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Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 2:00 pm

Overall team depth played a major role in deciding the MSHSAA Class 2 girls basketball state champion Saturday at Mizzou Arena in Columbia.

New Haven (21-11) held a one-point lead over Crane after three quarters, but was outscored 18-7 over the final eight minutes in the Lady Pirates’ 55-45 victory.

“We just ran out of gas. They came at us with lots of girls,” said New Haven Head Coach Doug Peirick. “Everybody on that team guarded well. They prevented our other girls, besides Rachel (Steinhoff), to get good looks at the basket. In the fourth quarter, we were dead tired. We didn’t have any legs.”

Crane (30-3) made wholesale substitutions at times, five in and five out, and used its full-court pressure to wear down the Lady Shamrocks.

“I thought we wore them down. We ran wave after wave at them. Ultimately, I think that’s what got it for us,” said Crane Head Coach Jeremy Mullins. “We only had seven turnovers, so that was good. I knew we could get the ball to the paint. It was just a matter of finishing from there.”

New Haven was prepared for what it was up against, but couldn’t reach the finish line first.

“We run seven girls out. They run 12. We knew going in that they were going to run 12 girls at us,” Peirick said. “He played them about six minutes and then he rotated another five in, and then rotated a couple at a time after that. It just takes a toll on seven girls for 32 minutes.”

Lady Shamrocks’ junior guard Rachel Steinhoff played all 32 minutes, handling the ball against Crane’s full-court pressure.

“I knew from the beginning that their goal was going to be to wear me out and they did a good job of that,” Steinhoff said.

It marked the second straight season the Lady Shamrocks lost in the Class 2 title game.

“That’s a good team over there, a real good team. Congratulations to them. I can’t deny that we got beat by a better team,” Peirick said. “I knew they were coming out guns a blazing like that. They did it to Skyline (semifinals) and there was no reason for them not to do it against us. Everybody knows that Rachel is our primary ball handler and primary scorer.”

The entire game was close until Crane pulled away in the fourth quarter.

Trailing 13-10 after one quarter, New Haven went on an 11-4 run over the first five minutes of the second quarter to take a 21-17 advantage.

Crane came back to take a 26-24 lead into halftime.

New Haven trailed 35-28 with 3:50 left in the third quarter, but ended the period on a 10-2 run to lead 38-37 heading into the final eight minutes.

Maggie McMenamy, Crane’s lone senior, scored seven points in the first 3 1/2 minutes of the fourth quarter to give the Lady Pirates the lead for good.

Steinhoff led the way for New Haven with 26 points, three rebounds and three steals. She was 7-11 shooting from the field and 11-15 from the free-throw line.

“She’s a tremendous player. We ran a couple of different people out there to guard her,” Mullins said of Steinhoff. “She’s got another year to develop as a player. She can get into the lane anytime she wants. She makes a lot of good things happen.”

Megan Shockley finished with six points and two rebounds.

Emily Kallmeyer also played the full 32 minutes, collecting four points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Stephanie Scheer knocked down a three-pointer, finishing with three points and six rebounds.

Kierstin Monzyk, New Haven’s lone senior, had two points.

Kayla Meyer added two points and four rebounds. Stephanie Gerling had two points and two rebounds.

“Rachel did an outstanding job scoring, getting the ball to the basket,” Peirick said. “Kiersten guarded well. She didn’t score much tonight. She was a big part of us getting here. She struggled shooting up until the last week of the season. She hit a shot to put us in overtime in one of our conference games. From there, she stroked the ball well.”

New Haven was 13-20 from the foul line and 2-2 from three-point range.

“I couldn’t ask for anything better, that’s for sure. It would have been a lot better if we would have won, but I’m happy,” Monzyk said. “Overall, I couldn’t have asked for anything more from these girls. They did everything that I could imagine them doing, and they did it even better at times.”

McMenamy paced Crane with 13 points and eight rebounds. Riley Israel added 12 points. Emma Lander scored 10 points.

The Lady Pirates, which ended the season on a 21-game winning streak, had no one play more than 23 minutes. Four Lady Shamrocks played 23 minutes or more.

“We run. That’s our main thing, to run,” said Crane guard Allie Hagler. “We have all of those legs that can give us a rest. Everyone else plays their main five and a substitute.”

The Lady Shamrocks shot 51 percent from the field (15-29), but didn’t get as many opportunities as they wanted and had 16 turnovers.

“I was a little surprised they didn’t try a box-and-one, but their whole team plays defense. We ran our sets. We got some good shots out of our sets,” Peirick said. “We’re not big at all. Our tallest player is 5-11. She’s a sophomore. These girls just have a lot of heart and desire to win. They grind it out every night. In practice, they compete. You can’t deny they have a lot of heart.”

Losing just one senior apiece, New Haven and Crane both should be solid again next year. Skyline, which lost to Crane in the semifinals, returns all five starters next season.

Monzyk will play softball next year at East Central College.

“When Kierstin was in seventh grade, she had 16 girls in her class play basketball and she’s the only one left out of those 16 girls who played. She stuck with it,” Peirick said. “She’s a three-sport athlete and just a good athlete all the way around. She’s going to college to play softball. She’s a state track athlete also. We’re proud of her.”

The Lady Shamrocks hope to make another run at it next season.

“My senior year will be the last chance to get on the wall. I want to be up there with my dad (Ray Steinhoff), my brother (Ryan Steinhoff) and everybody else,” Steinhoff said. “Second place is satisfying, in a way, because not many people get to live out this experience, and we’ve done it twice. That’s amazing. The third time is a charm, maybe.”

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Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific 76, Union 57

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

Lindbergh 67, St. Clair 46

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington 56, Lutheran South 54

Poplar Bluff 59, Borgia 49

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Francis Howell 55, Washington 48

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia 62, Sullivan 35

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.

Wrestling

Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games

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