COLUMBUS – In a rematch of the 2018 title game, the No. 4 Minster Wildcats (28-1) defeated No. 6 Ottoville (25-4) 53-37 to win the Division IV girls state championship game on Saturday at the Jerome Schottenstein Center.

Down 13-9 going into the second quarter, the Wildcats were able to fight their way back and take control of the game by outscoring the Lady Green by 20 points in the second and third quarter.

“Coming out of halftime, I was really impressed with the energy these girls brought. Our defense is what brings energy to the floor and that what we did coming out in the third quarter,” said Minster head coach Mike Wiss.

Sophomore Janae Hoying was the high scorer for the Wildcats with 19 points. Second team all-Ohio senior Courtney Prenger aided her with 16 points, eight rebounds and three blocks.

Senior Haley Hoersten scored a team-high 10 points for Ottoville. First-team all-Ohio senior Kasey Knippen finished with nine points and six rebounds. The Lady Green go home with its second-straight runner-up title in the Division IV state tournament.

Ottoville was looking to win its first state title in its eighth state tournament appearance.

Saturday’s victory marks Minster’s fourth girls basketball state championship in five state tournament appearances.

Attendance for the game was 4,357.

In Friday’s semifinal, Ottoville utilized a seven-point second quarter advantage to defeat Shadyside 50-43.

Kasey Knippen powered the Lady Green with 20 points off 8-15 shooting while adding a team leading seven rebounds and four steals. Haley Hoersten added nine tallies and three assists in the win for Ottoville.

Baylee Wach carried Shadyside (24-5) with 17 points off 6-16 shooting and 5-10 on three-pointers, while pulling down a game-high eight boards. Tory Hendershot added 13 markers and Sydnie Destifanes had 12 for Shadyside.

OTTOVILLE (37) - H. Hoersten 10; K. Knippen 9; Schlagbaum 7; N. Knippen 6; Hanneman 3; Thomas 0; K. Hoersten 0; G. Gamble 0; German 0; F. Gamble 0; Leis 0. Totals: 11-8-37.

MINSTER (53) - Hoying 19; Prenger 16; I. Wolf 9; Barhorst 4; D. Wolf 3; Mox 2; Falk 0; Richard 0; Ernst 0; Schmiesing 0; Heuker 0; Pelletier 0. Totals: 20-9-53.

Three-point goals: Ottoville — K. Knippen 3; Schlagbaum; Hanneman. Minster — Hoying 3; I. Wolf. Rebounds: Ottoville 31 (N. Knippen 9); Minster 25 (Prenger 8). Turnovers: Ottoville 16; Minster 6.

Ottoville 13 6 7 11 — 37

Minster 9 16 17 11 - 53

SHADYSIDE (43) - Wach 17; T. Hendershot 13; Destifanes 12; Coffland 1; Mayeres 0; Selmon 0; Gorby 0; J. Hendershot 0. Totals: 14-7-43.

OTTOVILLE (50) - K. Knippen 20; H. Hoersten 9; Honigford 8; Schlagbaum 4; N. Knippen 4; K. Hoersten 4; Hanneman 1; Thomas 0. Totals: 17-13-50.

Three-point goals: Shadyside — Wach 5; Destifanes 2; T. Hendershot. Ottoville — Honigford 2; K. Knippen. Rebounds: Shadyside 28 (Wach 8); Ottoville 34 (K. Knippen 7). Turnovers: Shadyside 16; Ottoville 10.

Shadyside 11 5 10 17 — 43

Ottoville 11 12 13 14 — 50

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