The New Haven girls basketball team started off the season playing in the Montgomery County Basketball Tournament. The Shamrocks, seeded sixth, played their first game Monday, December 1, against rival team the Hermann Bearcats, who were seeded third. This year, the Shamrocks have one returning varsity starter from previous years and a bench twelve deep. This leaves plenty of room to sub girls in and out.
The Shamrocks and Bobcats played a close game, going back and fourth. At the end of the half, the Bobcats had a four point lead over the Shamrocks. After a tough third quarter, New Haven trailed by only two points to Bowling Green. Kayla Borcherding and Erin Scheer both hit two clutch three pointers that helped contribute to New Haven’s run. With the score within two, the Shamrocks were winning with nineteen seconds left on the clock, when Megan Shockley was fouled and went to the line for two free throws. Shockley missed the first free throw and made the second to give the Shamrocks a three point lead. Anxious for the ball back, the Bobcats then fouled Munsinger, who went to the line and hit two free throws. The Shamrocks won the game 44 to 39 and advanced to the Consolation game that was held Friday December 5.
“Nice shot, Meg!” hollered the team as the Shamrocks ran back on defense to start the Consolation game. New Haven came out strong against the Moberly Spartans in Friday night’s game. Going into halftime, the Shamrocks had their biggest lead of the season yet, leading 21 to 9. The Spartans picked the Shamrocks up in a soft full-court press with five minutes to go in the fourth quarter;that would send them on an 11-2 run. “I thought we handled the press well at first; then we fell apart, and I got nervous once they pulled within five,” stated Megan Shockley.
The Shamrocks battled back to win the game 48-39. At the sound of the buzzer, the crowd stood to applaud the girls while they shook hands with the other players and received their plaque. “You definitely made it interesting and even made me sweat a little,” chuckled Mr. Pierick as the girls entered the locker room after the game. After changing, the girls then gathered in the hallway, where they were greeted by family and friends to be congratulated once more.
This upcoming week New Haven will be on the road and travel to both Washington and Pincipa High School.
-by Molly Munsinger