8th Grade Girls Upend Hermann To Win Owensville Tournament

Photo courtesy of Lisa Gerlemann

New Haven, Mo. - It was upset city at Owensville's 8th grade girls basketball tournament on Thursday.

After loosing to Hermann in the semifinals at the Washington Tournament, (3)New Haven upended the top seeded Bearcats 25-21, taking first place and picking up their seventh straight win. (9-2)

Lauren Gerlemann led all scores with 10 points, seven of them coming in the second quarter where New Haven outscored Hermann 11-5, after only scoring one point in the first quarter.

In Wednesday's semifinals New Haven would knock of Pacific to advance into the championship game, the same team who handed New Haven their first loss on the year earlier in the season.

Gerlemann has been New Haven's leading scorer and rebounder but in Wednesday night's game after starting point guard Emily Scheer and Gerlemann found themselves in foul trouble, New Haven would get a game chaning lift from their bench.

Sarah McKernan and Lydia Pataky "Came off the bench and gave us some solid minutes.  They did a great job of helping us handle the ball and rebound.  Really played a huge role in us winning that game over Pacific" Coach Aaron Peirick said.

New Haven got off to a slow start, scoring just one point and trailing to Hermann 6-1 after the first quarter.

Hermann's Brooke Grosse scoring all six of Hermann's first quarter points, "Is one of the best 8th graders we play if not the best probably," said Peirick.

In the second quarter Peirick made a defense change, placing Emma Engelbrecht on Grosse and would end up playing a big role in New Haven's win.  Engelbrecht held Grosse to just two points as Gerlemann sparked a second quarter 10-5 run, scoring seven points and giving New Haven a 12-11 lead at halftime.

With Engelbrecht's "in your paints" defense on Grosse, Elizabeth Hughes's four third quarter points gave New Haven a two point lead, 21-19, as they headed in the fourth and final quarter.

New Haven's relentless defense held Hermann to just two points, both coming off free-throws, while Scheer scored all four of New Haven's points in the fourth as the Lady Shamrocks outlasted Hermann 25-21, picking up their ninth win on the year and a championship trophy.

Monday night New Haven will travel to Pacific, which will be the third time the two will have met this year, then return home on Thursday against St. Clair before finishing up their season the following week with games at Owensville, ending the year against Hermann on New Haven's home court.

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From all of us at QuickNewsNow, Congratulations on being Champions of the Owensville Tournament.