COLUMBUS, OH – Saturday afternoon inside the Schottenstein Center the Minster Wildcats finished the Division 4 State Championship game with a 63-48 victory over Ottoville to hoist their third gold trophy.
Janae Hoying put the Wildcats even at 29-29 with a three pointer, a steal, and a basket with 4:46 remaining in the third period. Hoying, the 5’4 freshman who her coach remarked “she’s not a freshman anymore” throughout the weekend was one of two first year players (Ivy Wolf) that Mike Wiss and fans could not stop raving about as the duo combined for 30 markers on the biggest stage of the year.
With 6:49 remaining in the final quarter the Ottoville Big Green lost the services of their two-time first team All-Ohio senior Bridget Landin when she hit the floor hard and was held out of the remaining minutes as a precaution.
Over the course of the same time frame the Wildcats were able to change their strategy on the defensive end into double teams and forced a handful of Ottoville turnovers that resulted directly in made baskets and free throws on the other end of the floor.
Ottoville missed their last 7 shots and ended 1/10 overall and without a point for 4:45 as the game wound down while Minster scored the Ohio State University nets to the tune of a 16-0 run to close out the contest.
A lead that was as large in the game as 10 for Ottoville in the first quarter that helped propel the Big Green to a 14-9 first quarter advantage and 24-20 at the half turned the rest of the way as Minster won the scoring battle in the second half 43-24. In the fourth period the Wildcats outscored Ottoville 24-8.
Earlier in the season the two teams played in a classic contest at Minster that was won by the Wildcats 55-54.
While their season comes to an end at 27-3 the Big Green finish the year tied with the most wins in a single season in Putnam County history. Ottoville was led in the ballgame in scoring by the senior duo of Amber Miller, University of Findlay bound Bridget Landin and junior Kasey Knippen who all ended with 13 points.
Minster and coach Mike Wiss who finish the year at 25-3 and with the schools third state title were led by Xavier bound junior Courtney Prenger with 17 points that included a dominant stretch of the fourth quarter where she scored 8 points in the paint.
Alli Fischer 2
Ivy Wolf 15
Taylor Kogge 10
Courtney Prenger 17
Demaris Wolf 2
Janae Hoying 15
3PT: 2/12 (I. Wolf, J. Hoying)
REB: 25 (11 O/14 D)
CJ Kemper 9
Bridget Landin 13
Amber Miller 13
Kasey Knippen 13
3PT: 3/7 (Kemper, Miller, Knippen)
REB: 22 (8 O/14 D)