645 - St. John’s senior Madilynn Schulte heads to the basket despite the defense of New Bremen’s Macy Puthoff during Thursday night girls basketball action inside Arnzen Gymnasium. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe)
645 - St. John’s senior Madilynn Schulte heads to the basket despite the defense of New Bremen’s Macy Puthoff during Thursday night girls basketball action inside Arnzen Gymnasium. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe)
DELPHOS — Thursday night’s New Bremen at St. John’s Midwest Athletic Conference girls basketball clash inside Robert A. Arnzen Gymnasium was the regular-season closer for both teams. Both squads wanted to go into the second season on a high note, and the host Lady Blue Jays were sending a pair of seniors out in their home finale.

A 6-minute Blue Jays scoring drought in the fourth period prevented a happy ending as the Lady Cardinals grabbed a 44-38 victory.

“New Bremen’s length makes it very tough for us to get anything going offensively. They take away the lanes for you to drive to the basket and yet can sit back and force you to shoot over the top,” Jays’ coach Dan J. Grothouse said. “We had our open looks but didn’t hit nearly enough. We played good defense but we didn’t finish with the rebound; they hurt us badly on second shots. They got more opportunities and we didn’t get as many; they wanted the rebound more than we did. We looked like a tired team.”

Madilynn Schulte (12 points, 4 assists, 5 steals) and Jessica Geise (10 boards, 7 points) played their final home game for the blue-and-gold (10-12, 2-7 MAC).

“You always want to send your seniors out on a win,” Grothouse said. “These two have meant a lot to our program in their four years of involvement. It never gets easier to see them go and you always wish they go out on a winning note. We just couldn’t get it tonight.”

The score was tied at 25 to enter the fourth period. New Bremen’s Jane Homan scored 26 seconds into the span and Schulte buried a 3-ball from the key at 7:06 for the Jays’ last lead.

They would then go the next 5:52 without scoring a point as they missed their next seven shots and two foul shots, plus turned it over five times, while the Cardinals took the lead for good at 6:40 on a deuce by Kayla Bergman.

That started a 10-0 run for the Cardinals, leaving a 37-28 margin at 1:21. When St. John’s Betty Vorst hit a short jumper-and-1 at 1:14, that finally broke the spell. The Jays were forced to foul and, though the Cardinals weren’t hot from the line (11-of-20 in the fourth), it was enough as three Blue Jay players fouled out.

In junior varsity action, the Cardinals grabbed a 16-9 victory to close the season.

The Jays open Division IV sectional action Tuesday at Paulding as they oppose McComb with an 8 p.m. tip.

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NEW BREMEN (44)

Macy Puthoff 1-4 1-3 3, Hanna Tenkman 3-7 2-5 9, Abbi Thieman 1-2 2-2 4, Marissa Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Brianna Arling 0-0 1-2 1, Kelly Naylor 2-5 2-4 7, Amanda Brown 0-0 0-0 0, Kayla Bergman 4-7 0-0 8, Jane Homan 3-6 6-9 12. Totals 14-33 14-25 44.

ST. JOHN’S (38)

Hayleigh Bacome 3-5 0-0 8, Taylor Zuber 3-8 2-2 8, Madilynn Schulte 4-12 2-3 12, Betty Vorst 1-7 1-1 3, Ellie Csukker 0-0 0-0 0, Jessica Geise 3-8 0-2 7, Hannah Bockey0-0 0-0 0, Hannah Will 0-0 0-0 0, Abby Bonifas 0-0 0-0 0, Leah Hays 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 14-40 5-8 38.

Score by Quarters:

New Bremen 11 5 9 19 - 44

St. John’s 16 8 17 11 - 52

Three-point Field Goals: New Bremen 2-8 (Tenkman, Naylor), St. John’s 5-22 (Bacome 2, Schulte 2, Geise). Rebounds: New Bremen 29/9 offensive (Homan 9), St. John’s 23/7 offensive (Geise 10). Assists: New Bremen 5 (Homan 2), St. John’s 7 (Schulte 4). Steals: New Bremen 10 (Bergman/Homan 3), St. John’s 10 (Schulte 5). Blocks: New Bremen 0, St. John’s 0. Fouls: New Bremen 14, St. John’s 22. Turnovers: New Bremen 18, St. John’s 20.