COLUMBUS, Neb. – It was ‘Wacky Wednesday’ for the Scotus Lady Shamrocks, one day ahead of the state tournament in Lincoln.
Coach Jarrod Ridder says the goofy outfits are a way to celebrate a tremendous season before playing in the biggest games all year.
“It’s just kind of a tradition, you know the week of the state tournament we’ve always done a theme each day and it’s just kind of fun, a reward in some sense, it’s a great accomplishment for the kids so you want them to enjoy the moment,” says Ridder.
#5 Scotus (19-5) will play #4 Wahoo (23-3) in round one of the state tournament on Thursday at Bob Devaney Sports Center.
The team is on a seven-game winning streak, capped off by upsetting Lincoln Christian 35-34 in overtime in the district final last week.
“We played well against Lincoln Christian but we can be even better offensively,” says senior Maggie Feehan.
Ridder and Feehan both believe the team is hitting their stride right as the team gets set to drive to Lincoln
“I think going into the state tournament right now, we’re playing at the highest level we’ve played all year, which is exactly what we wanted to happen,” says Feehan.
“We’ve really gained a lot of confidence these last few games, I think we believe we can go down there and play three games and come back with hardware which is a really important thing, to go down to state tournament and really believe in yourselves,” says Ridder.
They will play a Warriors team that loves to shoot the three and play in transition.
“We know they want to play really fast, they’re really aggressive, they want to be all in your face and everything and so we just got to stay composed and play our game,” says Feehan.
Still, Ridder thinks they’re defense will allow them to compete with anybody in Class C1.
“We play great defense and we play team defense and if you can play defense and hold teams down, it’ll give you a chance to win every game,” says Ridder.
Make sure to keep with Columbus News Team/News Channel Nebraska as they will have full highlights of the Shamrock state tournament games in Lincoln.