Despite a minor bump in the road, the New Haven Lady Shamrocks have moved on to the winners’ bracket side at the South Callaway Tournament.
Playing Monday, the third-seeded Lady Shamrocks (7-4) defeated Russellville, 72-35.
“It was really nice to see us play the way we did last night after not playing well in our last two games,” New Haven Head Coach Doug Peirick said. “Hopefully, we can carry this into the next game and continue playing well.”
New Haven will take on host South Callaway, the second seed, Wednesday at the high school. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Russellville jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the first quarter before New Haven responded.
“We were able to fight our way back into the game and eventually took the lead,” Peirick said. “I thought we played really well after the first quarter.”
The Lady Shamrocks led 18-15 after one quarter and 33-25 at the half.
By the end of the third quarter, New Haven had a comfortable lead, 59-30.
Peirick said the difference was becoming patient offensively.
“The girls were patient in the offense and didn’t force shots or passes and it paid off nicely, by getting good looks at the basket and easy baskets,” Peirick said. “On defense, we played really well the second half by holding them to just 10 points for the half.”
New Haven’s key player was senior Kate Ruediger.
“Kate Ruediger was our spark last night,” said Peirick. “She made important plays on both sides of the ball and really gave the team a lift when we needed it.”
Ruediger scored 19 points to lead the New Haven offense. She was one of four players to reach double digits in scoring.
Ruediger also had six assists, six rebounds and two steals.
Lauren Gerlemann posted a double-double with 17 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, three steals and a blocked shot.
Emily Scheer was next with 14 points, three assists, three rebounds and three steals.
Emma Engelbrecht netted 12 points with three rebounds, three steals and a blocked shot.
Mackenzie Bauer just missed joining the others in double digits with nine points, three rebounds, an assist and a steal.
Makenzie Munsinger scored two points with two rebounds and a steal.
Claire Laune chipped in with a rebound.