New Knoxville wins 9th straight, beats Botkins 57-25

BOTKINS — It’s been a cold few weeks for offenses opposing the Rangers.

The New Knoxville girls basketball team held a fourth straight opponent to fewer than 30 points and won its  ninth straight game in a 57-25 win at Botkins on Monday night.

“After being off for three days, cold weather and the bus ride here, I’ll take it,” New Knoxville head coach Tim Hegemier said.

The Rangers held Botkins to 28 percent shooting and forced 23 Trojan turnovers. Botkins was just 3 of 17 from the floor in the second half.

“That’s where we’re focusing, trying to get better defensively every game,” Hegemier said.

New Knoxville’s Meg Reineke scored a game-high 17 points on 7 of 13 shooting, including going 4 of 4 from the floor in the third quarter. Paige Lehman added 12 points on 5 of 7 shooting from the floor.

The Rangers (11-4) are a perfect nine for nine since a Dec. 12 loss to Versailles and have won three straight Midwest Athletic Conference games to move to 3-2. New Knoxville hosts Parkway on Thursday.

Michaela Kramer led Botkins with nine points. Andrea Goettemoeller added eight points.

The Trojans fell to 1-16. It’s their 16th straight loss. Botkins host Fairlawn on Thursday, where the Trojans are 0-10 in Shelby County League play.