Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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November 30, 2012

Shoes fall to Pana in OT thriller

EFFINGHAM — After 10 third quarter turnovers, the Teutopolis Wooden Shoes faced a 10-point deficit heading into the final quarter on Thursday night in Teutopolis.

But, the Shoes turned up their defensive pressure, forcing Pana into seven fourth quarter turnovers en route to tying the game at 45.

However, the shots weren’t falling in the overtime period, and Pana eventually escaped with a 52-48 victory.

The Shoes and Panthers both came into Thursday’s game as ranked teams in the IHSA 2A girls basketball poll. Teutopolis was the No. 4 team in the state and Pana came in at No. 8.

The two teams proved they were indeed quite evenly matched, as the score was tied both at halftime and at the end of regulation.

But, Teutopolis coach Laurie Thompson said she wasn’t pleased with the way her team played in the first half and thought the Shoes should have won the game.

“At times, our effort was not what I consider to be T-Town basketball,” she said. “We’ve got to get after it. I thought we came out timid in the first half.”

Then came the turnovers in the third quarter. The Shoes had 10 in that period and 23 on the night.

“A lot of those were unforced,” Thompson said. “That’s just something we’re going to have to get taken care of.”

Teutopolis did limit its turnovers in the fourth quarter as the Shoes were making their comeback.

“The fourth quarter, we did some things right,” Thompson said. “We finally got after it a little bit. That’s what got us back into the game.”

Madeline Hartke led the way for T-Town, scoring 27 points total - 19 of which came in the first half.

“I thought she did a great job,” Thompson said. “She came out and played a nice all-around game. She’s doing a lot for us out there.”

Danielle Repking had six points for Teutopolis. Cierra Thompson and Chelsey Hardiek both added five for the Shoes.

The Panthers relied on a very balanced offensive attack. Seven different players scored, led by Allie Schoonover and Rachel Alde, who each had 10 points. Nadine Vaughn scored nine points and Lexie Siegert added eight.

Though Laurie Thompson thought her team should have won on Thursday night, she said that she wants to make sure her team learns from this loss in case it faces Pana again in the postseason.

“That’s the big key,” she said. “We have to take something away from this. I think this is a game we should have won, but we need to make sure we’re winning these games in February.”

Pana and Teutopolis are developing quite the rivalry in the postseason. Last year, the Panthers ended the Shoes’ season with a 37-36 victory in the sectional finals.

Thompson said the Panthers are always ready to play, always have plenty of talent on the court and that she’d welcome the opportunity to face them again this postseason.

“They’re very well prepared and a nice team,” she said.

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