Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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January 22, 2014

Centralia earns comeback win against Dieterich

Lack of fouls costs Lady Maroons

EFFINGHAM — At no point did Dieterich head coach Donetta Ohnesorge think about how many fouls her team had; after all, the Movin' Maroons were in control for all but about 30 seconds.

Centralia took its first lead of the game on a Holly Mays 3-pointer with 28 seconds left, but only after Abbey Holtkamp made a layup to give the Annies their final lead, 50-49, was Dieterich's foul situation a problem.

The Maroons only committed two fouls in the second half, but needed five more in 6.9 seconds to send the Annies to the free throw line. They reached five before time expired.

“We didn't want to go there,” Ohnesorge said. “I was happy with the situation we were in and we didn't know we'd need (fouls) at the end.”

Dieterich led by about six or seven points for most of the second half, until Centralia came within four with 2:19 remaining. It was as close as the Annies had been since trialing 25-21 at halftime.

But time couldn't tick off the clock fast enough and a couple late turnovers kept the Maroons from attempting a game-winning shot.

Ohnesorge called a timeout with 28 seconds left, right before Courtney Flach lost control of the ball, saving the possession and setting up a play for Mallorie Vahling.

Vahling pulled double duty on Tuesday, tying for a team-high 14 points and anchoring a stout 2-3 zone to try to limit Centralia's Holtkamp.

Her moment to be a hero turned out to be 20 seconds too soon. She took Kallee Heuerman's inbounds pass, with 28 seconds left, straight down the sideline, split two defenders and finished with a layup at the basket.

Vahling's only points of the fourth quarter gave Dieterich a momentary lead, 49-48, with 20 seconds left.

“It's exactly what we wanted,” Ohnesorge said. “That was our goal to get it to her.”

The Maroons got a stop on the Annies' ensuing possession and Flach came down with the rebound; however, Holtkamp stole the ball over her head, as Flach fell to the ground, and made the game-winning layup with six seconds to go.

“I was questioning timeout right there or not,” Ohnesorge said. “It's one of those things that you have momentum going and don't want to risk (Centralia) taking the ball (away) on the out of bounds play.”

Elizabeth Abbott was whistled for a traveling violation on the next possession, turning Dieterich into the team that need to take the ball away on the inbounds play.

Ohnesorge called back-to-back timeouts to see what set Centralia came out in, but the Maroons never got a steal and ran out of time to commit enough fouls.

Holtkamp finished with 23 points, including seven in the final quarter. She scored the game-winning basket and finished a three-point play to bring Centralia within one point, 46-45, with 1:14 remaining.

Centralia improved to 2-0 in the Effingham Round Robin tournament, setting up a de facto championship game with Effingham at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Dieterich (5-9) falls to 0-1 in the tournament and will play Neoga at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Alex McNamee can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 123, or alex.mcnamee@effinghamdailynews.com.

Dieterich     14 11 15 9     49

Centralia     6 15 12 17     50

Dieterich: Abbott 4, Flach 14, Schmidt 11, Heuerman 6, Vahling 14

Centralia: Smith 2, Ingenrieth 4, Engelkins 2, Mays 17, Holtkamp 23, Starr 2

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