Minster Shoots The Lights Out

Minster's Aaron Ernst converted on six three-pointers and scored a game-high 24 points in the Wildcats' 73-44 non-conference win against St. Marys on Saturday.
Sports Editor

Minster Wildcats senior Aaron Ernst found a nice spot in the floor of the Murotech Court.

On four different occasions, Ernst would stand at the spot, waiting for the ball to come his way, and when it did, he showed why he enjoyed that spot right in front of that Minster bench.

It wasn't to show off to his teammates, it was to show off to the St. Marys crowd as he was a perfect 4-of-4 from the spot behind the are en route to six threes on the night in the Wildcats' 73-44 non-conference win on Saturday against the Roughriders.

The Wildcats (10-8) nailed 13 treys in the game, shooting 56 percent from behind the arc and in the field, compared to the Roughriders 38.4 percent clip from the field and 31 percent (5-of-16) mark from three-point land.

Minster began its onslaught behind the arc in the halfway point of the second quarter where the Wildcats drained five three-pointers, outscoring the Roughriders 23-12, but the kicker was Minster scoring seven of the game's nine points in the last 1:44 of the first half that changed the game.

From there, the Wildcats had a 34 -26 halftime advantage and outscored the Riders 39-18 in the second half with six more three-pointers.

That is when Ernst found his stroke, connecting on four of Minster's six second-half threes in front of his teammates.

The Wildcats opened the second half with three treys, leading to a 43-34 lead 5:58 to go in the third. In the last 13:58 of the game, Minster tallied 30 points to St. Marys' 10 as the Roughriders scored just three points in the last 4:17 of the game.

St. Marys lead for most of the first half, leading 20-19 5:11 in the second quarter, but could not withstand Minster's firepower for the remaining 21:11 of the game.

Ernst led the game with 24 points, followed by 12 from Mike Ketner (who hit four three-pointers) and 10 from Jarod Schulze. Colin Clements led the Roughriders, who were without Derek Jay for a second straight game, with a season-high 14 points, followed by 10 from Braeden Dunlap.

Read the full story in Monday's edition of The Evening Leader.