Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Orchard Farm's 35-34 Win Ends Lutheran-St. Charles' Season

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Orchard Farm's 35-34 Win Ends Lutheran-St. Charles' Season

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Orchard Farm's Karen Steinhoff made the first of two free throws with no time remaining as the Lady Eagles upended the second-seeded Lutheran-St. Charles Lady Cougars 35-34 in Class 2A District 5 play Tuesday at Louisiana High School.

Seventh-seeded Orchard Farm (11-14) advanced to play third-seeded Mark Twain in the semifinals Wednesday. The tournament wraps up Friday, with the girls' title game at 6 p.m. and the boys' championship game at 7:30 p.m.

"First off, you have to give Orchard Farm a lot of credit," Lutheran-St. Charles coach Laura Mueller said. "They played us tough on defense and they made the plays when they needed to make them." But two free throws with no time remaining? "The game was tied and (Orchard Farm) had the ball," Mueller recalled. "They missed a shot with about three seconds left and Karen Steinhoff got the rebound. I couldn't see the play, but it's a tough call to make, especially with no time left. The clock was at 0:00, but the buzzer hadn't sounded yet. "It really was a tough way to see the game - and our season - come to an end. But we never should've let the game get to that point." The Cougars, who finished 19-6, wrapped up a 7-0 season in the Great Overland Trails Conference just seven days earlier with a resounding 56-35 victory at Orchard Farm. Were the Lady Cougars overconfident? "We played extremely well in the game last week, but we knew that Orchard Farm was a team that could beat us if we didn't play well," Mueller said. "And that's exactly what happened. The things that had been so successful for us this season, they just weren't there Tuesday night. We didn't shoot well, our press wasn't as effective as usual and we found ourselves in foul trouble. "I don't want to make excuses - Orchard Farm played well and they won the game - but we didn't play nearly as well as we're capable." One major factor in the Lutheran-St. Charles' demise was the health of star point guard Liz Dietz, who suffered a knee injury in practice the day after the Lady Cougars beat Orchard Farm last week. …

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