Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

February 11, 2014

Ramsey ends Dieterich's season

Rams best Maroons 61-54

Ryan Czachorski
Effingham Daily News

ALTAMONT — On Jan. 29, Dieterich had its way with Ramsey, smashing the Rams 89-59 with Mallorie Vahling tallying a monster game with 37 points, 15 rebounds, eight assists and seven steals.

Courtney Flach had 25 points and eight assists that night, and Rachel Schmidt hit four 3-pointers on her way to 16 points.

What a difference 12 days makes.

Dieterich never got its offense into any kind of rhythm Monday against Ramsey in the Altamont Regional first-round game, as the fourth-seeded Lady Maroons saw their season end with a 61-54 loss to the fifth-seeded Rams.

While three players cleared 14 points on the night for Dieterich, it was a game of offensive hot potato, as Kallee Heuerman, Vahling and Flach took turns carrying the offensive burden.

"We kept fighting, but our shots weren't falling," said Dieterich coach Donetta Ohnesorge. "It wasn't our typical game, where we could get everyone some offensive shots. Our rebounding, I thought, was atrocious, usually we get some second attempts off our missed shots.

"We failed to rebound hard tonight. Mentally, we weren't totally in the game tonight."

In the previous matchup, Kayla Zimmerman had 30 points for Ramsey and Kate Jolliff added 26. Monday night, Jolliff scored 32 and Zimmerman had just 12, but it was enough to carry Ramsey.

Zimmerman keyed a fast-paced transition attack early, setting up herself and Jolliff, and once things got in the halfcourt, the Lady Maroons had no answer for Jolliff.

Dieterich would trail by as many as 13, and continually fought, but couldn't get both ends of its game to sync up.

"They have some scorers on that team, they weren't afraid to push it at us," Ohnesorge said. "We couldn't make it happen tonight."

The Lady Maroons trailed by six after both halftime and the third quarter, ending each frame on a decent run, but couldn't carry the momentum over to cut the deficit.

Ramsey led 53-39 with 4:32 to go. Dieterich would keep scrapping, led by a huge defensive and offensive effort by Flach, cutting the lead to five twice, but never got closer.

Vahling led the team with 18 points, with 14 in the second half before fouling out late. Heuerman had 11 in the first half and finished with 14, while spending most of the second half in foul trouble. Flach ended the night with 17, including 13 in the fourth quarter.

Dieterich's season ends with a 10-16 record in its first playoff game, after the Lady Maroons took home a regional title last year with Candace Niemerg leading the way.

Still, Ohnesorge is optimistic, as Dieterich had no seniors on this year's squad, and four of its five starters will be seniors next year.

"We're going to have to work hard in the offseason," she said. "There's a lot of good teams around here losing one player if not a few. We've got to think what we've got coming back next year. They're only going to get better through the summer."

Ramsey advances to face top-seeded St. Anthony at 6 p.m. Wednesday night. St. Anthony faced Ramsey last Monday, and took home a 68-41 win on Senior Night.

Ramsey     18     10     13     20     61

Dieterich     9     13     13     19     54

Ramsey: Zimmerman 12, Cunningham 3, M. Kimberlin 7, Jolliff 32, S. Kimberlin 7

Dieterich: Abbott 1, Flach 17, Schmidt 4, Heuerman 14, Vahling 18