Dutchgirls fall in FRC opener to St. Clair

Will Johnson

Opening the Four Rivers Conference (FRC) portion of their season last Tuesday night, Ryan Flanagan’s Owensville Dutchgirl basketball team welcomed St. Clair’s Lady Bulldogs to OHS.

Leading 19-18 early in the third quarter, the Dutchgirls could not overcome a 20-9 St. Clair spurt that led to a 38-28 deficit after three quarters.

Unable to get within single digits, Owensville fell to the visitors from Franklin County by a final score of 56-40.

One minute into the game, the Dutchgirls struck first on a Breanna Diestelkamp basket for an early 2-0 lead. Another Diestelkamp score at the 5:55 mark of the opening quarter put OHS back on top 4-2.

Two Diestelkamp free throws and an Anna Skornia bucket gave the Dutchgirls leads of 7-6 and 10-9 respectively before OHS ended the first eight minutes trailing St. Clair, 11-10.

Limited to a lone Brooke Nowack field goal in the second quarter, Owensville also hit five of their nine free-throw attempts to go into halftime trailing the Lady Bulldogs 18-17.

Diestelkamp had eight first-half points to pace the Dutchgirls.

Hoping to limit the turnovers in the second half after committing 20 in the first half, Owensville saw a myriad of third-quarter miscues turn into St. Clair points.

Most of them came during an 11-2 third-quarter run for the Lady Bulldogs helping them to a 38-28 lead after three quarters from OHS.

An 8-2 fourth-quarter opening run by St. Clair left the Dutchgirls trailing 46-30 with 5:05 remaining.

Playing to a 10-10 draw over the last 5:05, Owensville will try again for the FRC win column on Friday, Feb. 2 when they will host Hermann’s Lady Bearcats during homecoming at OHS at 5:30 p.m.

Adding to her eight first-half points, Diestelkamp led the Dutchgirls and all scorers with a game-high 18 points. She also added 14 rebounds, six blocked shots, three steals and an assist.

Katelyn Landolt and Skornia just missed double figures scoring eight points each.

Morgan Lairmore added four second-half free throw for four points.

Owensville will return to action Monday night as part of a Highway 28 triple header against Belle at approximately 6:30 p.m., following the freshman boy’s game between the host Dutchmen and the Tigers.

JV Dutchgirls vs. St. Clair

Playing for the first time in two weeks, Hannah Wehar’s JV Dutchgirls took on St. Clair’s JV Lady Bulldogs to open the FRC doubleheader.

Held scoreless until an Almundena Imedio-Perez basket at the 3:25 mark of the first quarter, Owensville could not overcome a 16-4 first-quarter deficit before falling 57-18 to St. Clair.

Nowack led the JV Dutchgirls with five points. Lairmore added four points while Abby Koepke hit a fourth-quarter 3-pointer three points. Ella Wright, Elliot and Perez each chipped two points rounding out the JV Dutchgirl scoring.