Minster Falls In District Semifinal

From Staff Reports
Staff Writer

Defensive rebounds were key for a third quarter spurt by the St. Henry Redskins basketball team, giving them the cushion they needed in defeating the Minster Wildcats 58-48 in a Division IV district semifinal at Wapakoneta High School on Tuesday.

The Redskins (18-6) will come back on Friday evening to face the Lima Perry Commodores (21-3) in the district championship at 7 p.m.The Commodores hit a couple free throws in the last 10 seconds to defeat the Fort Recovery Indians (16-7), 57-54 in the first of two games in Wapakoneta on Tuesday.

Going into the third quarter, the Redskins (18-6) held a slim 19-17 lead until Josh Nixon sank one of two free throws with 7:12 left to pull within one, 19-18. Mitchell Stammen answered with a free throw with 6:44 left to put the lead back to two.

Jared Huelsman tied the game at 20-all with a jumper with 6:29 left and the Wildcats gained a 21-20 lead with a free throw with five minutes left.

The rest of the quarter, however belonged to St. Henry, who outscored Minster 13-7.

St. Henry attempted back-to-back 3-point shots, missing both, but also being fouled on both occasions, converting five of the six free throws to gain a 26-21 lead with 3:11 left.

Blake Hoyng hit a basket and a trey from Stammen gave the Redskins a 32-24 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Minster did jump out on 6-2 run to start the final quarter, but St. Henry's Evan Lefeld answered with a pair 3-pointes within the next minute to hand the Redskins their own 6-2 run, extending the lead to 40-32 with 4:24 left. By then, the Redskins scored most of their points on free throws to end the game.

The Wildcats shot 36.4 (16-44) percent from the field, and 31.6 percent from three, compared to St. Henry, who shot 41.9 percent from the field (18-43). With missed shots, the Redskins were able to put Minster in many one and done possessions, outrebounding the Wildcats 29-18, with 22 of them coming on defensive boards compared to the Wildcats' five offensive rebounds.

Huelsman led the Wildcats in scoring with 10 points. Nixon tallied eight points, fouling out late in the game and Stechschulte contributed nine points.