There will be at least one more game for New Haven’s senior-dominated girls basketball squad.
The Lady Shamrocks (17-9) will take on South Shelby (20-8) Wednesday at Hannibal High School in a MSHSAA Class 2 sectional game. The game tips off at 6 p.m.
The winner advances to play either Northeast of Cairo (22-6) or Sturgeon (20-8) Saturday at Moberly Area Community College in a 1 p.m. quarterfinal.
New Haven Head Coach Doug Peirick said he’s got his homework to do before Wednesday.
“I don’t know anything about South Shelby other than what I’ve seen on film just this morning,” Peirick said. “At first glance they seem to be a pretty scrappy team. They hustle on defense and try to force you into bad passes and they like to push the ball up the floor. It is going to take our best effort to win that ballgame.”
South Shelby was the top seed for the Class 2 District 6 Tournament. The Lady Cardinals beat second-seeded Paris for the title Friday, 40-33.
Prior to that, South Shelby won 56-30 over Louisiana in the opening round and 43-32 over Canton in the semifinals.
Senior Caitlyn Poore, a 5-2 guard, is the leading scorer for South Shelby at 13.9 points per game. She scored 17 in the district championship game against Paris.
Senior Lexie Higbee, a 5-9 forward, is next at 9.4 points per game while junior Diane Mayes, a 5-10 forward, scores nine points per game.
A pair of players, junior Meredith O’Neal, a 5-2 guard, and senior Logan Wise, a 5-9 forward average 7.4 and 7.1 points per game, respectively.
Higbee is the top rebounder with 5.6 boards per contest. Mayes is next at 5.0 while Wise averages 4.7, O’Neal has 4.2 and senior Lily Wegman, a 5-7 forward, averages 3.4.
Wise leads the team at 3.3 assists per game while Poore is next at 3.1. Mayes averages 2.2 assists per game.
O’Neal is tops in steals with 2.7 per game. Wise is next at 2.3 while Poore has 1.5 and Wegman is next at 1.3.
South Shelby won the North Shelby Tournament, finished second in the Monroe City Tournament and took third in the Marceline Tournament.
In the district title game, South Shelby had to fight back after not hitting a shot from the field during the opening quarter, making due on five free throws to trail 11-5 after one quarter.
South Shelby had cut that to 21-19 by the half and tied it after three quarters, 25-25.
The state tournament takes place March 8-9 at the John Q. Hammons Arena in Springfield.