Top players Makayla Walsh and Lexie Niebrugge didn’t play for St. Anthony on Tuesday and it didn’t matter, as the Bulldogs took advantage of their height to shut down the Dieterich offense.
Six-foot-1 forward Maggie Mumm limited Dieterich’s Mallorie Vahling throughout Tuesday’s 54-38 win, which caused the Movin’ Maroons’ offense to struggle when their outside shot wasn’t working.
St. Anthony head coach Bart Wiedman said his defense, specifically Mumm, had to adjust how it was playing Vahling throughout the game. Mumm played behind her, forcing Dieterich’s 5-foot-8 forward to shoot over the top of her arms.
“They knew who to key on and they took her game away,” Dieterich head coach Donetta Ohnesorge said. “She’s a strong player, and if she added a couple inches she’d be a dominant force.”
The Bulldogs limited Vahling to eight points, although she scored six in the second half, while Mumm scored seven points for St. Anthony.
Mumm was key during a 6-0 run to end the second quarter, following a late missed layup by Dieterich’s Courtney Flach on a breakaway. Mumm scored all seven of her points in the quarter.
“Maggie did a fantastic job of staying fundamental and putter her hands straight up, making (Vahling) shoot over her or pass it out,” Wiedman said of his senior’s defense. “Maggie has turned into a really nice player.”
The Bulldogs’ six unanswered points at the end of the second quarter led to a 10-point halftime lead, which they extended by opening the third quarter on a 9-2 run.
Wiedman said his team relaxed during its runs, which included a 8-0 run late in the fourth quarter, after the team’s relied on free throws early in the game.
Kate Richards scored 17 points in the game and was 9-for-9 from the free throw line; in fact, all six of her second-quarter points came from free throws.
“It’s really nice to see them knock down some shots,” Wiedman said. “It’s a little bit easier when you’re up a few points because you’re more relaxed at the line.”
The Movin’ Maroons were 3-for-8 from the free throw line, aside from Flach’s 6-for-6 performance. Flach scored a team-high 14 points in the game.
Flach’s six free throws all came in the first quarter, some as a part of a 6-0 run that pushed Dieterich to a 10-7 lead with 2:18 left in the quarter.
However, Megan Nuxoll went 3-for-4 from the free throw line to lead the Bulldogs to a 12-12 tie at the end of the quarter. She scored 14 points.
“We’re going to go how Megan and Kate go right now,” Wiedman said. “Kate was making (shots) at the beginning of the game and Megan kind of finished it off.”
Both teams will be back in action at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, as St. Anthony travels to Newton and Dieterich to Centralia Christ Our Rock Lutheran.
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St. Anthony 12 20 11 11 54
Dieterich 12 10 6 10 38
St. Anthony: Gardewine 1, Wendt 6, McDevitt 1, Mumm 7, Nuxoll 14, Brown 2, Richards 17, Niebrugge 6
Dieterich: Abbott (4 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals), Flach (14 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 7 steals), Schmidt (9 points, 4 rebounds), Heuerman (3 points, 3 rebounds), Vahling (8 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal)