Another 1,000-point Diestelkamp

By: 
Will Johnson

Limited to 44 points in three games last week during the Hermann Tournament, Dutchgirl junior Breanna Diestelkamp went into Owensville’s Monday night Highway 28 showdown with Belle’s Lady Tigers just 14 points shy of becoming the fourth Dutchgirl basketball player in program history to reach 1,000 career points.

Splashing home a 3-pointer at the 7:43  mark of the third quarter, Breanna joined her sister Hailey Diestelkamp, Teresa (Holzschuh) Schulte and Kati Davis in the 1,000-point club.

“When I heard the little girls screaming in the stands, I knew I had passed 1,000 points,” Breanna Diestelkamp said. “I couldn’t have done it without my teammates and coaches over the last three years.”

Finishing with a game-high 31 points, Breanna enters Friday’s homecoming contest against Hermann’s Bearcats with 1,017 career points.

Accounting for 11 of Owensville’s 15 first-quarter points Monday night, Diestelkamp scored 19 second-half points help the Dutchgirls hold off a game Belle Lady Tiger squad, 58-53.

While Breanna added 13 rebounds, six blocked shots, three steals and three assists to her game-high point total, she had plenty of help from her teammates.

Taking over ball-handling duties after Morgan Lairmore left the game with an ankle injury, sophomore Destinee Busenhart scored four points in the second and fourth quarters to help the Dutchgirl offense. She also added three assists and three steals.

“Destinee, with her athleticism, puts the defense at a disadvantage because she has matured to see more than just the individual scoring opportunity,” Dutchgirl head basketball coach Ryan Flanagan said.

Not seeing the court until the fourth quarter, Dutchgirl sophomore guard Stephani Elliot made the most of her playing time in the final eight minutes.

Hitting her first of three two-point shots at the 6:05 mark of the fourth quarter, Elliott capped her scoring with a bucket at the 2:33 mark of the fourth giving Owensville the lead for good at 54-43.

“Once my first couple of shots went in, my confidence really started to go up,” Elliott said. “I’m happy I was able to help the team get a big victory over Belle.”

Even though Belle trailed by as much as 18 points in the first half, they stormed back in the second half trimming the Dutchgirl lead to one at 40-39 on a pair of Gracie Schultz free throws with 6:18 left in the game.

Unable to get any closer, the Lady Tigers were led by Halle Smith with 16 points followed in double figures by Schultz with 14.

She scored 11 of her 14 during Belle’s second-half rally.

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