On Tuesday, February 20, in the semi-finals of the Class 2 District 5 tournament, at Elsberry, the Shamrocks defeated Crystal City, 60-25, to advance into the district championship game. With 50 seconds left in the game, a huge milestone was reached for one of our Shamrocks.
Senior Emily Scheer was only 19 points away from 1,000 career points heading into the contest, with her career total standing at 981. With 50 seconds remaining in the 4th quarter, Scheer was fouled and went to the free-throw line to shoot on a double-bonus. At this point in the game, she had 17 points, with her career total standing at 998. She proceeded to make both of the free-throws, the 2nd one giving her 1,000 career points. She finished with 19 points in the game.
Fellow senior Lauren Gerlemann commented on Scheer, stating, “It has been the best thing ever to have been able to play alongside my best friend. She is there for everyone on and off the court. She works hard every day to improve her game and pushes us all to become better too. She has worked hard to get to 1,000 career points, and I couldn’t be happier that she has reached it.”
In her 3 years as a varsity starter, Scheer has averaged around 12 points per game to go along with 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals. Emily has also been a very efficient shooter throughout her career by shooting 49% from both the field and 3-point range. She has also shot 75% from the free-throw line.
Head coach Doug Peirick stated, “It’s a pretty special season when you have two players reach 1,000 points.” Lauren Gerlemann reached it a few games earlier. He continued, “Emily has worked very hard on her overall game. She has become a really good defender, and her offensive game has improved every year since she started varsity, her sophomore season. At any time of the year whether during the season or in the off-season, you can always find Emily and her dad in the gym working on her game. She doesn’t care about getting any kind of glory for her game, she just wants to win.”
He continued to say, “Emily has made a lasting impression on our program that the younger kids should admire and emulate. She is one of the best that has gone through our program since I have been here, as far as ability, dedication for improvement, and the desire to win.”
In addition to being a standout guard on the basketball team, Emily has also been a standout pitcher and 3rd baseman for the softball team. She has been a 4-year varsity starter, and this year, she had a batting average of .422 with 28 runs batted in.
Scheer commented, “The game of basketball has consumed a great amount of my time over these last 4 years. It’s nice to know that all the time in the gym paid off and really pushed me to improve my game not just individually, but to also be a great teammate. Basketball has taught me a lot, and leaving it behind is going to be one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. I am grateful for all of my coaches, teammates, and family that have helped me and supported me throughout my career.”
Emily, your hard work and commitment to our school has paid off, and we are very grateful for that. Congrats on 1,000 points, and good luck the rest of the year!