Flanagan’s Dutchgirls find FRC win column

By Will Johnson, Sports Editor
Posted 2/19/20

A Four Rivers Conference (FRC) victory on their home court.

That’s what Dutchgirl head basketball coach Ryan Flanagan and his Owensville basketball team were looking for Monday night with …

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Flanagan’s Dutchgirls find FRC win column

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A Four Rivers Conference (FRC) victory on their home court.

That’s what Dutchgirl head basketball coach Ryan Flanagan and his Owensville basketball team were looking for Monday night with New Haven’s Lady Shamrocks paying a visit to Owensville High School.

Limiting the visiting Lady Shamrocks to five second-half points Monday night, Owensville’s stingy defense turned into easy offense during their 49-21 victory.

That win not only snapped a four-game losing streak but it was also their first notch in the FRC win column.

“We needed that win tonight,” Flanagan said. “We were outplayed and I was out coached last Thursday at St. James. I’m proud of the way our girls responded tonight on both sides of the court.”

Kyla Hendrix quickly opened the scoring taking a pass from Anna Finley for a lay up just 10 seconds into the game.

That started an 11-0 game-opening run for the Dutchgirls that was culminated by a Finley 3-pointer at the 2:00 mark of the first period.

Even with a 5-2 run from New Haven, OHS still came away from the first eight minutes of FRC girl’s basketball with a 13-5 lead.

Second-quarter action nearly saw the Lady Shamrocks take the lead.

Seeing New Haven open the second period on a 9-2 run, Owensville suddenly saw their lead shrunk to one point at 15-14 near the midway point of the quarter.

Opening OHS’ 11-0 run in the first quarter, Kyla Hendrix started another run with a 3-pointer at the 2:22 mark of the second quarter.

Leading 18-14 at that point, another Kyla Hendrix bucket and an old-fashioned 3-point play from Finley helped Owensville to a 23-16 halftime lead.

Finley led OHS and all first-half scorers with 10 points. Kyla Hendrix followed closely behind with nine first-half points.

McKenzie Overschmidt led New Haven with nine first-half points.

Starting the second half, Flanagan’s Dutchgirls clamped down on the defensive end.

Limiting New Haven to a single free throw, Owensville added eight points in the third quarter giving them a 31-17 lead with eight minutes of basketball remaining.

Holding the Lady Shamrocks scoreless over the final 5:42 of the game, OHS made their four-game losing streak a distant memory.

Finishing with a double double, Finley led the way for Owensville with a game high 19 points and 10 rebounds. She also added four assists and two steals.

Kyla Hendrix also posted an impressive stat line of 13 points, five rebounds, five steals and three assists.

Kate Angell and Keira Hendrix both added six points in the second half. Anna Skornia rounded out the Dutchgirl scoring with five points in addition to grabbing six rebounds.

In a two-quarter junior varsity game, Hannah Wehar’s JV Dutchgirls led 14-7 early in the second quarter before New Haven ended the game on an 11-3 run to hand Owensville an 18-17 loss.

Landry Watson connected on a trio of 3-point field goals for nine points in addition to pulling down five rebounds.

Abby Terry and Kyla Hendrix both added three points along with two points from Ella Gehlert.

Kiana Guerrero led the Dutchgirls with two steals and a blocked shot.

Last Thursday in St. James, Flanagan’s Dutchgirls had an early 6-0 lead before St. James took control on defense outscoring the Dutchgirls 54-18.

Falling 54-24 in Phelps County, Finley led OHS with a team-high seven points followed by six points from Skornia.

Kiera Hendrix and Leah Reed each chipped in four points in addition to three markers from Watson.

Falling 23-7 in the junior varsity game, Owensville got two points each from Watson, Gehlert and Guerrero along with one from Reed.

Owensville will play their final home game of the season tomorrow (Thursday) night when Pacific’s Lady Indians pay a visit to Gasconade County.

A two-quarter JV game will tip things off at 5:30 p.m., followed by a full varsity contest.

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