Versailles improves to 14-0; beats host Minster

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Versailles 41, Minster 25
Minster girls’ basketball coach Nann Stechschulte described her team’s 41-25 loss to Versailles bluntly. “That was a good old fashion butt kicking,” Stechschulte said.
“Versailles is a very good team and ranked No. 1 for a reason. You have
to always know where (Justine) Raterman is and double team her. The
problem is that leaves someone else wide open.”


MINSTER – Minster girls’ basketball coach Nann Stechschulte described her team’s 41-25 loss to Versailles bluntly.

“That was a good old fashion butt kicking,” Stechschulte said. “Versailles is a very good team and ranked No. 1 for a reason. You have to always know where (Justine) Raterman is and double team her. The problem is that leaves someone else wide open.”

There wasn’t much else Stechschulte could say as her team had 25 total points and only 13 midway through the third quarter. It was a typical Versailles game, solid defense and efficient offense

The Tigers came into the contest at 13-0 and ranked No. 1 in the AP’s D-III state poll. They left it 14-0 and with the Wildcats vote. Minster falls to 7-5.

“The girls stepped up again shooting the ball from the outside,” Versailles coach Jacki Stonebraker said. “Defensively we did a great job helping on the backside and they did not get too many open looks.

Emily Bohman and Raterman each dropped in 14 points to pace the Tigers’ attack. Jodie Quinter had 8 for the Minster Wildcats. Coming into the contest the Bohman-Raterman duo was averaging nearly 32 points a game. They didn’t reach that mark in this contest, but Versailles still dominated.

“Emily Bohman has a lot of game,” Stonebraker said. “Some times she is a quiet scorer and other times she is loud. There are games where I couldn’t believe how many points she had.”

Minster never had a lead in the game and it was tied once at 2-2 in the first period. From there it was all Tigers. In fact, in the first period Raterman outscored the ‘Cats 8-3 as her team had a 10-3 advantage after the first eight minutes.

Not much changed after that. Minster was able to dictate the pace, but that also meant playing right into the strength of the Tigers. Stechschulte had her crew slow it down and play a half court game. The problem was Versailles likes to do the same and they did it a lot better on this night.

After the first period struggles, there was a moment where Minster made somewhat of a run. The Cats were able to settle down and got to within seven at 14-7. However, the Tigers finished the half on a 6-3 run and took a 20-11 lead into the break.

Even though the deficit was only nine, Minster had shown very little on offense making it a much bigger problem.

When the two teams returned for the second half, Versailles closed out the deal in the early going of the third period. Bohman sunk a three ball making it 23-11. She then converted a traditional three point play and it was 26-13 Tigers.

As the Bohman express started running down hill, Minster found itself stuck on the track with no escape. The other problem was the same one they faced in the first half, finding some offense.

“Versailles beat us in every aspect of the game,” said Stechschulte. “They did everything well, shooting the ball, handling the ball, they showed why they are number one.”

After the two free throws, the ‘Cats did not score until a three ball with 1:04 remaining in the stanza. That made it 28-16, but Versailles finished the stanza with a 4-0 run and had a 32-16 advantage heading into the final eight minutes.

The final eight minutes were purely academic. After Versailles took a 38-20 advantage the final few minutes were used to teach some different things and provide court time for the reserve players.

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