Girls Basketball Round-Up: Celina roars past Riders, Minster handles New Bremen

ST. MARYS — Celina quickly took any drama out of a rivalry game by scoring the game’s first 28 points in the Bulldogs’ 48-17 win over St. Marys.

“That might be one of our best starts ever,” Celina head coach Brian Stetler said. “You never know on the road how you’re going to come out against an arch-rival. Our girls stepped it up in the beginning and pretty much set the tone early. It doesn’t always happen that way, but it did tonight.”

Celina at St. Marys Girls Basketball Photos


Celina forced 26 St. Marys turnovers, including 10 points in the first quarter in which Celina outscored the Riders 17-0.

“We came into the game wanting to slow it down knowing Celina had the ability to put a lot of points on the board,” St. Marys head coach Kelly Fulmer said. “The gameplan was to run through our offense with quite a few passes and score off it, but turnovers hurt us and Celina turned those into transition points.”

St. Marys didn’t score its first basket until 4:18 left in the second quarter when Molly Albert made a running lay-up.

Albert scored 11 of St. Marys’ 17 points on 5-of-5 shooting from the floor. LeeAnn Bertke, Erika Angtmann and Paige Dicus each scored two points.

Kylee Bader led Celina(13-2, 4-1) with 16 points.

St. Marys hosts Coldwater at noon on Saturday.  

CEL    17    14    10    7    — 48
SM    0    6    9    2    — 17

Taylor Guingrich 3-0-9, Kylee Bader 6-0-16, Hillary Heiby 3-4-11, Katie Stahl 2-0-4, Emily Bihn 0-3-3, Heather Heiby 2-0-5. TOTALS 16-7-48.

Molly Albert 5-0-11, LeeAnn Bertke 1-0-2, Erika Angstmann 0-2-2, Paige Dicus 1-0-2. TOTALS 7-2-17.


NEW BREMEN — A strong defensive effort and the work of junior guard Claire Fischer led Minster in a  53-29 win over New Bremen on Thursday night.

Fischer tied the school record of five triples in her 21-point night against the Cardinals. She also had four steals, four assists and three rebounds. Fischer recorded 20 points and was one three-pointer shy of tying the record in Minster’s game against Russia on Jan. 12.

“Claire had a nice game tonight, not just offensively but defensively,” Minster coach Stechschulte said. “It’s not all about scoring. She was in position defensively when she should have been, rebounding position where she should have been and she is just a calm force for us when we are not always that calm.”

Bridget Geiger had eight points and eight rebounds. Logan Arnold finished with seven points.

Hannah Holdren led New Bremen with 13 points.

Minster at New Bremen girls basketball photos

“The guard play was outstanding tonight and we didn’t play very well,” New Bremen coach Chris Burden said. “We knew coming in that they put some good pressure on the guards and if you are able to handle it you are good to go but I don’t think we handled their pressure very well tonight. We had some unforced turnovers that lead into some easy buckets at the other end.”

NB     8   7    8     6   —  29
MIN 13  16    12   12  —  53

Holdren 13, Moeller 5, Jones 4, Otting 4, Elking 2, Thieman 1.

Fischer 21, Arnold 7, Geiger 8, Liening 4, Sherman 3, Richard 3, Wuebker 2, Prenger 2, Dahlinghaus 2.


DELPHOS — The New Knoxville girls basketball team beat Delphos St. John’s for the second time this season, this time in Midwest Athletic Conference action behind a strong third quarter that lifted the Rangers to a 48-41 road victory.

“I thought in the third quarter we played excellent ball,” Rangers head coach Tim Hegemier said. “We played good for six minutes and I think that was the game. We were clicking. I told the girls that you played six minutes of excellent basketball and you got the win.”

“We lost our intensity in the third quarter,” Blue Jay head coach Dan Grothouse said. “We let them get away. They had us going a little quicker on offense. We had a couple good shots in the third but we didn’t hit them and didn’t get any offensive rebounds and they were a heck of a lot more aggressive offensively.”

Back in November the Rangers and the Blue Jays met in the Kewpee Classic at Bath and the Rangers came away with a 37-34 victory.

Three players for the Ranger scored in double digits with Meg Reineke leading the way with 16 points and Haley Horstman and Paige Lehman each score 10 points. For Delphos Jessica Recker scored 18 points. New Knoxville edged the Blue Jays in rebounds 25-23.

“I thought we did as good of a job as we could on Horstman and Lehman,” Grothouse said. “They got away from us at times but holding both of them to 10 points you might think we have a chance to win the game. Reineke got off and shot the ball well. We gave it a shot but we dug ourselves too deep a hole in the third quarter.”

The Rangers (10-3, 4-1) will entertain Jackson Center on Saturday at 1:00, while Delphos (6-7, 1-4) will travel to Crestview on Saturday.

New Knoxville            6   11   19   12 — 48
Delphos St. John’s    10   4     7   30 — 41

Reineke 6-3-16, Horstman 5-0-10, Lehman 4-2-10, Leffel 2-3-7, Schroer 1-0-3, Lageman 1-0-2: Totals 19-8-48.

Recker 6-3-18, Fischer 3-0-8, S. Fischbach 3-1-7, B. Zuber 1-0-2, K. Vorst 1-0-2, Saine 1-0-2, M. Zuber 0-2-2; Totals 15-6-41.