Effingham Daily News
Following a tough loss to unbeaten Breese Central Saturday, Teutopolis came out a bit slow against the Flora Wolfgals Tuesday night.
The makeup game tipped off at an unusual start time of 5 p.m., before the boys faced Mattoon.
It took about five minutes for the Lady Shoes to get going, but their defense carried them to what would be an easy 56-25 victory.
"We've got to get loose from minute one," said Teutopolis coach Laurie Thompson. "It was good to bounce back from our last loss to come out and play better defensively. We wanted to bring the ball up, force them to the sideline and get some offense generated, which we did."
After falling behind 11-6 in the game's first four-plus minutes, the Teutopolis defense came at Flora with a vengeance.
Brooke Bayles hit two threes for Flora in the first quarter to give them the five-point lead, but her second with 3:42 to play in the first would be Flora's last points for the next 9:26.
Teutopolis went on an 11-0 run in that time to take the lead, and a Cierra Thompson three with two seconds left would put the Shoes up 23-15 at the half.
That would be a theme in the second half, as Thompson kept pouring in the points. She hit four 3-pointers in the game on her way to a game-high 22 points. It was something the two Thompsons talked about at the half.
"If Cierra's open, she's going to hit that shot. I told her at halftime 'This is perfect for you. Get in the offense and shoot the ball,'" Laurie Thompson said. "And she did. We have to get used to attacking and kicking like that, and that's something that's difficult for us since we used to be big girls and we did the high-low all the time. But we have different personnel."
Flora was held scoreless for the first four-and-a-half minutes of the second half as Teutopolis continued to pull away.
After the initial lead, Flora was outscored 50-14 as Teutopolis, Class 2A's fourth ranked team, moved to 14-3 on the season.
The win was a step in the right direction as well, as senior guard Jessica Schumacher returned from an Achilles' tendon injury and scored four points in limited minutes.
"She's been pain free for three days," Thompson said. :It's definitely good to have her back out there. She came out looking to score and that's what we need from her."
In addition to Thompson's 22, Madeline Hartke scored 13 points and Haley Giles scored seven.
Bayles and Meg Hout had six points each for Flora, while Hartke held talented sophomore Crimson Jones to just five.
The Lady Shoes play at St. Joseph-Ogden Thursday night.
Flora 11 4 6 4 25
Teutopolis 16 7 21 12 56
Flora: Levitt 4, B. Krutsinger 2, Allen 1, Hout 6, Bayles 6, Jones 5, Cox 2
Teutopolis: Schumacher 4, Hardiek 2, Repking 1, Giles 7, Gebben 3, Thompson 22, M. Hartke 13, A. Hartke 4