GIRLS BASKETBALL: Cardinals, Cats and Rangers pick up wins on Saturday

New Knoxville 53, USV 46

MCGUFFEY — Paige Lehman scored 17 points and Haley Dillon scored 14 points in New Knoxville's 53-46 win over Upper Scioto Valley on Saturday afternoon.

The teams went to the half tied at 26-26, but the Rangers outscored the Rams 13-10 in the third and 14-10 in the fourth quarter for the victory.

New Knoxville improved to 9-2 on the season. The Rangers have won five straight games and nine of their last 10 games.

Haley Horstman and Tiana Heidt scored eight points apiece. Meg Reineke had six points.

The Rangers host Parkway on Thursday at 6 p.m.

New Bremen 53, St. Marys 48

ST. MARYS — When New Bremen ratcheted up the defensive pressure, its fortunes at St. Marys turned around.

The New Bremen girls basketball team rallied from a 13-point second quarter deficit and scored nine of the game's last 13 points to earn a 53-48 win at St. Marys on Saturday afternoon.

New Bremen improved to 5-8 and won for just the second time in its last six games. Head coach Randy Eckert said a win like Saturday’s would be a big boost to his team’s confidence.

“It didn’t look good at the end of the first quarter,” Eckert said. “We just kept fighting, scratching, and we got it.”

St. Marys zipped out to a 19-8 lead after one quarter fueled by an efficient half court offense and a defense that yielded early turnovers. The Riders hit eight of their 12 shots in the first.

But the game slowly turned in the second quarter as New Bremen unveiled an extended diamond press that gave St. Marys’ ballhandlers fits for most of the second period.

Kyla Otting led the way for New Bremen with 18 points – including the game’s biggest shot. Otting drained an open three-pointers to give New Bremen a 47-44 lead with 2:44 left they’d hold on to for the rest of the game.

Haley Moeller added 13 points and Amber Paul scored 12 points off the bench for the Cardinals.

Ashleigh Falk led the Roughriders with 17 points. Molly Albert added 14 points.

St. Marys lost its third straight game and slipped to 2-9 on the season. The Roughriders travel to rival Celina on Thursday for a 6 p.m. junior varsity tip-off.

Minster 37, Russia 18

RUSSIA — It wasn’t exactly a good shooting day for the Minster Wildcats Saturday afternoon, but a defensive effort allowed the Wildcats to defeat the Russia Raiders 37-18.

“This is one of the days where we didn’t shoot well,” Minster head coach Nann Stechschulte said. “Our defense and rebounding was able to keep us in the game. When you are not shooting well you have to depend on your defense and rebounding.”

Bridget Geiger had seven points for Minster.