Milestone weekend

Will Johnson

It was a milestone weekend of sorts for the Diestelkamp family and the Owensville Dutchgirl basketball program throughout the state of Missouri.

Going into the Hermann Tournament last week, Dutchgirl junior Breanna Diestelkamp needed just 58 points to become the fourth girl’s basketball player in Owensville history to surpass 1,000 points for her career.

While she may have been held to 44 points in three games at Hermann, the fun did not stop for the Diestelkamp’s.

Down Interstate 44 at Drury University, Panther sophomore guard Hailey Diestelkamp was to receive a Special Achievement Award (SAA) from the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Sunday night.

Before that, the elder Diestelkamp had two games to play in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) against the University of Illinios-Springfield (UIS) on the road Thursday at home in Springfield Saturday against William Jewell College.

In both games that turned out to be victories for Drury’s Lady Panthers, Hailey recorded double doubles in both contest.

Against UIS on the road, HD pulled down 15 rebounds to go with 11 points. Saturday against the Lady Cardinals, Hailey grabbed 12 rebounds and added 10 points. Part of those 10 points included a perfect 3-3 showing at the free-throw line.

As it turns out, along with Diestelkamp getting her SAA for being named to the NCAA D-2 Bulletin Freshman All-American Team, she and the rest of her family were able to witness former Dutchgirl head basketball coach Steve Tappmeyer be among 15 individuals be inducted as part of the Class of 2018.

Former St. Louis Cardinal closer Lee Smith was also among the inductees Sunday night in Springfield.

A mere 24 hours after Hailey was given her award, it was Breanna’s turn for one.

Splashing home a 3-ball at the 7:43 mark of the third quarter against Belle Monday night, she joined the Owensville Dutchgirl basketball 1,000-point club capping a memorable week for Tappmeyer and the Diestelkamp’s.