In basketball, if you don’t score you don’t win.


And the Owensville Dutchgirls were most definitely not going to win in the second half Friday night.


Outmanned by a swarming defense by the top-seeded St. James High School girls’ basketball team, third-seeded Owensville tallied just two points after intermission as the Lady Tigers rolled to a 48-19 victory Friday in the championship game of the Missouri Class 4 District 9 Tournament at Eldon High School.


St. James, 24-3 and ranked No. 4 in the Missouri Class 4 state poll, advances to Class 4 Sectional action at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Lebanon High School. The Lady Tigers will play District 10 champion West Plains in the sectionals on Wednesday. West Plains improved to 23-5 by beating Marshfield 39-29 in the District 10 title game Friday.


In basketball, if you don’t score you don’t win.

And the Owensville Dutchgirls were most definitely not going to win in the second half Friday night.

Outmanned by a swarming defense by the top-seeded St. James High School girls’ basketball team, third-seeded Owensville tallied just two points after intermission as the Lady Tigers rolled to a 48-19 victory Friday in the championship game of the Missouri Class 4 District 9 Tournament at Eldon High School.

St. James, 24-3 and ranked No. 4 in the Missouri Class 4 state poll, advances to Class 4 Sectional action at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Lebanon High School. The Lady Tigers will play District 10 champion West Plains in the sectionals on Wednesday. West Plains improved to 23-5 by beating Marshfield 39-29 in the District 10 title game Friday.

The winner of Wednesday’s game will advance to Class 4 Quarterfinal action Saturday, March 6 on the campus of Missouri State University in Springfield.

Owensville, which had upset second-seeded Jefferson City Helias in district semifinal action, ends the season with a 14-12 mark.

For a half the Dutchgirls gave it their best shot against Four Rivers Conference rival St. James, although they were playing from behind most of the way.

Owensville scored the game’s opening basket and the Lady Tigers responded with 11 unanswered points. Junior guard Kati Miller netted a three-pointer to end the first period and cut the Dutchgirl deficit to 11-5. Senior Liz Tate then hit a driving layup to open the second period to cut the Lady Tiger lead to four.

St. James went on a 7-2 run. And two free throws by senior guard Jordan Bowen at the 4:26 mark upped the Lady Tiger edge back to nine, 18-9.

Back-to-back turnovers by Owensville produced four Lady Tiger points late in the half. And a pair of free throws by senior post Heather Stowers at the 1:00 mark gave St. James its largest lead of the half, 12 points. St. James led 28-17 entering halftime.

It was all St. James the rest of the way. Owensville was shut out over the third period, as St. James went on a 15-0 run in the period. Stowers’ long outlet pass resulted in a Lady Tiger fast-break layup to end the third-quarter scoring and make it a 26-point bulge heading into the fourth quarter, 43-17.

Sophomore guard Hannah Roach hit a jumper to open the fourth quarter and finally end Owensville’s second-half scoring drought. That would, however, be the only points of the half for the Dutchgirls.

The Lady Tiger defense produced 30 Owensville turnovers.

“The second quarter was a good quarter for us,” said St. James head coach Brad Conway. “We talked to the girls at halftime and said if we extended our lead we wanted to look to be patient and get good shots.

“The whole game I thought we played really good defense.”

Junior guard Rachel Connell had 13 points, four assists and five steals for the Lady Tigers while 5-9 sophomore Brittany Harris-Conway added 10 points; senior guard Ashley Hoener had four steals; senior guard Tiffany Hauck had four assists, and Bowen four rebounds.

Now the Lady Tigers prepare for a trip to Lebanon for sectionals for a second consecutive year.

“Some things we need to shore up,” Conway said. “Nothing major. Defensively we’re playing as well as we have all year. Now it’s a matter of executing.”