Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

Sports

December 27, 2013

Lady Bulldogs swept in Mattoon

Comeback falls short vs. Olney

MATTOON — The word "free" in free throws seemed to be a sticking point for the St. Anthony Lady Bulldogs Thursday at the Mattoon Holiday Tournament.

St. Anthony (7-3) trailed by as many as 15 points in their second game against Olney, only for a furious fourth-quarter comeback to fall short in a 50-45 loss.

The first game of the day against Salem didn't go much better, as they fell 49-34 to the Lady Wildcats.

The common thread was missed free throws, as they went 5-for-18 in the five-point loss to Olney and 5-for-16 against Salem.

"That's part of running the same group of girls," said St. Anthony coach Bart Wiemdan. "That's something in a tournament, there's not much time to get refocused."

In the second game against Olney, the Bulldogs took an early 5-4 lead with 5:01 left in the first, only to be held without a field goal for 8:23 as Olney went on a 17-1 run to take control of the game.

From there, St. Anthony treaded water for most of the second and third quarters, playing Olney even but failing to cut into the deficit, trailing 19-6 after one and 40-28 after three quarters.

The offense was led by Kate Richards for most of the game, scoring 12 points over the first three quarters as the Lady Bulldogs struggled against Olney's defense.

But as their defense picked up, so did their offense. Richards would finish with 23 points and five 3-pointers, while Megan Nuxoll shrugged off a scoreless first half and finished with nine points.

"They did a really good job," Wiedman said. "It's our defense (that) makes us go. When we don't play hard on the defensive end of the floor, then our offense isn't real focused."

St. Anthony trailed 46-34 with 5:34 left after a Taylor Rauch 3-pointer.

Richards and Nuxoll came through with a furious 10-0 rally, as the Bulldogs pulled with two at 46-44 after a Richards three with 1:58 left.

The comeback fell short from there though, as the Lady Tigers iced the game at the free-throw line and waned out the clock.

It was a team effort throughout, however, despite the bigger scoring numbers by Richards and Nuxoll.

"While Kate and Megan did a great job of sticking the ball in the hole and shooting, those other girls did a good job of rebounding and getting them open off shots," Wiedman said. "I thought Morgan did a good job distributing the basketball, Abby Brown played a really good ballgame in the second half."

Emma Richards had four points off the bench, while Abby Brown, Morgan Gardewine and Hunter Niebrugge all added three points each.

St. Anthony vs. Salem

A similar thread to the first game played out in the Bulldogs' morning loss to Salem, with the Wildcats taking a big lead early against St. Anthony.

Unlike the Olney game, St. Anthony's comeback wasn't there, as they trailed 21-8 after one and fell by 15 in a 49-34 loss.

Nuxoll topped the team with 12 points, while Brown was the second-leading scorer with four. Kate Richards had just four points, as St. Anthony's leading scorer was bottled up by the Lady Wildcats.

After an 0-2 start to the tournament, the Lady Bulldogs open play at 8:30 a.m. today with their final pool game against Decatur McArthur. They'll play again in the afternoon session with a crossover game, and play their final game Saturday.

It's clear to Wiedman what he wants out of his squad.

"We need to put together 32 minutes of basketball," Wiedman said. "We're leaving eight minutes on the floor. If we come out 3-2, I'll be real happy."

St. Anthony     8     8     7     11     34

Salem     21     12     9     7     49

St. Anthony: Gardewine 2, Wendt 2, Mumm 2, Nuxoll 12, Brown 5, K. Richards 4, E. Richards 4, Schuette 3

Salem: Holst 11, Gregg 3, Cook 7, Holst 3, Baer 4, Beer 9, Watson 8, Sager 4

St. Anthony     6     10     12     17     45

Olney     19     10     11     10     50

St. Anthony: K. Richards 23, Nuxoll 9, Gardewine 3, Brown 3, E. Richards 4, H. Niebrugge 3

Olney: Shipman 11, Miller 10, Rauch 10, Luna 6, Graves 5, Inyart 8

 

1
Text Only
Sports
  • JakeLinders.jpg Flaming Hearts win St. Anthony Invitational

    The Flaming Hearts of Effingham were the overall winners and also had the medalist. Effingham shot a team score of 312 to beat the host Bulldogs by nine shots. Hearts senior Jackson Wendling finished with a 72 to take medalist honors.

    August 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Willenborg.jpg Teutopolis takes opener against St. Thomas More

    Teutopolis took the course with a new coach and four players, but as coach Becky Probst said, it takes four to score.
    And those four Lady Shoes took their first match of the year, topping Champaign St. Thomas More 216-227 in both teams' openers at Cardinal Golf Course in Effingham.

    August 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • callawaysmith.jpg Time to tee off, golf season starts fall sports campaign today

    The fall sports campaign kicks off in earnest Monday afternoon, with the first area varsity contests being held in Windsor and Effingham this afternoon.
    The St. Anthony Invitational boys golf tournament will be held at Fox Prairie Golf Course at 1 p.m. in Windsor, while the Teutopolis Lady Shoes host St. Thomas More at Cardinal Golf Course at 4 p.m.

    August 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • AndrewBingham.jpg Flaming Hearts' flexibility a plus; Effingham prepping for upcoming soccer season

    Three days into the practice season, Effingham soccer coach Aaron Witges sees a lot of flexibility.
    It was something his squad had last year, with 10 seniors but young players forcing their way into the lineup as well.
    Coming off a 10-8-3 season, some of those young players will find themselves in new positions for the Flaming Hearts this season.

    August 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 8-16 eff volleyball.jpg Flaming Hearts set with new coach

    The Effingham Flaming Hearts volleyball team will have a new but familiar face leading them on the sideline this season.
    As a former player for the Hearts, coach Mindy McCollum-Boswell will look to lead her team to their first regional title since 2008.

    August 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ryan.jpg Czachorski: Bears backups worrisome

    This might sound shockingly similar to a number of columns I've written in the past, but it bears repeating (excusing a terrible pun).
    The quarterback situation is worrisome.

    August 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • FelixScharnbacher.jpg Newton soccer kicks off, inaugural season starts Sept. 2

    For the first time in the history of Newton High School, a soccer team will be a part of the fall sports season.

    August 15, 2014 2 Photos

  • ATV2.jpg Pocrnich wins national ATV title

    As people get older, their chance at a national championship diminishes, but Effingham’s Kevin Pocrnich was able to win one at 49 years old.
    Pocrnich won the Class 16 Senior 40+ Mountain Dew ATV Motocross Championship and according to the league website, finished fourth in the Class 14 30+ Veteran division. He went out with a bang, winning the final race of the season in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee Saturday.

    August 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Teutopolis alum Thompson part of no-hitter

    A pair of Effingham natives are making some noise up in the Northwest League.
    Teutopolis alumnus Derek Thompson and Effingham alumnus Nick Gardewine, both members of the Spokane Indians in the Texas Rangers organization, earned some recognition over the past week.

    August 14, 2014

  • KnopVolleyball.jpg Comets coming off stellar season

    The Stew-Stras Comets finished in second-place at the state championship last season, a high-water mark for the program in recent years.
    Coach Ronda Schlechte lost five players who played quality minutes from last year’s team, but she said she has a lot of freshmen that have the ability to help the team.

    August 14, 2014 1 Photo

AP Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.