When the matchups were announced for the St. Joseph’s Academy Shootout, the St. Francis Borgia Regional basketball Lady Knights knew they had a challenge.
Planners paired the Lady Knights with perennial Class 5 playoff program Kirkwood. The Lady Pioneers (9-3) defeated Borgia (5-4) in the game, 44-27.
“Kirkwood is a good opponent and we knew we would have to play our best to have a chance,” Borgia Head Coach Stacia Houlihan said. “We did a lot of positive things but could not get things going on the offensive end. I am proud of the effort, we showed a lot of toughness.”
However, the game wasn’t necessarily most important on the minds of the Lady Knights. Steph Lindemann, a former player and manager with the team and sister to senior Josie Lindemann, died Friday night after a long fight with Ewing’s Sarcoma.
“The Lindemann family was definitely on our minds,” Houlihan said. “Josie Lindemann is part of this team and we know she is hurting. We all share in that grief. Steph Lindemann put up the best fight, we are truly touched by her struggle. The Lindemann family has been an example for us all.”
Dani Kimminau was Borgia’s leading scorer in the game, scoring 14 points and went 2-2 from the free-throw line.
Grace Gettemeier and Avery Lackey each scored five points. Gettemeier hit the team’s lone three-point basket.
Lynnae Grus was next with two points.
Julia Struckhoff added one point.
Borgia went 6-8 from the free-throw line.
Natalie Bruns led the Lady Pioneers with 14 points and added nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and a blocked shot.
Abby Ludbrook was next with 10 points, one rebound and a blocked shot.
Tara Benham had seven points, nine rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot.
Rylee Mulvaney checked in with five points, six rebounds, one steal and a blocked shot.
Sarah Musson and Eliana Poger scored three points apiece. Lauren Mills added two points.
Borgia plays this week in the Union Tournament and is seeded fourth. The Lady Knights are on the pool play side of the event and take on No. 5 Sullivan Tuesday and No. 1 Jefferson City Thursday. Borgia is assured of a game Saturday in the final round.