Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

January 21, 2014

Bulldogs' comeback falls short against Centralia

Ryan Czachorski
Effingham Daily News

EFFINGHAM — After coming back from a 13-point second half deficit to tie the game at 41-41, St. Anthony didn’t have enough in the tank to top Centralia Monday night.

Lady Bulldogs coach Bart Wiedman had a reason in mind when it came to why St. Anthony fell 45-41 in its Effingham Round Robin tournament opener.

“We weren’t ready to play because we were looking forward to tomorrow,” he said. “We were focused on Effingham a bit and that singlehandedly cost us a little bit. We know it, I know it, every single girl in that locker room knows it.”

St. Anthony trailed for nearly the entirety of its game Monday night to the Annies, falling behind early and scraping its way back.

Abbey Holtkamp led the way for Centralia in the first half, as they took a 14-9 lead after one and a 28-19 lead at halftime.

The Lady Bulldogs hung tight, and a Makayla Walsh jumper at the end of the third cut the lead to 37-29. But the situation forced some more aggressive tactics for Wiedman.

To the Bulldogs’ credit, they worked like a charm. St. Anthony put on a full-court press, and after a Lauren Wendt three with 3:09 to play, they’d cut the deficit all the way to 41-39.

“We got some crucial traps, we’re not used to playing a lot of full-court man to man,”

Wiedman said. “We did a good job with it, playing smart.

Wendt and Kate Richards each had two free throws in the next minute, each making one to tie the game at 41-41.

That’d be the last time they would score. Holtkamp hit four free throws down the stretch to finish with 18 points on the night, and St. Anthony’s possessions down the stretch didn’t yield any points.

Wiedman didn’t put the blame on the end of the game, realizing the effort they’d expended to get there.

“I’m not going to put anything on the last two possessions, because we ran the same girls and were really tired,” he said.

Richards topped St. Anthony with 16 points, while Megan Nuxoll scored 12 points and Wendt scored eight.

The loss drops St. Anthony to 13-5 and 0-1 in the Round Robin tournament. They’ll get what Wiedman thought they were looking forward to -- a matchup with 19-0 Effingham tonight at 7:45 p.m.

Centralia     14     14     9     8     45

St. Anthony     9     10     10     12     41

Centralia: Smith 2, Ingenreith 6, Cunningham 1, Engelkins 4, Mays 8, Holtkamp 18, Starr 6

St. Anthony: L. Niebrugge 2, Wendt 8, Mumm 1, Nuxoll 12, Richards 16, Walsh 2