Thursday, Jan. 4 Scoreboard

Minster's Jessica Falk pressures a St. John's ballhandler on Thursday during Minster's MAC win. (Photo by John Zwez)
Staff Writer

The Minster girls basketball team stayed perfect on the season with a 50-26 win over St. John’s on Thursday.

Minster (11-0, 3-0 MAC) was led by the 11 points of Demaris Wolf. Jessica Falk had 10 points. Kendra Thien added nine points. St. John’s was led by the 10 points of Taylor Zuber.

The Wildcats travel to St. Henry on Thursday, Jan. 11 for a MAC contest before hitting the road to play in the Classic in the Country showcase event in Berlin, Ohio at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13 (an annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend event in its 15th year that brings in talented teams from around the state and the country) for a game against Sheridan.

The event is held in honor of former Berlin Hiland coach Perry Reese, Jr., a coach of the Hiland Hawks boys basketball team and who made headlines as a black coach who broker barriers by coaching in the Amish country of Holmes County. Reese, Jr.,  became a fixture in the community, leading the Hawks to a state championship in 1992. Reese, Jr., died in 2000 and the community decided to start a tournament that honored Reese while trying to break down racial barriers by bringing basketball teams from both rural and urban areas together to play games during Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend.


New Bremen 47, Marion Local 38

New Bremen continued to roll, knocking off Midwest Athletic Conference foe Marion Local 47-38 on Thursday night to improve to 11-1 and move above .500 in MAC play at 2-1. New Bremen has won six in a row since its Dec. 14 loss at MAC frontrunner Versailles.

A big second quarter proved to be the catalyst for the Cardinals, who outscored Marion Local 19-9 in the period.

New Bremen’s Jane Homan scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Kelly Naylor added 14 points, hitting four 3-pointers. Macy Puthoff had seven points, six rebounds and three assists. Hannah Tenkman scored five, Molly Smith scored three, Paige Jones had two and Erin Smith had two points.

New Bremen’s defense forced 17 Marion Local turnovers and the Flyers were 0-for-7 from 3-point range in the game.

Fort Loramie 56, Jackson Center 29

After a couple bumpy weeks earlier this season, the Fort Loramie girls basketball team is hitting its stride. The Redskins made it three wins in a row — all of them on the road — with a 56-29 victory at Jackson Center.

The Redskins improved to 8-4 and stayed a perfect 5-0 in the Shelby County Athletic League with the victory, which was paced by the 12 points apiece of XXx Ratermann (who went 4-of-5 from 3-point range) and Marissa Meiring. Kennedi Gephart added eight points, Abby Holthaus had seven, Kenzie Hoelscher added six, Jaydyn Puthoff had five, Eilerman scored four and Alyssa Wrasman had two points.

Fort Loramie jumped out to a 17-4 lead on 6-of-10 shooting in the first quarter and never looked back.

Kennadie Reese and Olivia Clark each scored 10 points for 20 of Jackson Center’s 29 points.

Fort Loramie hasn’t played a home game since Dec. 21 and will return to its own gym on Saturday to face Russia followed by another home game against Anna on Thursday, 11.