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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.

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    7 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    7 p.m.

*St. Clair at Union    7 p.m.

*Pacific at Sullivan    7 p.m.

*Hermann at Owensville    7 p.m.

Ash Grove at St. James    7 p.m.

Cuba at Brentwood    7 p.m.

*St. Charles West at Warrenton    7 p.m.

South Callaway at Wright City     7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 12

*Ft. Zumwalt North 49, Washington 0

*Borgia 35, St. Dominic 0

*Union 27, Pacific 19

*Sullivan 47, St. Clair 21

Hermann 65, Wentzville Liberty 7

*Owensville 29, St. James 28 (OT)

Cuba 22, Windsor 6

*Warrenton 14, St. Charles 6

*Bowling Green 55, Wright City 0

Friday, Sept. 5

Warrenton 14, Washington 6

Borgia 13, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 0 (forfeit)

*Union 32, Sullivan 19

*Pacific 20, St. Clair 18

*Hermann 52, St. James 20

Owensville 35, Cuba 8

*Wright City 36, Montgomery Co. 0

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

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

Softball

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at Notre Dame    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N    4:30 p.m.

*Union at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Warrenton    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Northwest    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Dominic at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

*Union at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

South Callaway at New Haven    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

St. James Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt S    4:30 p.m.

Union at North County    4:30 p.m.

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Principia at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Bourbon    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Borgia at Duchesne    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Volleyball

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Sullivan at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    5 p.m.

*New Haven at Union    5:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Duchesne    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at Owensville    5 p.m.

*Union at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    5:15 p.m.

Providence at Crosspoint    7:15 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 20

New Haven Round Robin    9 a.m.

ECC at Wentworth    1 p.m.

ECC vs. Graceland JV (Wentworth)    3 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

St. Clair at Seckman Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

St. Clair at Salem    5 p.m.

Bourbon at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Dixon at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Cuba at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Bethel    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Crosspoint at Fulton St. Albans    4:30 p.m.

Tolton Catholic at Borgia    5:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

*St. Louis at ECC    4:30 p.m.

Union at Affton    5 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

Dixon at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    6:15 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

Tolton at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    10 a.m.

Crowder at ECC    2 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 22

Hillsboro at Union    5 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    4:30 p.m.

North County at Union    5 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:15 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Thursday, Sept. 18

St. Clair at Lutheran North    4 p.m.

New Haven, St. James at Steelville Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Festus Inv.    9 a.m.

Hermann at Fulton Inv    9 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 25

Washington at Rolla Inv    4 p.m.

Union, Owensville, St. James at Belle Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27

Hancock Inv    8:30 a.m.

Pacific at Viburnum Inv    10:30 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

St. Clair at Elsberry Inv    4 p.m.

St. James at Dixon    4 p.m.

Girls Golf

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at St. Dominic    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    3:30 p.m.

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Washington at GAC Central Meet    TBA

Thursday, Sept. 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Saturday, Sept. 20

Borgia at Ft. Zumwalt W    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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