With the season winding down to the final 3 games, the Shamrocks are beginning to prepare for the district tournament. New Haven will be hosting districts this year for the first time since 2014.
Districts for the girls will begin Friday, February 18th, at one o'clock with the #4 seed Crystal City (8-14) taking on #5 seed Silex (5-9). That game will be followed by #2 seed McKinley (10-8) facing #7 seed Collegiate School of Med Bio-Science (4-7) at 2:30. The final opening round game will feature #3 seed Elsberry (9-13) versus #6 Crossroads College Prep (6-11). Elsberry is back in Class 2 after being a size Class 3 school for the past few years.
Due to New Haven receiving the #1 seed (16-7), our Shamrocks have received a first round-bye and will play the winner of Crystal City and Silex in the semi-finals on Tuesday, February 21st, at 5:30. The district championship game will be Friday, February 24th, at 5:30.
Coach Doug Peirick commented on the outlook for districts: “Right now we need to focus on these last few games. We have played and competed very well against some great teams recently. I think we have a really good chance of winning districts, but we have to stick to our style of play.”
When asked about the opportunity of hosting districts, he also stated, “It’s a real plus for us. We don’t have to take any long bus rides and have to be back home late. The other advantage is that our girls are really comfortable in our own gym, and it gives our fans an opportunity to be there. Hopefully we have big crowds each night, so we can bring home the title for us and the community.”
When senior Brooklyn Covington was asked about hosting districts, she replied, “I would want it no other way than to be able to play on Ray Steinhoff Court one more time. And the opportunity for the last game at home to be remembered as walking off our home court with a district championship would be something I would truly forever cherish.”
Good luck, ladies!
(See brackets below for full tournament scheduling information.)