Rangers, Wildcats earn sectional titles
NEW KNOXVILLE 47, FORT RECOVERY 32
COLDWATER — When shots aren’t falling, the New Knoxville girls basketball team has a pretty good safety net in a defense that shuts down opponents and a player like Haley Horstman who can create quality shots off the dribble.
Far from an offensive masterpiece, the Rangers team again showed they’re more than capable of winning a low-scoring affair to capture a Division IV sectional title with a 47-32 win over Fort Recovery on Saturday night.
The Rangers will now move on to the Wapakoneta district tournament and will play Ada on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 6:15 p.m.
“We talked this week about how if you’re not having a good night shooting, your defense has to pick you up,” New Knoxville head coach Tim Hegemier said.
The Rangers forced 17 Fort Recovery turnovers and held the Indians to 33 percent shooting. Fort Recovery had six points at the half.
Horstman, the three-time Midwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year went on a key scoring streak in the second half when Fort Recovery made a run. She finished the game with 25 points.
“There’s a reason Haley Horstman has been the player of the year three years in a row,” Fort Recovery head coach Doug Bihn said.
Tori Lennartz led the Indians with 16 points.
MINSTER 52, MARION LOCAL 51
COLDWATER — The No. 8 Minster Wildcats emerged from the tough Divison IV sectional at Coldwater with a 52-51 win over 10th-ranked Marion Local on Saturday night.
“I’m happy we got this win,” Minster head coachNann Stechschulte said. “It was a typical Marion-Minster game and I have a ton of respect for their program. Unfortunately, someone had to lose.”
Minster now will play USV on Thursday at Wapakoneta in a district semi.
The Flyers got a solid 3-point look and then a desperation heave at the buzzer to try to tie and then win the game, but Minster emerged with the hard-fought win.
“We didn’t shoot the ball real well, but one thing we didn’t do is give up,” Marion Local head coach Treva Fortkamp said. “I’m proud of them. Hats off to Nann and their team. It was a battle.”
Minster’s Lauren Roetgerman then delivered on a key possession, as she drove to the right and floated in a runner with 1:09 left. Roetgerman scored a team-high 12 points. Richard scored 10 points for Minster before fouling out. Alexis Wuebker added eight points.
Thobe and Emily Mescher led Marion Local with 13 points apiece. Brooke Winner had 11 points and Lexi Wilker scored 10 points for the Flyers, who end their season at 18-6.