Thursday, Feb. 8 Scoreboard

Fort Loramie's Kenzie Hoelscher (22), Marissa Meiring (42) and Taylor Ratermann (23) defends against Russia on Thursday night. The Raiders handed Fort Loramie its first SCAL loss of the season. (Staff Photo/Brian Smith)
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Minster 45, New Knoxville 20 — Minster put together another strong performance in Midwest Athletic Conference play to improve to 16-3 and 7-1 in the MAC.  The Wildcats found themselves in a bit of a dogfight early, as Tim Hegemier’s Rangers were within one point at 7-6 after one quarter. But Minster outscored the Rangers 16-4 in the second quarter and 16-5 in the third to blow it open. Ivy Wolf led the Wildcats with 11 points. Taylor Kogge added nine points. Courtney Prenger and Alli Fischer each scored six points, Demaris Wolf, Jessica Falk and Janae Hoying each had three points. Karly Richard and Paige Thobe each had a basket for two points. The Wildcats will host St. Marys in a rare Saturday evening game, with the JV game tipping off at 4:30 p.m. and the varsity game at 6 p.m.

Russia 47, Fort Loramie 35 — It turned out to be a championship — but not perfect — Shelby County League season for the Fort Loramie girls basketball team. The Redskins made a big run in the third quarter to take a brief four-point lead with full-court pressure and the work of Abby Holthaus on the offensive glass as she put in three putback baskets during the rally, but Russia quickly re-gained control and used the free throw line to its advantage to salt away a win. It’s Fort Loramie’s first Shelby County League loss and ended an 11-game win streak, but they’d already wrapped up the outright league title with the first 11 wins this winter. Kenzie Hoelscher and Taylor Ratermann each scored nine points to lead the Redskins. Cordonnier led Russia and all scorers with 12 points.

Coldwater 40, Fort Recovery 30 — The Coldwater Cavaliers continued their second-half surge by upending a Fort Recovery team that entered the night with just one MAC loss. The Cavs won their 13th straight game and improved to 16-5, 6-3 in the MAC, a massive turnaround from the start to the season, where Coldwater found itself 0-3 in the MAC nad 3-5 on Dec. 26. Fort Recovery fell to 14-4, 6-2 in the MAC. Coldwater, which has completed the conference portion of its schedule, will play Pauling in its tournament opener on Feb. 21 at Lincolnview.  Fort Recovery still has a game against Minster on Feb. 15 on the schedule in a match-up of two of the MAC’s best squads. The Indians’ tournament road begins on Saturday, Feb. 24 against Ada at the Allen East sectional.

Delphos St. John’s 40, Marion Local 37 — St. John’s knocked off the Flyers, who lost their sixth straight game. Marion Local (4-16, 2-6 MAC) will go to Fort Loramie on Tuesday, Feb. 13, host New Knoxville on Thursday, Feb. 15 in their home finale and then play either New Bremen or Waynesfield-Goshen in a sectional game at Coldwater on Saturday, Feb. 24.

New Bremen 39, Parkway 26 — Jane Homan scored a team-high 10 points and had five rebounds, Paige Jones added eight and Hanna Tenkman and Abbi Thieman scored six points apiece as New Bremen scored a 39-26 road victory at Parkway.  Macy Puthoff dished out six assists for the Cardinals, who moved to 15-5 and evened their record up at 4-4 in the MAC. The Cardinals travel to Botkins on Tuesday, Feb. 13, play their final home game on Thursday, Feb. 15 and then open tournament play against Waynesfield-Goshen on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at Coldwater.

Versailles 56, St. Henry 37 — Versailles clinched the outright MAC title and a perfect 9-0 record in conference play with the 19-point win over St. Henry. The Tigers are now 20-1 on the season with a final regular season game against Jackson Center scheduled for Saturday before the Tigers open the tournament on Saturday, Feb. 17 against Dixie in the Division III Covington sectional.