MINSTER — The Minster Lady Wildcats used a huge second quarter to build up a big lead, then held on down the stretch to defeat Fort Recovery 48-42 and clinch an outright Midwest Athletic Conference basketball championship in the regular-season finale Thursday night at Minster.
The win gave the Lady Wildcats a final league record of 9-0 and has them at 20-2 heading into tournament play. They will be in action Feb. 25 against the Ada-Hardin Northern winner at Lima Bath.
Going into Thursday’s game, Minster had already clinched a share of the MAC title, but Versailles was just one game back. So a win by Recovery would have resulted in a tie for the title.
Minster trailed early, falling behind 16-10 when Recovery scored the first basket of the second quarter. But from there, the Lady Wildcats used pressure to force the Lady Indians into numerous turnovers, and it resulted in a 23-3 run to end the half and give Minster a 33-19 bulge.
When the Lady Wildcats scored the first three points of the third quarter, the lead ballooned to 17 at 36-19. But just as Minster had done in the second quarter, Recovery did in the third, forcing the Lady Wildcats to turn the ball over, and getting back in the game in the process.
Recovery outscored Minster 9-2 from that point to the end of the quarter to cut the lead down to 10 at 38-28, then pulled within seven at 41-34.
Alli Fischer drained her only three of the game at that point for a huge bucket, but Recovery battled back within five before running out of time.
Minster had no one in double figures, but Taylor Kogge and Courtney Prenger had nine each and Hayley Baumer eight.
Fort Recovery (42) — Thien 22, Kahlig 4, Will 9, Kaiser 5, Stone 2.
Minster (48) — Baumer 8, Westerbeck 7, Borgerding 5, Prenger 9, Fischer 7, Thien 3, Kogge 9.
Score by quarters:
Three-pointers: FR 7 (Thien 6, Kaiser); Minster 6 (Baumer 2, Westerbeck, Borgerding, Fischer, Thien).
Records: Minster 20-2, FR 16-3.
Final MAC standings
New Knoxville 37, Marion 31
NEW KNOXVILLE — New Knoxville ended the regular season on a high note Thursday, upsetting Marion Local in MAC action at Knoxville, 37-31.
The Lady Rangers end up 3-6 in the MAC and are 9-13 overall going into district tournament play Wednesday at Allen East against Lincolnview.
Marion Local finishes 4-5 in the league and 12-10 in the regular season and plays Spencerville in Division 4 District play on Wednesday, also at Allen East.
Thursday’s game came down to the final period, and Knoxville outscored the Lady Flyers 14-9 to take home the win.
Kenzie Schroer had 17 to lead Knoxville and Tayler Doty added 11.
Macey Griesdorn led the Lady Flyers with 14.
Marion Local (31) — Rethman 8, Evers 5, Griesdorn 14, Fesenmyer 4.
New Knoxville (37) — Doty 11, Schroer 17, Scott 3, Jurosic 6.
Score by quarters:
Three-pointers: ML 2 (Griesdorn 2); NK 4 (Schroer 2, Doty, Scott).
Records: NK 9-13, ML 12-10.
New Bremen 44, DSJ 38
DELPHOS — New Bremen also ended the season on a positive note, going on the road and beating Delphos St. John’s 44-38 in league play to finish the regular season with a .500 mark.
The Lady Cardinals end up 3-6 in the league and 11-11 overall and return to action on Wednesday in district play at Lima Bath against Waynesfield.
Bremen jumped to an 11-6 lead after a quarter but was down two at the half and tied after three.
In the final period, however, the Lady Cardinals put up 19 points, 10 of them coming at the free throw line.
Jane Homan, who had three points going to the fourth quarter, added nine more to finish with 12, and she hit all four of her attempts at the line in the final period.
New Bremen (44) — Puthoff 3, Tenkman 9, Thieman 4, Arling 1, Naylor 7, Bergman 8, Homan 12.
DSJ (38) — Becant 8, Zuber 8, Schulte 12, Vorst 3, Geise 7.
Score by quarters:
Three-pointers: NB 2 (Naylor, Tenkman); DSJ 5 (Becant 2, Schulte 2, Geise).
Records: NB 11-11, DSJ 10-12.