Dutchmen see first-quarter lead disappear

Will Johnson
Sports Editor

Seeing their freshman and junior varsity counterparts fall to Linn’s Wildcats Friday night, Todd Rehmert’s varsity Dutchmen basketball team was looking to deny Linn a tripleheader sweep Friday night at Owensville High School.

Leading 28-26 at halftime, Rehmert’s Dutchmen were outscored 33-19 in the second half before falling to Linn’s Wildcats 59-47 capping a nearly four-hour evening of high school basketball Friday night.

Torching the nets in the opening eight minutes, junior guard Trevor Abernathy fired in 13 first-quarter points helping the Dutchmen to a 15-11 lead.

Saddled with foul trouble the rest of the half, Owensville had to look elsewhere for offense during the second quarter.

Paced by four second-quarter points from Austin Terry, a Tyler Heidbrink bucket late in the half kept the Dutchmen in front heading to the halftime intermission.

Outscored 15-6 in the third quarter, Owensville could not overcome the deficit in the final eight minutes.

Abernathy’s 13 points led the Dutchmen followed in double figures with 10 markers from sophomore Austin Terry.

Brady Smith added seven second-half points to go along with six each from Cason Gray and Daxton Mehrhoff.

Justin Garner kicked in a second-quarter 3-pointer for three points along with Heidbrink’s previously-mention bucket to round out the OHS scoring.

Down 18-4 after one quarter, Terra Heidle’s JV Dutchmen could not dig themselves out of the early hole before falling 79-40 to Linn.

Zaid Epstein showed the way with nine points for Owensville.

Danny Mundwiller’s Dutchmen freshman fell 46-34 to Linn after leading 24-12 at halftime.

Ashton Kramme and Carter Lairmore each had seven points.