Photos by Kelly Hoffmann
Kyle Ruediger elevates above his defender to knock down a 12-footer during the first half in their win over Crossroads.
By Kyle Quick
New Haven, Mo. - It will be a packed house Friday night at New Haven as both New Haven and Elsberry’s boys and girls will battle it out for District Titles.
With New Haven’s win over Crossroads 48-27 and Elsberry knocking off Kingston 64-19 in last night’s semifinals, they join their girl’s teams after the Lady Rocks defeated Barat Academy 50-21 while Elsberry cruised passed Crystal City 63-43 in Tuesday night’s girl’s semifinals.
Tomorrow night Elsberry’s boys will look to defend their district title after defeating Crossroads last year, while the Lady Shamrocks will be going for a three-peat. Tomorrow night will also be the seventh straight year that the Lady Shamrocks have played for a district championship.
In his 30th year as the New Haven Boys Head Basketball Coach, Ray Steinhoff will have coached his team into a district title game for the 22nd time in hopes of winning an 11th career district championship and the first time since 2011.
Friday night also marks the seventh time that New Haven will have both of their teams playing in the district finals. There have been only two times when the girls and boys won district titles in the same year.
In 2001 the Lady Shamrocks won their first ever district title but lost to Silex in Regionals, while the boys went onto win the school’s eight basketball State Championship.
The follow year in 2002, it was the boys who lost in Regionals while the Lady Shamrocks went onto win their first ever State Championship.
Lady Shamrocks vs Barat Academy
Emily Kallmeyer drains one of her two second quarter three pointers.
New Haven quickly jumped out to a 10-0 first quarter lead, holding Barat scoreless in the first quarter.
The Lady Rocks would take a 26-7 lead into halftime after seniors Emily Kallmeyer and Rachel Steinhoff combined for 12 of New Haven’s 16 second quarter points, with each putting up six points.
New Haven cruised through the second half to a 50-21 win, improving to 19-8 on the year.
Steinhoff scored a game high 14 points and dished out a game high five assist while Kallmeyer put together an overall great game, scoring 13 points, two assist, three steals, and brought down seven rebounds, five of them coming on the offensive end.
New Haven will face Elsberry for the second time this year with a scheduled start time set at 6 p.m., which will be streamed live on QuickNewsNow.
In their first meeting on February 8th New Haven won 52-27, but in our live interview with Coach Doug Peirick, he said, “After watching them in their first two games they are a completely different team than what we saw earlier this year. They’re playing with a lot more energy and when your playing for a district title you can always expect the other team to bring their best game.”
Peirick also said that Elsberry was not at full strength. “One of Elsberry’s girls had minor surgery done earlier that day and still played but was not 100%”, Peirick said.
New Haven vs Crossroads
There was very little scoring by both teams in the first half as New Haven led 14-7, after the Shamrocks led 4-0 in the first quarter. While Crossroads struggled offensively their zone defense was keeping them in the game and making difficult for New Haven to score.
In the second half Crossroads surprisingly came out in man-to-man, which ultimately was the turning point for New Haven. Kyle Ruediger exploded with 14 of his game 21 points in the third quarter as New Haven would go on an 18-0 run, which carried over into the fourth quarter as the Shamrocks led 37-16 with just under seven minutes left in regulation.
Coach Ray Steinhoff said during our live post game interview, “We didn’t make any changes to our offensive during halftime, they came out in man and didn’t really have anyone who matched up with Kyle and our guys did a great job, making some great passes to Kyle the ball. And we had several guys step up and hit some big jumpers from the parameter. It was a good team win.”
Seth Schenck scored in double figures, knocking down two three’s in the second quarter, one of them coming as time expired to end the first half and sending New Haven into the locker rooms with the momentum. Schenck finished with 11 points.
#2New Haven will take on #1Elsberry at 7:30 p.m. or after the girls game. (Note: They will not start the game before 7:30 even if the girls game would end sooner than scheduled.)
Below you can watch our post game interview with Ray Steinhoff as he talks about the threats Elsberry posses.