Minster and New Bremen Girls Meet Again

Staff Writer

The area’s Division IV girls district has long been a cruel place where winning 19 or 20 games  buys you nothing. This year is no different.

Minster (20-3) or New Bremen (19-5) is going to advance to the district title game. The other, after a stellar regular season, will be going home.

Minster won the regular season match-up 47-44 in a slugfest.  Minster, which was the top-ranked team in Division IV at the time,  overcame halftime and fourth quarter deficits to earn a narrow 47-44 win over the Cardinals on mid-January Thursday night in Minster.

Minster, which started the season as the No. 1-ranked team, has won 20 games and enters the contest against their rival a winner of six straight games. Led by the 11 points and six rebounds per game from future Xavier Musketeer and junior post player Courtney Prenger, Minster allows just 33 points per game.

It could be another low-scoring affair on Thursday.

New Bremen may not have been as heralded a squad going into the campaign, but Chris Burden’s bunch has won 19 games with the third-best defense in the MAC (35 points per game — only Versailles and Minster are better) and a balanced scoring attack (no Cardinal is in the top 10 in scoring in the conference) to go with the athleticism of former MAC Player of the Year Paige Jones on the board and on the defensive end (5.1 rebounds per game).

Minster advanced with a blowout 61-27 win over New Knoxville on Saturday. The Wildcats led 20-6 after one quarter and were never challenged in their second win over the Rangers of the season. Demaris Wolf led Minster with 13 points. Alli Fischer and Courtney Prenger each added eight points.

New Bremen had a much stiffer challenge with Marion Local. New Bremen’s lead was just 26-23 at the half, but the Cardinals buckled down defensively  and held the Flyers to three third-quarter points to pull ahead. Hannah Tenkman led New Bremen with 12 points and Jane Homan added 11 points.

Ridgemont broke up what would’ve otherwise been an all-Midwest Athletic Conference party when it upended St. Henry to join Fort Recovery (the two teams will play in the first game on Thursday at Wapakoneat at 6:15 p.m.) along with the Cardinals and Wildcats.