Hermann girls trim St. Clair to reach championship game
By staff writer
Hermann’s girls rolled into the championship of the 14th annual Hermann Invitational basketball tournament with a 62-47 semifinal win over St. Clair last Wednesday night.
The Lady Bearcats used a 20-9 scoring advantage in the second quarter to take a 38-14 lead at the break. They built a 56-32 cushion by outscoring the Lady Bulldogs 18-8 in the third quarter, and Hermann’s reserves saw plenty of action in the final 8 minutes.
Tesla Ruediger, Hermann’s junior guard, led her team with 19 points while senior Jamie Gleeson scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Karinne Lane finished with 12 points, six steals, five rebounds and four assists. Kali Stiers picked up seven rebounds.
Diestelkamp hits 39
Owensville sophomore Hailey Diestelkamp scored 39 of her team’s 58 points in a 58-48 semifinal win over New Haven last Wednesday. The previous record of 37 was set in 2011 by Shelby Winkelmann of Hermann.
The most points scored in the boys’ tournament are 38, by Tony English of Montgomery County in 1985.
Rachel Steinhoff led New Haven with 21 points. Kayla Meyer added 11 and Stephanie Scheer finished with 10 for the Shamrocks, who were tied with the Dutchgirls, 34-34, heading into the fourth quarter.
On the loser’s side of the bracket, Alison Mehmert scored 21 points to lead Chamois to a 45-23 win over Wright City. Warrenton defeated Montgomery County, 55-45, behind the scoring of Jenny Jansen (20 points) and Hannah Sutton (18 points).