Career night from Wolf carries Minster girls against New Bremen

Seth Kinker
Sports reporter

The Minster Lady Wildcats girls basketball team improved to 13-3 (4-2) when they hosted the New Bremen Lady Cards, 9-7 (2-4), on Jan. 23 and won 66-27.

A barrage of forced turnovers, quick baskets, and three-pointers in the opening frame set the pace for the rest of the night as Lady Wildcats junior guard Ivy Wolf set a program record with 36 points, also a career-high, breaking a 26-year old record held by program great Lauren Shenk, who had 35 against Delphos St. John’s in the 94-95 season.

“You try and take one thing away, she goes in a different direction,” said Lady Cards head coach Chris Burden. “(She) posts you up, she can hit the three and she can get to the hoop. She does everything. That’s a tough thing to stop, she’s good.”

Different defenses were used by the Lady Cards early; man-to-man, full-court press, trapping, and different zones, but none could slow the Lady Wildcats down.

First, the Lady Wildcats opened the game on an 8-0 run with Lady Cards Elli Roetgerman getting her team on the board off an inbound play to stop the run.

After that, if you blinked you would have missed the Lady Wildcats answering that with a 22-0 run to take the 30-2 lead after the first quarter. The points came in an avalanche as they forced multiple turnovers back to back to lead to quick, open looks.

I. Wolf has 14 of those points, senior guard Averi Wolf had 8 and junior guard Janae Hoying added another 8 as those three combined for six three-pointers in the first.

“We have a good shooting team this year, those games happen,” said I. Wolf. “I honestly believe it started with our defense. We got a lot of transition buckets and then they had to start taking that away and we kicked it outside. We were getting inside out three’s which are a lot easier to make for us. It was fun to see our hard work we put in this week at practice pay off.”

“Our three guards were on first in the first half and we were 100 percent from the free-throw line (on the night),” said Lady Wildcats head coach Mike Wiss. “I keep telling them, ‘keep getting better.’ Tonight, we just shot the ball well. On the other hand, I thought we rebounded the ball and played defense darn well too. 10 steals in the first half in the first quarter. Proud of our effort.”

Roetgerman was one of the few bright spots for the Lady Cards as she started the second quarter on a 9-0 run by herself to make it 30-11.

But I. Wolf always had an answer on Thursday night.

To read the rest of this story, including more insight from Wolf and Wiss, check the sports pages in the Jan. 30 edition of The Community Post