Beating McKinley Leadership Wednesday night, 49-44, the New Haven basketball Shamrocks earned the right to play for a district championship.

New Haven (10-17) will face top-seeded Elsberry (13-13) Friday at 7 p.m. for the Class 2 District 5 championship. The game is being played at Elsberry High School.

Second-seeded New Haven used a fast start Wednesday to take charge and build up a lead.

It was 16-3 after one quarter, 30-21 at the half and 37-33 after three quarters.

Abe Madden led the New Haven scoring attack with 17 points, including hitting three of the four New Haven three-point shots for the game. Madden also had four rebounds and three assists.

John Fleer was next with 14 points. He also had four rebounds and an assist.

Ethan Groner netted 11 points with four rebounds, three assists and a steal.

Martin Lewis scored four points while adding six assists, five rebounds and three steals.

Jay Eichelberger added three points, two rebounds and a steal.

Kyle Brumels contributed two rebounds and two steals to the cause.

Elsberry defeated Crystal City in the other semifinal game, 63-31. The Indians are the defending district champion, beating McKinley Classical Leadership in the title game, 61-39. 

The Indians lost in the sectional round last year to local rival Clopton, 43-41, in overtime.