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01-27-04: Courtside: Flyers, Wildcats battle for top spot in MAC

It took a few weeks to get to this point, but the Midwest Athletic Conference will finally be down to one league unbeaten after Thursday evening.
Minster plays host to Marion Local at Wildcat Gymnasium on Thursday night to see who takes full control of the top of the MAC standings.
Over the past few seasons, the Wildcats (10-2, 5-0 MAC) and Flyers (12-2, 6-0 MAC) have engaged in some big battles. The Flyers swept the two games last season, but the second game was one of the most intense battles in the history of the rivalry. The Flyers took a 24-22 win at the sectional where both teams combined for just 14 field goals in 57 attempts. The Flyers used that game to springboard the team to a Division IV state basketball title.
Both teams have continued their winning ways this season. Marion is coming off an overtime win against always-tough Elida on Saturday and the Wildcats held off Ottoville in Minster.
Looking at the teams, both look to be evenly matched in many categories. Both have an inside game that tends to dominate and that is matched by strong guard play. Both teams pride themselves in a relatively deep bench that provides scoring.
Marquee Matchup: Jenna Barhorst vs. Robyn Hoying.
While both teams boast strong guard play, the battle in the middle will likely play a key part in the outcome of the game.
Hoying the past several seasons has been Nann Stechschulte’s silent assassin. With the Wildcats boasting so many threats to score, Hoying has been able to get her 13.2 points and 6.6 rebounds without a lot of fanfare. The thing that makes Hoying so potent is accuracy. Going into last week, Hoying attempted just 66 field goals, making 44 (66.7 percent).
Barhorst has become, in her first full season of varsity after dressing for the tournament last season, a perfect successor to Margo Moeller, who controlled the middle last season for the champion Flyers.
The sophomore is back over the double-digit line after a 19-point game at Elida. Barhorst is also very accurate in her shooting, hitting 50.5 percent of her shots. Her 5.1 rpg. leads a team that has three players averaging at least 4.8 boards per game.

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Jack Clouse hopes his team learned something from the first meeting with the Titans.
The Bulldogs and Titans met (Continued from page 1B)
in the finals of the OVISCO Classic in the first weekend of the season and the Titans held off the Bulldogs, 53-50.
Celina has rebounded to hold a 9-6 record but has been eliminated from the WBL race with a 2-3 mark. The rest of the slate is huge for Celina considering its sectional is at Wapakoneta and features all of the WBL teams except for Defiance and Wapakoneta.
The Titans have played well despite losing reigning WBL Co-Player of the Year Stacey Verhoff to a season-ending knee injury, losing just twice and only once in the WBL.
Marquee Matchup: Shelly Bellman vs. Kelli Williams.
Bellman had to take over the main scoring chores for the Titans since Verhoff’s injury. The 5-10 junior swing-player has worked out well, averaging 12.6 ppg. this season, still below the 18.7 ppg. that Verhoff averaged in her six games. Still, Bellman has been a shining light on a good season.
Williams will likely get the matchup with Bellman. The 5-10 senior has been racheting up her game this season, averaging 14.7 ppg. this season. Williams was the only strong performer against Bath last week, scoring 13 and pulling down 10 boards.

New Bremen at Fort Recovery
Both the Cardinals and the Indians have been coming on strong of late. The Cardinals, especially have been hitting a hot streak after starting the season defensively sound but offensively lacking.
The Cardinals have taken care of that in getting three straight wins, including a three-point win over an always-tough Jackson Center team.
The Indians are 9-6 after winning at St. John’s last week, putting the team closer to snapping just a one-year slide under .500.
Marquee Matchup: Jenny Homan vs. Joscie Kaup.
Homan has finally broke into the double-digit department after getting a boost in her scoring the past several games. The senior had 15 points in the win over Jackson Center and continues to be a sharpshooter from the three-point line, hitting 41 percent of her shots.
Kaup has had many breakout games this season and that continued against St. John’s as the senior scored 27 points. Kaup’s leadership skills have been a big thing for Jeff Roessner’s team, which plays several freshmen in the rotation.
St. Marys at Kenton
The Roughriders continue to dominate while waiting for a chance to get back to the top level of the WBL. The Roughriders still have a chance to get a share when they play Bath towards the end of the season.
Kenton has been unable to get out of its rut at the bottom of the WBL standings. Only Shawnee (0-6) has a worse WBL record.
Marquee Matchup: Krissy Haines vs. Haley Blevins.
This could be a game where Haines makes a big run at points. Haines has been leading the Grand Lake Area in scoring all season and a big game against Kenton could solidify her top spot for the rest of the season.
Blevins has been the go-to player for the Wildcats for a good portion of the season. In her last four games, The 5-7 guard hit double figures three times and had seven in the fourth, making for a 12.0 ppg. average. Her biggest game of the stretch came against Bucyrus Wynford, where she scored 17.
St. Henry at New Knoxville
St. Henry matches up with a New Knoxville team that comes off a big win over Versailles to maintain a winning record in the MAC.
The Rangers have turned to a scorer by committee system of getting points lately. Last Thursday, four players combined for 36 of the 48 points with two players scoring 12 and two more adding six.
Marquee Matchup: Brenda Hemmelgarn vs. Kara Katterheinrich.
For either team to be sucessful, the two scoring leaders for their respective teams must be on with their shooting touch.
Hemmelgarn continues to be a fine entry in coach Charles Maier’s lineup. The sophomore leads the team with 11.0 ppg.
The 5-3 Katterheinrich has made 27 three-pointers this season for the Rangers, averaging 11.3 ppg.
St. John’s at Coldwater
The Cavaliers got a much needed win over Lima Central Catholic on Saturday thanks to the clutch free-throw shooting of Brittany Firks. The win keeps Coldwater from tying the record for least wins in a season. That occured in 1975-76 when the Cavaliers made their varsity debut, going 2-6. The Cavaliers picked up 18 points from Amanda Harting in the win.
The Blue Jays lost last week to surging Fort Recovery. At 7-6, St. John’s still has a tough stretch of games with Bath being on the slate for Saturday and games with Minster, Ottoville and New Knoxville upcoming on the schedule.
Marquee Matchup: Andrea Morrow vs. Katie Homan.
Morrow continues to impress other teams with her play. The 6-1 sophomore leads the team in scoring with 9.7 ppg.
Homan’s presence inside plays much bigger than her 5-10 frame shows. Homan can hold her own with most of the bigger centers in the league. Her 6.4 ppg. is second best on the team and her 6.0 rpg. is best on the team and puts her among the top boarders in the MAC. Homan added to her stats with a 10-point, 13-rebound performance in the win over LCC.
Parkway at Versailles
Two teams suffering through a tough year should make for a very competitive game in Darke County on Thursday. Both teams have been compeititve this season but haven’t been able to dent the win column as often as either team would like.
After leading by 11 at the half against New Bremen last week, Parkway suffered a cold spell and suffered a tough loss to the Cardinals.
The same thing happened to Versailles, which was outscored 21-8 in the fourth quarter in losing by 13 last week.
Marquee Matchup: Janelle White vs. Emily Snyder.
White is the main presence in the middle for Jackie Stonebreaker’s team. The 5-11 White averages 5.0 rpg. and 6.8 ppg. for the Tigers, scoring nine in the loss to New Knoxville last week.
Snyder’s play this season has made teams respect the inside game of the Panthers. Her 10.2 ppg. and 8.0 rpg. this season is tops on the team.


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