Lady Cardinals win against Botkins

Abi Powers of New Bremen passes the ball as she is guarded by Botkins defenders including Delana Pitts (12) during Tuesday’s game at New Bremen.

NEW BREMEN — Back and forth it went.

New Bremen and Botkins clashed in a nonleague girls basketball contest Tuesday at the Nest, with the Lady Cardinals coming away with a 59-47 victory.

The teams were evenly matched, with New Bremen able to gain an early advantage and maintain it. Botkins used pressure to stay close, but couldn’t quite get enough of a run.

New Bremen moves to 5-3 on the year, with Botkins now at 6-3.

Sophomore Marina Nelson led the Lady Cards offense with 23 points on the night.

Abi Powers had 17 and Chloe Homan scored 11.

Coach Andy Timmerman said that the team played well at times, but made a number of mistakes, and needs to do a better job communicating. He said that they were able to make plays when they needed to do so.

For the Lady Trojans, Botkins coach Tyler Carson said “We dug ourselves a hole in the first quarter. We did a good job chipping away.”

He noted that the Trojans have a number of good shooters, and he will continue to encourage that.

Malanie Maurer had 15 for Botkins. Camdyn Paul scored nine and Janel Platfoot had eight.

Both teams used small rotations, with six players on each side seeing action.

After trading baskets to open the game, New Bremen then got a three by Nelson and a couple of drives by Powers. Botkins responded with scores by Maurer and Paul.

Baskets by Homan and Allison Hays put New Bremen up seven, 13-6, and led to a timeout by Botkins with 3 1/2 minutes to go in the period.

The trading of points continued for the rest of the frame, with Kennedi Doseck, Maurer, Delana Pitts and Paul connecting for the Lady Trojans.

New Bremen would respond with a baseline drive by Powers, a score by Hays, and a three-pointer from Nelson.

There were no fouls called in the opening eight minutes, keeping things moving. At the end of one, New Bremen had a 20-14 advantage.

New Bremen got a score by Hays off a rebound of a missed free throw to begin the second. They would add a couple of baskets by Homan, and hold Botkins to a single free throw over the four-minute stretch.

That pushed the lead to 26-15.

A fast-break score by Paul, a three-ball from Lydia Dietz and a pair of foul shots by Platfoot cut that gap down to four.

One more scoring exchange made it 29-24 for the Cardinals at the break.

After a couple minutes of scoreless action to start the third, Powers had a threepoint play with 5:34 to go.

Botkins came back with a three by Maurer and a foul shot by Doseck.

New Bremen stayed in front with another three-point play, this one by Nelson.

After a score by Botkins, the Cards got a three by Homan, a score off an inbounds by Hays and a driving layup by Powers getting it up to 12, 42-30.

A free throw with just under two minutes to go and a three in the corner by Maurer got it back to single digits.

Botkins hit a few shots early in the fourth, but New Bremen responded each time.

With 3:46 to go, Botkins was called for its seventh foul. Homan made both shots, and Nelson followed up with a 3-pointer to make it 52-42.

A three by Paul and a two by Platfoot halved that lead, but those would be the last points of the night for the Lady Trojans.

New Bremen then salted it away, as Nelson and Powers hit several free throws in the final two minutes.

Game Notes

Botkins won the JV game 37-24. Scoring for New Bremen: Abbie Burden 8; Mary Rindler 6; Allie Bornhorst 4; Addison Kuenning 2; Olivia Thornton 2; Lydia Bushman 2.

New Bremen is scheduled to travel to Mechanicsburg on Thursday night, weather permitting.

Score by quarters Botkins 14 10

10 13 -- 47

New Bremen20 9 13 17 -- 59

BOTKINS (47) Camdyn Paul 3-1-00-9; Lydia Dietz 0-2-00-6; Malanie Maurer 3-3-0-0-15; Janel Platfoot 3-0-2-2-8; Kennedi Doseck 1-0-2-4-4; Delana Pitts 2-0-1-2-5; Peagan McPheron 0-0-0-00; Jana Metz 0-0-0-0-0; TOTALS 12-6-5-8-47.

NEW BREMEN (59) Marina Nelson 2-47-8-23; Mia Hirschfeld 0-0-0-0-0; Abi Powers 7-0-3-4-17; Ella Pape 0-0-0-0-0; Allison Hays 4-0-0-2-8; Chloe Homan 3-1-2-4-11; TOTALS 16-5-12-18-59. ———

In other scholastic action:


Minster 41, Jackson Center 36 (OT)

JACKSON CENTER — Minster earned a nonleague road victory over Jackson Center in overtime on Tuesday.

Lilly Barhorst had 12 points and Katie McClurg scored nine for the Lady Wildcats, now 4-5 on the year.

Minster outscored the Lady Tigers 11-8 in the first, with four points by Barhorst, a three by McClurg, and baskets by Lydia Mescher and Kayla Lamm.

The second had a similar margin, with Minster leading 22-17 at the break. Sadie Niemeyer made a 3 and McClurg had a two. Barhorst made two shots ,and Anna Larger hit two free throws.

Jackson Center rallied in the third, outscoring Minster by six. Kaycie Albers had a three and two free throws, and Brooke Clune made one shot.

Minster outscored JC by one in the fourth to tie the game at 36. McClurg, Lyndi Hemmelgarn and Lamm made one shot each and Barhorst had a free throw.

Minster then hit five foul shots, three by Barhorst and two by McClurg in the extra session. The defense held Jackson Center scoreless.

Minster (1-2 MAC, 4-5 overall) will be off until Dec. 29 when they host Arcanum.

Score by quarters Minster 11 11 7 7 5 -- 41

Jackson Center

8 9 13 6 0 -- 36


Katie McClurg 2-12-2-9; Brooke Clune 1-0-0-0-2; Kaycie Albers 0-1-2-2-5; Lydia Mescher 1-0-0-0-2; Morgan Sparks 0-0-00-0; Lilly Barhorst 4-04-6-12; Sadie Niemeyer 0-1-0-0-3; Anna Larger 0-0-2-3-2; Lyndi Hemmelgarn 1-0-0-0-2; Kayla Lamm 2-0-0-0-4; Kennedy Korte 0-0-00-0; TOTALS 11-3-1013-41.


Grace Prenger 0-00-0-0; Presley Reese 2-0-0-0-4; McKinley Reichert 10-0-3-3-23; Addie Biederman 2-10-1-7; Kendall Reese 0-0-0-0-0; Macy Klopfenstein 1-0-0-0-2; TOTALS 15-1-3-4-36.