Minster Claims MAC Title Outright
For the second consecutive year, the Minster Wildcats girls' basketball team has won the Midwest Athletic Conference championship as they defeated the Fort Recovery Indians 48-42 in the regular season finale.
“We are 20-2 and 9-0 in this league,” Wildcats coach Mike Wiss said. “Two years as undefeated champions and that speaks for the kids and it speaks for the program and coaches and the fans that follow us.”
The win not only marks a second straight outright MAC title for the Wildcats, but Thursday's win also extends Minster's MAC win streak to 25 games.
“We knew they were going to come out firing,” Minster's Rosie Westerbeck said. “We don’t like to share (the conference title) so we wanted to come out just as hard and I think that was evident tonight."
It wasn’t easy for Minster as the Wildcats had to weather a comeback attempt by the Indians in the fourth quarter.
Minster opened the final quarter with a 38-28 lead and quickly increased that with a three-pointer from Kendra Thien.
With 4:18 left the Indians finally got on the board with a free throw, followed by a steal by Carly Stone, which led to a layup from Brooke Kahlig with 4:07 left.
Stone stole the ball again and Grace Thien capitalized with a trey to cut the deficit to 41-34 with 3:39 left. After a Minster timeout, Alli Fischer matched that with a trey of her own.
Whitney Will hit a basket and Thien added a trey to cut the Minster lead to 44-39, but Fischer hit four key free throws in the final 23 seconds of the game to seal it.
The second quarter set the tone for the Wildcats as they outscored Fort Recovery 23-5. The Indians turned the ball over eight times in the quarter.
Five seniors played in their final home game for Minster however one senior, Lindsay Roetgerman, didn’t play because of a broken hand.
The other seniors were Ali Borgerding, who had five points, Haley Baumer, who had six points, Savanah Luthman and Westerbeck, who had seven points.