, Steineman 2, Paul 14, Brown 2, Homan 2, Bergman 1.

Score by quarters:

Crestview `8`20`26`37

New Bremen `5`11`22`30

Three-pointers: NB 1 (Clune); Crestview 3 (Zaleksi, Bauer, Motycka).

Records: Crestview 17-4; New Bremen 18-6.

Fort Loramie’s Katy Hoying looks to shoot as Botkins’ Sarah Bergman defends at Sidney High School Saturday in girls sectional tournament finals. Loramie’s Katy Hoying looks to shoot as Botkins’ Sarah Bergman defends at Sidney High School Saturday in girls sectional tournament finals.

Jackson Center’s Christen Ware snatches up a rebound as Houston’s Jess Monnier looks on at Sidney High School Saturday in sectional tournament finals. Center’s Christen Ware snatches up a rebound as Houston’s Jess Monnier looks on at Sidney High School Saturday in sectional tournament finals.
JC, Loramie, Minster, Versailles crowned