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Posted: Friday, February 15, 2013 4:15 pm

Victories Thursday by Hermann and Sullivan allowed those two schools to share the Four Rivers Conference girls basketball title.

Heading into the final night of league play, as many as four teams could have shared the title with the right results. But, in the end, it was the two teams who led the FRC going into the last evening who ended up splitting the crown.

“I think it’s quite an accomplishment this year with the quality of teams we have in the conference,” Hermann Head Coach Todd Anderson said. “To be able to at least get a part of the title is pretty special.”

Hermann (21-4, 6-1) knocked out Union (15-8, 4-3) on the road Thursday, 58-29.

“We knew coming in that Union has a nice team,” Anderson said. “Never, in a million years, would I have predicted a score like this. Our kids played as well as they have played all year. They hit shots, defended well and did a nice job on the boards. This was the best four quarters of basketball we’ve played all year.”

Union Head Coach Grant Young said the result was extremely unexpected.

“I hate to say, but I think our hearts just got broke,” Young said, referring to Valentine’s Day. “It showed how much they wanted to be conference champs and they came out with a purpose.”

Young lauded Hermann’s performance.

“They’ve got a real good team,” Young said. “There’s a reason they’re 21-4 and conference champs.”

Sullivan (20-3, 6-1) shared the title with a 58-55 win in Phelps County over St. James (21-4, 4-3).

Also sharing third place in the FRC standings was Pacific (18-5, 4-3), which beat St. Clair (10-13, 1-6).

New Haven (15-10, 2-5) secured sixth place with an overtime win over Owensville (12-12, 1-6).

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While Hermann controlled the game, Union had its chances.

Hermann jumped out to a 7-2 lead, but Union cut the gap to one point after eight minutes of action, 9-8.

“In the first quarter, we had a lot of very good opportunities that we missed,” Young said. “I thought we should have taken advantage of the opportunity. (Jamie) Gleeson got two quick fouls. We didn’t take advantage of it.”

Only one player, Rachael Bassett, scored in the first quarter for Union. That was something which ended up hurting the Lady ’Cats soon after that.

Hermann established its domination with a 24-7 second quarter, taking a 33-15 lead to the locker room at the intermission.

“We were down one after a quarter and they go on a 24-7 run going to halftime,” Young said. “We sunk down and got frustrated. We took it upon ourselves missing shots. We were getting frustrated on the offensive end and not defending on the other end. We overplayed at times on the defensive end and didn’t protect the basket.”

And if the outcome wasn’t determined at the half, Hermann took care of any doubts in the third quarter, leading 53-23 heading into the final quarter.

Union was able to stop the running clock in the final quarter, but the damage was done.

The Lady Bearcats got things done on both ends of the court. Hermann hit seven three-point baskets with four different players hitting from outside the arc.

“When you can make shots, that makes it a lot easier on offense,” Anderson said. “We had several different kids step up. It’s tough to defend when you have multiple kids who are hot at the same time.”

Kali Stiers led the way with three while Tesla Ruediger hit two. Karinne Lane and Kirsten Leimkuehler hit one three-point basket apiece.

“The threes they hit were back-breakers,” Young said. “They got good, open looks and we didn’t rotate on our matchup. They got extra looks with offensive rebounds.”

And Hermann pulled down 37 rebounds.

“We knew it was going to be a difficult task going in,” Anderson said about the defense. “Union is so quick. They have tremendous speed and attack well off the dribble. The kids did a nice job playing defense.”

Two players, Jamie Gleeson and Lane each hit double digits in rebounds and ended with double-doubles.

Gleeson had 14 points and 11 rebounds to go with two assists.

“She does a really nice job,” Anderson said. “She’s so strong with the ball and athletic. She’s developed into a tough post player.”

Lane scored 10 points with 16 rebounds, seven assists and seven steals.

“She’s just solid and reliable,” Anderson said. “Most nights, you’re going to look and she’s going to be in double digits in scoring, have about six to eight rebounds, five or six steals and five or six assists. She is just solid across the board.”

Leimkuehler closed with 12 points, two assists and one rebound.

“Kirsten has stepped up and really played well for us over the last few weeks,” said Anderson. “She’s a good perimeter shooter. Lately, she’s been more willing to attack the basket and that makes a big difference. Because of that, she’s gotten to the free-throw line more often lately. She’s doing a nice job.”

Ruediger scored nine points while adding four assists, three rebounds and two steals.

Stiers had nine points, three rebounds and two assists.

Hayley Stiers scored three points with three rebounds, two assists and one steal.

Makaley Schneider scored one point.

Also playing were Cameron Hackmann and Kara Kley.

Union would have been lost without Bassett. Besides scoring all eight of Union’s first quarter points, she ended the game with 14 points. She went 6-6 from the free-throw line.

“She had all eight of our points in the first quarter,” Young said. “In the second quarter, she was the only one still scoring.”

Abbie Brack scored four points and hit one of the two three-point baskets for Union.

Kaila AuBuchon scored three points.

Jillian Johnston hit the other three-point basket, which stopped the running clock in the fourth quarter.

Alyssa Coons and Bethany Coons scored two points apiece.

Whitney Vitt ended with one point.

Others playing were Bri Clark, Anna Houston, Briana Lakebrink, Ali Overstreet and Maddy Weinhold.

“We’ve lost three of our last five games,” Young said. “We’ve got to figure this out really quick. The season’s almost over. We’ve got to find that urgency to get mentally tough to play possession by possession. We can’t get into panic mode if we get down. We’ve got to stay calm.”

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24

Friday, Aug. 29

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18

Volleyball

Tuesday, Aug. 26

Potosi def. Union, 18-25, 25-18, 25-15

Francis Howell C def. Washington, 25-19, 25-22

Farmington def. Pacific, 25-23, 22-25, 25-8

New Haven at Cuba    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Bourbon    5:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    5:30 p.m.

Borgia def. Cardinal Ritter, 25-3, 25-3

Wednesday, Aug. 27

ECC def. Central Methodist JV, 25-12, 25-14, 25-15

Thursday, Aug. 28

Potosi at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Borgia def. Notre Dame, 25-15, 25-8

*Washington def. Ft. Zumwalt South

Union def. Battle, 25-17, 25-11

Pacific def. Seckman, 25-17, 20-25, 30-28

Hermann at Jefferson City    5:30 p.m.

Belle at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

Linn at Owensville    6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    5 p.m.

Softball

Saturday, Aug. 23

Union Tournament

Union Sports Complex

G1 Washington 21, St. Clair 0

G2 Pacific 15, Liberty 3

G3 Farmington 15, Union 0

G4 Park Hills Central 4, Borgia 2

G5 Liberty 6, St. Clair 5

G6 Union 9, Borgia 2

G7 Washington 5, Pacific 4

G8 Farmington 5, Park Hills Central 2

Consolation — Union vs. Liberty Postponed due to heat

Seventh Place — Borgia 16, St. Clair 0

Championship — Farmington 5, Washington 0

Third Place — Park Hills Central 7, Pacific 6

Monday, Aug. 25

*Borgia 5, Notre Dame 4 (8 innings)

Union 14, Rolla 7

New Haven at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    4:30 p.m.

Belle at Owensville    5 p.m.

Sullivan at Westminster Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Ft. Zumwalt S 5, Washington 2

Warrenton 4, Union 3

Duchesne 10, Pacific 5

Steelville at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

Vienna at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Wright City 6, St. Clair 2

New Bloomfield at New Haven    5 p.m.

Hermann at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Pacific, PPD to Sept. 5

Thursday, Aug. 28

St. Clair 3, Borgia 2

*Ft. Zumwalt N at Washingto, PPD

Bourbon at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Linn    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Pacific at Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

New Haven at Wellsville    4:30 p.m.

Belle at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Union 1, St. James 0

Fredericktown 4, St. Clair 1

Pacific 2, Hillsboro 0

Sullivan at SLUH    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Union, PPD

Thursday, Aug. 28

Union at De Soto    5 p.m.

Pacific at North County    5 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5 p.m.

*St. Mary’s 4, Borgia 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

ECC at McKendree JV    7 p.m.

#Washington at Francis Howell North, 4:15 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Pky W/Northwest Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Friday, Aug. 22

Sullivan at Fleet Feet Inv    4 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia at Parkway Central Inv    TBA

Friday, Aug. 29

St. Clair at First Capitol Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Lafayette Inv    9 a.m.

Girls Golf

Monday, Aug. 25

Borgia 215, Washington 241

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia 280, Lutheran St. Charles 284, Washington 292

Boys Swimming

Friday, Aug. 29

Borgia, Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E Inv    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

@Fort Scott Tournament

#Parkway West/Northwest Tournament

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