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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.


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


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.


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