Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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December 28, 2013

Arcola advances to DHT title game, downs Newton

North Clay awaits Lady Riders

DIETERICH — Taylor Edwards' 25 points doesn't show how well Newton's Brooke Koebele played against her in half-court defense, rather how turnovers and fastbreak layups lifted Arcola on Friday, 62-31.

Koebele needed to crash Edwards' birthday party to give Newton its best chance at beating the Riders in second-day action of the Dieterich Holiday Tournament.

She limited her early in the game, as Newton had numerous opportunities to tie or take the lead in the first quarter, but turned the ball over in a variety of ways — passing to someone who wasn't paying attention, getting the ball swatted away from an Arcola player chasing the play.

The Eagles trailed 11-10 after one quarter and weathered one of Arcola's smaller storms in the second quarter. The Riders took a quick 17-11 lead, but Newton came back within three points, 18-15.

Newton (7-7, 4-1) controlled the pace, staying in half-court sets for much of the first half; however, Arcola finished the second quarter with 13 unanswered points.

“That was huge,” Newton head coach Brad Harris said. “It turned (the game) quick and that's a lot to overcome against a good team.”

But the 16-point halftime lead was a glimpse of struggles to come. Arcola expanded the lead to 22 points by the end of the third quarter and 31 points by the end of the game.

Edwards' 25 points led all scorers, Samantha Reece added 13 and Rylee Fishel scored 10. Only Ariel Richards finished in double figures (13 points) for Newton. Koebele had a five-point offensive game.

“We could stay with (Edwards) at times, in the half-court set,” Harris said. “(Edwards) did a good job getting into the passing lanes and creating off of her defense.”

Harris said he talked to his team about getting the game back to the pace he wanted it after halftime, but Arcola's 1-3-1 zone proved problematic in the second half.

Edwards and her teammates expanded the zone and stepped into passing lanes time and time again, finishing at the other end with layups.

Newton went minutes without scoring as Arcola held the Eagles to only five points in the third quarter, matching their total in the second.

“They went to the 1-3-1 zone and we were looking and thinking, instead of playing our game,” Harris said.

The loss followed a lopsided victory in the Eagles favor earlier on Friday. Newton beat South Central 61-17 in the opening game of their doubleheader at the tournament.

Newton finishes pool play with a 2-1 record out of Pool A and will play for third place at 4 p.m. Saturday against Brownstown/St. Elmo.

Alex McNamee can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 123, or alex.mcnamee@effinghamdailynews.com.

Newton     22 13 18 8     61

South Central     4 7 4 2          17

Newton: Cartright 12, Kerner 10, Cohorst 10, Will 7, Probst 6, Davidson 4, Hartrich 4, Richards 2, Koebele 2, Kline 2, Pilman 2

South Central: Hahn 5, King 4, McCoy 4, Sigrist 4

Newton     10 5 5 11     31

Arcola          11 20 11 20     62

Newton: Richards 13, Kerner 6, Koebele 5, Probst 5, Cartright 2

Arcola: Edwards 25, Reece 13, Fishel 10, Karmazin 7, Montgomery 5, Spellman 2

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