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Lady Shamrocks crush Lansing Christian in season opener

Expectations are high for the Portland St. Patrick Shamrocks this year, as they are returning three seniors who have played all four years on the varsity. Lydia Meredith, Mara Schrauben, and Kaitlyn Russell are ready to lead a very talented team and they started off the season with a big win over the Lansing Christian Pilgrims, winning 67-38.

In the first quarter, it was the Lydia Meredith show, with the Saginaw Valley commit showing why she is considered one of the best players in the area. Lydia had 14 in the first quarter, and led the Shamrocks to a 20-10 lead after one quarter. Katelyn Russell, Natalee Teachworth, and Mara Schrauben all put in a bucket as well.

In the second quarter, Lydia again led the Shamrocks to a big lead, scoring 9 as the Shamrocks won the quarter 21-13, and took a 41-23 lead into the half.

It was a defensive effort after the half, with the Pilgrims running a box and one to try and slow down Lydia. The Shamrocks responded with even more tenacious effort, holding the Pilgrims to only 7 points in the quarter while scoring 11. Lainey and Lydia Meredith both had 4 points a piece, and Addison Scheurer put in a three to give the Shamrocks a 52-30 lead going into the final quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the Shamrocks further extended their lead, winning the quarter 15-8 and winning the game 67-38.

Offensive leaders for the Shamrocks were Lydia Meredith who had 32 points 3 steals 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Natalee Teachworth had 8 points 1 steal 8 rebounds and 1 block. Katelyn Russell had 6 points 6 rebounds 5 assists and 2 blocks. Mara Schrauben had 4 points 3 steals 4 rebounds and 3 blocks, and Addison Scheurer had 4 points 1 rebound and 1 assist.

The Lady Shamrocks next play this Friday, 12/3 at Adrian Lenawee Christian at 7:00 pm. Adrian Lenawee is perennially a very solid program, and it will certainly be a good game to watch.

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