Missouri S & T green for Anna Finley

By Will Johnson, Sports Editor
Posted 6/15/22

Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) basketball for 200 please.

Recent Owensville High School (OHS) graduate Anna Finley will continue a streak of former Owensville Dutchgirl basketball players …

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Missouri S & T green for Anna Finley

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Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) basketball for 200 please.

Recent Owensville High School (OHS) graduate Anna Finley will continue a streak of former Owensville Dutchgirl basketball players playing at NCAA Division II schools within the GLVC at the University of Missouri - Science and Technology (S & T) in Rolla.

Finley will follow the Diestelkamp sisters of Hailey who had an outstanding career at Drury University in Springfield and Breanna who played for the Lady Tritons at the University of Missouri - St. Louis (UMSL) before returning home to operate Simply Sweet Too in Gerald.

During her time in Owensville orange and black, Finley amassed 1,510 career points to go along with nearly 600 rebounds, 440 assists and 270 steals for her career.

Accumulating 436 points during her recently completed senior season, Finley hit double digits scoring at least 10 points in all but two of Owensville’s 27 games.

Scoring 26 points in a 64-56 victory over Timberland (Wentzville) in early December, Finley also grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds against the Lady Wolves.

Defensively in her senior campaign, Finley recorded a season-high seven steals in their regular-season victory against Hermann in mid-February.

With approximately 100 assists as a senior, Finley dished out a season-best six of them in contests against Borgia, Hermann, Sullivan and Salem.

Turning away a career-high 12 blocked shots as a senior, Finley recorded three of them against Steelville in the third-place game of the Peoples Bank Holiday Classic (PBHC) in Sullivan prior to the Christmas holiday.

Early December was also good to Finley during her junior season.

Of her 410 points that she scored, she reached double figures in 17 of Owensville’s 20 games that year.

To go along with her aforementioned 26-point outburst against Timberland, Finley scored a career-high 35 points in a 73-65 victory also in early December of her junior year against St. Clair.

Grabbing 133 rebounds as a junior, Finley saved her best game on the glass for Salem’s Lady Tigers snatching a season-high 13 boards.

She also flirted with a quadruple double against the Lady Tigers adding six steals and six assists to her double-digit efforts in scoring and rebounding.

Handling the basketball the majority of the time as a junior, Finley dished out a season-high eight assists against the Fort Zumwalt West Lady Jaguars during her junior campaign.

Among her 62 steals as a junior, Finley amassed a career high 10 of them against St. Francis Borgia’s Lady Knights as part of an early season victory.

Putting in 385 points as a sophomore, Finley established set a then career-high mark for points racking up 31 markers in a late February victory over Pacific’s Lady Indians.

She was able to score in double figures during 19 of her 25 games played as a sophomore.

Baking up 13 rebounds against Salem as a junior, Finley beat that as a sophomore pulling down 14 rebounds also against the Lady Tigers as one of five games where she grabbed at least 10 boards.

Dishing out 94 assists as a sophomore, Finley’s best game in that department came against Borgia.

Ending her freshman season with 281 points good for just over 10 points per game, Finley hit double figures in 15 of her 27 games played during her first year of high school basketball.

Finley’s best game in the scoring department as a freshman came against Northwest (Cedar Hill) with 23 points.

Already with a known history of cleaning the glass against Salem’s Lady Tigers, Finley established her career high on the board with a 17-rebound effort in late November of her freshman season against Salem. That was one of three games where she grabbed at least 10 boards.

Breaking triple digits in assists with 159 as a freshman, Finley dished out at least 10 in three games which included a career-high 11 dimes against Salem during the PBHC in Sullivan.

Recording 66 steals as a freshman, Finley set a then career-high with five steals twice in games against St. James and Father Tolton Regional Catholic (Columbia).

Matched up with St. Francis Borgia’s Kaitlyn Patke quite a bit over the past four years, Finley could still see the former Lady Knight against as Patke will also be playing her college basketball in the GLVC for Truman State University’s Lady Bulldogs up in Kirksville, Mo.

Anna will not be the only Finley involved in GLVC athletics as her older sister Abby is currently a member of the Maryville University cheerleading squad over in St. Louis.

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