Girls Basketball: Major MAC Showdown Tonight

Minster’s Haley Baumer dribbles the ball in a non-conference game agaist Jackson Center on Jan. 4.
Sports Editor
The battle for Grand Lake St. Marys is here, the girls basketball version that is. Though each team is -  for the most part - out of the race in winning the Western Buckeye League, there is still much at stake, seeding for the upcoming girls basketball sectional round. The seeding selection will be announced on Sunday.
After winning five straight games, and nine of their last 11, the St. Marys Roughriders hit a bit of a snag, losing their next two games against Bath and Fort Recovery, but righting the ship in a non-league win against St. Henry on Monday. Either way, the Roughriders (12-6, 4-2 WBL) are looking at a better finish than they did last season when they lost 10 of their last 13 games.
The Roughriders will travel to Celina to take on the Bulldogs (9-7, 3-3), a team that they have lost seven straight games to, including a 48-43 defeat last season.
After starting the season strong, the Bulldogs have struggled since losing to then-undefeated Minster. The Bulldogs lost five straight, and six of eight overall, but have won two of their last three games. In addition, they have had a hard schedule this season, playing against Minster (15-3), Ottawag g Glandorf (16-1), Defiance (12-5), Versailles (13-6), Wapakoneta (14-3) and Findlay (9-7). That is a combined record of 79-25.
St. Marys at Celina, 7:30 p.m.
This game can determine who wins the Midwest Athletic Conference. Tonight’s game between the Minster Wildcats and the Fort Recovery Indians is a game between the two top teams in the MAC with undefeated records in MAC play - a combined 13-0 - and a combined 29-5 overall record. The Wildcats (15-3, 7-0 MAC) lead the Indians (14-2, 6-0) by one in the standings. If the Wildcats win, they win the conference with a two-game lead and just one game left in conference play. If the Indians win, they would need to win both of their final two games - New Knoxville and St. Henry - to hang on for the conference title.
After starting the season 6-0 the Wildcats lost two straight but have rebounded by winning eight of their last nine games, including a road win against No. 2 ranked Anna from Division III on Jan. 5. After losing their first game of the season to Wapakoneta, the Indians have gone on a pair of seven game winning streaks.
Fort Recovery at Minster, 7:30 p.m.
The New Knoxville Rangers (10-8, 4-2) host Parkway (5-11, 0-6) tonight at the Barn. The Panthers will most likely struggle to score points against the conference's top scoring defense.
The Rangers have faced tough competition the last couple of weeks beginning with a road loss to Wapakoneta on Jan. 15, a MAC loss to New Bremen, and a knock down in the standings to fourth place, then a loss to No. 2 state ranked in Division III Anna - a team the Rangers led against for two and a half quarters. After tonight's MAC game, the Rangers host their second to last home game of the season on Saturday against St. Marys.
Parkway at New Knoxville, 7:30 p.m.
The New Bremen Cardinals have seemed to fix whatever issues plagued them during a short two game losing streak. After dropping games against Minster and St. Marys, where shooting seemed to be a major problem, the Cardinals have rebounded, winning two straight games and taking third place in the MAC standings. The Cardinals take on St. Henry tonight, who has yet to win a MAC game this season.
New Bremen at St. Henry, 7:30 p.m.