Ian Wannemacher goes in for a layup Tuesday night against Fort Jennings. Wannemacher led Jefferson with 20 points in their 48-38 win over the Musketeers. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
Ian Wannemacher goes in for a layup Tuesday night against Fort Jennings. Wannemacher led Jefferson with 20 points in their 48-38 win over the Musketeers. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
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DELPHOS — Ian Wannemacher scored 20 points and helped Jefferson knocked off the Musketeers 48-38 Tuesday night. Hunter Mericle added 15 for the Wildcats while Evan Hoersten ended the game with 19.

Wannemacher was the entire offense in the first quarter for Jefferson and scored all of their 10-points through the first 8:00. Hoersten hit a jumper late but another field goal by Wannemacher gave the Cats a 10-9 lead.

Jefferson’s offense opened up in the second quarter. Mericle hit a pair of three’s before Colin Bailey knocked down one of his own to give the Wildcats a sizable lead. Hoersten scored four in the quarter but great play on the defensive end prevented him from doing any more damage in the first half.

Jefferson entered the break with a 24-16 lead over Fort Jennings.

The Musketeers tried to claw their way back in the game in the third period. Hoersten sunk a layup and Simon Smith drained a three-pointer to cut the Wildcat lead down to four. Wannemacher ended the quarter with a hook-shot that found net as time expired to increase their lead to 30-24.

Mericle opened the fourth quarter with a three and made it 33-24 and gave Jefferson their biggest lead of the night. Jennings tried to keep pace but was shut down at every turn.

The Musketeers were forced to play aggressive late in the game and sent the Cats to the charity stripe. A shot by Ian Ricker with :10 to go was blocked hard by Wannemacher as Jefferson held out for a 48-38 victory over Fort Jennings.

“This is the first game where we were evenly matched offensively,” said Jefferson head coach Jorden Jettinghoff. “The biggest thing was, we came out and played with a purpose. Earlier in the season, we were out their just going through the motions or played defense to our capacity. I was proud of our defensive effort tonight.”

The Wildcats improve to 2-15 (0-5 NWC) while Fort Jennings falls to 3-15 (0-5 PCL).

Fort Jennings 38

Reese Von Sossan 0-6 2-2 2, Ian Ricker 2-8 0-0 4, Nick Trentman 1-1 1-2 3, Carson Kazee 3-9 0-0 6, Derek Luersman 0-2 1-2 1, Evan Hoersten 7-12 5-7 19, Simon Smith 1-7 0-0 3, Zach Schulte 0-2 0-0 0, Total 14-47 9-13 38

Jefferson 48

Ian Wannemacher 10-15 0-2 20, Ashton Moore 1-1 0-0 2, Jeffrey Caputo 0-2 1-2 1, Hunter Mericle 6-12 0-4 15, Doug Long Jr. 2-9 1-2 5, Colin Bailey 1-5 1-2 4, JT Taviano 0-2 0-0 0, Logan Hubert 0-1 1-2 1, Total 20-51 4-14 48

Score by Quarter

Fort Jennings 9 7 8 14 - 38

Jefferson 10 14 6 18 - 48

JV:

Fort Jennings 31

Aiden Grothouse 3, Jared Liebrecht 2, Noah Wittler 3, Jon Grote 12, Zach Schulte 7, Nick Wurst 4

Jefferson 34

Colin Bailey 8, Logan Herron 10, Logan Hubert 6, Damon Wiltsie 5, Logan Gallmeier 3, Seth Estle 2

Score by Quarter

Fort Jennings 10 8 5 8 - 31

Jefferson 3 8 10 13 - 34