Effingham Daily News
Neoga’s Jillian Deters knew she had a height advantage against Dieterich and she took advantage.
The senior scored 20 points in the Indians’ 59-44 win on Wednesday, including 12 in the first half.
“I was probably at least a head taller than most,” Deters said. “So we tried the high-low (play) and (my teammates) just lobbed it into me.”
Deters eclipsed the 1,000-point career milestone in the second quarter of the game and helped the Indians to their first win in the Effingham Round Robin tournament.
“I’m pretty excited,” Deters said. “It’s something I tried to work toward in my career.”
Neoga’s passes sailed over the heads of Dieterich players and Movin’ Maroons head coach Donetta Ohnesorge knew there wasn’t much she could do to stop it.
“They made beautiful passes and threw the ball high,” Ohnesorge said. “It’s hard to guard it, especially with our height.”
Deters’ big game helped extend a three-point lead after the first quarter. A 3-pointer by Madison Butler gave the Indians their first double digit lead of the game, 25-13, but the Maroons made a basket as time expired on the first half to keep it at a 10-point game.
Ohnesorge said her team didn’t come out with the energy it wanted to when it was trying to work its way back into the game.
An EC Thies 3-pointer gave Neoga a 35-22 lead during a 20-point third quarter.
“We wanted to turn up the intensity on (Dieterich) defensively,” Neoga head coach Kim Romack said. “We made our run there in the third quarter to start to seal the deal.”
Ohnesorge said it was evident that her team didn’t have the energy it needed on Wednesday, a day after losing a one-point game to Centralia.
“I don’t have all the answers,” Ohnesorge said. “I asked the girls why. Mentally, we weren’t ready for tonight’s game.”
Mallorie Vahling had a team-high 16 points for the Maroons, and Courtney Flach added 11, but Ohnesorge said Neoga’s defense made it difficult for any player to get going.
Neoga pressured Dieterich on defense, shaking them up and forcing turnovers.
“We saw arms on every pass we made,” Ohnesorge said. “A lot of times, our passes weren’t getting there and we kept making the same mistakes too many times.”
The Indians led 45-27 after three quarters and took a 20-point lead early in the final quarter. They maintained that lead, until a late streak of points by Dieterich.
But the night belonged to Deters, who was recognized at halftime and after the game for her accomplishment. She received the game ball.
“That’s a huge milestone for any high school athlete to get,” Romack said. “That’s a special accomplishment.”
Neoga moves to 1-1 in the tournament, with two games remaining. They play St. Anthony at 6:15 p.m. today, one week after losing to the Bulldogs at home.
Dieterich will look to challenge Effingham’s undefeated record at 7:45 p.m. today, while trying to pick up its first win of the tournament.
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Dieterich 4 11 12 17 44
Neoga 7 18 20 14 59
Dieterich: Abbott 4, Flach 11, Ruholl 2, Schmidt 5, Heuerman 6, Vahling 16
Neoga: Butler 12, Ott 3, Thies 14, Deters 20, Roy 10