COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Minster Wildcats (26-3) defeated the Ottoville Lady Green (27-3) 63-48 to win the 2018 OHSAA Division IV Girls Basketball State Championship game on Saturday at the Jerome Schottenstein Center. For the Wildcats Head Coach Mike Wiss it was his second state title in less than a year, he led the baseball team to a D IV State Baseball title last spring.
No. 2 Ottoville went up 12-2 in the first four minutes of the game. No. 4 Minster didn’t get rattled and responded with a 7-2 run of their own to end the quarter. Ottoville took a 24-20 lead into the halftime locker room behind senior CJ Kemper and junior Kasey Knippen shooting a combined 6-for-6 from the floor for 16 points.
In a second half that saw 11 lead changes and seven ties, Minster pulled away for good midway through the fourth quarter. After two free throws from Ottoville’s Kasey Knippen to put the Lady Green up 48-47 with 4:45 remaining in the game, Minster forced seven turnovers and scored the final 16 points of the game.
FINAL: @MinsterAthletic 63, @OttovilleFan 48. The Wildcats are the @OHSAASports Champions in Division IV Girls Basketball!! Courtney Prenger led the team with 17 points, Freshman @Ivy_wolf4 added 15. Checkout the late 4th highlights and postgame. #HSBLITZOH pic.twitter.com/SoXrKXz8LQ
— Spectrum Sports OH (@SpecSportsOH) March 17, 2018
Following the game, Minster head coach Mike Wiss touched on the final run that gave the Wildcats the win.
“Basketball is such a momentum-switching game. Ottoville had a hard time finding their identity at the end of the game, where we had a strong sense of our individual identity.”
After a slow first half for Minster’s Second Team All-Ohioan Courtney Prenger, the junior forward finished with a game-high 17 points, and added six rebounds and 2 blocks. Freshman Ivy Wolf scored 15 points for the Wildcats, and senior Taylor Kogge added 12.
All 48 Ottoville points came from just four players. Bridget Landin, Amber Miller, and Kasey Knippen each finished with 13 points, while CJ Kemper scored 9. Landin led the Lady Green with 34 points in the two state tournament games.
Ottoville was looking to win its first state title in its seventh state tournament appearance.
Saturday’s victory marks Minster’s third girls basketball state championship in four state tournament appearances.
Attendance for the game was 4,968.