BATH TOWNSHIP — The 21st edition of the Bath McDonald’s tournament is in the books and the winner for the second year in a row is the Minster Wildcats.
Minster knocked off previously undefeated Bellevue by a final score of 71-49 thanks to a huge second half advantage.
The Wildcats remain unbeaten at 10-0 while the Lady Red fall to 10-1 on the season.
Bellevue wanted to run, and run some more, while the Wildcats looked to get the ball inside to 6-foot-2 junior Courtney Prenger.
Both teams were able to succeed in the first half as the Wildcats took a 30-29 lead to the break led by Prenger with 12 first half points.
Minster then grabbed control as they opened the second half on an 11-0 run fueled by three 3-pointers courtesy of Alli Fischer followed by back to back treys from Demaris Wolf.
With Bellevue forced to try to shut down the Minster shooters the Wildcats found Prenger open inside and she responded with 10 third period points on 5-of-5 shooting from the field.
When the dust settled on the third period, Minster had out-scored the Lady Red 21-9 and held a 51-38 lead going to the final quarter.
The Minster lead would grow to as many as 22 points – at 62-40 – in the fourth quarter before both teams emptied the benches and the two played back and forth to account for the final score.
Bellevue, who has no seniors on the roster, was led by sophomore guard Casey Santoro with a team high 20 point effort. Freshman Gabrielle Turner added 12 points off the bench.
Prenger, who has verbally committed to play at Xavier, hit 9-of-10 shots from the field on her way to a game high 24 point evening. She was joined with three team mates in double digit scoring as both Fischer and Ivy Wolf totaled 11 points and Demaris Wolf ended the night with 10 points.
The Wildcats ability to get the ball inside led to them hitting 53 percent from the floor in game, including 7-of-10 on three point shots.
Bath 44 Toledo Start 27
Bath bounced back from their first loss of the season in their tournament opener against Bellevue to defeat the Spartans 44 to 27 and improve to 8-1 on the season.
Jaidyn Hale paced the Wildkittens with a 13-point first half as they jumped on Start to lead 16-5 after one quarter and grew that lead to 30-9 at the half.
The second half actually saw the Spartans out-score Bath 18-14 to keep the game from being a complete blow-out but they were never able to seriously threaten the big lead held by the Wildkittens.
Senior post player Lindsey Singhaus paced the Bath offense with a game-high 16 points while Hale followed with her 13 point game.
“We played good the first half and then we had no focus and weren’t energetic the second half.” Bath coach Greg Mauk said. “We have to get better at running our offense; we are going through the wringer part of our schedule right now but that is how we are going to get better.”
Bath played Bellevue Friday night then has road games coming up against state ranked Ottawa-Glandorf and Ottoville.
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