Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

January 25, 2014

Bulldogs best Dieterich in tournament finale

Alex McNamee
Effingham Daily News

EFFINGHAM — Bart Wiedman went back to his bread-and-butter lineup, the one St. Anthony started the season with before Makayla Walsh returned from injury.

It helped give the Bulldogs their only win of the Effingham Round Robin Tournament in a 60-34 win against Dieterich on Friday.

All-Tournament selection Kate Richards helped the Bulldogs get off to a fast start, 8-2, scoring all eight of her team's points. She finished the game with 18.

The Bulldogs' offense struggled in losses to Centralia, Effingham and Neoga this week, but Wiedman said a two-hour practice on Wednesday helped his team pick up some steam.

“We came in and shot non-stop for two hours, every drill and didn't even take a break,” Wiedman said.

St. Anthony scored in an array of quick ways to start the Dieterich game, taking a 12-6 lead at the end of the first quarter before a 21-point second quarter gave them a 20-point halftime lead, 33-13.

“We just played with so much confidence,” Wiedman said. “I felt like we did the little things.”

The Bulldogs only scored six points in the third quarter, but Dieterich couldn't mount a comeback. Even so, Wiedman called a timeout after the Movin' Maroons' first possession of the fourth, on which they scored.

“Keep the throttle down,” he said he told his team.

St. Anthony finished with a 21-point fourth quarter to win by 26 points. The Bulldogs' largest lead was by 30, late in the fourth.

Dieterich head coach Donetta Ohnesorge was perplexed by the way her team finished the tournament, after losing by one point against second-place Centralia on Tuesday.

The Maroons followed up the opening game loss with a 15-point loss to Neoga, 35-point loss to Effingham, and the 26-point loss on Friday.

“I don't know if we're just tired or what, but this isn't what we brought at the beginning of the first night,” Ohnesorge said. “Simple fundamentals cannot be broken.”

Courtney Flach led the Maroons with 13 points, while Mallorie Vahling added 11. Both players were all-tournament picks, while Dieterich finished in last place.

St. Anthony's Megan Nuxoll scored 14 points and was selected to the all-tournament team after the game. She, Richards and teammates Morgan Gardewine, Maggie Mumm and Lauren Wendt were the original starting five this season.

Wiedman said he realized, after messing with his lineup this week, his team is better with Makayla Walsh coming off the bench.

“In the last few games, we didn't have any real scorers coming off the bench,” Wiedman said. “I feel like keeping her on the bench means we can rotate better and always keep at least two scorers on the floor.”

Walsh scored nine points off the bench in the win.

St. Anthony (14-7) returns to action at 6:15 p.m. Monday against South Central. Dieterich (5-12) hosts North Clay at 6:15 p.m. Monday.

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

St. Anthony     12 21 6 21     60

Dieterich     6 7 7 14          34

St. Anthony: Wendt 7, Mumm 6, Nuxoll 14, Richards 18, Walsh 9, Niebrugge 2, Schuette 2, Burton 2

Dieterich: Abbott 2, Flach 13, Ruholl 4, Schmidt 2, Heuerman 2, Vahling 11