FORT RECOVERY — Too many turnovers towards the end with a precarious lead likely ended the Rangers’ hopes of a Midwest Athletic Conference title and overshadowed what was otherwise a strong performance on the road against one of the state’s best.

The state’s ninth-ranked Fort Recovery girls basketball team overcame a four-point deficit in the final 90 seconds of the game and stuffed New Knoxville’s attempt to win the game at the buzzer to pull out a 52-51 win at the Fort Site Fieldhouse on Thursday.

Kelly Nietfeld hit what proved to be the game-winning shot — an open eight-foot jumper from the left elbow with 30 seconds left that gave the Indians the one-point lead.

New Knoxville called time out with six seconds left and three quarters of the court to go. Ranger  Haley Horstman took the inbounds pass, juked inside and went up with a jumper on the left elbow, only to have Nietfeld block the shot as the buzzer sounded.

To New Knoxville head coach Tim Hegemier the game was lost in three prior possessions that ended in turnovers, however.

“We had a four-point lead with 1:30 to go and we turned it over three times,” Hegemier said. “You can’t do that.”

The Indians emerged from the Midwest Athletic Conference showdown with hopes alive for a conference title with St. Henry and Marion Local left on the Indians’ MAC schedule.

Fort Recovery (11-3, 5-1 MAC) remains a game in back of first-place Marion Local, which improved to 12-3 and 6-0 in the MAC on Thursday night with a win over New Bremen.

The Rangers shot 60 percent from the floor, but they also committed 25 turnovers as the Indian defense gambled with quick traps at the top of the key throughout the night.

The Rangers put four players in double figures. Paige Lehman led the way with 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Haley Horstman scored 11 points, Haley Dillon and Meg Reineke each had 10 points and Tiana Heidt added eight points.

New Knoxville led 43-40 earlier in the fourth quarter before Nietfeld drained a three-pointer to tie the game.

The Rangers went 21-of-35 from the floor in the game (60 percent).


NEW BREMEN — The Marion Local Lady Flyers came ready to play and a showed Thursday evening as they jumped out to a 17-4 first quarter lead and went on to a 55-24 victory over the New Bremen Cardinals in a MAC contest played at New Bremen.

“We will take one game at a time,” Marion Local head coach Treva Fortkamp said. I told the girls now it is time to go. We have six games left until the tournament. We are still undefeated in the MAC, but anything can happen. The MAC is still up for grabs and we have three games left in the MAC. We have Parkway, Fort Recovery and Coldwater and we will have to be ready. We control our own destiny.”

Margaret Wuebker and Chelsea Winner both scored 10 points for the Flyers, while Rachel Parker led the Cardinals with 5 points.

The Flyers (11-3, 6-0) travels to Elida on Saturday, while the Cardinals travel to Delphos St. John’s next Thursday.


COLDWATER — Minster defeated Coldwater 50-41 in a Midwest Athletic Conference match-up on Thursday night.

Minster head coach Nann Stechschulte said the game was “kind of what I expected. They (have) a lot of energy (and like to) overplay the ball. You’re just hoping you get it through that first pass and then do something with it on the backside.”

Bridget Geiger scored a game-high 20 points off the bench for Minster.

Clune added 9 points for Minster, while Wuebker scored 8 and Albers scored 7.

Kanney led Coldwater with 14 points, while Jenae Muhlenkamp added 10 and Dues scored 5.