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MAC Girls Basketball Game of the Week - New Knoxville at Versailles

December 12, 2012
Midwest Athletic Conference (MAC)



As a new girls basketball season emerges in the Midwest Athletic Conference, this week’s big conference battle will have Tim Hegemier’s New Knoxville Rangers (4-1, 2-0) heading to Versailles to take on Jacki Stonebraker’s  unbeaten Versailles Tigers (6-0, 1-0), in a contest which could certainly hold conference title implications at the end of the season. 

Following their first loss of the season, a four-point setback to Fort Loramie, the Rangers had a nearly ten-day break before getting back on track with a 44-37 victory over Minster last week in New Knoxville.  The victory pushed New Knoxville to 2-0 in the conference as they look to capture their first league title in six years.  In five games, the Rangers are led by Haley Horstman and Paige Lehman in scoring and rebounding respectively, including in their victory this week over Upper Scioto Valley in a rematch of last season’s Division IV district final.  “We played USV on Tuesday night and there are definitely a lot of things that we need to improve upon both offensively and defensively,” Hegemier pointed out.  “Versailles is a very good ball team with a great combination on the floor.  We are definitely going to have our hands full – they are the real deal.”

Versailles has sprinted out to a 6-0 start as they look to improve to a 2-0 start in the conference with a win this week over the Rangers.  The Tigers have been led by Christa Puthoff with her 12.5 points and nearly seven rebounds per contest, while Katie Heckman has been hitting for 12 points and five rebounds each time out.  “Our inside/post game has improved greatly this season, which has helped to improve our shooting percentage from the field,” Stonebraker remarked.  “We also get a lot of scoring from different people each game.  We don't have a dominant offensive player that the opposing team has to focus on - any one girl can score on our team.”

Stonebraker understands the challenge her girls will face on their home floor against the Rangers this week.  “New Knoxville has a couple of great players with Haley Horstman and Paige Lehman,” she complimented.  “They are coached very well and everything they do on offense runs through Horstman - we must contain her.  I think we can also take advantage of our depth and run the court offensively.  In order to win this game, we must control the boards and the tempo of the game.”    

by Robb Hemmelgarn

   


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