Opening play Monday in the Montgomery County Tournament, the New Haven Lady Shamrocks doubled up the host team, 40-20.
New Haven scored all 14 points in the first quarter and led 25-5 at the half. It was 32-16 after three quarters.
“I thought we played a really good first half and a not-so-good third quarter, but finished strong in the fourth quarter,” New Haven Head Coach Doug Peirick said.
New Haven (2-0), the fourth seed, now faces top-seeded Clopton in the semifinals Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Clopton defeated Wellsville-Middletown, 63-20.
“It’s always good to be playing on the winners’ side of the bracket in a tournament, but that means you’re going to be playing some really good teams and Clopton is seeded No. 1 for a reason,” Peirick said. “They are going to pressure the ball all over the court and we’re going to have to protect the ball and control the tempo of the game to have a chance to win.”
Emily Scheer led the Lady Shamrocks in scoring with 12 points.
Emma Engelbrecht netted 10 points and Peirick felt she stood out.
“Emma Engelbrecht was our best all-around player last night,” Peirick said. “Along with her 10 points and nine rebounds, she had three assists, two steals and two blocked shots.”
Other New Haven scorers were Lauren Gerlemann and Brooklyn Covington with six points apiece, Mackenzie Bauer with four and Kate Ruediger with two points.
Anna Henke and Kayla Schmidt scored six points apiece to lead Montgomery County.
Hannah Prior added four while Lydia Bishop scored three and Macy Block had one point.
In other first-round games, Hermann topped Silex, 57-20, and Bowling Green beat Fulton, 54-33.