Coach Peirick and Coach Steinhoff hope to rebound from last week’s combined four losses.
Photo by Megan Bauer
By Kyle Quick
New Haven looks to rebound from last week’s losses that both the girls and boys basketball teams suffered at the hands of St. James and Pacific.
The Lady Shamrocks ended a four game winning streak after losing last Monday to St. James, 41-38, followed by their second straight loss to Pacific, 48-30, three nights later.
New Haven’s boys have lost their three of last four games after taking third place in the Montgomery County Tournament, winning four of their first five .(4-1)
New Haven began their three game losing streak, which began in a nail-biter against Montgomery County, (45-41) the same night as Winter Ball.
The Shamrocks beat the Wildcats (43-30) two weeks prior in the season opening Montgomery County Tournament.
New Haven’s three game skid began two minutes into the Montgomery game when New Haven’s leading scorer, Kyle Rediguer, suffered a right hip contusion and did not return until the second half. However, New Haven had guys step up, not rattled with Rediguer’s absence.
Coach Ray Steinhoff said, “We knew coming into the week that we would be facing two very good teams, ranked one and two in the conference preseason polls. St. James was undefeated and Pacific had won their last five games... two very talented and well coached teams.”
St. James handed New Haven their second straight loss and first conference loss, 49-41, falling to 4-3.
Pacific's Tanner Brown drains one of his 3, three pointers in the first half, scoring a season high 15 points.
Friday night, New Haven traveled to Pacific and played a game they would like to forget. Granted, Pacific guard Chris Klenke said, “Not sure what got into us but seemed like everything we threw up just happened to go in.” New Haven’s 29% from the field did not help matters any.
Pacific had four kids finish scoring double figures. Friday night’s game was almost a mirror image of when the two teams clashed last year. Pacific’s star player Cullen Van Leer was held to 15 points, four points below his season average.
Give credit to Jeffrey Hinkle’s 10 points, (avg. 5.4) Noah Boyer’s season high of 15 points, (avg. 4.3) and Tanner Brown’s season high of 15 points, only averaging 6.8 points.
New Haven did not help themselves by shooting a season low of 29% from the field.
Photo by Megan Bauer
Rachel Steinhoff finished with a team high 15 points against Pacific.
New Haven falls to 4-4 and will host New Bloomfield on Tuesday and then will travel to Silex on Friday before entering Christmas break.
The Lady Shamrocks suffered their second loss, ending their four game winning streak, coming up short to St. James 41-38 despite a season high of 28 turnovers, falling to 5-2.
Pacific then handed New Haven their second straight loss, 48-30, falling to 5-3. The Lady Rocks will travel to Bourbon Monday night and then end 2012 as they host Union, looking for their first conference win.
The Lady Rocks must find someone to step up offensively. In their last two losses, Rachel Steinhoff scored 14 points against St. James where they lost by three points and at Pacific she scored half of the team’s total 30 points.
This is what high school basketball is all about, sportsmanship.
Both teams enter this last week, hoping to enter Christmas break on a positive note, which could be the key to the remainder of their season.