Defending Four Rivers Conference champion St. James survived a major challenge Tuesday night, edging New Haven, 43-42.

“St. James is always a tough game, as is every conference game,” New Haven Head Coach Doug Peirick said. 

The Lady Tigers (4-4, 1-0) were tied with New Haven (6-3, 1-1) after one quarter, 12-12. St. James led 21-18 at the half and 37-25 after three quarters.

“I thought we matched their intensity in the first quarter, but they outplayed us in the second and third quarters by a lot,” Peirick said. “They did a good job keeping the ball out of Emily’s (Scheer) and Lauren’s (Gerlemann) hands and made it difficult for them to get good looks at the basket. We will learn from this and hopefully it will makes us a better team down the road.”

Scheer led New Haven in scoring with 20 points. She also had two rebounds and one assist. Scheer was 4-6 from the free-throw line.

Kate Ruediger was next with seven points, seven rebounds, three steals and an assist.

Emma Engelbrecht scored six points with four rebounds, three assists, two blocked shots and a steal.

Lauren Gerlemann scored four points with eight rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Mackenzie Bauer scored three points with five rebounds and one assist.

Makenzie Munsinger added two points and one rebound.

Claire Meyer pulled down a rebound.

New Haven is idle until the new year. 

The Lady Shamrocks travel to Cuba Jan. 4 before starting play in the South Callaway Tournament Jan. 8.