COLDWATER — Minster hoped Fort Recovery’s seven-day layoff meant it had the advantage out of the gate in Friday night’s sectional title game.
Instead, the Indians looked like the same well-oiled machine that emerged from the regular season atop the Midwest Athletic Conference standings.
Fort Recovery’s jackrabbit starts to the first and third quarters built up a cushion that carried the state’s third-ranked to a Division IV sectional crown with a 54-35 win over Minster in the opening game at The Palace on Friday.
“With it being their first tournament game us having been on this floor two night ago, we thought we needed to get off to a decent start,” Minster head coach Mike Lee said. “That didn’t happen.”
Fort Recovery scored 30 seconds into Friday night’s Division IV sectional final and never trailed, as the Indians punched their ticket for next week’s district tournament at Elida against Delphos St. John’s.
The Indians (19-2) scored the game’s first 10 points of the game.
“We wanted to get out and run a bit and when we did, that was when we were able to push the lead up,” Fort Recovery head coach Brian Patch said.
Fort Recovery scored the first seven points of the third quarter to extend its lead to 29-14.
Wade Gelhaus scored a game-high 18 points for Fort Recovery.
Jason Pottkotter added 17 points for the Indians.
Devon Poeppelman led the Wildcats with 12 points, but Fort Recovery’s sticky defense forced him to take 18 shots to get there.
The Wildcats shot just 24 percent from the floor on 11-of-45 shooting.