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01-20-04: Wildcats ride emotional week to victory

Minster stays perfect in MAC by dominating in all facets of game

Standard Correspondent

MINSTER — Last night at the Minster Middle School Gymnasium, the home-standing Minster Lady Wildcats used a unique blend of stifling defense, outstanding rebounding, and a deep bench, to blast the visiting New Knoxville Rangers by a final of 52-25.
The victory pushes their Midwest Athletic Conference record to 4-0 and a fine 9-2 overall mark.
“With the emotional week we have had and not having school today, I was a little concerned on how we would play tonight,” remarked Minster head coach Nann Stechschulte. “I was very pleased with the way we came out aggressive from the start. We got in a little foul trouble early, but our bench came through in a big way, and we came out with a win.”
The Wildcats opened the action with the game’s first six points before New Knoxville’s Whitney Meckstroth hit a free throw to cut the Wildcat lead to 6-1. The home team then went on another 6-0 run to extend its advantage to 12-1 with 3:45 left in the quarter. Senior Robyn Hoying chipped in four of her team’s six points in the midst of that stretch.
New Knoxville picked up five of the next six points to cut their deficit to seven points, but a three-pointer by Minster’s Kristen Shenk gave the home team a 10-point lead, 16-6. The Rangers closed the quarter on a 6-2 run, closing the gap to 18-12 at the conclusion of the first stanza.
“We made a nice little comeback during the first quarter,” said Rangers head coach, Dwain Meckstroth, “But we just played flat for much of the game and couldn’t hit anything from the floor. Against a good team like Minster you can’t make those kinds of mistakes.”
The second quarter was all Orange and Black, as the home team hit six shots from the charity stripe and picked up another three field goals, to extend their lead to 30-16 at the end of the first half.
The Rangers hit a pair of two-pointers in the quarter, and as it turned out, they would be the only short shots they converted all evening. For the half, Hoying led the Wildcats with all of her game-high 12 points, including a perfect six-for-six slate from the free-throw line.
The third stanza began with a three-point goal from New Knoxville’s Kara Katterheinrich. The 5-3 sophomore hit another long ball with 2:32 left in the quarter, but that was all of the scoring for the visitors, as Minster outscored the Rangers 12-6 in the period to extend their advantage to 42-22 at the end of the eight minutes.
Through three quarters of action, the Wildcats were paced by eight different scorers, including strong performances from senior Sunni Olding and juniors Amy Kremer and Lindsay Quinter off the bench.
“I was very pleased with how deep we were able to go on the bench,” said Stechschulte. “The girls did a really good job of keeping their composure and hitting some big shots for us. They didn’t lose their intensity all evening and that’s very big for us.”
The final quarter was once again dominated by the Wildcats. Quinter began the scoring attack with a quick bucket, giving Minster a 22-point lead, 44-22. Kremer and Shenk added another pair of shots over the next couple of minutes to push ahead, 49-22.
Ranger junior Carrie Gabel hit a free throw, cutting the Minster lead to 26 points. However, her point was answered with a lay in by Olding and a free toss from Kremer, giving Minster their biggest lead of the evening, 52-23.
The Rangers closed the game’s scoring with another two points from the free-throw line. For the final 2:30, neither team was able to light up the scoreboard, and Minster secured its perfect record at home with the 52-25 win.
The Wildcats return to action on Thursday at St. Henry to face the Redskins, while New Knoxville (7-5) will play host the same evening to the Versailles Tigers.
The junior varsity contest also went in the favor of the Wildcats, toppling the Rangers by a final of 36-22.


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