It’s been a successful South Callaway Basketball Tournament for New Haven and Hermann.
Both New Haven’s boys and girls, along with Hermann’s girls, have reached the championship game.
In the girls bracket, top-seeded Hermann (12-2) and third-seeded New Haven (9-4) meet in the championship game Saturday at 5 p.m.
On the boys side, top-seeded New Haven (8-4) will play seventh-seeded Russellville in the title contest Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Hermann’s boys (6-9), seeded fifth, play in the consolation game against third-seeded Montgomery County Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Hermann and New Haven will meet for the first time this season in the championship game.
“New Haven is playing good basketball right now,” said Hermann Head Coach Todd Anderson. “They do a nice job defensively. They always seem to be in the right spot and are very disciplined offensively. It should be a good game.”
The Lady Bearcats cruised to wins Tuesday over eighth-seeded Montgomery County 79-18 and Thursday over fifth-seeded Russellville, 68-44.
Karinne Lane had a triple double against Montgomery County with 17 points, 11 assists and 10 steals. She also had seven rebounds.
Tesla Ruediger had 29 points and nine steals. Jamie Gleeson had 12 points and nine rebounds. Kirsten Leimkuehler also scored 12 points.
Against Russellville, Lane collected 20 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and five steals.
Ruediger added 17 points and seven steals. Leimkuehler had 14 points and four steals. Gleeson had eight points and nine rebounds.
“We got contributions from several different kids. With Jamie and Karinne both in early foul trouble, Tesla and Kirsten both had big games,” Anderson said. “We did a nice job rebounding in the second half.” New Haven reached the title contest with wins Tuesday over sixth-seeded South Callaway 39-23 and Thursday over second-seeded North Callaway, 52-49.
Rachel Steinhoff led the Lady Shamrocks with 18 points against South Callaway.
Kierstin Monzyk added nine points and four assists. Emily Kallmeyer had eight points, nine rebounds and four steals.
Against North Callaway, Steinhoff scored 17 points, going 11-12 from the free-throw line.
Kallmeyer finished with 13 points and nine rebounds.
“We played well defensively for three quarters and got a little caught up in an uptempo game in the fourth quarter,” said Lady Shamrocks Head Coach Doug Peirick. “North Callaway started fouling with about 3 1/2 minutes left in the fourth, forcing us to win it from the free-throw line. We made just enough to hold on to the lead and win.”
New Haven reached the boys championship game with a 47-43 semifinal win Wednesday over fourth-seeded North Callaway.
“Any of the top seven seeds could have been seeded anywhere from one through seven. When we had the seed meeting, we all basically had the same record,” said Shamrocks Head Coach Ray Steinhoff. “Since the seed meeting, Russellville has gotten a 6-5 transfer from Jefferson City. Their top player before that also is a transfer from Jefferson City. Jamaal Tatum (former Helias standout) is their coach, so they have a connection to Jefferson City.”
Kyle Ruediger scored 21 points for the Shamrocks in the win over North Callaway.
Ruediger suffered a leg injury midway through the fourth quarter when fouled from behind while attempting a layup. He’s unlikely to play in Saturday’s championship game.
“There’s no break or fracture, but he’s on crutches and in a lot of pain. He went to the doctor (Thursday). We’ll find out if the injury is short term or long term,” Steinhoff said. “Kyle is an integral part of our team. He’s a good defender, our best rebounder, our leading scorer and can handle the ball.”
Ross Seitter, Seth Schenck and Alex Poggas each added seven points for the Shamrocks.
“Our guys really competed hard. We struggled through the first half. At about midway through the third quarter, we started to execute better and things went really well,” Steinhoff said. “After Kyle got hurt, the rest of our guys pulled together and finished off the win.”
The Shamrocks stomped eighth-seeded New Bloomfield Monday in the opening round, 68-36.
Schenck paced New Haven with 18 points. Ruediger added 17 points. Poggas scored 16 points. Austin Madden had 13 points.
Hermann opened the tournament Monday with a 62-61 overtime loss to fourth-seeded North Callaway.
Collin Hart scored 21 points. Craig Winkelmann and Matt Hug both added 14 points.
The Bearcats defeated eighth-seeded New Bloomfield Wednesday in the consolation semifinals, 63-44.
Hart led the way again with 19 points. Winkelmann added 15 points. Hug had 14 points.