Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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July 1, 2013

Saturday sweep Neoga flashes strength at Effingham Shootout

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Scoring 36 of the team's 45 points, the foursome can light up a scoreboard. But it's on the defensive end where the role players made the largest impact, holding CHBC to 25 total points.

"Compared to where we were at the end of the year last year, our rebounding has improved, our defense is improving," Romack said. "We talk about the help-side defense, being able to step over and help out a little bit. We look for those basic things."

Neoga showed no letdown in the final two games, beating Teutopolis' 'B' team 39-34 and North Clay 63-27 to put an exclamation point on the day.

After losing do-everything IBCA first team all-state performer Micah Jones and fourth-teamer Ava Paruleski, in addition to solid contributor Autumn Riley, the shootout let CHBC coach Carolyn Wendte take a look at how her new team is going to take shape.

"With these tournaments, I don't play who I think is going to be my starting five," she said. "I let everyone rotate through. I just sort of see who my scorers are, who my rebounders are, what group clicks together and what group doesn't."

A lot of Saturday's offense flowed through rising juniors Chandler Ward and Jensyn Morrison, two players that saw some meaningful minutes during the Lady Hornets' run to the state finals in Normal.

The scoreboard didn't paint the prettiest of pictures for CHBC, but Wendte said her young team is already making headway.

"These kids have matured a lot during the summer," Wendte said. "We're not where we want to be yet. Just baby steps."

Braden Layer can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 123, or at braden.layer@effinghamdailynews.com.

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