The New Haven JV team came out strong against the Lady Indian’s match up defense. The girls were able to work the ball around the perimeter and eventually get the ball to the inside. Freshman Emma Engelbrecht was hot off the glass. In the first half she went four for four from above the free throw line. “I was really lucky to make those; sometimes it is better to be lucky than good. I was just glad I could help the team,” stated Engelbrecht.
The junior varsity team went on to win the game 30-19. In conference they are 1-0 and 5-1 on the season.
Once the JV game had finished, the varsity team took the court for their game. The Indians came out strong against the Shamrocks, pushing the ball up the court. “ When they started pushing the ball, I thought that the game wasn’t going to end well, and we needed people to hurry back after we put up a shot,” remarked senior Carlie Steinbeck. Going into halftime, the Indians led 25 to 13. After coming out after the half, Coach Peirick began sending someone back on defense to try and eliminate Pacific’s fast breaks. Both teams only scored nine points in the third quarter; however, the Indians still held onto the lead.” I think we slowed the game down some by handling their press better in the second half, worked our offense, got good shots (made some too) and didn't turn the ball over as much, which prevented them from pushing the ball up the court and getting fast break points,” stated Coach Peirick.
The Indians went on to defeat the Shamrocks 46 to 28. The varsity team is now 0-1 in conference and 3-3 overall on the season.
Thursday night, the Shamrocks will host their first home game, taking on the St. James Tigers in another conference game. This will be the last game before the Christmas break. The Shamrocks will pick back up with their season next year on January 2, 2015.
-by Molly Munsinger