By Kyle Quick
--Note about Class 2 District 4 admission as set forth by MSHSAA. Admission to District Basketball Tournament games will be $4.00 for everyone ages 6 and up. Only those listed on a school's pass list will be admitted free. This means that no employee passes from other schools can be accepted and no Senior Citizen discounts.
New Haven, Mo. - It should be an exciting week of postseason basketball at New Haven as they will host the Class 2 District 4 tournament for the first time since 2010.
The number one seeded Lady Shamrocks will enter next week’s district tournament looking for their third straight district title and their fourth in five years. (Girls bracket breakdown below.)
While the Shamrocks are seeded second behind last year’s District 4 Champions Elsberry(16-7) and seeded third is Valle Catholic.
Briefly speaking with Coach Ray Steinhoff about the seeding he said, “Any of the top three seeds could’ve easily been seeded first.”
New Haven has struggled the past two years in the postseason, losing their opening round games the past two years. In 2012 Cross Roads beat the number seeded Shamrocks in overtime 61-51 after New Haven had a first round bye. Last year it was #5Crystal City who easily took down #5New Haven 60-42.
It was 2011 when New Haven last made a postseason run, advancing to the State Quarterfinals but feel short to Bernie 58-50.
Having districts at home this year should benefit New Haven, however in the postseason always expect the unexpected.
Number one seeded Elsberry(16-7) has quite a threat with their point guard/forward duo of 6’9’’ junior forward Kenny Lesley and 5’11’’ junior point guard Rahiem Porter. Porter and Lesley remind me of New Haven’s duo from 2001; senior forward Johnny Vehland and junior point guard Kyle Quick when the Shamrocks won the Class 1 State Championship.
The 6’9’’ Lesley will come in averaging 23.8 PPG ands 14.3 RPG while his counterpart Porter is scoring 10.8 PPG and dishing out 4.3 APG. Elsberry’s third leading scoring is a 5’11’’ sophomore guard Rodney Chatman, averaging 8 PPG.
Lesley, Porter, and Chatman account for 43 of their team’s season average of 56 PPG.
#3Valle Catholic(15-8) is a very young team with only one senior on their roster has two players averaging double figures, 6’5’’ junior forward Daniel Bergtholdt scoring 16 PPG and 6’0’’ sophomore guard Connor Basler with 14.9 PPG.
#2New Haven(15-8) is led by Kyle Ruediger and Seth Schenck. Ruediger is averaging 16 PPG and leads the team in rebounding with 6 RBG, while Schenck is adding 9.5 PPG, leading the team in assist with just under 3 a game.
While the Shamrocks are seeded second, after last night’s 51-33 loss, New Haven has now dropped four straight with just two regular season must win games left as they try to gain some momentum before Monday’s opening round game at 8:30 p.m. against St. Vincent.
New Haven Lady Shamrocks
The Lady Rocks are coming off back to back State Second place finishes and hoping that maybe, “third time’s a charm.”
#2Crystal City(12-10) has lost their last three games with their most recent to Jeffereson(14-8) 66-40. The Lady Hornets are led by 5’8’’ senior forward Amara Robinson’s 15.9 PPG with three other players all average just under 10 points.
#3Elsberry(15-8) was beaten by New Haven two weeks ago 52-27 but if the two teams would see each other again you can always expect a much closer game when teams meet up for a second time.
The Lady Indians are led by 5’10’’ senior center Brittni Hagemeier with 11.3 PPG and 5’7’’ junior forward Olivia Brown adding 10.5 PPG.
The Lady Shamrocks play their frist round game on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. against Kingston.
To download district brackets visit the Sports Zone where you can also find game scores.
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