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Posted: Friday, March 7, 2014 2:30 pm

Hoping history repeats itself, the Sullivan Lady Eagles advanced to the championship game of the Class 4 District 9 Tournament with a 51-46 win over Owensville Thursday at Borgia.

“We knew this would be a good game,” Sullivan Head Coach Jason Merkel said. “We had played Owensville twice, tough, this season. Trying to beat a really good team with a standout player (sophomore Hailey Diestelkamp) three times in one season is tough. I couldn’t be more proud of our girls and our effort tonight, though.”

Owensville Head Coach Dwayne Clingman lauded his team’s effort.

“We worked hard for that one,” Clingman said. “Sullivan is a great team. We worked hard on our part and everybody contributed. We just got better as the year went on. We’re just one rebound or turnover away from beating a state-ranked team like that. Eventually, it will come. I’m very proud of the way we played.”

The Lady Eagles (22-4) are the defending district champions and find themselves in the same position as last year.

“We brought back six of the eight who played on the state quarterfinal team last year,” Merkel said. “We definitely have experience with a senior-laden team, so that helps in games like this.”

Thursday’s win over Owensville (20-7) marked the third time this season Sullivan beat the Dutchgirls. In 2013, Sullivan swept the season series over Borgia, winning for the third time in the district semifinals.

And Sullivan will face the top-seeded host team for the second year in a row. Last year, Sullivan knocked out Pacific after Pacific won the regular-season game. This time, the Lady Eagles will get their second shot at Borgia (24-2).

The title contest is set for a 6 p.m. tipoff Saturday night and will be followed by the championship boys game.

“That was a real good team we knocked off tonight,” Merkel said.

In Thursday’s contest, the biggest highlight belonged to Diestelkamp, who reached the 1,000-point milestone by sinking two free throws with 4:15 to play. That gave Owensville its last lead in the game, 42-41.

“That’s big for our program, big for our school and big for our community,” Clingman said. “Our basketball team has helped the community rally around the school a little bit. Hailey is a special player. She brought cupcakes for everybody. We’re all going to ride home together and she wants to celebrate with her teammates as much as they wanted to celebrate her 1,000th point. She’s the real deal and a great kid.”

Diestelkamp, the third girl to reach that milestone in Owensville program history, led the Dutchgirls in the game with 16 points and will start her junior season with 1,002 career points.

It’s possible that the game was the final one for Clingman, who has been named the school’s athletic director for 2013-14, following Steve Tappmeyer.

“We’re still working on that,” Clingman said. “If we can’t work it out, we’ll find someone who is ready to run it and see what we can get done.”

Sullivan’s go-to player in the game was senior Taylor Lucas, who scored 21 points.

However, with the game on the line, Sullivan received contributions from its entire lineup. Five different Lady Eagles scored points during the pivotal fourth quarter.

Following Lucas in the scoring column was her twin sister, senior Aley Lucas, with 10 points.

Junior Megan Brandt netted nine points.

Junior Kaitlynn Hill scored eight points with six coming in the final quarter.

Senior Sierra Pryor netted three points for the game.

Owensville again showed its lineup depth with seven different players getting into the scoring column.

“We have 11 kids we play every night,” Clingman said. “On any given night, any of them can do what they have to do.”

Sophomore Brookelyn Limberg followed Diestelkamp with nine points.

Senior Miranda Robertson scored six points.

Junior Emily Ellis ended with five points.

Seniors Taylor Payne and Jaelyn Gauer and sophomore Bailey Nelson scored two points apiece.

Owensville graduates four players from this team. Gauer, Payne, Robertson and Dayla Gruenloh graduate this spring.

“We’re going to lose four great senior leaders and two starters,” Clingman said. “We really didn’t have starters. We had three people who started every game and rotated players into the other two spots. We learned a lot this year. We grew up. It’s going to be fun next year.”

Sullivan scored first in the game, but Owensville went on a nine-point run, forcing Merkel to take a timeout.

“I’ve got the utmost confidence in this team,” Merkel said. “If we can keep it close, I know we can grind it out and complete with anybody. It’s just a matter of staying in the game and staying composed.”

After the break, the Lady Eagles roared back to go ahead, 14-11. Owensville got a final basket before the end of the first quarter and it was 14-13 after one quarter.

Sullivan held a 26-23 lead at the intermission, but the teams were tied 34-34 after three quarters.

The two squads traded the lead through the fourth quarter. Owensville took its final lead on Diestelkamp’s 1,000th point, 42-41, but Sullivan showed its veteran playoff experience in distributing the ball around to find open shooters.

Hill put the Lady Eagles up with an open shot from the blocks. After both teams missed chances, Sullivan took a three-point lead on two free throws by Brandt.

That three-point advantage was huge. Owensville was able to cut it to one, but couldn’t take the lead. Sullivan sealed the win with four consecutive free throws by the Lucas twins in the final 15 seconds.

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Area Scoreboard

Area Sports Schedules

Wednesday, April 15

Pacific 9, Jefferson City 8

Thursday, April 16

Borgia 5, Washington 1

*Union 5, Hermann 0

*St. Clair 9, St. James 6 (8 innings)

*Pacific 14, New Haven 4

Friday, April 17

Crosspoint at Lighthouse Prep    4:30 p.m.

Monday, April 20

O’Fallon Christian 5, Borgia 3

*Union 11, Owensville 0

*Pacific 13, St. James 3

Tuesday, April 21

*Holt 1, Washington 0

Salem 8, St. Clair 0

Wednesday, April 22

*Holt 8, Washington 7

Borgia 23, Trinity 0

Farmington 5, Union 3 (11 innings)

*Pacific 10, Sullivan 9 (8 innings)

Thursday, April 23

Crosspoint 15, CAGSTL 2

*Pacific 4, St. Clair 2

Friday, April 24

Washington 12, St. Charles  1

Patriots at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

*Sullivan 1, Union 0

Saturday, April 25

Chaminade 3, Washington 2

Chaminade 3, Washington 1

Fatima 9, Borgia 3

Monday, April 27

*Union 8,  New Haven 5

*Pacific 6, Hermann 3

Tuesday, April 28

*Ft. Zumwalt E 4, Washington 1

*St. Mary's 9, Borgia 3

Belle at New Haven    5 p.m.

Wednesday, April 29

*Washington 8, Ft. Zumwalt E 0

New Haven 9, Bourbon 7

Thursday, April 30

Cuba at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at MCSAA Tny    TBA

Friday, May 1

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

St. Clair at Farmington Wood Bat Tny    TBA

Crosspoint at MCSAA Tny    TBA

Saturday, May 2

Potosi at Borgia    11 a.m.

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

St. Clair, Pacific at Farmington Wood Bat Tny    TBA

Crosspoint at MCSAA Tny    TBA

Monday, May 4

Winfield at Washington    4:30 p.m.

Warrenton at Union    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 5

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    4:30 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

Herculaneum at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 6

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt S    4:30 p.m.

*Union at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Pacific at Helias    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 7

*New Haven at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Parkway Central at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 9

Kirkwood at Washington (DH)    10 a.m.

&Borgia vs. Lutheran S    10 a.m.

&Borgia vs. Holt    3 p.m.

Pacific at Hillsboro Tny    TBA

&Maryville University

Girls Soccer

Wednesday, April 15

Union 1, Rolla 0

Pacific at Troy Tny    TBA

Thursday, April 16

*Ft. Zumwalt S 2, Washington 0

O’Fallon Christian 2, Borgia 0

Union 10, North County 0

Clayton 4, Pacific 1 (Troy Tny)

Friday, April 17

St. Pius 3, Borgia 0

St. Clair 6, De Soto 1 (Hillsboro Tny)

Saturday, April 18

Union 5, Washington 0

St. Clair 3, Cape Central 2 (Hillsboro Tny)

Monday, April 20

Ladue 2, Union 0

*Pacific 11, St. James 1

Tuesday, April 21

*Ft. Zumwalt N 3, Washington 1

Hillsboro 2, St. Clair 1

*Union 7, Sullivan 1

Borgia 2, Trinity 1 OT

Wednesday, April 22

Lindbergh 4, Pacific 0

St. Charles 5, Washington 0

Incarnate Word 3, Union 1

Duchesne 2, Borgia 1

Thursday, April 23

Warrenton at Washington, PPD

Pacific 9, De Soto 0

Borgia 4, St. Clair 0

Friday, April 24

Parkway Central 3, Pacific 1

*Sullivan 1, St. Clair 0

Monday, April 27

%Borgia 1, Parkway North 1, St. Dominic Tny

#Union 1, Oakville 0 OT CYC Tny

Tuesday, April 28

#Lindbergh 4, Washington 0

Pacific 2, Hillsboro 1

#Webster Groves 5, Union 0

St. Clair 5, St. Louis Patriettes 0

Wednesday, April 29

Warrenton 2, St. Clair 1 OT

Ladue 4, Washington 1

Thursday, April 30

Washington, Union at CYC Tny    TBA

%Borgia vs. Cor Jesu, St. Dominic    7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 1

%Borgia vs. Villa Duchesne, St. Dominic    5:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 2

Borgia at St. Dominic Tny    TBA

Monday, May 4

*Ft. Zumwalt E at Washington    5 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:15 p.m.

Four Rivers Conference Tny    TBA

Tuesday, May 5

Four Rivers Conference Tny    TBA

Wednesday, May 6

Four Rivers Conference Tny    TBA

Thursday, May 7

*Borgia at Duchesne    6 p.m.

Four Rivers Conference Tny    TBA

Friday, May 8

Washington at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Saturday, May 9

Festus at St. Clair    TBA

Boys Golf

Wednesday, April 15

*Union at Sullivan    4 p.m.

Pacific Meet    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 16

Washington at Bulldog Battle    8 a.m.

Warrenton Inv    9 a.m.

Monday, April 20

Borgia at AAA Meet    TBA

Tuesday, April 21

St. James Tny    8 a.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 22

Warrenton at Washington    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 23

Kennedy at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at St. James    3:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    4 p.m.

Monday, April 27

FRC Meet-1. Sullivan 315 2. Pacific 344 3. Owensville 369

Tuesday, April 28

Borgia at Trinity    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 29

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Monday, May 4

District Golf    TBA

Tuesday, May 5

District Meet at Washington    9 a.m.

Track

Friday, April 17

Pacific at Farmington Inv    2:30 p.m.

New Haven at Cuba Relays    3:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 18

Washington at Kirkwood Inv    9 a.m.

Tuesday, April 21

Nix Relays

Boys — Timberland 132, Rolla 96, Owensville 89, Pacific 58.5, Sullivan 47.5, Warrenton 47, Union 46.5, St. Clair 39.5, Washington 38, St. Dominic 26, Borgia 17.

Girls — Rockwood Summit 85, Timberland 81, Union 66.5, Rolla 62, Sullivan 60, St. Clair 59, Pacific 54, Washington 50.5, Parkway West 40, Owensville 37, Warrenton 17.5, Borgia 13.5.

Friday, April 24

Owensville Relays    4 p.m.

Pacific at De Soto    4 p.m.

Union at Cape Central Relays    TBA

St. Clair at Potosi Inv    TBA

Saturday, April 25

Washington at Brusca/Strohbach Inv    9 a.m.

Union at Cape Central Relays    TBA

Tuesday, April 28

Borgia at Troy Inv    3:30 p.m.

Pacific at Lutheran SC    4 p.m.

Hermann Relays    4 p.m.

Friday, May 1

Warrenton Inv    3:30 p.m.

New Haven at South Callway Relays    4 p.m.

Saturday, May 2

Washington at Victoria Reaves Inv    9 a.m.

Monday, May 4

FRC Meet, Hermann    10 a.m.

Tuesday, May 5

AAA Meet at Borgia    3 p.m.

Thursday, May 7

GAC Meet at Washington    3 p.m.

Friday, May 8

Union, St. Clair, Pacific at Hillsboro Inv    TBA

Saturday, May 9

Classes 1-2 District Meets    TBA

Boys Volleyball

Thursday, April 16

*St. Mary’s at Borgia (Grade School)    5 p.m.-ppd

Friday, April 17

Borgia at Illinois Tournament    TBA

Saturday, April 18

Borgia at Illinois Tournament    TBA

Monday, April 20

*St. Mary's def. Borgia, 25-18, 25-15

Tuesday, April 21

Borgia def. Bayless, 25-14, 25-18

Thursday, April 23

*Borgia def. Duchesne, 17-25, 25-13, 25-18

Tuesday, April 28

*St. Dominic def. Borgia, 25-23, 25-21

Thursday, April 30

*DuBourg at Borgia    5 p.m.

Thursday, May 7

*O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    5 p.m.

College Softball

Thursday, April 16

*St. Louis 4, ECC 3

*ECC 4, St. Louis 3

Friday, April 17

ECC 8, Missouri Valley JV 0

ECC 9, Missouri Valley JV 1

Monday, April 20

*ECC 15, St. Charles 2

*St. Charles 5, ECC 4

Tuesday, April 21

*Jefferson 3, ECC 2

*Jefferson 4, ECC 3

Thursday, April 23

*ECC 5, Mineral Area College 3

*Mineral Area College 4, ECC 2

Tuesday, April 28

ECC 14, Cottey 1

ECC 7, Cottey 1

Region 16 Tournament, Kirkwood

Friday, May 1

G1 (1) Mineral Area vs. (4) Cottey, 10 a.m.

G2 (2) St. Louis vs. (3) ECC, noon

G3 G1 loser vs. G2 loser, 2 p.m.

G4 G1 winner vs. G2 winner, 4 p.m.

Saturday, May 2

G5 G3 winner vs. G4 loser, 10 a.m.

G6 G4 winner vs. G5 winner, noon

G7 — If-needed game, 2 p.m.

*Conference Games

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