Wildcats shrug off previous
By RANDY BRUNS
MARIA STEIN — The Minster Wildcats did their part Friday
night to try to bring some warmth to Flyer Country.
With temperatures outside hovering near or even below the zero
mark, the Wildcats heated up the Hangar with some sizzling shooting
on their way to a 62-57 Midwest Athletic Conference victory
over the Marion Local Flyers.
The win improves Minster’s season mark to 8-4 and puts
them above .500 in the MAC with a 3-2 ledger. Marion falls to
6-4 overall and 2-3 in the conference.
After struggling mightily from the field and scoring just 29
points in a loss to St. Henry last week, Minster turned things
around nicely in this one by hiting on 18 of their 33 attempts
for a nifty 55 percent display.
What broke the Flyers’ backs, though, was the visitors’
marksmanship from outside the three-point arc, as they connected
on 10-of-19, or 53-percent of their trey tries.
“We had an extremely tough weekend last week and you just
try to get rid of (the memory) as quick as you can,” said
Minster coach Mike Lee. “We challenged our kids this week
because we were going out on the road in league play. This was
a big win for us, and hopefully it gets our confidence level
back up again.”
Minster’s long-ranging bombing provided almost all of
its scoring in a tight first half. Dane Sommer hit five of his
team’s seven three-balls, and the resulting 21 points
from treys helped the visitors to a 26-23 lead at the intermission.
After a nip-and-tuck third period, the Wildcats threatened to
pull away midway through the fourth. Two consecutive bunnies
by Josh Boeke gave the visitors a 10-point lead with three minutes
remaining, but the Flyers quickly put together a rally.
Five straight Marion free throws brought the Minster lead down
to five, and a Curtis Moeller jumper pulled the hosts within
three points with two minutes left in the game.
The comeback came up short, though, thanks to some lights-out
free-throw shooting by Minster. The visitors sank 11-of-12 free
throws down the stretch to keep Marion at bay.
“It’s going to look like we spent a number of hours
at the free-throw line this week because of what we did last
weekend,” said Lee. “The kids’ confidence
might have been shaken a little bit, but it was very evident
that what we did (from the foul line) tonight was much more
impressive than what we’ve done the last two to three
weeks put together.”
For his part, Marion coach Keith Westrick couldn’t understand
how his team continued to give open looks to Minster’s
“The difference in the ballgame was mental lapses where
we wouldn’t cover Sommer,” said Westrick. “The
kids were knowledgeable about what they had to do, but we just
broke down. We knew what they liked to do and we just let them
do it. You’ve got to give Minster credit, but you just
can’t allow a team to do the things it wants to do. In
order for us to become a good team we have got to get smarter
in what we do.”
Sommed led all scorers on the night with 23 points, and Tim
Cordonnier joined his teammate in double digits with 17.
Russell Moeller led the Flyers with 21 points, and Cory Luebke
chipped in with 15.
Both teams return to action tonight with games against teams
from the Shelby County League. Minster hosts Botkins while Marion
will entertain Anna.