Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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December 18, 2013

Shoes squeak by Hearts

Will, Teutopolis win 44-41

EFFINGHAM — With a close game on the line throughout the second half, Teutopolis’ Cody Will came through time and time again down the stretch against Effingham.

Will scored 18 points on the night, with 14 in a tight second half, as the Wooden Shoes squeaked by their rival Flaming Hearts 44-41 Tuesday night at Effingham High School.

The senior guard scored six of the final seven points, icing the game down the stretch at the free throw line.

He shouldered more of the scoring burden after Reed Hardiek left the game with a cut chin and possible concussion midway through the contest.

“He’s been struggling a little bit from the field, but he’s been in big games before,” said Teutopolis coach Andy Fehrenbacher. “I’m awfully proud of him, and happy he’s on our side.”

The game was back and forth throughout, with Effingham taking a 10-8 lead after one as the teams felt each other out. Leighton Lark and Brett Mette each had six in the frame for the Hearts and Shoes, respectively.

The lead would change hands six times in the second quarter, with Hardiek scoring the first five points of the quarter. The lead changed three more times at the end of the quarter, with a buzzer-beating layup by Matt Wohltman giving Effingham a 20-19 halftime advantage.

The physical play picked up as the contest continued, not surprising Fehrenbacher.

“Anytime Teutopolis and Effingham get together and play, it’s going to be a hard-fought game,” he said. “Teams are going to go at it hard.”

Will got going midway through the third, putting Teutopolis up 25-24 with a big 3-pointer. Phil Knight quickly gave Effingham the lead back with a layup with 3:27 remaining, and an Isaac Foreman layup made it 28-25.

Teutopolis took flight from there, going on a 9-0 that spanned nearly four minutes, highlighted by a Will three and buzzer-beating layup of his own.

Down six, Effingham fought back to tie the game with 3:05 left on a pair of Kevin Daugherty free throws.

The Shoes would go ahead for good from there on an and-one by Brett Mette and a steal by Bobby Wenthe, where he fed Will at the last second for a tidy layup.

“Bobby had one heck of a play there, because he thought about pulling it out, and he hesistated, spun around and found Cody,” Fehrenbacher said. “That’s guys playing together as long as they had, and finding each other.”

Lark hit a three with a minute to go, and Foreman hit a jumper with 48 seconds to cut the lead to 40-39, but Effingham wouldn’t tie the game. Down three with 21 seconds, Teutopolis smartly used its fouls to give and forced Wohltman to put up a tough three at the buzzer that hit backboard.

Foreman led Effingham with 10 points of the bench, while Lark had nine and Daugherty had eight.

Effingham coach Ron Reed was not available for comment.

Will’s 18 were a team-high, with Mette scoring nine and Justin Kenter with seven off the bench.

Effingham falls to 4-2 after 11 days off due to weather-related cancellations. They play at Mt. Zion Friday night.

Teutopolis is now 6-1 overall, and they host Casey-Westfield Saturday night.

Teutopolis     8     11     13     12     44

Effingham     10     10     8     13     41

Teutopolis: Will 18, Wenthe 2, Kenter 7, Hardiek 5, Sandschafer 3, Mette 9

Effingham: Bone 2, Robinson 2, Mahaffey 2, Foreman 10, P. Knight 2, Wohltman 6, Lark 9, Daugherty 8

 

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