Steelville denies Dutchmen upset bid

Will Johnson

After seeing the sixth-seeded Linn Wildcats upset the second-seeded Salem Tigers to open the 29th Owensville Tournament last night (Tuesday), Todd Rehmert’s fifth-seeded host Dutchmen squad took their shot at an upset against top-seeded Steelville in the second game of a Tuesday twin bill from Owensville High School.

Falling behind 20-8 after one quarter, the host Dutchmen could not get the deficit into single digits the rest of the night before falling to the Cardinals, 62-41.

Trailing 4-0 at the 6:18 mark of the first quarter, Dutchmen senior Sean Irwin got the host squad on the board cutting Steelville’s lead in half to 4-2 :18 ticks later.

Seeing Steelville’s Garrett Marshall answer with the next five points, Owensville senior Michael Lahmeyer put back a missed shot trimming the Cardinal lead to 9-4 with 4:51 left in the first eight minutes.

Steelville followed with a 7-0 run forcing Rehmert to burn a full timeout with 3:05 left in the opening quarter.

That turned out to be good when Brady Smith scored off an assist from Wyatt Ellis to trail 16-6 just moments after the timeout.

After a pair of Marshall free throws gave the Cardinals a 20-6 lead, Lahmeyer capped the first-quarter scoring for both teams with a bucket at the :12 mark.

Scoring a team-high four points in the first quarter, Lahmeyer also blocked two shots and grabbed four first-quarter rebounds.

Holding Steelville to just 10 points in the second quarter, Owensville could only muster seven before going into halftime trailing 30-15 against the top-seeded Cardinals.

Lahmeyer paced the Dutchmen with five first-half points and eight rebounds. Smith and Ellis each added four points in the first half for OHS.

Trailing 39-22 following a Cason Gray 3-pointer, Owensville saw the Cardinals score the next seven points to expand their lead to 46-22 on yet another Marshall basket.

In spite of baskets from Smith and Lahmeyer along with a 3-pointer from Irwin, Steelville ended the third quarter with Marshall draining a half-court shot at the buzzer giving the Cardinals a 51-29 lead with eight minutes of basketball to play.

Only able to get as close as 17 points on a Trevor Abernathy 3-ball at the 3:36 mark of the fourth, OHS opened 2018 with a loss to Steelville.

Adding eight points in the second half, Ellis paced Owensville in scoring with a team-high 12 points. Wyatt also dished out a game-high four assists.

Smith, Lahmeyer and Irwin each followed with seven markers.

Abernathy kicked in all five of his points in the fourth quarter while Gray chipped in a third-quarter 3-pointer to round out the Dutchmen scoring.

Adding to his seven points, Lahmeyer pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds along with blocking three shots.

To go along with Lahmeyer’s three blocks, Tony Terry Jr., also blocked two shots.

Ellis and Abernathy each had two steals on defense to lead the Dutchmen in that department.

Doing most of his damage in the first and third quarters, Marshall led Steelville and all scorers with a game-high 27 points.

Garrett Becker was next for the Cardinals with 13 points. Trent Bass added a double double of 10 points and 11 rebounds to go along with two assists, two blocked shots and two steals.

Tanner Diaz just missed double digits with eight points. He also eight rebounds and dished out three assists.

Rylee Mabe and Josh Earney each chipped in two points to round out the Steelville scoring.

OHS will return to action tomorrow (Thursday) in the tournament against Belle at 5:30 p.m., while Steelville will face Belle on Friday, Jan. 5 at 7:30 p.m.

A Dutchmen win over Belle would at the very worst put them in the third-place game and possibly the title game. A Steelville victory Friday over Belle would clinch their spot in the title game.