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Wildcats advance to regionals

WAPAKONETA, OH – Solid defense and balanced scoring Saturday night led the Minster Wildcats to a second win of the year over Ft. Recovery and into the next round as they defeated the Indians 53-40 at Wapakoneta High School in front of a packed house.

Xavier bound Courtney Prenger and classmate Demaris Wolf led Minster in scoring in the first half as they each pumped across 8 points in the opening two quarters to put their team on top 24-15 at the halftime break.

Five players scored for the Indians in the first two quarters but none were able to really take over the ballgame as sophomore Val Muhlenkamp recorded four of her team high 12 points on the evening in the first stanza.

For the game the Minster full court defense pressured their opponents into 24 turnovers on the evening, many of which that were immediately turned into Wildcat baskets on the opposite end.

Despite having no points and missing all three tosses from a foul on a three point attempt in the first half, Fort Recovery senior Grace Thien had it going for a spurt in the third quarter as she knocked down a pair of deep three pointers and free throws to help pull her team back into the contest. Teammate Carley Stone’s 5 points also helped to stop Minster from pulling away in the period and ran the scoreboard to 36-28 Wildcats after 3.

In the contest the Wildcats connected on 17 of their 28 free throws. The fourth quarter was especially good from the line for the Wildcats as they hit on 12 of their 17 tosses and began to salt the game away with Fort Recovery forced to foul to stop the clock.

Val Muhlenkamp led the way for Fort Recovery in the final eight minutes as she knocked down a pair of free throws and a trio of shots from the field. Muhlenkamp would end the evening with 10 rebounds to go along with her dozen markers.

Courtney Prenger finished the game with a double double as well for the Wildcats with an 18 point, 11 rebound performance and was joined in double figures by Demaris Wolf who accounted for a pair of three pointers and 13 points.

Fort Recovery sees their season come to an end at 19-6 while the Wildcats improve to 22-3 and will travel to Vandalia on Thursday night for a 6:15pm regional semifinals matchup with Tri-Village.

Box Score:

Minster (53):

Ivy Wolf 7
Paige Thobe 6
Taylor Kogge 4
Courtney Prenger 18
Demaris Wolf 13
Janae Hoying 6

FG: 16/46
3PT: 4/16 (D. Wolf 2, I. Wolf, Hoying)
FT: 17/28
REB: 27
TO: 13

Ft. Recovery (40):

Grace Thien 8
Carley Stone 7
Alli Vaughn 2
Kierra Wendel 7
Olivia Patch 2
Val Muhlenkamp 12

FG: 16/39
3PT: 3/13 (Thien 2, Ki. Wendel)
FT: 5/11
REB: 22
TO: 24


Minster uses OT, defeats Fort Recovery

It took an extra 4:00 but the Minster Wildcats got it done Friday night as they used a 14-4 run in OT to down visiting Fort Recovery 64-54.

Minster’s home court has not been that friendly to them this season as they came into the night with a 1-5 record on their own floor. The Wildcats reversed their struggles at home in the first quarter as they used scores from four different players to lead 18-12 at the end of the first quarter. With just moments to go in the stanza however the most controversial call of the game came with just seconds remaining as senior Gabe Goodwin hit what appeared to be (and was ruled) a three pointer to send the teams to their benches with a 19-12 score. During the break between quarters however the officials correctly determined that Goodwin’s foot was in fact across the line and took away the extra point, to the elation of the Indians coaching staff.

Balanced scoring was a key for both teams in the second quarter as Fort Recovery finished the stanza with three players (Kyle Schroer, Darien Sheffer, Caleb Martin) with a pair of buckets, and one in Micaiah Cox who finished with a single score. Minster also had four players score in the quarter but found themselves behind in the stanza 14-12 to see their lead cut to just four at 30-26 heading to the break.

Cox had a big 3rd quarter for Fort Recovery as he finished with a pair of buckets and 3/4 from the free throw line to help the Indians keep pace with the Wildcats and quell an 8 point lead for Minster down to just 4 at 42-38 at the end of the period.

All of Minster’s points in the fourth quarter came from senior Matthew Trushaw as he connected on a pair of layups, a three pointer and 1/2 from the free throw line for his teams 8 quarter points.

Fort Recovery committed no turnovers in the fourth quarter and outscored the Wildcats 12-8 to tie the game at 50 with just seconds left. Trushaw had a chance to win the game from the left wing but was forced to alter his final shot attempt as regulation came to a close and misfired to send the game to overtime.

Free throws are not something that Minster excels at on the season (just 59.9% as a team) but they hit just enough in the extra period to come away with the win as they connected on 6/11 attempts.

Three players finished in double figures for the Wildcats with Trushaw leading the way with 26 points and 15 rebounds. Josh Nixon added 12 points, and Gabe Goodwin tossed in 11 markers before fouling out to help Minster even their season record at 7-7 overall and improve to 2-3 in the MAC. The Wildcats will take on Jackson Center at home tonight in non-conference action.

The Indians were led in scoring by Micaiah Cox who finished 6/10 from the field for his 15 points. Fort Recovery falls to 4-13 overall under 1st year coach Chris Guggenbiller and 1-5 in the MAC, they will take on Mississinawa Valley on Saturday night in a non-league tilt.

Box Score:

Minster (64):

Josh Nixon 12
Jacob Stechschulte 3
Peter Falk 3
Gabe Goodwin 11
Conner Tumbusch 3
Matthew Trushaw 26
JR Nixon 6

FG: 23/55 (41.8%)
3: 3/10 (30.0%)
FT: 12/22 (54.5%)
Reb: 37 (11 offensive)
Ast: 10 (Nixon 5)
Stl: 5 (Stechschulte 2)
TO: 10

Fort Recovery (54):

Derek Backs 3
Chase Bruns 7
Kyle Schroer 9
Darien Sheffer 9
Brandon Schoen 7
Caleb Martin 4
Micaiah Cox 15

FG: 21/52 (40.4%)
3: 4/12 (33.3%)
FT: 8/11 (72.7%)
Reb: 27 (8 offensive)
Ast: 12 (Schoen 6)
Stl: 10 (Schroer 3)
TO: 8

JV: 57-46 Minster