Top-seeded New Haven raced out to a big early lead and never looked back Monday in the opening round of the Montgomery County Tournament.
The Lady Shamrocks (2-0) stomped Wellsville-Middletown, 62-14, to advance to Wednesday’s semifinal game against fourth-seeded Bowling Green.
“Wellsville wasn’t a real strong team as you can tell from the score, but I was really pleased with the way our girls came out and played hard on both sides of the ball from the beginning of the game,” New Haven Head Coach Doug Peirick said. “Sometimes, it’s easy to overlook a team like this and not play your best ball. Everyone played hard from the start and was focused on doing everything right.”
Bowling Green was a 60-51 winner over Montgomery County in the opening round. The semifinal game will be played at the Montgomery County High School gym at 5:30 p.m.
New Haven is guaranteed a spot in Saturday’s action, either in the third-place game at 3 p.m. or the championship contest at 6 p.m.
“Bowling Green is a big team,” Peirick said. “We are going to have to prevent the ball from getting inside to their two big girls and limit their shots. We are also going to have to handle their man pressure defense and take advantage of our quickness on both ends of the court.”
New Haven led 17-2 after one quarter, 36-5 at the half and 54-12 through three quarters.
The game was a clean one as only seven fouls were called between the two teams. Each squad attempted four free throws. New Haven hit two and Wellsville had one.
Three players dominated the scoring for New Haven and all three scored at least as many points as the opposition.
Emily Scheer led the way with 18 points, including two three-point baskets. She was perfect from the field and added three steals.
Emma Engelbrecht was next with 16 points. She hit eight of her 12 shot attempts and added seven rebounds.
Lauren Gerlemann scored 14 points to equal Wellsville’s team. She was 7-10 from the field and added five rebounds.
Other New Haven scorers were Kate Ruediger with seven points, Mackenzie Bauer, Claire Meyer and Makenzie Munsinger with two points each and Olivia Williams with one point.
“Kate Ruediger had a real nice game outside of the normal offensive stats,” Peirick said. “She had four assists and eight steals to go along with six points.”
Peirick said New Haven hit 64 percent of its shots from the field and forced 24 turnovers.
Lucy Schnitker scored half of the Wellsville points with seven for the game. Brooke Peckham had three points while Elizabeth Burdick and Allison Arens scored two points apiece.
In other first-round action, second-seeded Hermann was a 67-15 winner over Silex and No. 3 Clopton beat Fulton, 51-31.
In the Hermann-Silex game, the Lady Bearcats led 24-6 after one quarter, 43-10 at the half and 57-12 going into the final quarter.
Brooke Grosse led Hermann in scoring with 17 points while adding four rebounds, four blocked shots, four steals and one assist.
Scoring 12 points apiece were Emma Godat and Allison Stiers.
Tess Schannuth was next with seven points. Megan Schneider and Allison Williman had six points each while Caralie Brune ended with four and Quincy Erickson scored three points.
Hermann will play Clopton in the second semifinal Wednesday at 7 p.m.