MINSTER 55, SPENCERVILLE 54
MINSTER — Minster put the ball in the hands of a cool and collected senior in the closing seconds of the Wildcats’ 55-54 win over Spencerville on Saturday night.
Devon Poeppelman delivered with a post-up, pirouette and powerful finish.
Poeppelman posted up his defender, received the ball from freshman point guard Jacob Stechschulte at the right elbow, drove into the paint and spun leftward towards the basket for the game winner with 3.7 seconds.
“Poeppelman made a great play,” Spencerville head coach Kevin Sensabaugh said. “He just made a great play. I knew it was going to him. We all did. We tried to switch onto it. He just made a great play. What do you do?”
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“We did some cross-screening, which seemed to work at times tonight and then one of my senior kids, Devon, made a pretty darn good move to get to the rack,” Minster head coach Mike Lee said.
Spencerville’s 40-foot shot at the buzzer went wide left.
Minster improved to 2-0.
Minster led 33-29 at half behind Brandon Hoying’s 16 first-half points. Hoying finished the game with a team-high 18 points. Poeppelman added 15 points for Minster.
NEW BREMEN 49, TROY CHRISTIAN 41
NEW BREMEN — New Bremen’s Carson Manger scored 25 points to lead the Cardinals to a hard-fought 49-41 victory in a physical battle over the Troy Christian Eagles.
“It was a very physical game,” Cardinals head coach Adam Dougherty said. “It was a big time game between two very good teams.”
Manger led all scorers with 25 points and eight rebounds. Luke Schwieterman had 12 points and five rebounds.
Troy Christian’s Spencer Thomas and Nathan Kirkpatrick each had 11 points.
With the score tied at 30-all with 4 minutes left in the third quarter New Bremen broke away with eight unanswered points off of three Eagle turnovers.
The Cardinals forced 29 turnovers in the game, but also committed 23 of their own.
“We are never going to be perfect,” Dougherty said. “I don’t really care as long as we guard. If those guys guard like they did tonight and show that kind of character we will be okay. We are an aggressive team and we do some dumb things but when they play that hard I can live with some mistakes. I tell them every day that it is not about being perfect, but it is about being better than the team that you are playing. Tonight we made enough plays and were sound enough defensively to win.”
The Cardinals (2-0) will travel to Versailles Friday to begin MAC play.
DELPHOS ST. JOHN'S 38, ST. MARYS 36
ST. MARYS — Katie Vorst scored 21 points and Delphos St. John’s rallied past the St. Marys girls basketball team, 38-36, on Saturday night on Murotech Court.
Delphos St. John’s won the fourth-quarter scoring, 13-8, to send St. Marys to its third straight loss to start the season.
Reagan Aller led St. Marys with 15 points.
St. Marys led 17-16 at the half and outscored the Blue Jays two points in the third quarter to take a 28-25 lead to the fourth quarter.
The Riders (0-3) will open Western Buckeye League play on Thursday at Shawnee. The JV game tips off at 6 p.m.
Molly Albert added eight points and Kelsey Rohrbach had six points for St. Marys.
CELINA 61, NEW BREMEN 25
NEW BREMEN —Celina scored the first 18 points with a smothering full-court defense and downed New Bremen 61-25 on Saturday.
Kylee Bader scored a game-high 17 points. Katie Stahl added 10 points. They were two of six seniors on Celina’s roster.
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“You definitely have an advantage when you have veterans like this because you can do more things with them. There’s not as much time teaching and more time playing. The biggest thing for us has been dealing with injuries. We’re trying to get that taken care of. We were able to rest Emily a bit and hopefully we can get Beth back before long. We’re not sure how long it’s going to be for her yet.”
Kyla Otting led the Cardinals with 10 points.
Celina’s full-court press got three early turnovers and New Bremen missed its first five shots to get behind 18-0.
MINSTER 75, SIDNEY LEHMAN CATHOLIC 24
MINSTER — With good defensive pressure and inside scoring the Minster Lady Wildcats basketball team had little trouble with the Sidney Lehman Cavaliers Saturday afternoon as they defeated the Cavaliers 75-24 in a non-league game at Minster.
“It wasn’t the prettiest game that we played,” Minster head coach Nann Stechschulte said. “Today we worked on some of the things we wanted to work on and we got some baskets in transition and Richards accounted for most of our points in the first half.”
The Wildcats players scored in double figures with Bridget Geiger led all scorers with 21 points and seven rebounds. Kathy Prenger added 14 points and Kayla Richards had 13 points. The Wildcats out rebounded the Cavaliers 28-23 with Allison Hall leading the Cavaliers with seven rebounds.
Minster (3-0) will travel to New Knoxville on Thursday to begin MAC play. The varsity game will begin at 7 p.m.