GIRLS BASKETBALL: Minster's defense frustrates Kalida, Cats win fourth straight


KALIDA — The Minster girls basketball team sat in a 2-3 zone and dared Kalida to shoot the ball from the outside on Monday night.

When Kalida ventured to try to crack open the defense, there was a defensive force in the middle to turn the Putnam County Wildcats back.

Minster center Tara Clune swatted away a half dozen shots and scored a game-high 13 points as the Wildcats had a big second half that lifted them to a 41-26 non-conference win.

Minster (6-2) won its fourth straight game by holding a an opponent to 36 or fewer points for the sixth time this season.

“Tara in the middle of that zone defense, if someone tries to penetrate in there she’s there,” Minster head coach Nann Stecschulte said. “She has a tendency to alter shots. She did a nice job of being patient and getting on top of the ball. She had 13 points tonight. Sometimes she only scores two points and she’s worth a lot more because of her presence.”

Kalida (4-4) shot 20 percent from the floor on 9-of-44 shooting and went just 2-of-14 (14 percent) from beyond the three point arc.

The Wildcats are giving up just 34.8 points per game this winter.

Along with Clune’s 13 points, Kayla Albers had nine points, Kayla Richard scored eight and Bridget Geiger added seven points.

Minster earned the win with a dominating second half.

After holding a slim 16-13 lead at the half after Kalida hit a shot at the buzzer to end the second quarter, Minster outscored Kalida 13-4 in the third quarter and 12-9 in the fourth quarter.

Minster hosts New Bremen on Thursday night — its lone home game in a stretch otherwise on the road from December 18 to January 19.

Kalida fell to 4-4 on the season.