Hermann, Mo. - Hailey Diestelkamp single handily lifted Owensville over New Haven 58-48 into tonight’s Hermann Girls Basketball Tournament Championship game by setting a new tournament record for most points scored in a single game, putting up 39 points.
Wednesday night the two teams battle back and fourth with nine lead changes and 12 ties as they began the fourth quarter and both teams knotted up at 34-34.
Diestelkamp finished with a double-double adding 12 rebounds (seven of them offensive boards) and forced six of New Haven’s 15 turnovers in Wednesday night’s quarterfinal.
Rachel Steinhoff led New Haven with a team high 21 points followed Kayla Meyer hitting double figures with 11 points.
Unforced turnovers and second chance points eventually caught up to New Haven in the fourth quarter and Owensville took advantage.
New Haven had the momentum going into the fourth after Steinhoff scored to end the third quarter after driving down the lane and putting up a little floater to tie the game and New Haven starting off the fourth quarter with possession.
On the inbound to start the quarter Steinhoff uncharacteristically would be called for a travel, which led to Kayla Charboneau easily drove baseline and fouled on the shot, hitting one of two free throws to give Owensville a one point lead 35-34.
Owensville then tied their largest lead in the game after Steinhoff’s floater from the baseline was short, New Haven failed getting back on defense after Brookelyn Limberg came down with the rebound, finding Emily Ellis up court, leading to an easy layup and a three point lead, 37-34.
Diestelkamp extended the lead to five after blocking Emily Kallmeyers jumper in the lane then scoring on the ensuing possession and a 39-34 lead. Steinhoff gave New Haven their first point of the quarter at the 4:48 mark, hitting one of two from the line after driving baseline and drawing a foul. (39-35)
Pictured: Hailey Diestelkamp just a sophomore, was unstable, breaking Shelby Winkelmann's record for most points scored in a single game of 37. Diestelkamp scored 39.
Steinhoff made it a two point game, again driving down the lane and hitting a little floater to pull the Lady rocks within two, 37-39, but the closest New Haven would get after Diestelkamp completed the three point play, taking a five point lead, 42-37.
After Owensville enjoyed their largest lead with 2:40 left, 46-38, Stephanie Scheer knocked down a 20 footer, pulling New Haven within six, 46-40. New Haven would score just two more points, while Owensville finished off by hitting their free throws down the stretch, advancing into Friday night’s championship game to take on the undefeated Hermann Lady Bearcats.
Owensville finished with 10 offensive rebounds, Diestelkamp grabbing seven of them which resulted in 11 points off put backs and a key difference in New Haven’s 10 point loss.
You can watch both the third place and championship games live on QuickNewsNow.com beginning with New Haven and St. Clair at 6pm followed by Owensville and Hermann.
With Owensville’s 58-48 win over New Haven they improve to 12-3 while New Haven’s five game winning streak comes to an end, falling to 13-5.
This will be the fourth straight year Owensville has played in the title game, coming up short the past three years, twice to Hermann and then last year to Chamois.