Shamrocks take second in South Callaway Tournament - Lady Bearcats win third stratight

 Pictured left Ross Seitter scored a team high 11 points, hitting three from downtown.  Right: Emily Kallmeyer hit double figures for second game in a row with a team high 12 points on six of ten shooting.

Photos by QuickNewsNow contributor Megan Bauer.

South Callaway, Mo. – Saturday marked the first time New Haven had both teams playing in the championship games of the South Callaway Tournament.  The Lady Rocks upset number three-seeded North Callaway and the Shamrocks knocked off the number four-seeded North Callaway boy’s team.

Shamrock fans would have liked a different out come but considering the circumstances both coaches was happy with their team’s efforts.  The Lady Bearcats went on to win at least third straight title, improving to 13-2 while New Haven falls to 9-5 in Saturday’s loss, 41-26.

In Russellville’s 50-41 win over New Haven they improve to 7-3 while New Haven falls to 8-5.

New Haven entered Saturday’s championship game without their leading scorer, Kyle Ruediger, after suffering an injury in Wednesday night’s game against North Callaway, however the rest of the team never looked “lost” and had opportunities to still pull off the win.

Steinhoff said, “I can’t say enough about the other guys, they didn’t skip a beat and they’ve been like that every game which gave me hope.  Kyle’s [Ruediger] been knocked out of games three different times and every time he’s went out our guys haven’t blinked an eye.”

For New Haven to pull of the win there were two things they would have to do, rebound and hit shots around the parameter.

The Shamrocks led 12-11 at the end of the first quarter led by Ross Seitter’s eight points, finishing with a team high 11 points on the night.  The difference between New Haven walking away with a win can easily be summed up in three sentences.  Particularly, Seth Schenck contained Russellville’s best player, Brenden Jackson to just nine points, when Jackson has been average near 20 points per game.
Steinhoff said, “Seth [Schenck] did a great job on him.”

If New Haven gets a few fluke plays go their way the game is either tied or New Haven trails by one or two points with 1:30 to go instead by five.

Instead of giving up five offensive rebounds, they hold Russellville to three; take away the fluke plays, New Haven wins.

The third difference is credited to Russellville.  Every time New Haven would hit a big shot to pull within five points, Russellville answered every time, “which was frustrating, felt like we could never really get that defensive stop we needed.”

There was a moment after the game when the all tournament teams were announced as well at the tournament MVP.  Schenck was named second all-tournament team and Ruediger was the tournament MVP, which Steinhoff was a little surprised but also noted that voters recognized how important he is to their team.

New Haven’s starters stepped up, especially Ben Luecke (pitured left), who scored a season high eight points, and five offensive rebounds.  On top of Seitters team high 11 points, he dished out four assists, knocked down three 3’s, and finished with a team high three steals.

New Haven will host Linn on Tuesday then travel to Chamois on Friday.  Note: If they decide to play JV, it will only be two quarters, otherwise they may decide to only play a varsity game.  We will keep you posted.  Look for an announcement later this week.

New Haven will enter next week’s Hermann tournament seeded second behind St. James who is the number one seed.  Click here to download brackets.

For the second straight game Emily Kallmeyer hit double figures with a team high 12 points.  Hermann was led by tournament MVP, Karinne Lane’s game high 14 points followed by Jamie Gleeson adding 12 points.

Pictured left: Karinne Lane held Rachel Steinhoff well below her season average, to eight points while scoring a game high 14 points.

Hermann Coach Gary Anderson said, “ Emily Kallmeyer played well.  Watched her in the semifinal where she scored double figures against North Callaway.  Some of the shots Emily hit were well contested shots and she knocked them down.”

Hermann’s defense made it hard for New Haven to run any set plays, in large part to Hermann’s Lane who held Steinhoff to eight points and they kept New Haven off the free throw line.

Coach Doug Peirick said, “Early in the year Emily was maybe playing to unselfish, no looking for her shot, and she has really come around by taking shots and shooting the ball very well.”

“We had a tough time getting into our offense.  Large part because of Hermann’s pressure defense and we did not do a good job of setting screens.”

New Haven was able to take away Hermann’s running game, one area Coach Peirick was concerned about, however New Haven was able to get back on defense and slow down Hermann’s point guard Lane.  “Kierstin [Monzyk] did a good job guarding Karinne [Lane].  She held her to eight points in the first three quarters.  Lane’s fourth quarter points for the most part came off of free-throws when we were forced to foul.”

Hermann led from start to finish taking an 11-6 lead in the first quarter, but New Haven held them to nine second quarter points, trailing by six to end the half.

New Haven remained in striking distance, trailing by nine as they entered the fourth quarter before Hermann was able to out score the Lady Rocks in the fourth 11-4, leading Hermann to a 15 point win.

The two teams could end up playing in the Championship game of the Hermann Tournament next week, as Hermann is the number 1 seed and New Haven the number 2.

The Lady Rocks will enjoy two home games this week, first hosting Montgomery County on Monday and then Silex on Thursday.

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Hermann's Karinne Lane and Jamie Gleeson presented with South Callaway Championship Trophy.