Boerger Sends Redskins To Regional Finals

Minster's Rosie Westerbeck (14) takes a shot in the third quarter of Wednesday's Division IV regional semifinal at Butler High School.
By: 
JAKE DOWLING
Sports Editor

Fort Loramie senior Jessica Boerger came ready to play and the Redskins were sure glad she was.

The 5-foot-10 forward scored more than half of the points that the Redskins totaled, becoming a thorn in the side of the Minster Wildcats varsity girls basketball team as Boerger and the Redskins are heading to the Division IV regional final after defeating the Wildcats, 36-30 Wednesday night at Butler High School in Vandalia.

The Redskins will play the winner of Jackson Center and Dayton Miami Valley on Saturday for the right to go to state.

The Redskins' (22-4) defense was also a major problem for the Wildcats, forcing 19 turnovers and converting those 19 into 12 points on the night. The Redskins also shut down the Wildcats' top scorers, limiting Lindsay Roetgerman to just four points, Rosie Westerbeck to zero points in the second half and Hannah Schmitmeyer to just two points on the night.

In the meantime, the Wildcats' (21-5) shooting also suffered in the process, not recording a field goal in the final 13:07 of the game.

Boerger worked her magic, however, scoring the final 11 points in the second quarter, including a bucket and foul to tie the game with 4:08 left in the second and a bucket and foul three Redskins' possessions later to take a 17-16 lead with 2:15 to go until the half. From there, Fort Loramie went on an 11-6 run to take a 22-20 lead at the half.

Boeger collected 13 points; the rest of the Redskins team had nine at the half.

In the second half, Fort Loramie rode a stellar defense behind Boeger and Co., forcing the Wildcats to go 2 of 20 from the field, mustering just 10 points.

To make matters worse for the Wildcats, Lindsay Roetgerman picked up three fouls in the second half, fouling out with 21.1 seconds to go and Courtney Prenger became a non-factor offensively in the second half with three fouls early in the third quarter and just four points. 

Boeger led the night with 20 points; Prenger scored 14 points and collected four boards. Westerbeck tallied eight points and five rebounds.