Effingham Daily News
Catilin Kaufman twisted her knee two nights ago during Effingham's win over Neoga, and played through the pain that night and against Centralia Wednesday.
If she was still feeling the effects Thursday against Dieterich, it didn't show, as the Effingham senior had 24 points and hit six 3-pointers in a 68-33 win over the Lady Maroons.
The win bumped Effingham's record to 22-0 and a perfect 4-0 in its annual Round Robin tournament, and coach Jeff Schafer was glad to see Kaufman resume her sharpshooting ways.
"It's good to have Caitlin back to almost full strength," Schafer said. "She's got unlimited range and the green light. If you have a kid like that, you let her come with her gun loaded and let it fly."
For Dieterich coach Donetta Ohnesorge, she agreed that the Lady Hearts are as good as advertised with their perfect record.
"Yes, they are, and we knew it coming in," she said. "They're deep on the bench and strong all the way around."
Effingham got after it early, grabbing a 13-2 lead after the first quarter on field goals by six different players, including Kaufman's first three of the game.
The Lady Hearts kept the pressure up and pushed their lead out to 29-5, led by three more 3-pointers by Kaufman, but Dieterich scored nine quick points to end the frame on threes by Courtney Flach and Rachel Schmidt to make it 33-14 at the half.
From there, it was all but over, with Effingham moving the focus of its game inside, led by 11 points by Maddy Field and eight by Stephanie Robb.
"They just took over, they did a really nice job executing there," Schafer said.
The Effingham style showed Ohnesorge what the difference between the teams were and what the Maroons could take from a loss like this.
"I was glad we got this opportunity to play them," she said. "Effingham's strong. We don't know how to play that aggressive. I think we're going to learn from that."
Effingham was without Lauren Stephenson on the night, who missed the game for a school-related trip.
Mallorie Vahling topped Dieterich wtih 16 points and Flach had eight for the Maroons, who fell to 5-11.
The Lady Hearts swept their tournament for the second year running, after losing it in 2011 and 2012. Jantzen Michael, Josie Zerrusen and Kaufman were named to the All-Tournament team, as the Hearts are the only team done with their round robin.
"It means we beat some good teams," Schafer said. "I thought we played really steady all week long, I thought we played really good defense all week long."
The rest of the team will be released following tonight's action.
Dieterich plays St. Anthony in a battle of 0-3 teams at the Round Robin tournament at 6:15 p.m. tomorrow night.
Effingham is off until Tuesday when they host Salem in a makeup game and return to Apollo Conference play.
Dieterich 2 12 6 13 33
Effingham 16 20 18 17 68
Dieterich: Schmidt 5, Flach 8, Abbott 2, Heuerman 2, Vahling 16
Effingham: Michael 6, Beals 4, Totten 4, Kaufman 24, Robb 8, Zerrusen 11, Field 11