JV Dutchgirls rally for victory over New Haven

Will Johnson

Three days removed from a 40-29 road loss at St. James, Hannah Wehar’s Owensville junior varsity Dutchgirl basketball team returned home Thursday night to host New Haven’s Lady Shamrocks.

Down as much as 12 on two occasions in the first half, Owensville outscored the visitors from New Haven 25-8 in the second half to post a 31-26 come-from-behind victory in Four Rivers Conference (FRC) basketball action.

Surrendering the first 11 points of the game, a Kate Angell free throw with 2.5 ticks for the opening quarter denied New Haven a shutout in the opening seven minutes.

Edged 7-5 in the second quarter, a 3-pointer from Destinee Busenhart and a Kate Angell basket helped the JV Dutchgirls trail the JV Lady Shamrocks 18-6 at halftime.

Forcing New Haven into nine third-quarter turnovers, Owensville went on an 11-2 run to open the second half trimming the Lady Shamrocks lead to 20-17 after three quarters of basketball.

An Abby Koepke free throw and two more from Kate Angell tied the game at 20-20 with 5:16 left in regulation.

Moments later, another Koepke bucket with 5:04 remaining gave Owensville their first lead of the game.

Capping a 15-0 run going back to the 5:35 mark of the third quarter, OHS took a 25-20 lead on free throws from Anna Skornia, Julie Wright and Brooke Nowack.

Opening the second half with four points, Stephani Elliott iced the game for the JV Dutchgirls hitting two free throws with 2.7 ticks left.

Busenhart and Kate Angell led Owensville in scoring with seven points each.

Elliott added six points all in the second half followed by three markers each from Koepke, Nowack and Julie Wright.

Skornia scored two points and pulled down a team-high seven rebounds all in the second half.

Maya Wideman led New Haven and all scorers with eight points while McKenzie Overschmidt added six points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

Trailing by as much as 13 in the first half, Ryan Flanagan’s varsity Dutchgirls tied the game at 34-34 on an Ella Wright 3-pointer with 2:48 for the third quarter.

From there, New Haven doubled up OHS 28-14 to spoil the Dutchgirl bid for a sweep Thursday night, 62-48.

Breanna Diestelkamp led all scorers with a game-high 26 points netting 17 of those in second half.

Katelyn Landolt added five points followed by the Dutchgirl quintet of Ella Wright, Kate Angell, Busenhart, Elliott and Skornia with three points each.

In boy’s action between the host Dutchmen and New Haven’s Shamrocks Friday night, both games turned out eerily similar to homecoming action the week before against Hermann.

Held to two points in the first and third quarters, Owensville’s JV Dutchmen could not overcome the lack of offense before falling to the visiting JV Shamrocks 46-20.

Zaid Epstein led OHS’ JV Dutchmen with five points. He was followed with four markers each from Justin Garner, Trevor Blankenship and Austin Terry.

Leading 11-8 after one quarter and 23-17 at halftime, Todd Rehmert’s Owensville varsity Dutchmen were poised to punch their second notch in the Four Rivers Conference (FRC) win column.

Carrying a slim 29-28 lead into the third quarter, OHS saw their hopes for a home win dashed in the final seconds when Luke Gerlemann hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer giving the Shamrocks a 46-44 road victory.

Sean Irwin led Owensville with a team-high 12 points. Brady Smith also reached double figures for OHS with 11 points.

Ethan Groner led New Haven and all scorers with 17 points.