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MINSTER — Minster dominated the second quarter in a 62-44 victory over Versailles in a Midwest Athletic Conference match-up on Thursday night.
“I think it was a team effort,” said Minster head coach Nann Stechschulte. “We tried to take away their strengths.”
Tara Clune led the Wildcats, who had 10 different players score, with 18 points.
Minster opened the second quarter on a 9-0 run, thanks to two baskets by Tara Clune, one basket by Samantha Hoelscher and a three-pointer by Kayla Richard. Minster led 27-19 with 5:07 left in the first half.
Minster scored six straight points to end the quarter. The run came in the form of baskets by Bridget Geiger, Samantha Hoelscher and Richard.
After outscoring Versailles 15-2 during the second quarter, Minster led 33-21 at halftime.
“Obviously, it was an interesting first quarter. It looked like a shoot-out, which I find interesting how we can let them score 19 points the first quarter and then only 2 the second,” said Stechschulte. “So, truthfully, (we) probably won the game in the second quarter.”
The Wildcats went on a 12-0 run in the fourth quarter, courtesy of a basket and corresponding free throw by Clune, baskets by Richard and Natalie Fausey, three foul shots by Heather Schmiesing and two foul shots by Taylor Arnold. Minster led 62-39 with 1:10 remaining in the game.
“I think we kind of settled in and were a little more patient offensively. Defensively, we did what we had to do,” Stechschulte said of her team’s play during the final three quarters of the game.
Stechschulte was also happy that 10 different girls were able to score for Minster. She was especially happy with the play of Clune, who scored a game-high 18 points.
“Tara had a great game. I thought she did a great job of catching the ball in a crowd,” said Stechschulte. “If it was too crowded she kicked it back out and if it wasn’t she went to the basket with it.”
Wuebker and Richard each added 7 points for Minster, while Albers and Hoelscher each scored 6.
Warvel and Pothast each scored 9 points for the Tigers.
Minster will host New Knoxville next Thursday.
“We need a weekend off...I hope they enjoy it too, because they earned it,” Stechschulte said.