Hearts slips by Olney
Josie Zerrusen scored her 1,000th point of her career in Thursday's 64-56 win for Effingham, taking care of the milestone in her final regular season home game on Senior Night.
She scored a game-high 20 points, but it was her first 3-pointer that reached the milestone.
Jantzen Michael scored 13 points for the Hearts and Lauren Stephenson added 12, as the other two scorers in double figures.
Effingham improves to 26-3 this season, in the Hearts' last regular season game. They return to action on Tuesday in the Class 3A Effingham Regional.
Effingham 19 18 10 17 64
Olney 12 14 17 13 56
Effingham: Michael 13, Stephenson 12, Kaufman 6, Robb 8, Zerrusen 20, Field 5
Olney: Shipman 10, Miller 14, Luna 8, Rauch 10, Kauble 5, Spillman 1, Nohren 4, Eagleston 2
North Clay advances to sectionals
North Clay took home the Red Hill Regional championship Thursday night, winning a nail-biter with Palestine/Hutsonville 53-50.
Emily Nehls had 17 points for Pal/Hut, leading all scorers. North Clay used a more balanced approach, with Morgan Walker's 13 points leading the team.
A full box score from North Clay was not submitted as of press time.
The win moves North Clay to 17-7 on the season and into the Cumberland Sectional. They play at 8 p.m. Monday, facing Class 1A's ninth-ranked team and Cumberland Regional champion, the Arcola Lady Riders.
North Clay 53
Bulldogs top Windsor
St. Anthony's start separated the Bulldogs from Windsor in Thursday's 57-43 win.
Windsor only scored 12 points in the first half against St. Anthony's 30 and the Blue Devils couldn't comeback, despite a 31-point second half.
John Goeckner led the Bulldogs with 13 points, while Alex Hoelscher and Frank Jansen each added 10 points.
Tristan Warner led the Blue Devils with 15 points, while Hayden Cole finished with 12.
St. Anthony improves to 18-7 and remains unbeaten in NTC play at 8-0. The Bulldogs play Paris at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Teutopolis Shootout, while Windsor hosts Beecher City Tuesday.
Windsor 3 9 17 14 43
St. Anthony 13 17 14 13 57
Windsor: Maddock 6, Hutchinson 3, Allen 4, Cole 12, Warner 15, Blackburn 3
St. Anthony: Williams 5, Jansen 10, Gibson 4, Greene 5, Gardewine 7, Hoelscher 10, Goeckner 13, Hartke 3
Teutopolis advances to 4th straight Super-Sectional
Teutopolis couldn't have started each of the first three quarters any better.
The Wooden Shoes Shoes took an 11-0 lead in the first five minutes of the first quarter and started the second and third quarters on 7-0 and 9-0 runs, respectively.
Their third-quarter outburst gave them the 17-point lead that was too much for Greenville to come back from. The Shoes won 64-53 to advance to Tuesday's Class 2A Carbondale Super-Sectional at Southern Illinois University. It's Teutopolis' fourth-straight trip to the Super-Sectional round.
Maroons make history
With just more than 12 minutes left, Dieterich's offense was scuffling and the Movin' Maroons trailed St. Anthony by 11, 34-23.
Then Alex Bohnhoff kick started the Maroons' offense with a pair of 3-pointers, and Dieterich completed a big comeback to down their NTC rivals 58-51 and win its first-ever sectional title
Zerrusen reflects on 1K milestone, career
Josie Zerrusen used to be a handful for her Effingham coaches, but turned into a headache for opponents by the end her senior season.
Zerrusen, the only one of four Hearts seniors to reach 1,000 points in her career this season, was preoccupied with scoring points as a sophomore on a 20-10 team in 2012.
But the Hearts improved as Zerrusen matured, recording 54 wins in the last two seasons, including a school-record 28 this season and a regional championship. Zerrusen grew up by changing her attitude and refusing to take summers off.
All-NTC showdown set at sectionals
At least one area team will play Monday at Southern Illinois University for Super-Sectionals. Teutopolis is looking to make it two.
Tonight will mark the end of the road for either St. Anthony (22-10) or Dieterich (22-8), as the NTC rivals clash for the Class 1A Red Hill Sectional championship. A win would be Dieterich’s first-ever sectional crown, and it would be the first for St. Anthony since 2001.
Teutopolis (20-9) is looking to advance to the Super-Sectional round for the fourth-straight season and is playing for a sectional title for the fifth-straight year. The Wooden Shoes take on Greenville for the Class 2A Vandalia Sectional title.
Olney ends Effingham's season
Effingham battled offensive woes in waves this season and found ways to win almost 80 percent of the time, but not on Wednesday.
Olney, one of the Hearts' 20 victims this year, ended Effingham's season with a 35-32 win in the Salem Regional, surviving a poor shooting night as well.
Dieterich advances in convincing fashion
The Dieterich Movin' Maroons used a January loss to Patoka to motivate themselves Wednesday night at the Class 1A Red Hill Sectional.
It was more successful than they ever could have hoped for, as Dieterich stomped the Patoka Warriors 61-39 and advanced to Friday's sectional final against St. Anthony.
St. Anthony edges Oblong 72-69
BRIDGEPORT — A rare miss by Oblong’s Koert Mehler made the most noise.
Mehler heaved a 75-foot, full-court shot that barely rimmed out to send the game to overtime; instead, St. Anthony (22-10) survived 72-69 to advance to Friday’s Class 1A Red Hill Sectional championship.
Mette leads Wooden Shoes past Breese Central
Breese Central simply has to be getting sick of the Teutopolis Wooden Shoes.
Teutopolis moved to 4-1 in its last five games against Breese Central, and knocked out the Cougars at sectionals for the second straight year with a 63-40 win Tuesday night at the Class 2A Vandalia Sectional. If that wasn’t enough, the Lady Shoes ended Breese Central’s season in girls basketball last week as well.
Neoga's Romack heading to Lincoln Land
Neoga coach Ted Kerner praised his ace pitcher Tyler Romack's ability to read players and quickly learn their tendencies on the mound.
St. Anthony's Walsh commits to be a Cobra
Makayla Walsh made it official Friday afternoon, as the St. Anthony Bulldogs' shortstop signed to play softball at Parkland College next season.
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