New coach and new season - Lady Shamrocks season outlook

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By Kyle Quick
Last year, the Lady Shamrocks went on one the most prolific postseason runs in school history to end their season playing for a State Championship. However, after Dave Luecke’s departure, the 2012-2013 season will be the beginning of a new chapter for the New Haven women’s program.

Last year’s assistant coach Doug Peirick has moved into the Varsity position while Tim Scheer will take over the Junior Varsity squad and assistant coaching spot.

Coach Doug Peirick said, “The transition from last year has gone good.  The only player I have not coached is Rachel [Steinhoff] since she has been on varsity since her freshman year.  The team has been receptive, worked hard, and done everything I have asked of them.”

New Haven returns three starters, Rachel Steinhoff, Emily Kallmeyer, and Kierstin Monzyk.  They will be adding sophomores Megan Shockley and Stephanie Gerling to their starting line up along with Kayla Meyer, who was unable to play last year due to a season-end back injury.

Peirick commented on moving the sophomores up to the varsity level.  “After losing both of our post players [Elise McDonald and Kayla Oetterer], we have very little size and that is one reason we decided to move Megan [Shockley].

Peirick said, “Offensively we have to be patient.  We don’t have a lot of height and will be young on the inside with Megan having no varsity experience.  As the season goes on, our inside game should improve after she has played a few games.  She works extremely hard in practice and is good player.”

The Quick Breakdown:

New Haven’s offense begins with their guards and handling the ball.  Teams will hound Steinhoff forcing Monzyk and Gerling to step up and relieve some of the pressure.

Peirick did say he hopes to move Monzyk up top and Steinhoff to an off guard, which would allow them to run different plays to get her open.

I think the biggest key to the Lady Shamrocks’ success is recognizing that teams will focus their defense on stopping Steinhoff, leaving others open.  Hitting the 10 or 12 footers and finishing around the basket will make up for their size disadvantage.

Peirick said, “Defensively it is very simple.  We have to get back on defense, defend hard, and rebound.  We’ll probably be at a size disadvantage most games, which makes it key to keep other teams from getting second shots.”

New Haven will play in the Montgomery County Tournament next week.  They are seeded fifth and will play the number four seeded Mexico Bulldogs on Monday at 6 p.m.

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