Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

Sports

December 5, 2012

Roundup: T-Town defeats Salem, 57-52

SALEM — Teutopolis fell in love with the 3-point shot early on Tuesday night at Salem. And for good reason: The Wooden Shoes nailed four of their first five attempts from beyond the arc against the Wildcats.

But T-Town’s love affair with the trifecta soured as the night went on — even though the Wooden Shoes stubbornly refused to call it quits. Andy Fehrenbacher’s team made just three of its next 30 three-point attempts against Salem’s zone defense.

The latter unsightly stat looked like it might help carry the Wildcats to a huge upset, but just when the Shoes’ obsession with the long-range shot looked like it would lead to its demise, back-to-back treys from Reed Hardiek in the fourth quarter had T-Town madly in love with the 3-point shot again.

The latter trey put the Shoes (5-1) up 55-52 with three minutes remaining, and T-Town never looked back, staving off a major upset with a 57-52 win.

Hardiek finished with 16 points off the bench, as the Shoes overcame 26 percent shooting from downtown (10 for 38), a rare quiet night from Kyle Pruemer, and Jared Waldhoff and Derek Smith’s foul trouble.

Smith and Devin Falbe looked like they might single handidly lead T-Town to victory early on, as they combined for 20 of the Shoes’ 23 first-quarter points.

The Wooden Shoes enjoyed an 11-point lead in the opening frame, 23-12, after scoring off steals on three straight possessions, the first by Smith, the second by Falbe and the third by Hardiek, who was fouled and completed a three-point play.

But an athletic and resilient Salem team refused to fold, responding with a 16-6 run that cut T-Town’s lead to just one.

The Wildcats drew even with the Shoes, 34-34, on a 3-pointer with 30 seconds to go in the half, but Rourke Schultz put T-Town back in the lead heading into the locker room with a stickback just before the horn sounded.

It was a dogfight from there, as the Shoes continued to struggle from long range in the second half. Salem managed to take a four-point lead in the third quarter, but T-Town battled back, and Hardiek’s 3-pointers proved to be game-savers, as Waldhoff and Smith were both saddled with four fouls heading into the final three minutes of play.

Salem had a chance to tie the game with a 3-pointer in the final minute of play, but Falbe came up with a steal and fast-break layup to put T-Town up five points and pretty much seal the deal.

Falbe finished with 11 points, joining Smith and Hardiek in double figures. Pruemer didn’t score until the three-minute mark of the third quarter, and it proved to be his only basket of the game. The 6-foot-6 senior was bothered by a leg injury.

The Shoes will enjoy a long break before hosting Effingham on Dec. 11.

Text Only
Sports
  • JakeLinders.jpg Flaming Hearts win St. Anthony Invitational

    The Flaming Hearts of Effingham were the overall winners and also had the medalist. Effingham shot a team score of 312 to beat the host Bulldogs by nine shots. Hearts senior Jackson Wendling finished with a 72 to take medalist honors.

    August 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Willenborg.jpg Teutopolis takes opener against St. Thomas More

    Teutopolis took the course with a new coach and four players, but as coach Becky Probst said, it takes four to score.
    And those four Lady Shoes took their first match of the year, topping Champaign St. Thomas More 216-227 in both teams' openers at Cardinal Golf Course in Effingham.

    August 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • callawaysmith.jpg Time to tee off, golf season starts fall sports campaign today

    The fall sports campaign kicks off in earnest Monday afternoon, with the first area varsity contests being held in Windsor and Effingham this afternoon.
    The St. Anthony Invitational boys golf tournament will be held at Fox Prairie Golf Course at 1 p.m. in Windsor, while the Teutopolis Lady Shoes host St. Thomas More at Cardinal Golf Course at 4 p.m.

    August 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • AndrewBingham.jpg Flaming Hearts' flexibility a plus; Effingham prepping for upcoming soccer season

    Three days into the practice season, Effingham soccer coach Aaron Witges sees a lot of flexibility.
    It was something his squad had last year, with 10 seniors but young players forcing their way into the lineup as well.
    Coming off a 10-8-3 season, some of those young players will find themselves in new positions for the Flaming Hearts this season.

    August 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 8-16 eff volleyball.jpg Flaming Hearts set with new coach

    The Effingham Flaming Hearts volleyball team will have a new but familiar face leading them on the sideline this season.
    As a former player for the Hearts, coach Mindy McCollum-Boswell will look to lead her team to their first regional title since 2008.

    August 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ryan.jpg Czachorski: Bears backups worrisome

    This might sound shockingly similar to a number of columns I've written in the past, but it bears repeating (excusing a terrible pun).
    The quarterback situation is worrisome.

    August 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • FelixScharnbacher.jpg Newton soccer kicks off, inaugural season starts Sept. 2

    For the first time in the history of Newton High School, a soccer team will be a part of the fall sports season.

    August 15, 2014 2 Photos

  • ATV2.jpg Pocrnich wins national ATV title

    As people get older, their chance at a national championship diminishes, but Effingham’s Kevin Pocrnich was able to win one at 49 years old.
    Pocrnich won the Class 16 Senior 40+ Mountain Dew ATV Motocross Championship and according to the league website, finished fourth in the Class 14 30+ Veteran division. He went out with a bang, winning the final race of the season in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee Saturday.

    August 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Teutopolis alum Thompson part of no-hitter

    A pair of Effingham natives are making some noise up in the Northwest League.
    Teutopolis alumnus Derek Thompson and Effingham alumnus Nick Gardewine, both members of the Spokane Indians in the Texas Rangers organization, earned some recognition over the past week.

    August 14, 2014

  • KnopVolleyball.jpg Comets coming off stellar season

    The Stew-Stras Comets finished in second-place at the state championship last season, a high-water mark for the program in recent years.
    Coach Ronda Schlechte lost five players who played quality minutes from last year’s team, but she said she has a lot of freshmen that have the ability to help the team.

    August 14, 2014 1 Photo

AP Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.