Coming out of the half, the Shamrocks picked up the pace and had quicker ball movement. Junior Lauren Bergner stated, “ I thought our offense was more efficient in the second half.” The Shamrocks battled back, but the Thunderbirds held the lead and won the game 49-39. Senior Megan Shockley led the team in points with ten, and senior Mackenzy Vedder had nine. The Shamrocks’ next game would be Wednesday night against the Russellville Indians.
To start the Wednesday night second-round game, the Shamrocks took on the Indians. The game started off slow, but to end the first quarter, the Indians took the lead 11 to 4. The Indians pushed the ball up the court and set a lot of ball screens, which caused the Shamrocks to begin switching all screens. The Indians’ half court, full court press caused the Shamrocks to fumble the ball, which resulted in turnovers. However, after the half, the Shamrocks began to handle the pressure better and find the open girl on offense. Even so, the Shamrocks ended up losing, which meant they would play Friday at 6:00 against Montgomery County in the seventh place game.
During Friday night’s game, the Shamrocks started off a little edgy and made unnecessary turnovers in the first few seconds of the game. Coach Peirick quickly called a timeout, which seemed to calm the girls down. The girls immediately turned their game around, quickly scoring and taking the lead over the Wildcats. Junior Erin Scheer was on fire. She went 6 for 9 from the field and one for two on her free throws. “I was pretty worried before the game because I couldn't make anything in warmups! I, like everyone else on the team, really wanted to win, so I just tried to add as much as I could to that effort,” stated Scheer.
Seniors Megan Shockley and Molly Munsinger both went 3 for 5 from the field and both hit five free throws. “We shot a lot of free throws Thursday night in practice, which you could definitely see the improvement in Friday night’s game,” stated Munsinger. The Shamrocks responded well to the Wildcats’ zone and match up zone defense. Also, senior Carlie Steinbeck was able to pick up a charge.
It was mid-way through the fourth quarter when the Wildcats began playing man defense and putting on a press that the Shamrocks began to fumble the ball. In the end, though, the Shamrocks persevered to win the game 52 to 40.
The Shamrocks and Wildcats will battle it out again Monday night on New Haven’s court.
-by Molly Munsinger