Strong first half propels JV Dutchgirls

Will Johnson

In between the championship semifinals and the third-place game at the Hermann JV Girls Basketball Tournament, Hannah Wehar’s Owensville JV Dutchgirls took on Belle’s JV Lady Tigers Friday night with Highway 28 hardwood bragging rights on the line.

Needing a 15-4 run in the final 3:58 of the game, OHS held off a furious second-half charge from Belle before going on to a 46-27 win over the visiting Lady Tigers.

Limiting Belle to a Faith Gieck free throw in the first quarter, Owensville put 14 on the board behind four points each from the trio of Katelyn Landolt, Anna Skornia and Brooke Nowack.

Leading 14-1 after seven minutes of basketball, OHS added to their lead before the end of the first half in their showdown with their Highway 28 neighbors to the west.

Holding Belle to a 3-pointer from Baylie Cadwallader, Landolt netted seven of Owensville’s 12 second-quarter points en route to a 26-4 halftime lead.

Outscored 13-5 in the third quarter by Belle, the JV Dutchgirls saw their halftime lead trimmed to 14 by a score of 31-17 with seven minutes of basketball to play.

Seeing the JV Lady Tigers reduce Owensville’s lead to single digits, Wehar turned to her post players near the halfway point in the fourth quarter.

With 3:58 left, Luci Angell put back her own missed shot sparking a 15-4 run and putting the JV Dutchgirl lead back into double figures.

Destinee Busenhart chipped in six of her eight points in the final 3:05 of Owensville’s win over Belle.

Landolt led all scorers with a game-high 11 points along with dishing out a team-high four assists. She was followed in double figures with 10 points from Angell.

Skornia followed with five points while pulling down a game-high 10 rebounds.

Abby Koepke and Nowack each added four points. Koepke also dished out four assists while Nowack grabbed six rebounds.

Kendra Hults and Stephani Elliott each scored two points in the third quarter of Owensville’s second win of the young season.

Cadwallader led Belle with a team-high eight points.

Gracie Schultz, Chloe Krause and Erin Schalk each added four points for the Lady Tigers. Krause recorded a team-high four steals. Schultz and Krause each dished out a team-high two assists.

Gieck chipped in three points while Grace Busch and Halle Smith rounded out the Belle scoring with two points apiece.

Busch also led Belle on the glass with a team-high six rebounds.

JV Dutchmen vs. Belle

Looking for a sweep of Highway 28 bragging rights, Danny Mundwiller’s Owensville JV Dutchmen took on the visiting Belle JV Tigers in the nightcap of the doubleheader Friday night from OHS.

Unable to overcome a 26-9 halftime deficit, Tim Evans’ Belle JV Tigers took the boy’s contest over the host Dutchmen, 51-36.

In spite of a Justin Garner bucket along with free throws from Daxton Mehrhoff and Jacob Barch, Owensville trailed Belle 11-4 after one quarter.

Held to five additional points the rest of the first half, Mundwiller’s JV Dutchmen found themselves on the short end of a 26-9 halftime score.

In the first half, Garner paced the JV Dutchmen offense with four points.

Jat Ridenhour led the visiting JV Tigers and all scorers with 11 first-half points.

Even though OHS won the third quarter by a 17-15 score, they still went into the final seven minutes trailing Belle, 41-26.

To open the second half, Mehrhoff accounted for 10 of Owensville’s 17 third-quarter points.

Ending the game with a 10-10 stalemate in the fourth quarter, Belle’s JV Tigers claimed the boy’s contest to split the Highway 28 doubleheader Friday night.

Adding eight points in the second half, Ridenhour led Belle and all scorers with a game-high 19 points. Brett Stewart was also in double figures for the JV Tigers scoring seven of his 10 points in the first half. Stewart also pulled down a team-high six rebounds.

Doing most of his damage in the second half, Mehrhoff paced Owensville scoring 12 of his team-high 13 points after a first-quarter free throw. Austin Terry just missed a double double with eight points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

OHS’ JV Dutchmen will return to action Friday, Dec. 8 on the road at Linn starting at 5:30 p.m.