Diestelkamp reaches 40-point mark at South Callaway

Will Johnson

MOKANE — Opening the South Callaway Girls Basketball Tournament last Monday with a 62-49 loss to fourth-seeded New Bloomfield, Ryan Flanagan’s Owensville Dutchgirls saw a familiar foe in the consolation semifinals last Wednesday night at South Callaway Middle School (SCMS).

North Callaway’s Lady Thunderbirds came in as the eight seed against the fifth-seeded Dutchgirls.

This was a rematch of last year’s consolation title game with the seeds reversed.

Getting within a point four times in the final 4:31 of the game, the Dutchgirls could not take the lead before falling to North Callaway 47-46.

Down 30-18 at halftime, Owensville outscored the Lady Thunderbirds 15-6 in the third quarter to go into the fourth trailing by just three points, 36-33.

Staying within striking distance the entire fourth quarter, the Dutchgirls could not overcome 26 turnovers before being sent to Friday’s seventh-place game against Montgomery County’s Lady Wildcats.

Breanna Diestelkamp led the Dutchgirls against North Callaway with a game-high 22 points. Morgan Lairmore also reached double figures scoring eight of her 11 points in the second half.

Diestelkamp added 10 rebounds, six steals, four assists and two blocked shots against the Lady Thunderbirds.

Katelyn Landolt just missed double figures posting six of her nine points in the third quarter.

Stephani Elliott and Anna Skornia both added two points.

Also played at SCMS, the Dutchgirls once again found themselves trailing at halftime by a score of 34-25.

Getting 13 of their 15 third-quarter points from Diestelkamp, Owensville went into the final eight minutes facing just a four-point deficit, 44-40.

Equaling her third-quarter output, Diestelkamp also posted a baker’s dozen in the fourth quarter of Owensville’s 57-55 loss to the Lady Wildcats for seventh place.

In addition to her career-high 40 points, Diestelkamp added 19 rebounds and nine steals narrowly missing a triple double.

Kate Angell and Landolt each added four points.