Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL


February 21, 2014

Buss-ted: Teutopolis tops Mt. Carmel — again

Lady Shoes win sectional crown 49-31

CASEY — Danielle Repking knew exactly how many points Tyra Buss scored Thursday, because it was five fewer than last season against Repking's Lady Shoes.

Teutopolis watched Mt. Carmel's star player score 50 points Tuesday, three better than her season average, which Cierra Thompson said showed the team how much better the Indiana commit was from last year.

It put more pressure on Repking's shoulders, which she embraced. The Teutopolis sophomore shut down Buss for the second season in a row in the Shoes' 49-31 Casey-Westfield Sectional championship win.

“It's kind of hard to stop someone who averages 50 points a game, and for me to do it two years in a row feels incredible,” Repking said.

Teutopolis head coach Laurie Thompson stuck to her guns and showed how her defense ended Buss and Mt. Carmel's season for the fourth consecutive year.

The Shoes' box-and-one defense, featuring Repking, held Buss to 15 points by approaching the game like a battlefield — multiple lines of defense.

Repking guarded Buss each possession from the moment she touched the ball and had two “walls” at her back. First, Cierra Thompson. Last, the Shoes' post players.

It's a different strategy in that Cierra Thompson doesn't play as aggressively as other teams choose use their second defender in the box-and-one.

“A lot of teams, in their box-and-one, the second girl that comes up to help gets too close and that's what (Buss) wants because she can go right around,” Thompson said. “I try to back off and make a wall.”

Buss was 4-for-18 from the field late into the third quarter as Teutopolis made a run, while Mount Carmel finished 12-for-51 as a team.

Teutopolis' offense proved to be much more effective, outscoring Mount Carmel 21-9 in the third quarter, including a 7-0 run to finish.

Cierra Thompson scored eight of her 18 points in the third quarter, pairing a 3-pointer with a Jessica Schumacher floater to take a six-point lead with 5:55 left in the quarter.

Mount Carmel head coach Tim Willis used his first time out of the half to try to regroup his players. He used four timeouts in the quarter, but the game was out of control.

“You saw the game, what'd you think?” Willis said. “You can't let (Teutopolis) get ahead of you.”

Haley Giles gave the Shoes an eight-point lead with 3:11 left, executing a pick-and-roll with Madeline Hartke, who brought the crowd to their feet on the next possession.

Hartke scored 20 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, but none got a bigger roar from the crowd then when she grabbed her own offensive rebound, put up a second shot into defensive contact and converted a three-point play at the free throw line.

The senior showed that nobody could guard her. Thompson said Hartke was too quick for Alex Rosignal and too big for Buss.

Willis used the Aces' fourth timeout when Schumacher lifted the Shoes to a 15-point lead, which they took into the fourth quarter.

“I had a feeling we'd come out strong (in the second half),” Cierra Thompson said. “Everyone scored, it wasn't just one or two people. It all worked together.”

Mount Carmel faced its biggest challenge trailing by 15 points in the final quarter because Willis knew Teutopolis was going to slow down the game's pace.

But patient execution was the name of the game for Teutopolis throughout. The Shoes held the ball for the final minute of the first and second quarters, trying to get the last shot.

“I wasn't going to run with them,” Laurie Thompson said. “I like to run, but I'm not stupid. I tried to eat as much clock with every possession I could because it meant fewer possessions for (Buss) to score.”

Buss scored nine of Mount Carmel's 15 second-half points, which wasn't nearly enough to keep up with the Shoes, who were clicking on all cylinders.

“We had that cushion to go off of,” Hartke said. “We knew what to do out of the locker room, who needed to drive and who we could drive on.”

The scouting report built up from four years of Sectional match-ups between Teutopolis and Mount Carmel.

Buss' career ends, never having beaten the Shoes. Her 50-point night on Tuesday only added to the chip on their shoulder, Hartke said.

“That was not going to happen against us,” Hartke said. “We just knew what we had to do. We pressure them, defensively, and sometimes other teams that play Mount Carmel don't use as much pressure as us.”

Thompson's expands her Buss-oriented strategy to the offensive side of the ball by keeping the ball out of the hands of the player Buss guards.

Limiting her steals assures that she wont be able to use her quickness in the open floor to get easy layups.

“Three-fourths of her points are layups and free throws and I wasn't about to play into that game,” Thompson said.

Just as Buss couldn't get the proverbial monkey off of her back against Teutopolis on Thursday, the Shoes look to get the Super-Sectional weight off of their shoulders.

They'll have a shot to get over the hump, one win from making the State final four, against undefeated Breese Central at 8 p.m. Monday in Salem. Breese Central beat Teutopolis 51-35 on Jan. 11.

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

Teutopolis     9 11 21 8     49

Mount Carmel     10 7 9 5          31

Teutopolis: Schumacher 4, Repking 3, Thompson 18, Giles 4, M. Hartke 20

Mount Carmel: Buss 15, Metcalf 3, Dunkel 2, Rosignal 6, Keepes 5

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