Friday night New Haven outlasted Clopton to win consolation in the Montgomery County Tournament and Saturday morning the junior varsity followed up with a win over North Callaway for consolation in the Hermann JV Girls Tournament.
Montgomery County, Mo - Rachel Steinhoff led all scores with 17 points and was perfect from the free-throw line hitting seven out of seven helping the Lady Shamrocks to a 39-29 win over Clopton.
Coach Doug Peirick said afterwards, “This was huge win confidence wise headed into the regular season and playing Washington on Monday.”
New Haven led from start to finish but Clopton never trailed by more than six points until the final minutes when they were forced to foul.
The Lady Shamrocks held a four-point lead after the first quarter (10-6) before Clopton mounted a comeback to tie it 12-12. Clopton held New Haven scoreless during the first three minutes of the second quarter until Steinhoff scored four straight points followed by Emily Kallmeyer adding two points to give them an 18-12 lead at the half.
New Haven was fortunate during the second quarter after sending Clopton to the line five straight possessions making just two of ten.
Peirick said, “Second quarter we committed too many turnovers and couldn’t seem to run our offense. During that stretch in the second quarter we did get lucky by Clopton missing free throws.”
Rachel Steinhoff drives baseline scoring two of her game high 17 points.
Throughout the second half anytime it looked as though New Haven was going to pull away Clopton always had an answer.
Midway through the fourth quarter Clopton had numerous possessions to make it a one-point game, trailing 29-26.
New Haven led 32-29 with three minutes left when Megan Shockley grabbed a key rebound, which led New Haven running nearly a minute off the clock, forcing Clopton to foul. New Haven hit 5-6 free throws down the stretch leading to a 39-29 win.
Peirick said, “We play good defense down the stretch, making free throws and rebounded the ball…keeping them off the boards was particularly key with time on our side.”
“They wanted the win, we can give them everything they need but it is up to them to play hard and play to win…I felt the girls did everything we asked…having that desire to win is huge and our girls showed that tonight.
Friday’s win marks the second straight year New Haven has won consolation and with the win improve to 3-1 on the year.
New Haven has another long week ahead of them as they will travel to Washington on Monday and then South Callaway on Thursday. (Note: There will not be a JV game at South Callaway. Game time will still be 6 p.m.)