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By Kyle Quick
Rachel Steinhoff posted career high numbers this past season, earning First Team All Conference for the second straight year as well as being a unanimous selection.
Thursday the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association also voted Steinhoff for the second straight year to the Class 2 All-State Team. Steinhoff was listed second behind player of the year, Carrie Shepherd from South Pemiscot.
One other notable, St. Elizabeth’s junior guard Savannah Stiles was voted to the Class 1 All-State Team, who is the daughter of New Haven’s Edward Jones agent Jim Stiles.
Steinhoff put together quite a highlight reel this past season, which began in New Haven’s second to last game of the season at St. Clair.
Steinhoff reached a career milestone, becoming the fifth player in school history to surpass 1,000 career points. Steinhoff is only the second player, joining her cousin Kathleen Scheer to reach 1,000 before their senior year of high school.
Steinhoff had not paid any attention or knew how many career points she had scored. The only reason Steinhoff knew she was close to 1,000 was because a fellow classmate had seen a green and white painted basketball in the art room.
The first comment Steinhoff made after the game when asked about scoring her 1,00th point was, “Emily [Kallmeyer] made a great pass.”
Three nights later in New Haven’s final regular season game against Owensville, Steinhoff was recognized in front of her hometown for surpassing 1,000 points. That night could have not been any better after Steinhoff hit the game winning shot as time expired in overtime.
Steinhoff continued her rampage by scoring a career high 24 points, helping to lead New Haven to their second straight District Championship.
In the State Quarterfinals, Steinhoff once again proved her unwilling desire to advance into the final four. Less than six seconds remained in overtime and the score tied 56-56 when Steinhoff drove down the lane, drawing a foul, and sending her to the line.
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Steinhoff drives down the lane at the Hearnes Center in the State Semifinals where Steinhoff scored 21 points in their win over Marceline 49-33.
After the game Steinhoff said she told herself before hitting both free throws, “I’ve waited my whole life for a moment like this, so I was not about to miss those. As a little kid in your backyard pretending to hit two game winning free throws that’s what was going through my mind…like that little girl”
In the State Championship final Steinhoff topped her career high for the second time by scoring 26 points.
While these have all been great moments in her career, Steinhoff would give it all up in exchange for a State Championship
Steinhoff said, “I appreciate the recognition and it is not like they don’t mean anything… what I want is to win a State Championship with my teammates…It would be something that no one could ever take away from us and one thing we would have the rest of our lives."
"Even making it to state for the second straight year is better than any award or team voted too."
New Haven will only lose one starter, senior Kierstin Monzyk, and they have a good sophomore class coming into next year. As for three of this years team; Steinhoff, Emily Kallmeyer and and Stephanie Gerling will get one last shot at achieving their goal, hoping a third time is a charm.
Steinhoff finished the season scoring 20 points or more in back to back games for the first time in her career along with her career high 26 points in the State Championship game.
On the year Steinhoff averaged just over 16 points per game, scoring over 500 points, shot over 48 percent from the field, and made 190 trips to the line while shooting 79 percent. She will enter her senior year with 1,142 career points with one goal; win her final two games to end her high school career.