HOWELLS — A 49-36 road win over Howells-Dodge wasn’t enough basketball Saturday for the Scotus Central Catholic girls.
About half the team showed up to the Columbus High boys game later in the day to watch No. 4 Aurora escape with a 58-55 victory over the Discoverers.
The Shamrocks (9-4) took care of business in their game, utilizing their post players to pound the Jaguars (7-8) inside.
That wasn’t the game plan going in, but the Shamrocks weren’t shooting well from the outside so they made a concerted effort to get the ball to Marika Spencer and Shania Borchers.
Spencer led Scotus with 15 points and Borchers added 13, knocking down 9 of 11 attempts from the free-throw line.
“We just played really well inside,” Scotus head coach Jarrod Ridder said. “Our guards did a good job getting them the ball where they could score.”
Bailey Lehr added six points, giving the Shamrocks' three main post players 34 of the team’s 49 points. The trio supplemented assists from the guards with offensive rebounds to generate more easy points.
Borchers and Maggie Feehan paced Scotus in the first quarter, combining for nine points to help the Shamrocks take a 13-7 lead.
Borchers and Spencer took over in the second quarter. Borchers scored eight points and knocked down all six of her free-throw attempts in the period and Spencer added six points.
The Shamrocks scored 19 points in the period to double up the Jaguars at the half 32-16.
Howells-Dodge tried to make a comeback in the second half, but Scotus was locked in defensively.
“They love to drive and have a couple good post players, so we tried to keep them out of the lane,” Ridder said. “For the most part, we did a really good job of that.”
The win was the second time this season the Shamrocks have come back to beat a good team the day after losing a tough game at home.
After falling to Pierce on Dec. 15, Scotus bounced back to beat Crete the following day. On Saturday, the Shamrocks defeated the defending Class C-2 state champion after losing 46-36 to Class C-1, No. 1 Lincoln Christian the night before.
That’s something Ridder expects from his senior-laden team.
“They’re pretty resilient,” he said.
The Shamrocks will need that resiliency next week as they play three games in four days, including two road contests and two games against solid teams.
Scotus hosts North Bend, a C-1 ratings contender, on Tuesday before playing Thursday at Boone Central/Newman Grove and Friday at Class C-2, No. 6 Fremont Bergan.