The third quarter was still tough for the Shamrocks, who were behind St. Clair, 51-23. The Bulldogs proved dominant in the fourth quarter of the game, ending the match against the Shamrocks, 71-33.
When asked about what the Lady Shamrocks could improve on for the upcoming district tournament, coach Doug Peirick stated, “We need to improve on our ball handling, which results in less turnovers. Our defense needs to be better, and on our offense, we need to be more patient. With these aspects, good things will happen.” The Shamrocks’ next game will be on Tuesday, February 21, in the Class 2 District Tournament. They will play against Barat Academy at Barat Academy at 7:00.
Next on the lineup was the New Haven Boys’ Varsity. In the first quarter, the Shamrocks kept the game close, 9-8, St. Clair. At the end of the first quarter, a St. Clair player was given a technical foul for unsportsmanlike conduct. As a result, senior Kyle Ruediger shot two free throws. Ruediger made the first and missed the second. In the second quarter, St. Clair took the lead 27-15, thanks to a 3-point buzzer-beater to end the half.
The third quarter for the Shamrocks included sophomore Justin Shockley and senior Kyle Ruediger both knocking down three’s. At the end of the third quarter, the Shamrocks were still down 41-27. In the fourth quarter, junior Michael McKernan put in two free throws to help the Shamrocks. Kyle Luecke also contributed a layup for the Shamrocks.
The Bulldogs ended the game on top, winning 52-36. Coach Aaron Peirick stated the Shamrocks ‘improvements going into the district tournament should include “being focused, having a good mental attitude, and being better on defense.” The boys are scheduled to play Monday, February 20, against Crossroads College Preparatory at Barat Academy at 7:30.
-by Lauren Bergner