Much like their matchup in last year's district title game, the Osage Lady Indians got off to a fast start Friday night against Helias Catholic. Unfortunately for Osage, history repeated itself. The Lady Indians' offense fizzled following an early 10-point lead as Helias found its scoring touch to win 56-41 and repeat as Class 4, District 10 champions at Eldon High School.


Much like their matchup in last year's district title game, the Osage Lady Indians got off to a fast start Friday night against Helias Catholic.

Unfortunately for Osage, history repeated itself.

The Lady Indians' offense fizzled following an early 10-point lead as Helias found its scoring touch to win 56-41 and repeat as Class 4, District 10 champions at Eldon High School.

"They certainly showed why they're a great team," said Osage coach Scott Rowland. "They're very good on defense and really made it hard for us to get open looks where we wanted."

Osage led 12-2 after the first quarter but the Lady Crusaders controlled the next 16 minutes. Helias outscored Osage by 21 to lead 38-27 entering the fourth quarter.

In last year's game, Osage led 16-7 before Helias closed the first half with a 13-0 run and shut down the Lady Indians in the next two quarters.

A year later, Osage again struggled to find open looks versus a long and athletic Lady Crusaders team.

The Lady Indians hindered their own efforts with 18 turnovers.

"I know Helias is a good defensive team but for us to have that many turnovers when they didn't press us, that's probably too many," Rowland said.

A basket from senior Tiffany Urwiler got Osage within 26-25 midway through the third quarter. Helias answered with a 9-0 run.

Summer Dean and Shelynna Luttrell led Osage with 15 points apiece. Luttrell scored Osage's first eight points but sat for much of the second and third quarters due to foul trouble.

"Shelynna is always a big factor for us because she's so athletic around the basket and she can also make that 15-foot jumper," Rowland said. "We just didn't get enough offense going."

No Osage bench player scored in the game.

The Lady Indians couldn't find an answer for Helias' Olivia Hackmann and Taylor Hagenhoff, who scored 13 of their team's 18 fourth-quarter points. Hackmann finished with a game-high 20 points.
Osage was held without a 3-pointer until the fourth quarter.

The Lady Indians finish their season 14-10 overall. Helias advances to the 16-team Class 4 state tournament and will play St. Francis Borgia on Wednesday night at Washington High School.

Game summary
Osage 12 6 9 14    41
Helias 2 20 16 18    56

Osage scoring — Summer Dean 15, Shelynna Luttrell 15, Tiffany Urwiler 6, Kelsey Abbott 4, Tara Allman 1

Helias scoring — Olivia Hackmann 20, Taylor Hagenhoff 12, Bre Zanders 8, Hillary Hentges 6, Emma Verslues 5, Alex Heislen 5