The Shamrock girls basketball teams faced the Pacific Indians on Monday, December 16. The junior varsity girls fought hard throughout the whole game, and it was a close game. With 7.2 seconds left of the game, the Shamrocks had the ball and the score was 26-30 with Pacific in the lead. Freshman Mackenzie Munsinger dribbled to the top of the key and went up for a three-pointer and made it, turning the score to 29-30 with Pacific still in the lead. Pacific had the ball with only about 2 seconds left of the game and tried to pass it down the court, but New Haven stole it back. By the time they could throw up a shot though, it was too late. The buzzer rang out and the game ended with Pacific at 30 points and the Shamrocks at 29.
The varsity team had just about the same fight with the Indians. Three minutes into the game, the score was already 6-5, showing that it was going to be a close game if players all kept playing with determination. In the first quarter, scores went back and forth, but eventually Pacific took the lead of three points with the score 13-10.
To start off the third quarter, sophomore, Emma Engelbrecht, went up for a shot, made it, but she was fouled. Then, she proceeded to make the free throw, gaining the Shamrocks three more points. To follow that, the Indians scored a basket to increase their score, but when it came back to New Haven’s side of the floor, the Shamrocks didn’t let down the fight. Lauren Gerlemann drove to the block and scored a basket, keeping the game close. The Indians turned it over twice, causing the Shamrocks to get the ball a few more times. Pacific fouled Lauren Bergner on a shot and she made both free throw shots. The score was then 30-36, Pacific still owning the lead. Erin Scheer then made 2 wide shots in a row, shooting the Shamrocks up four points. Gerlemann then earned another shot on the block after an offensive rebound, tying the game up at 36 points. Pacific then turned right around with the ball and made a three pointer on their side, breaking the tie. The teams kept battling against each other and the quarter ended up with the score of 38 to 43, Pacific still in the lead.
Right off the bat in the fourth quarter, Lauren Gerlemann scored a basket to only put the Shamrocks down only by three. Soon after, Maddie Fleer was fouled and made both of her free throws, making the score extremely close--the teams only one point away from each other. The score continued jumping back and forth, until Pacific made two three-pointers, resulting in allowing them to jump ahead a bit further. The score was then 48-52, and New Haven fouled Pacific twice, causing them to earn four more points in free throws. There were only a few seconds of the game left, but Maddie Fleer still earned another shot for the Shamrocks, giving them two more points. Shortly after, the buzzer rang out to declare the end of the game. The final score was 50-56, Pacific taking the win back home with them.
Senior Erin Scheer said, “I think we definitely did some good things. Like shoot 100% from the free throw line- that's really good to see. It is kind of tough to take a close loss in the conference like that though. We have to keep working to minimize our turnovers and giving up offensive rebounds.” Even though the game didn’t end how the Shamrocks may have wanted, everyone is still extremely proud of them for working so hard and keeping the score so close throughout the whole game!