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Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 2:00 pm

Overall team depth played a major role in deciding the MSHSAA Class 2 girls basketball state champion Saturday at Mizzou Arena in Columbia.

New Haven (21-11) held a one-point lead over Crane after three quarters, but was outscored 18-7 over the final eight minutes in the Lady Pirates’ 55-45 victory.

“We just ran out of gas. They came at us with lots of girls,” said New Haven Head Coach Doug Peirick. “Everybody on that team guarded well. They prevented our other girls, besides Rachel (Steinhoff), to get good looks at the basket. In the fourth quarter, we were dead tired. We didn’t have any legs.”

Crane (30-3) made wholesale substitutions at times, five in and five out, and used its full-court pressure to wear down the Lady Shamrocks.

“I thought we wore them down. We ran wave after wave at them. Ultimately, I think that’s what got it for us,” said Crane Head Coach Jeremy Mullins. “We only had seven turnovers, so that was good. I knew we could get the ball to the paint. It was just a matter of finishing from there.”

New Haven was prepared for what it was up against, but couldn’t reach the finish line first.

“We run seven girls out. They run 12. We knew going in that they were going to run 12 girls at us,” Peirick said. “He played them about six minutes and then he rotated another five in, and then rotated a couple at a time after that. It just takes a toll on seven girls for 32 minutes.”

Lady Shamrocks’ junior guard Rachel Steinhoff played all 32 minutes, handling the ball against Crane’s full-court pressure.

“I knew from the beginning that their goal was going to be to wear me out and they did a good job of that,” Steinhoff said.

It marked the second straight season the Lady Shamrocks lost in the Class 2 title game.

“That’s a good team over there, a real good team. Congratulations to them. I can’t deny that we got beat by a better team,” Peirick said. “I knew they were coming out guns a blazing like that. They did it to Skyline (semifinals) and there was no reason for them not to do it against us. Everybody knows that Rachel is our primary ball handler and primary scorer.”

The entire game was close until Crane pulled away in the fourth quarter.

Trailing 13-10 after one quarter, New Haven went on an 11-4 run over the first five minutes of the second quarter to take a 21-17 advantage.

Crane came back to take a 26-24 lead into halftime.

New Haven trailed 35-28 with 3:50 left in the third quarter, but ended the period on a 10-2 run to lead 38-37 heading into the final eight minutes.

Maggie McMenamy, Crane’s lone senior, scored seven points in the first 3 1/2 minutes of the fourth quarter to give the Lady Pirates the lead for good.

Steinhoff led the way for New Haven with 26 points, three rebounds and three steals. She was 7-11 shooting from the field and 11-15 from the free-throw line.

“She’s a tremendous player. We ran a couple of different people out there to guard her,” Mullins said of Steinhoff. “She’s got another year to develop as a player. She can get into the lane anytime she wants. She makes a lot of good things happen.”

Megan Shockley finished with six points and two rebounds.

Emily Kallmeyer also played the full 32 minutes, collecting four points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Stephanie Scheer knocked down a three-pointer, finishing with three points and six rebounds.

Kierstin Monzyk, New Haven’s lone senior, had two points.

Kayla Meyer added two points and four rebounds. Stephanie Gerling had two points and two rebounds.

“Rachel did an outstanding job scoring, getting the ball to the basket,” Peirick said. “Kiersten guarded well. She didn’t score much tonight. She was a big part of us getting here. She struggled shooting up until the last week of the season. She hit a shot to put us in overtime in one of our conference games. From there, she stroked the ball well.”

New Haven was 13-20 from the foul line and 2-2 from three-point range.

“I couldn’t ask for anything better, that’s for sure. It would have been a lot better if we would have won, but I’m happy,” Monzyk said. “Overall, I couldn’t have asked for anything more from these girls. They did everything that I could imagine them doing, and they did it even better at times.”

McMenamy paced Crane with 13 points and eight rebounds. Riley Israel added 12 points. Emma Lander scored 10 points.

The Lady Pirates, which ended the season on a 21-game winning streak, had no one play more than 23 minutes. Four Lady Shamrocks played 23 minutes or more.

“We run. That’s our main thing, to run,” said Crane guard Allie Hagler. “We have all of those legs that can give us a rest. Everyone else plays their main five and a substitute.”

The Lady Shamrocks shot 51 percent from the field (15-29), but didn’t get as many opportunities as they wanted and had 16 turnovers.

“I was a little surprised they didn’t try a box-and-one, but their whole team plays defense. We ran our sets. We got some good shots out of our sets,” Peirick said. “We’re not big at all. Our tallest player is 5-11. She’s a sophomore. These girls just have a lot of heart and desire to win. They grind it out every night. In practice, they compete. You can’t deny they have a lot of heart.”

Losing just one senior apiece, New Haven and Crane both should be solid again next year. Skyline, which lost to Crane in the semifinals, returns all five starters next season.

Monzyk will play softball next year at East Central College.

“When Kierstin was in seventh grade, she had 16 girls in her class play basketball and she’s the only one left out of those 16 girls who played. She stuck with it,” Peirick said. “She’s a three-sport athlete and just a good athlete all the way around. She’s going to college to play softball. She’s a state track athlete also. We’re proud of her.”

The Lady Shamrocks hope to make another run at it next season.

“My senior year will be the last chance to get on the wall. I want to be up there with my dad (Ray Steinhoff), my brother (Ryan Steinhoff) and everybody else,” Steinhoff said. “Second place is satisfying, in a way, because not many people get to live out this experience, and we’ve done it twice. That’s amazing. The third time is a charm, maybe.”


Area Scoreboard

Area Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Ninth District Senior Legion Tournament

Thursday, July 17

At Westhoff Park

G1 (1) West 11, (8) Pacific 1

G2 (4) St. Charles 17, (5) Elsberry 2

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G3 (3) Washington 4, (6) Wentzville 0

G4 (2) Daniel Boone 8, (7) St. Peters 2

Friday, July 18

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G5 Elsberry 8, Pacific 3

G6 St. Peters 9, Wentzville 1

At Westhoff Park

G7 St. Charles 4, West 1

G8 Daniel Boone 7, Washington 4

Saturday, July 19

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G9 Washington 9, Elsberry 4

G10 West 9, St. Peters 6

G12 West 14, Washington 1

At Westhoff Park

G11 St. Charles def. Daniel Boone (fft)

Sunday, July 20

Rest at Westhoff Park

G13 Championship — West 2, St. Charles 1 (13 innings)

Monday, July 21

G14 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 13, West 11

Zone 1 Senior Legion Tournament

At Lindenwood University, St. Charles

Thursday, July 24

G1 West 13, Daniel Boone Post 262 8

G2 Jefferson City Post 5 11, Hannibal Post 55 2

Friday, July 25

G3 West 11, St. Charles Post 312 1

G4 Daniel Boone 10, Hannibal 2

Saturday, July 26

G5 Jefferson City 9, West 2

G6 St. Charles 11, Daniel Boone 0

G7 West 6, St. Charles 2

Sunday, July 27

G8 Championship — West 11, Jefferson City 0

G9 If-Needed Game — Jefferson City 14, West 12

Jefferson City advances to state tournament in Sedalia.

Ninth District Junior Legion Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Union High School

G1 (1) Elsberry 3, (8) New Haven 0

At Ronsick Field

G4 (3) Washington 7, (6) Wentzville 1

G4 (2) Union 8, (7) Hannibal 1

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G2 (5) St. Peters 8, (4) St. Charles 6

Wednesday, July 9

At New Haven

G5 Wentzville 4, New Haven 0

G6 St. Charles 8, Hannibal 7 (9 innings)

At Ronsick Field

G7 St. Peters 5, Elsberry 2

G8 Washington 2, Union 1

Remainder at Ronsick Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 Union 7, Wentzville 1

G10 Elsberry 3, St. Charles 2

Friday, July 11

G11 Washington 12, St. Peters 11 (10 innings)

G12 Elsberry 6, Union 3

Saturday, July 12

G13 Elsberry 4, St. Peters 3

G14 Championship — Washington 3, Elsberry 1

Washington wins district, to host Zone 1 Tournament at Borgia. Schedule below.

Junior Legion Zone 1 Tournament

At Borgia

Thursday, June 17

G1 Elsberry Post 226 10, Chillicothe Post 25 2

Friday, June 18

G2 Washington Post 218 5, Elsberry 1

G3 Chillicothe 5, Elsberry 4

Saturday, June 19

G4 Championship — Washington 16, Chillicothe 0 (5 innings)

Washington advances to State Tournament in Jackson.

Junior Legion State Tournament

At Jackson

Thursday, July 24

G1 Jackson 3, Springfield Glendale 2

G2 Eureka 7, Sedalia 0

Friday, June 25

G3 Jackson 8, Washington 3

G4 Springfield Glendale 8, Sedalia 3

G5 Jackson 4, Eureka 2

G6 Washington 8, Springfield Glendale 0

Saturday, June 26

G7 Eureka 11, Washington 10 (9 innings)

G8 Championship — Jackson 7, Eureka 6

Jackson advances to Regional Tournament in Leavenworth, Kan.

Sunday, June 27

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 1 p.m.

Freshman Legion Ninth District Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Elsberry Legion Field

G1 (1) St. Charles 7, (8) St. Peters 0

G2 (4) Elsberry-Winfield 4, (5) Wentzville 3

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G3 (3) Hannibal 3, (6) Warrenton 2

G4 (2) Washington 10, (7) West 1

Wednesday, July 9

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G5 St. Peters 17, Warrenton 6

G6 Wentzville 5, West 4

At Elsberry Legion Field

G7 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 2

G8 Washington 3, Hannibal 0

Remainder at Elsberry Legion Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 St. Peters 11, Hannibal 9

G10 Elsberry-Winfield 13, Wentzville 4

Friday, July 11

G12 Elsberry-Winfield 8, St. Peters 3

G11 Washington 6, St. Charles 0, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 1

G14 Championship — St. Charles 5, Washington 2

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 2, Washington 0

Missouri Freshman

Legion State Tournament

At Rotary Recreational

Complex - Ronsick Field

Wednesday, July 16

G1 Creve Coeur Post 397 16, St. Robert Post 331 2

G2 Ste. Genevieve Post 150 4, St. Charles Post 312 0

G3 Jackson Post 158 1, vs. Springfield Glendale Merchants 0

G4 Washington Post 218 9, Eureka Post 177 4

Thursday, July 17

G5 Springfield Glendale 11, St. Robert 1 (St. Robert eliminated)

G6 St. Charles 10, Eureka 2 (Eureka eliminated)

G7 Ste. Genevieve 4, Creve Coeur 2

G8 Washington 12, Jackson 10

Friday, July 18

G9 Jackson 12, Springfield Glendale 0 (Springfield Glendale eliminated)

G10 Creve Coeur 8, St. Charles 3 (St. Charles eliminated)

G11 Ste. Genevieve 3, Washington 2

G12 Creve Coeur 11, Jackson 7 (Jackson eliminated)

Saturday, July 19

G13 Washington 8, Creve Coeur 3 (Creve Coeur eliminated)

G14 Championship—Washington 5, Ste. Genevieve 2

Sunday, July 20

G15 Championship Game 2—Washington 3, Ste. Genevieve 0

Great Midwest Football League

July 19

Missouri Cyclones 34, Illinois Justice 0

Swim Team Schedules

Washington Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Oaks Landing    Washington 192-100

6-16    Westglen    Washington 259-206

6-23    at Fox Creek    Washington 311-225

6-30    at Chadwick    Chadwick 264-258

7-7    Cherry Hills    Washington 291-140

7-11 at Division Meet, Westminster Christian First

Pacific Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    Lake of the Woods    LOtW 176-130

6-16    at Union    Union 289-220

6-23    Bridle Creek    Pacific 371-124

6-30    at Arbor Oaks    Pacific 282-241

7-7    at Indian Hills    Cancelled, weather

7-12    Division Meet    First

Union Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Arbor Oaks    Union 180-120

6-16    Pacific    Union 289-220

6-23    at Lake of the Woods    LoTW 312-201

6-30    Indian Hills    Union 322-275

7-7    Bridle Creek    PPD

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    Third

Pacific Diving Team

Date    Opponent    Time

6-14    at MAC West    MAC West 40-30

6-21    at Lindgate    Lindgate

6-28    at Cool Dell    9 a.m.

7-13    at Championships    8 a.m.

*Indicates League Games

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