The Shamrocks competed in the South Callaway tournament from January 8th-January 13th, and took home third place.
On January 8th, the girls competed against Russellville and won 72-35.
Head coach Doug Peirick was asked, “how do you feel the girls played against Russellville.” He stated, “I thought we came out a little lethargic, but after a timeout we played really well. I thought we played together and we were patient in our offense and were able to frustrate Russellville with our man defense. I thought we forced them into taking shots they were not comfortable with, and we were able to get good shots and finish at the basket on our end of the court.”
The Shamrocks played their next game on January 10th and fell to South Callaway in a close game with a final score of 63-61.
Senior point guard and team captain Emily Scheer was asked how she felt the team competed against South Callaway. She commented, “Against South Callaway, I thought the team played with a lot of intensity. We worked hard throughout the whole game, but ended up 2 points short of a win. We played together and put up a good fight against a really good undefeated team. Although we didn't get the outcome we wanted, we were pleased with the effort we gave.”
Coach Peirick also commented about the South Callaway game. “I thought we played a really good game all night against South Callaway. I thought we controlled the pace of the game and kept them from getting into their fast-paced up and down game that they like to play,” he said. “We also kept them off the offensive boards which is where they have a lot of success. In the end I believe we got a little tired and made some mistakes that we didn't make early in the game. They also hit their free throws down the stretch and we didn't.”
The Shamrocks played for third on January 13th and won 50-43 against New Bloomfield. Senior team captain Emma Engelbrecht was asked how she felt the team played in the New Bloomfield game.
She said, “Not great. Shots didn't fall and we didn't seem to be working together as well, but we managed to come out on top.”
Coach Peirick also said, “I thought we played really well on defense against New Bloomfield, but we really struggled on offense. We got the shots we wanted, but we just couldn't get them to go in the basket. In the end we made enough shots to win and bring home the 3rd place trophy. It's always nice to win at least two games in a tournament and bring home some hardware.”
The girls brought home a third place victory and went 2-1 in the tournament.
“All the girls were big reasons we were successful in the tournament, but I thought Kate Ruediger really stood out during the tournament on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court,” Coach Peirick continued. “She usually gets matched up with the other team's best offensive guard and has to play really hard to limit their chances on offense, and she did a really good job with that. On the offensive end, she scored 19 points in the game against Russellville, 8 against South Callaway, and 10 against New Bloomfield. Lauren Gerlemann and Emily Scheer also were big contributors to our success in the tournament. Lauren Gerlemann was named to the 1st Team All Tournament Team, and Emily Scheer was named to the 2nd Team All Tournament Team.”
Junior Claire Laune stated, “I felt like the girls played very well against all teams and I am hoping we stay in this pattern and out of our losing streak.”
Congratulations, girls! Good luck with the rest of the season.