St. James remains perfect sneaking past New Haven 41-38

Megan Shockley banks in two of her eight points.

New Haven, Mo. – St. James entered Monday night’s Four Rivers Conference season opener undefeated. New Haven improved to 5-1 after knocking of South Callaway 50-29 last Thursday.

New Haven ended the first half with a one-point lead, 20-19, holding St. James to a season low for points scored in the first half.

However St. James eventually took advantage after forcing the Lady Rocks into a season high 24 turnovers to squeeze out their eighth win, keeping their perfect record intact, 41-38. The Lady Rocks out rebounded St. James with a season high 34 boards to St. James’s nine.

Ashlee Marlatt scored eight of her 10 points in the second half and MJ Buschmann finished with a team high 12 points.

Rachel Steinhoff hit double figures for the fifth straight time scoring a game high 14 points followed by Megan Shockley’s eight points and Kayla Meyer pulling down a career high 11 rebounds.

New Haven began the second half leading 20-19.  St. James’s full court defense began forcing several turnovers leading to easy baskets and New Haven watched their one point lead disappear after St. James began the half on a 9-0 run, giving them the largest lead on the night.

Have to love listening to the pep band during warm ups.

Kierstin Monzyk ended New Haven’s scoring draught with 3:20 left in the third. (28-22)  Shockley knocked down two free throws and Monzyk ended the quarter with a 12-footer to keep New Haven’s hopes a live.  After three quarters New Haven trailed by six.  32-26.

New Haven found themselves down by nine with just three minutes when Steinhoff drove down the lane and was fouled as she hit the layup, making her free throw to bring New Haven with in four. (37-33)

There was a pivotal moment late in the game with New Haven still trailing by four when Steinhoff dove for a lose ball, knocking it off a St. James player and out of bounds, which would have given New Haven possession.  However the trailing official was slow getting down the court and did not see the play, resulting in a jump ball and the arrow pointing to St. James.  St. James was unable to score on that possession.  

After sending St. James’s Marlatt who knocked down both free throws, Emily Kallmeyer knocked down a three pointer to make it 39-36.

New Haven ended up running out of time as St. James hit to more free throws before Kallmeyer scored as time expired making the final score 41-38.

With Monday night’s win St. James improves to 8-0 while New Haven ends their four game winning streak, falling to 5-2.

Thursday New Haven will play at Pacific with an early start time of 5:30 p.m.  Pacific is currently 3-3 after losing to Union 53-48 on Monday.

Steinhoff elevates after slicing down the lane.