Top-seeded New Haven is headed to the district championship game.
The basketball Lady Shamrocks defeated fourth-seeded Crystal City Tuesday in Elsberry in the Class 2 District 5 semifinal contest, 60-25.
“We talked before the Crystal City game that we wanted to come out sharp and be real efficient on offense and defense,” New Haven Head Coach Doug Peirick said. “I believe we accomplished that. All of the girls played well and made significant contributions to the win.”
Another New Haven player, senior Emily Scheer, reached 1,000 career points in the game. She hit a pair of free throws in the fourth quarter to reach that milestone.
“I am really proud and happy for Emily,” Peirick said. “She has been a three-year starter on the varsity and has always worked on her game in the offseasons and on the weekends during the season. You could drive by school and see her car and you knew she and her dad where in the gym working on her game. Emily doesn’t want the spotlight and tries to deflect it when she gets it. She is only worried about winning games and doesn’t care how we do it, just that we win. She is a player that the younger players can learn a lot from about how she prepares and plays the game. If every team had an Emily they would be successful more than not.”
The Lady Shamrocks (16-9) will take on second-seeded Elsberry (16-11) in the championship game Friday at 5:30 p.m. The winner advances to play the District 6 winner (South Shelby is the top seed) next Wednesday at Hannibal High School. That game tips off at 6 p.m.
“They are a very good team that will take another good effort on our part to beat,” Peirick said. “They play several different types of defenses and change it up frequently. They have kids that hustle and get after it, so we are going to have to be able to handle their pressure and force them into uncomfortable shots and control the boards.”
Against Crystal City, New Haven jumped out to a 22-6 lead after one quarter and cruised from there. It was 36-15 at the half and 50-21 through three quarters.
Three Shamrocks reached double figures in scoring for the night.
Scheer knocked down four three-point baskets and led the way with 19 points. She also had five steals, two assists and two rebounds.
Kate Ruediger netted 14 points with six rebounds, four steals, one assist and one blocked shot.
Emma Engelbrecht closed with 10 points, five rebounds and three assists.
Lauren Gerlemann scored eight points with eight assists and two rebounds.
Mackenzie Bauer and Makenzie Munsinger scored four points apiece. Bauer added four assists, three rebounds and two steals. Munsinger also had one rebound.
Claire Meyer had two points, two rebounds and an assist.
McKenzie Overschmidt added a rebound.