Dutchgirls battle way to third-place hardware at Hermann tournament

Will Johnson
Sports Editor

HERMANN — Sent to the third-place game following a 61-40 loss to St. Clair’s Lady Bulldogs last Wednesday night, Ryan Flanagan’s Owensville Dutchgirl basketball team looked to bounce back Friday night against Battle’s Lady Spartans out of Columbia.

This is served as another shot at posting a win against a Columbia school after falling to Hickman’s Lady Kewpies 56-46 back on Wednesday, Jan. 16.

Edging the Lady Spartans 17-14 after one quarter, Owensville more than doubled their total before halftime taking a 36-22 lead after two quarters of basketball.

Holding on their double-digit lead after three quarters by a score of 52-40, things got a little scary for the Dutchgirls in the fourth quarter.

Seeing the Lady Spartans get within single digits, OHS made the most of their trips to the free-throw line hitting five of six shots helping them to a 66-61 victory.

Scoring 20 points in the first half, Dutchgirl senior Breanna Diestelkamp was right on pace to break her sister Hailey’s Hermann Tournament single-game scoring record of 39 points from back in 2014.

Netting 19 second-half points, Diestelkamp finished with a game-high 39 points tying the record.

Liana Miller followed Diestelkamp with nine points.

Two nights earlier in the championships semifinals against St. Clair, the Dutchgirls fell behind 26-8 after one quarter and could not recover before falling to the Lady Bulldogs 61-40.

Anna Finley and Diestelkamp both put 11 points on the board against St. Clair to share team-high scoring honors for Owensville.

Kate Angell and Stephani Elliott both followed with five points apiece. Ella Wright and Miller both added three points to go along with a first-quarter free throw from Anna Skornia for one point.

Opening the month of February on Friday, OHS will travel to Hermann to face the Lady Bearcats as part of a varsity doubleheader.