WAPAKONETA — Wapakoneta matched Minster on the size front.
But the Redskins had trouble navigating through the Minster pressure defense.
Minster forced 23 Wapakoneta turnovers to help the Wildcats post a 40-33 victory over Wapakoneta in a non-league girls basketball game Tuesday night.
“I learned we can’t turn the ball over 20-some times and expect to be on the right end of the game,” Wapak coach Rusty Allen said. “It seemed like 40 (turnovers) because some of them were just unforced.
“I think we were so concerned about the pressure we didn’t focus on what we needed to on the offensive end. It kind of got us out of sorts a little bit. When we did run our offense, we got great looks.’’
Minster used a full-court and half-court man to cause the damage.
It often prevented the Redskins from getting what they wanted from their offense.
Point guard Lexi Jacobs led the Redskins with 15 points and four rebounds.
“Lexi is a seasoned, four-year senior point guard and you’re not going to get her into too many situations where she panics,” Minster coach Mike Wiss said. “But that can’t stop us from continuing pressure on everyone. You put the pressure on her and hopefully, hopefully after four quarters of up-and-down, in-your-face, it pays off a little bit on somebody else. Our pressure is important to us.’’
Wapak’s Sarah Pothast had eight points, four rebounds and three blocks. Audra Schaub had two points and a team-high six rebounds.
Courtney Prenger led Minster with 13 points, six rebounds and one block. Taylor Kogge had five points, with three key free throws in the final seconds.
Demaris Wolf had two points and eight rebounds for Minster.
Minster is 18-3. Wapakoneta is 13-8.
Wapak won the boards, 34-25.
Minster’s Jessica Falk gave the Wildcats the lead to stay 29-26 with one second left in the third quarter.
“That bank three (by Falk) was big,” Allen said.
Paige Thobe’s 5-footer made it 31-26 Minster and capped a 7-0 Minster run.
Jacobs’ fast-break layup got Wapak within 33-30 with 1:29 to go.
But Minster’s Kogge had a three-point play to push the lead to 36-30 with 48 seconds left.
Ivy Wolf and Kogge both hit two free throws in the final 35 seconds to seal the win.
It was a showdown among four 6-footers.
Wapak had 6-1 Pothast and 6-foot Makenzie Wilson.
Minster stacked up with 6-2 Prenger and 6-2 Kogge.
The first half was back and forth with Wapak leading 8-7 after the first quarter.
By halftime, the game was tied at 18.
Minster’s man pressure forced the Redskins into 12 first-half turnovers.
Both teams hope to use the game as a springboard heading into next week’s tournament.
“It was a good tournament atmosphere and tune-up for us,” Allen said. “We’ll build off this.’’
Wiss added, “This was a tournament game, kind of feel, by how the game was being called and how much of a grind-it-out affair it was on offense.’’
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