Senior Megan Shockley went 8 for 10 within the paint and had four offensive rebounds and seven defensive rebounds. Emma Borcherding and Kayla Borchering each had six points, and Molly Munsinger had four points and five steals. “I enjoy the challenge of trying to steal the ball, and I wished I would have tried to steal the ball more in the season before this game,” stated Munsinger.
As a team the Shamrocks had 17 assists, 14 steals, and 13 offensive rebounds. The Shamrocks’ next game would be against Silex, which was a rematch after Silex beat them 46-45 on the Shamrocks’ home court earlier in the season.
The Shamrocks and Owls went neck and neck to start the second-round district game, scoring basket after basket. Mid-way through the quarter, Silex took their largest lead of the night, 14-6, as they were able to pick up a few quick baskets due to Shamrock turnovers. The Shamrocks battled back, and by the end of the quarter, the score was 16-14, Silex. Going into halftime, the Shamrocks were able to take control of the game and led the Owls 30 to 29. Both teams came out slow after half time, each scoring less than 10 points in the third quarter; however, in the fourth quarter the Shamrocks outscored the Owls, going on to win the game 53 to 44. Senior Molly Munsinger had eight points; Kayla Borcherding had 14; and Megan Shockley had 12. New Haven’s next game would be played Friday night, and they would take on Clopton.
Friday night’s district championship game began at 5:30. At the beginning of the game, each team played tight defense, causing each other to go scoreless for the first three-and-a-half minutes. By the end of the first quarter, New Haven had taken control of the scoreboard 6 to 3. Senior post players Megan Shockley and Taylor Covington were able to guard Clopton’s post players tough and eliminate the lob pass due to their exceptional back side help. Right before the end of the first half, Clopton seemed to pick up their game and outscored New Haven, making the score 18 to 15. Again, coming out after the half, Clopton was able to control the Shamrocks’ offense and outscore them, putting the score at 28 to 19. In the third quarter, however, Taylor Covington was able to hit two big shots for the Shamrocks. She remarked, “To be honest, I didn’t think they were going to go in. I actually thought they were going to hit the backboard and go flying.” As Taylor hit each of her two shots, the crowd erupted! Taylor also stated, “When both shots did go in, I was more surprised than anything.”
New Haven was able to hold Clopton to only six points in the fourth quarter, but Clopton also held New Haven to six points. Clopton went on to win the game 34 to 25 and advanced to the round of sectional play.
-by Molly Munsinger