To conclude the game, the Shamrocks won 42 to 24. Lauren Gerleman was the high scorer of the night, with seventeen points, and Emily Scheer was the next highest with six. When discussing the game with Freshman Elizabeth Hughes, she commented, “I definitely felt the pressure to win. Beating Borgia is always an accomplishment. I felt pretty good going into it, though. We prepared hard in practice, and we were hungry for a win.”
The varsity game began shortly after the JV game, as the Shamrocks then contested the Pirates. Like the Shamrocks, the Pirates recently played in the Hermann Tournament, although they took second place.
In the first quarter the Shamrocks struggled with moving the ball quickly and making the open shot. Molly Munsinger was able to get out into the passing lane and knocked a pass away, resulting in a layup, which added two points for the Shamrocks. To end the first quarter, the Pirates took the lead 10 to 4. Going into halftime, the Pirates remained ahead and held the lead 22 to 8.
Coming out after the half, the Shamrocks’ intensity picked up, and they began playing better defense and taking better shots. In the fourth quarter the Shamrocks were able to outscore the Pirates 14 to 5 and cut the lead down to 8. With less than three minutes on the clock, junior Maddie Fleer was able to snag another steal for the Shamrocks and finish the play with a lay up. To end the night, Molly Munsinger was the team's high scorer, with 9, and Lauren Bergner was next in line with 8. “ I thought at the end we fought hard and never gave up, which is something we have to do every night,” stated Munsinger. Emma Borcherding and Lindsey Nixon each had four. Berger stated, “ If we would have played like we did in the fourth quarter the whole game, we probably would have ended up on top.”
The Shamrocks are off the rest of the week and pick up the pace again next week with two conference games.
-by Molly Munsinger