Versailles wins MAC championship outright

By Kyle Shaner kshaner@civitasmedia.com

February 6, 2014

VERSAILLES — Versailles won the Midwest Athletic Conference girls basketball championship outright on Thursday by defeating Delphos St. John’s 49-34 in Versailles.

With the win, Versailles finished 9-0 in MAC play this season to capture its second consecutive league championship. It’s the third MAC title in program history with the first coming in 2008.

“It feels pretty good,” Versailles girls basketball coach Jacki Stonebraker said. “Knowing we were going to win the MAC no matter what, even if it was a share, the parents (created MAC championship T-shirts) behind the girls’ backs. So they’re pretty happy, and they’re wearing them proudly.”

There was little doubt throughout the game that Versailles was going to win to finish league play undefeated as the Lady Tigers never trailed Thursday night. Versailles jumped out to a 15-5 first quarter lead and never looked back.

“The first quarter really set the tone for the game,” Stonebraker said. “I thought we got a little sloppy in the second, but for the most part I thought the girls played with high intensity for most of the game.”

St. John’s did get its offense going in the second quarter with a 9-0 run to cut Versailles’ lead to 19-14, but the Lady Tigers held off the charge and led 25-16 at halftime.

Versailles dominated the third quarter, outscoring St. John’s 13-2, to take a comfortable 38-18 lead.

“It was all about how hard they want to play and what standard they want to play at,” Stonebraker said.

And when the final buzzer sounded, Versailles came away with the 49-34 victory to win the conference championship.

“It’s hard to come off of a loss like we did,” Stonebraker said. “I thought we were deflated a little bit against (Miami) East (on Saturday), but they came back and they got what was important to them.”

Brooke Pothast led Versailles with a season-high 11 points on Thursday. Also for the Lady Tigers, Emily Harman scored seven points, Lauren Bruns scored six, Katie Heckman scored six, Christa Puthoff scored six, Kayla McEldowney scored four, Taylor Winner scored three, Courtney Prenger scored two, Olivia Schlater scored two, and Amanda Winner scored two.