Montgomery County sneaks out of New Haven with big win 45-41

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Pictured Montgomery's Cameron Parrish scored 11 points to help led his team to their third win on the year.

New Haven, Mo. – Winter Ball and a Friday night game Montgomery County knew they had their hands full not only playing at New Haven but coming in losing to the Shamrocks two weeks ago in the Montgomery County Tournament.

Despite injuries and foul trouble New Haven nearly pulled off another come from behind win but late in the fourth Montgomery County maintained their composer, sneaking away with a four point win, 45-41.

Montgomery had three players in double figures with Kyle Kroil scoring a team high 12 points, followed by Cameron Parrish with 11 and Jacob Davis adding 10 points.

New Haven was led by Ross Seitter’s career high 14 points.  Blake Eggers scored all seven of his points in the first half; finishing layups after several nice passes from New Haven’s guards.

Only three minutes into the first quarter and New Haven down 4-0, Kyle Ruediger came out of the game after falling to the floor, injuring his hip and would not return from the locker room until after the first half.  Ruediger was able to play the second half but was far from 100% healthy.

Montgomery Head Coach Adam Meyer said, “Defensively we were trying to be physical…trying to body them on screens…play aggressive.  New Haven runs their set plays hard and never stops moving in their offense.  The last two days of practice have been on defense…how are we going to slow their set plays down.”

Pictured: Austin Madden ends Montgomery's 9-0 and the beginning of New Haven's 14-0 run.

Montgomery began the second half going on a 9-0 run leading to a 31-20 lead before New Haven went on their own run.  The Shamrocks rattled off 14 unanswered points, beginning with Austin Madden knocking down a three with five minutes to go.  New Haven went from being down 11 to up by three in less than two minutes.

Rueidger completed a three-point play followed by Seth Schenck knocking down a three, followed by back to back three’s from Seitter putting New Haven up 34-31.

Coach Ray Steinhoff said, “That was fun to watch in the third quarter.  We starting hitting shots, Ross [Seitter] hit a couple three’s, we were able to get up and down the court, Seth [Schenck] pulled up in transition to knock down a jumper.  It was fun to see that we didn’t give up…came right back and put them back on their heels.”

Montgomery clung to a two-point lead, 43-41, with less than two minutes left.

New Haven had two opportunities to tie the game an with 49 seconds left Austin Madden came up with a huge steal at half court but missed the layup.

Then after a New Haven timeout the Shamrock defense forced a second turnover getting a five second call on Montgomery, but New Haven wasn’t able to capitalize.

Montgomery’s Jared Jordan (pictured right hitting one of the two free-throws) made both free-throws to give Montgomery a four point lead, 45-41, and the Wildcats third win to improve to 3-3 on the year.  New Haven falls to 4-2 as they head into Tuesday and their first Four Rivers Conference game against St. James.

Meyer said, “Cameron [Parrish] was our player of the game.  He played all 32 minutes…his responsibility was to help on pretty much everything.  It’s the little things that coaches generally recognize.  Instead of them getting a ten footer his help defense forced them to take 12-footers…they may be little things but are huge when it comes to winning a close game.”

Steinhoff on Rueidger and Seitter:

“Kyle’s injury is basically a hip contusion.  There late in the game Ross hit heads with another player.  I saw both boys yesterday and then again today.  Kyle was feeling a lot better than he felt yesterday and should be fine.  Same thing with Ross, he basically had his bell rung.  Tuesday will be a very tough game against St. James and both guys should be healthy and ready to go.”

Tuesday's game is at home and begins at 6 p.m.