Effingham Daily News
Bart Weidman has been tinkering with his St. Anthony lineup since the return of senior guard Makayla Walsh from her ACL injury last month.
He went with a new lineup Monday night, and while he admitted it was just temporary, it may be something to revisit.
Weidman started all five of his seniors Monday night against Ramsey/Mulberry Grove on Senior Night, and it worked like a charm, as the Lady Bulldogs cruised to a 68-41 victory.
It was a move to honor Walsh, Kate Richards, Lexie Niebrugge, Maggie Mumm and Lauren Wendt.
“We ran all five seniors together,” Weidman said. “Thursday night, we’ll go back to the bread-and-butter (with Morgan Gardewine and Megan Nuxoll). I wanted to give those five girls a chance to be on the court together a little bit.”
While the move ended up working well, the game started slow, with St. Anthony scoring just one bucket in the first three minutes. Weidman chalked it up to the emotion of the night.
They picked up the pace from there, as they turned a 4-2 lead with 4:30 left into an 18-4 lead after the first quarter.
The offense kept up, scoring eight straight baskets on layups right at the hoop, going on a 20-2 run to end the second quarter to lead 40-8 at the half.
It was a defensive effort as well, with Ramsey converting on just two field goals in the first half.
“We played really good defensively,” Weidman said. “The number five (Kayla Zimmerman), she can really shoot it. We had to help a lot more than we usually do on her.”
The offense kept up in the third, but true to what Weidman said, the Ramsey offense rebounded behind a hot shooting Zimmerman in the second half.
Ramsey outscored St. Anthony 33-28 in the second half, largely in the fourth quarter, which Weidman said was disappointing but also understandable given the lead.
The scoring was balanced, with Megan Nuxoll leading the team with 14 points after starting the game on the bench for the seniors. Wendt had 10 points, Walsh netted nine and Kate Richards had eight points.
Eleven different Bulldogs scored on the night.
The win bumps St. Anthony’s record to 18-7, with a perfect 5-0 mark in conference. They can win the NTC outright with a win Thursday, and have now won five straight games after a tough week two weeks ago at the Effingham Round Robin Tournament.
“I feel great about, we went through a bit of a lull at the Effingham tournament, but I think it made us come together a little bit more,” Weidman said. “I know these girls all have the same goal, they want to win Thursday and win that conference championship outright.”
The Lady Bulldogs go for the conference regular season crown Thursday at Brownstown/St. Elmo.
Ramsey 4 8 13 20 41
St. Anthony 18 22 18 10 68
Ramsey: Zimmerman 10, Jolliff 19, S. Kimberlin 12
St. Anthony: Gardewine 7, L. Niebrugge 6, Wendt 10, McDevitt 2, Mumm 6, Nuxoll 14, Brown 2, K. Richards 8, Walsh 9, Schuette 2, Dust 2