Dutchgirls win last four games of 2017

Will Johnson

Fresh off a pair of victories during the Peoples Bank Holiday Classic basketball tournament at Sullivan High School, Ryan Flanagan’s Dutchgirl basketball team returned home last week to close out 2017 with a pair of home games against non-conference opponents of different sizes.

Kicking off a varsity doubleheader last Monday night, Owensville took on the Fulton Lady Hornets looking to stretch their winning streak to three games.

Jumping out to a 10-2 lead at the 5:35 mark of the first quarter, Flanagan’s Dutchgirls never looked back en route to a 58-27 victory over the visiting Lady Hornets.

Taking a 21-8 lead into the second quarter against Fulton, OHS was paced in the first quarter with 13 points from Breanna Diestelkamp. She was followed with six points from Morgan Lairmore on a pair of 3-pointers and an Ella Wright bucket for two points. Ella also recorded three steals in the first quarter.

Edging Fulton 11-9 in the second quarter, Owensville nearly doubled Fulton’s point total going into halftime leading 32-17.

Adding nine second-quarter points, Diestelkamp led all scorers with 22 first half points. She also pulled down 10 rebounds for a double double in the first half.

Days removed from setting a new single-game scoring record in the PBHC at Sullivan, Diestelkamp was halfway to breaking another scoring record held by her older sister Hailey Diestelkamp.

During her junior season in January of 2015, Hailey scored 41 points against Eugene in the first round of the Fatima Tournament. That record almost became the property of another Diestelkamp.

Limited to just nine third-quarter points, Breanna helped OHS to a 47-21 lead after three quarters. She finished her night with 31 points, 13 rebounds, six steals and four blocked shots.

Providing support at the guard position off the bench, junior Abby Koepke scored all five of her points in the fourth quarter of Owensville’s win over Fulton.

Koepke was not the only Dutchgirl to score five points off the bench.

Destinee Busenhart also netted five second-half points for the victors from Owensville.

Anna Skornia and Julie Wright also added four points each. Skornia also pulled down six second-half rebounds.

To go along with her two first-quarter points, Ella Wright chipped in five steals on defense for the Dutchgirls.

Stephani Elliott rounded out the Owensville scoring with a free throw in the fourth quarter for one point.

JV Dutchgirls vs. Bourbon

Looking to close the 2017 portion of their season on a winning note, Hannah Wehar’s junior varsity Dutchgirls welcome Bourbon’s JV Lady Warhawks to OHS last Tuesday night.

Nursing a 10-5 halftime lead, Wehar’s JV Dutchgirl offense caught fire in the second half outscoring Bourbon 36-6 to go on to a 46-11 victory.

In a low-scoring first quarter, Owensville took a 6-3 lead after seven minutes of basketball.

Luci Angell netted three first-quarter points followed by two from Katelyn Landolt and one from Elliott on a free throw.

Elliott and Skornia both added second-quarter baskets for two points each helping Owensville to their 10-5 halftime lead in JV action.

As part of a 15-point third quarter for the Dutchgirls, Elliott and Skornia led the way with four points followed by three free throws from Busenhart. Angell and Landolt each added two points helping the JV Dutchgirls to a 25-7 lead after three quarters.

In the fourth quarter, it was simply the Anna Skornia show as she torched the nets for 10 of Owensville’s 21 points in the final seven minutes.

Skornia led all scorers with a game-high 16 points. Elliott just missed scoring in double digits with nine points.

Busenhart, Angell and Landolt each rounded out the JV Dutchgirls scoring with seven points.

Varsity Dutchgirls vs. Bourbon

Looking for their fourth win in as many games, Flanagan’s Dutchgirls took on the Bourbon Lady Warhawks in varsity action.

Holding Bourbon to single digits in the first half, Owensville went on to finish the 2017 portion of their season at 4-5 following a 72-26 win over the visiting Lady Warhawks.

Following up her 31-point effort against Fulton, Breanna Diestelkamp scored a game-high 33 points. She also added 12 rebounds, four steals and two assists.

Julie Wright joined Diestelkamp in double figures with 10 points while dishing out five assists.

Lairmore added seven first-half points while Brooke Nowack had a solid night with six points, five boards, five assists and five steals.

To open 2018, the Dutchgirls will go for five in a row hosting Cuba at Owensville Elementary School on Tuesday, Jan. 2 at 5:30 p.m.