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New Haven Stops St. Clair for Third Place at Hermann Tourney

February 17, 2014
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Due to weather issues in the past, St. Clair and New Haven finally were able to meet Wednesday in the third-place game of the Hermann Girls Basketball Tournament.

The third-seeded Lady Shamrocks posted a 44-39 victory over fifth-seeded St. Clair at Hermann High School.

It was the only game of the tournament that still needed to be played.

Top-seeded Hermann won the championship over second-seeded Owensville.

“We started out very slow in our offense and on the boards. We picked it up in the second and third quarters, but did not match St. Clair’s intensity in the fourth quarter,” said New Haven Head Coach Doug Peirick. “We were up by 11 points at one point in the third quarter and St. Clair got to within one point late in the fourth quarter.”

The Lady Bulldogs (8-12) led 12-9 after one quarter, but trailed 20-16 at halftime and 34-23 after three quarters. They pulled to within one point in the fourth quarter.

“We had a really strong first quarter. We moved the ball better than we have all season and did a nice job of looking inside to our post players,” said St. Clair Head Coach Jena Carroll. “We lost some steam in the second and third quarters when shots wouldn’t fall. It was one of our weaker outside shooting games we’ve had.

“We came out with a push in the fourth quarter. We changed our offensive tone a bit to create some quick opportunities.”

Rachel Steinhoff paced the Lady Shamrocks (16-7) with 19 points. Stephanie Gerling  finished the game with 12 points.

“Rachel hit her free throws down the stretch and we were able to handle their pressure late in the game,” Peirick said. “Stephanie Gerling shot the ball real well. She hit some big shots to help us get our lead.”

Kayla Meyer added nine points. Megan Shockley and Stephanie Scheer both scored two points.

Katelyn Guehne scored 12 points to lead St. Clair. Karissa Hoffman finished with eight points.

“Karissa and Katelyn did a great job finishing their chances,” Carroll said. “They scored 10 of our 14 points in the first quarter.”

Allison Hinson added seven points. Alicia York netted four points. Sam Deason and Emily Presley both scored three points. Miranda Murphy had two points.

“Jena has her team playing really aggressive basketball right now,” Peirick said. “They are definitely better than their record shows.”

Thursday Games

St. James capped a big week with a 66-32 home win Thursday over St. Clair.

The Lady Tigers (22-1, 5-0), the top-ranked team in the MBCA Class 3 state poll, also notched wins during the week against Hermann (No. 2 in Class 3) and Miller Career Academy (No. 5 in Class 4).

“We just did not play well. We never got settled. We played timid and made poor choices,” Carroll said. “We didn’t handle their pressure well at all. St. James is a great team with a lot of different weapons.”

St. Clair (1-4 in the FRC) was led by Deason, who scored 11 points. Hoffman added eight points.

Kelsey Wachter finished with seven points. Murphy netted three points. York scored two points. Guehne had one point.

“We have to learn from it and make the necessary adjustments going in to next week,” Carroll said.

New Haven (2-3 in the FRC) lost Thursday at home to Hermann, 53-43.

Gerling paced the Lady Shamrocks with 13 points. Steinhoff added 11 points.

Jamie Gleeson led Hermann (19-1, 3-1) with 18 points. Karinne Lane scored 15 points. Kirsten Leimkuehler had nine points.

St. Clair-Sullivan

Sullivan sweated out a 62-56 win Friday, Feb. 7, at St. Clair.

“It was tough. We couldn’t get stops defensively. You have to give St. Clair credit. They kept attacking. Everything they got was around the basket and at the free-throw line,” said Sullivan Head Coach Jason Merkel. “Fortunately, we got enough stops at the right time.”

St. Clair fell behind early, but gradually chipped away at Sullivan’s lead.

“It was a rocky start for us. We gave up 13 points just off three-pointers and free throws in the first eight minutes,” said Carroll. “I compliment our girls for the ability to stay in the game and have a strong second quarter.  We could have easily given up and laid down.”

Taylor Lucas had 28 points and eight rebounds for the Lady Eagles.

Aley Lucas added 11 points. Sierra Pryor had 10 points and nine assists.

Tessa Johanning netted six points. Kaitlynn Hill scored four points. Skylar Evans had three points.

Murphy, Hinson and Deason each scored 13 points to lead St. Clair.

Wachter finished the game with six points. Hoffman and Guehne both scored four points. York had three points.


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