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Dutchgirls Knock Out St. Clair in District Tournament

February 22, 2012
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While the St. Clair-Owensville girls basketball rematch didn’t generate the same type of track meet atmosphere as the first meeting, it did signal the end of the season for the Lady Bulldogs.

Fifth-seeded Owensville (14-11) knocked out the fourth-seeded Lady Bulldogs (13-12) Monday in the Class 4 District 9 Tournament at Union, 41-26.

Owensville advances to play top-seeded Borgia (22-3) Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the semifinals.

The Dutchgirls found a simple way to keep St. Clair from being able to run up the score — keep them from being able to take shots.

“The girls did not make good decisions offensively,” St. Clair Head Coach Jena Carroll said. “We were trying to force things to happen instead of running the plays to break down the defense. We struggled to score, even our good shots did not fall.”

St. Clair struggled just to get into shooting position during the first half as the Dutchgirls built up a sizable lead. Owensville led 11-3 after one quarter and 19-10 at the half. The Dutchgirls held a 30-16 advantage after three quarters.

St. Clair still had a chance. A team that put up 88 points through a double overtime game in Owensville last week, worked to try to cut down the lead. However, Owensville’s defense helped to make sure the Lady Bulldogs never got comfortable at Union’s gym.

Owensville received 37 of its 41 points from starters with senior Lauren Hendrickson leading the way with 15 points.

Senior Hannah Roach and freshman Emily Ellis each scored eight points while senior Kati Davis added six points to go with key rebounds.

“I thought we played fairly good defense,” Carroll said. “We were able to hold their leading scorer (Davis) to two field goals and six points total.”

The Dutchgirls received two points apiece from reserves — senior Kim Buddemeyer and freshman Kristen Charboneau.

St. Clair had balanced scoring between its starters and reserves. Each grouping scored 13 points in the game.

Senior Tiffany Sellers, who came off the bench, led the Lady Bulldogs in the game with nine points. Senior Ashley Fuchs and sophomore Sam Deason each scored two points off the bench.

The leading scorer among the starters was sophomore Karissa Hoffman, who ended with five points. Seniors Brittany Sellers and Sarah Baker each scored three points and freshman Allison Hinson ended with two points.

Owensville dominated early play in the game, building up an eight-point lead before St. Clair scored.

After combining for 169 points last week, the teams actually went 2:45 before the Dutchgirls got the first basket from Hendrickson.

Owensville added two buckets from Ellis and another from Roach to go up, 8-0. The Dutchgirls were able to do this despite losing Davis for a short span after she had the wind knocked out of her after falling on top of the ball.

St. Clair finally got a three-point basket from Brittany Sellers, but that was all of the scoring for the Lady Bulldogs in the first quarter.

Despite a couple of runs, St. Clair never threatened the Dutchgirls for the rest of the game.

It was the final high school game for five St. Clair seniors, four who scored in the game. Brittany and Tiffany Sellers, Baker, Fuchs and Shannon Duncan all played considerable minutes for St. Clair.

When Owensville returns to the court, it will be trying to reverse another decision from earlier in the season. Borgia beat Owensville Jan. 19 at Borgia, 49-38.


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