Effingham Daily News
Antioch coach Tim Borries is familiar with the Teutopolis tradition in basketball, with his parents having attended Teutopolis.
The Tuscola native brought his Lady Sequoits to Teutopolis Friday night, understanding who his parents would probably be rooting for.
"T-Town, of course," Borries said. "I always root for Teutopolis as long as we're not playing them."
Unfortunately for Borries, they were playing Teutopolis, and the Lady Shoes had little trouble in a 57-31 win Friday night against Antioch.
Borries said he knew all about the Lady Shoes' tendency for tough-nose defense, and experienced it first hand.
The Lady Sequoits were held without a field goal for nearly 12 minutes from the first to third quarters, and scored just three points in that span as the Shoes expanded their lead from 12-7 to 29-9.
Teutopolis coach Laurie Thompson said her team played the kind of defense she wants out of the Shoes.
"We did a nice job defensively, holding them to nine points (in the first half)," she said. "They're actually a pretty up-and-down, run team. They like to score."
It was a tight game in the first quarter, as Madeline Hartke picked up two quick fouls and was on the bench for the rest of the half.
There was an adjustment period without their leading scorer, but the Shoes picked it up as Cierra Thompson netted all 11 of her points in the first half, including a buzzer-beating three from beyond half court to end the second quarter.
The span without Hartke led to balanced scoring throughout, with Hartke and Thompson picking up 11 points each, Anna Hartke scoring 10 and Danielle Repking adding nine.
"We were a kind of out of the mix with Madeline on the bench, (but) we had some balanced scoring," Laurie Thompson said. "That's what I wanted, I was pleased. Second half, I thought we did a better job offensively, we took better shots."
The win bumps Teutopolis to 13-2 following its third place finish in Edwardsville's holiday tournament last week.
It was also another win without starting guard Jessica Schumacher, who has missed time with an injured Achilles tendon. Thompson is hoping to get the senior back soon, but they are awaiting more information.
"Hopefully, we'll know Monday how long for sure," she said. "We'll rest her now as much as we can."
While it was a tough loss for Borries, he brought his team all the way down from Antioch, northwest of Chicago near the Wisconsin border, to see a great 2A team. He did, noting that facing such a top-flight opponent would improve his team, and seeing their success could be an inspiration to the Lady Sequoits.
The Lady Shoes will look to keep up the kind of play Borries was hoping to see Monday, when they host Flora. That game is scheduled for 6:15 p.m., weather permitting, with no freshman/sophomore or junior varsity games preceding it.
Antioch 7 2 6 16 31
Teutopolis 15 10 16 16 57
Antioch: Zogran 2, Deuhr 1, Bohn 3, Am. Reiser 3, McCameron 4, Gallimore 18
Teutopolis: Bueker 2, Hardiek 6, Repking 9, Giles 6, A. Hartke 10, Thompson 11, M. Hartke 11, Smith 2