water polo plays Stiebler steps into leadership role to help Ladue squeeze past Howell Central
“Passing, rebounding, scoring, I can handle that,” Stiebler said. “But he’s always our leader, our emotional guy, and I wasn’t sure I could handle that.”
Stiebler did just fine on all fronts, pumping in a team high 21 points to lead the Rams to a 53 51 win over Francis Howell Central in the opening round of the MICDS Holiday Invitational Basketball Tournament at MICDS.
“Without a key piece like that, we needed a lot of people to step up,” Ladue coach Chad Anderson said. “It’s hard to replace a player that’s kind of the glue guy. But everyone chipped in and got it done.”
Stiebler also added nine rebounds to his strong all around performance.
he served as the anchor for a young team that had four underclassmen on the court most of the night.
Stiebler’s biggest contribution came in the second half when he helped right a sinking ship. Ladue frittered away a 14 point first half lead and found itself trailing by one point midway through the fourth quarter.
“I had to keep the (younger players) in the game, make sure they knew not to panic and that we can get this done,” Stiebler said.
Sophomore Jaylen Boyd was one of those younger players spurred on by Stiebler’s leadership. Boyd, who finished with 10 points, scored on a twisting drive through the lane to put his team in front 51 48. He then added a free throw with 21 seconds left for a 52 48 advantage.
Junior Bryce Bussard nailed down the triumph with a foul shot with 6 seconds remaining.
Howell Central sharpshooter Terron Robinson, who finished with a game high 23 points, hit a triple at the buzzer to round out the scoring.
Stiebler and sophomore forward Evan Schneider combined for 21 first half points to help the Rams to a 28 19 lead. Schneider, 6 6, finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Howell Central, seeded 12th,
battled back behind the outside shooting of Robinson and junior Tyrek Coleman. Robinson’s fifth 3 pointer of the night tied the game 48 48 with 3 minutes 2 seconds left.