Gerling's only point was the game's biggest point

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Rachel Steinhoff and Kierstin Monzyk mob Stephanie Gerling after she hits game winning free throw.

Park Hills, Mo – The Lady Shamrocks upended seconded ranked Meadow Heights in one of the biggest upsets thus far in the state playoffs, 49-48.

With the scored tied, 48-48, Stephanie Gerling was fouled with 3.5 seconds left and headed to the line for the first time all season.  Twenty-seven games and not once has she shot a free throw.

Gerling missed the first, the crowd silenced as she put up the second only to see the ball hit the bottom of the net, sending her team to the Class 2 State Semifinal game in Dexter, Mo.  Gerling finished with one point.

Rachel Steinhoff scored a team high 15 points, Kayla Oetterer scored 10 of her 13 points in the second half and Kierstin Monzyk finished with 10.

Meadow Heights was led by their star forward, Makayla McGruder scoring a game high 26 points, just one point shy of her season average.

There were five pivotal moments that led up to Gerling’s game winning free throw.  New Haven trailing by eight points with seven seconds left in the half and a chance to cut into Meadow Heights’ lead; after a turn over, Monzyk nailed a three to end the half, making it a five point game.

Both teams came into the second half with key players in foul trouble.  Steinhoff had picked up her third foul late in the second quarter and Meadow Heights’ Whitney Welker had three fouls as well.  Welker had averaged 18 points per game and was the Panthers only other scoring threat.

New Haven took the first blow when Steinhoff picked up her fourth foul with 2:40 left in the third quarter.  With Steinhoff on the bench, New Haven pulled together and erased an eight point Panther lead, ending the third quarter up by one and New Haven's first lead of the game, 36-35.

Meadow Heights’ coach Mark Verticchio may have made a decision that some could contribute to his team’s fifth loss of the year.  Welker who was their only other scoring threat was called for her fourth foul in the first 30 seconds of the fourth quarter.  Verticchio left her in the game and just 20 seconds later, Welker fouled out with seven minutes left in the game.

One word, "Priceless".

It is fair to say that Coach Dave Luecke out coached the veteran coach Verticchio to lead New Haven to the state semifinals for the first time in his coaching career at the varsity level.

It was the collective effort by the Lady Rocks in the fourth quarter, playing together, and hitting nine of ten free throws was the "X" factor that propelled them into Saturday's game.

New Haven improves to 16-12 and Meadow Heights finished their season 22-5.

The Lady Rocks will make the long trip to Dexter, Mo on Saturday where they will play South Pemiscot at 1 p.m.

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