|Torrid comeback keeps Lady Green unbeaten|
|Monday, January 21, 2013 3:48 PM|
OTTOVILLE — Wow!
Saturday afternoon, the Minster Lady Wildcats rolled into Ottoville to take on the undefeated Lady Green.
Minster, under the veteran leadership of head coach Nan Stechschulte, was ready for the challenge, putting the Lady Green behind early and leading at times throughout the game by double figures.
However, as every coach or player has heard more times than they can remember, PLAY EVERY MINUTE/SECOND LIKE IT’S YOUR LAST.
Well, nothing could have been truer Saturday as the Lady Green played 32 minutes of basketball and only had the lead once, 45-43 with 10 seconds to go, and survived a last-chance opportunity by the Wildcats to preserve their undefeated record.
The Lady Green (15-0) received some bad news before the game even began as talented junior guard Tonya Kaufman would be lost for the year with a torn ACL. Kaufman had started every game for the Lady Green this year and was instrumental both offensively and, more importantly, on the defensive end with her quickness and rebounding prowess.
Ottoville coach Dave Kleman knew his team faced a determined and well-coached Wildcat team and coupled with the loss of one of his starters, it could be a challenge early: “With Tonya out with a torn ACL, we were trying to figure out a different rotation. I think we were a little numb without Tonya in the first half. I don’t think we were very sure of ourselves.”
The Wildcats opened the game by coming out and blitzing the Lady Green with an 11-2 run. Six girls scored in the quarter for the visitors, including 3-pointers by starter Claire Fischer and Taylor Trego off the bench. Defensively, the Wildcats played a very tough and physical quarter that seemed to have the Lady Green out of rhythm for one of the first times all year.
The second quarter found the Wildcats riding high from their first quarter run and at the 4:20 mark, after a deep three by Trego, they led the #1 Lady Green 25-12. Alexis Wuebker added five points in the quarter, also off the bench for the Wildcats.
The Lady Green, trying to battle back through the first half, also lost Rachel Beining in the second quarter with two fouls. However, as he has shown all year, Coach Kleman is not afraid to go to his bench for a spark. That came from Annie Lindeman, who contributed six of the eight points scored for the Lady Green in the quarter off the bench. In addition, Haley Landwehr and Kendra Eickholt gave Kleman excellent minutes filling in at the guard position.
Minster outscored the Lady Green 15-10 in the first period and 10-8 in the second to take a 25-18 lead to the locker room at halftime.
The third quarter saw the Lady Green come out with a renewed look of determination on their face as they started to find their inside-outside game, getting five points combined from Rachel Turnwald and Taylor Mangas; in addition, Abby Siefker started to find some space underneath, along with Beining, and they added five and two points, respectively.
The Wildcats came out in the third quarter and held the ball for almost two minutes to begin with; it seemed like they lost the momentum a little and were outscored 12-9 in the quarter and only led by four, 34-30.
In the fourth quarter, even though Minster stretched its lead out to 43-34 after another 3-ball by Wildcat leading scorer Fischer, it just seemed like the Lady Green was not ready to close shop. They went on a 9-0 run and tied the score at 43-43. The Wildcats were forced into several turnovers during the quarter by the all-out full-court press of the Lady Green. Also, the Wildcats found themselves at the charity stripe three times during the last several minutes with a 1-and-1 opportunity and missed the front end all three times.
The Lady Green got its first lead of the game when Siefker was a beneficiary of a loose ball and put it in with 10 seconds to go, giving the home squad a 45-43 lead. After a timeout and last-second play called by Coach Stechschulte, the Wildcats couldn’t get a shot off as the Lady Green survived a great game by the Wildcats.
Coach Kleman was pleased and relieved after a day of a lot of emotions: “That was a great game by Minster and a great comeback by us. We did a little bit of growing up today. It was a tough start without Tonya but we probably grew a little as a team today. We just refused to lose, I guess.”
Both teams will be back in action next week as the Wildcats will host Parkway Thursday night and the Lady Green travels to Fort Jennings for a key PCL matchup, both starting with a 6 p.m. JV start.
The JV game went to the Lady Wildcats by a score of 37-15.
Hannah Schmitmeyer led the Wildcats with 11 points.
Lindeman and Lexie Wannemacher led the way for the Lady Green with six and five points, respectively.
Claire Fischer 3-2-0-12, Kayla Richard 2-0-0-4, Bridget Geiger 4-0-1-9, Alexis Wuebker 0-1-2-5, Logan Arnold 1-0-0-2, Sara Dahlinghaus 1-0-3-5, Taylor Trego 0-2-0-6. Totals 11-5-6-43.
Rachel Turnwald 1-1-0-5, Nicole Vorst 0-0-0-0, Rachel Beining 3-0-1-7, Abby Siefker 8-0-2-18, Taylor Mangas 2-1-2-9, Kendra Eickholt 0-0-0-0, Annie Lindeman 2-0-2-6, Haley Landwehr 0-0-0-0. Totals 16-2-7-45.
Score by Quarters:
Minster 15- 10- 9- 9 — 43
Ottoville 10- 8- 12- 15 — 45
Mariah McKenzie 1-2-1-9, Alana Poeppelman 1-1-2-7, Lauren Roetgerman 1-0-0-2, Marissa Luthman 4-0-0-8, Hannah Schmitmeyer 5-0-1-11. Totals 12-3-4-37.
Monica Sarka 0-0-0-0, Courtney Von Sossan 0-0-0-0, Annie Lindeman 3-0-0-6, Lexie Wannemacher 2-0-1-5, Lindsey Wannemacher 1-0-0-2, Nicole Kramer 1-0-0-2. Totals 7-0-1-15.
Score by Quarters:
Minster 11- 11- 12- 3 — 37
Ottoville 8- 1- 4- 2 — 15
|Last Updated on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 3:54 PM|