Lady Rocks to play for championship in South Callaway tournament in showdown with Lady Bearcats

Photos by Quick News Contributor Megan Bauer

South Callaway, Mo. – It will be a packed house at South Callaway on Saturday night after the Lady Rocks held off the Lady Thunderbirds, 52-49, joining New Haven’s Boys team in the championship games of the South Callaway Tournament.

New Haven shot a season high 29 free throws with two girls posting double figures, helping them advance into Saturday's championship game.

New Haven was led by Emily Kallmeyer (pictuerd left) scoring 13 points on 5-7 shooting, dished out team high five assist, and pulled down a team high nine rebounds.  Rachel Steinhoff added 17 points, eight rebounds, and hit 11-12 free throws.

Coach Doug Peirick said, “Emily [Kallmeyer] has been playing well, not just offensively but has really been a good rebounder for us.”  Kallmeyer leads the team in rebounding, averaging seven per game.

New Haven extended their four-point halftime lead to 12 after holding North Callaway to seven third quarter points before the Lady Thunderbirds battled back in the fourth quarter keeping things interesting.

New Haven clung to a ten-point lead with about three minutes left in the game when North Callaway’s Coach Jack Peace realized they had to change their strategy.

Peace’s decision to prolong the game as long as possible by fouling New Haven, forcing them to make free throws.  Peace’s strategy nearly paid off but New Haven was able to hang on.

All of New Haven’s fourth quarter points came from the free throw line, hitting 13 of 22 and holding off North Callaway to pick up their nineth win on the year, making it three straight for the Lady Rocks.

Saturday’s “County Line Showdown” between New Haven and Hermann is expected to be an exciting game.  Hermann actually suffered their second loss of the season to North Callaway, 48-43, in their first game following Christmas break.

Rachel Steinhoff went 8-9 from the line in the fourth quarter.

Hermann comes in 12-2 with three girls averaging double figures.  Karinne Lane and Jamie Gleeson are both averaging 15pts/gm and Telsa Ruediger with 10 a game. As a team they are averaging 60 points per game while holding opponents to an average of 38 per game.

The Lady Bearcat’s Lane is the team’s gas that runs their engine.  Aside from her 15 points pre game, Lane who plays point guard also grabs eight rebounds and eight assist per game.

Hermann likes to get the ball out and run while New Haven will look to slow them down.  If you can’t make the game tune into for live play-by-play action of Saturday’s Championship “County Line Showdown”.