Wildcats' Season Comes To An End

Minster's Kendra Thien and Taylor Kogge (24) break out in tears after a 39-35 Division IV regional final loss to Jackson Center at Butler High School on Saturday.
Sports Editor

The Minster Wildcats girls basketball season comes to an end to the hands of two-time state qualifying Jackson Center in a 39-35 Division IV regional final showdown at Butler High School.

The Tigers will go on to play Waterford in a state semifinal on Thursday.

The Wildcats (24-3) had a 23-17 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

But Kennadie Reese began the final stanza with a three from the left corner to cut Minster’s lead to three, 23-20. Three straight missed shot by the Wildcats and a two from Alicia Kessler moved the score to within one, 23-22 with 6:54 left.

After a bucket by Minster and a Jackson Center free throw, the Tigers tied the game with a pair of free throws by Reese with 5:57 to set the score at 25-25.

That ignited a 10-2 run by the Tigers to set the score at 33-27 with 2:03 remaining, while the Wildcats did not score during a span of 2:36.

Still, Minster fought.

The Wildcats kept the game within seven and eventually moved it 37-32 when Demaris Wolf drained a cold-blooded triple with :10 seconds left to pull with a one-score game, 37-35.

A turnover by the Tigers on their inbound pass gave the Wildcats life again with :8.9 seconds left.

But the Tigers picked off Minsters’ inbound pass to seal the Wildcats’ fate.

Wolf and Rosie Westerbeck led the Wildcats with 11 points, while Minster’s inside game in Courtney Prenger and Taylor Kogge were both limited to eight points and five fouls.
Reese led all scorers with 12 points.

Five Wildcats played their final game for the Wildcats in Westerbeck – the 2016-17 Midwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year – Lindsay Roetgerman, Ali Borgerding, Hayley Baumer and Savanah Luthman. This group was a part of Minster teams that won back-to-back MAC titles, own a 25-game MAC win streak and have back-to-back Division IV regional appearances.

For the full and detailed story of Saturday’s Division IV regional final, be sure to grab Monday’s print edition of The Evening Leader.