Effingham Daily News
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.
“Coach always tells us to start out a game with a lot of fire and effort and that's what we did here tonight,” senior Bobby Wenthe said. “That goes to show we have what it takes. People always said this year wasn't our year, but I'm ready to prove people wrong.”
Wenthe was among the Shoes' leaders, finishing with 17 points and a team-high nine rebounds as Teutopolis stood up against each comeback Greenville made.
The Shoes led wire-to-wire in the win, but Teutopolis head coach Andy Fehrenbacher refused to count the Comets out because of what he saw in Greenville's sectional win on Wednesday.
Greenville (19-13) beat Carlinville 45-41, after trailing the entire game, until taking a lead with about 30 seconds left. Fehrenbacher hoped his players wouldn't forget that finish.
“You get out to an 11-0 lead like we had and sometimes that's good and sometimes you have to guard against that,” Fehrenbacher said. “It's great, but you don't want your kids to get complacent.”
The Comets humbled the Shoes in the first quarter. They finished on a 10-3 run, after the Shoes' 11-0 start, to trail by only four points.
Teutopolis' 7-0 start to the second quarter managed to leave them ahead by eight points at halftime. Their 9-0 run to kick off the second half helped them take a 16-point lead into the fourth.
Fehrenbacher knew Greenville wouldn't quit and the Comets didn't. Jacob Hall and Will Schaufelberger made back-t0-back 3-pointers, to bring the Comets within seven points, 60-53, with 53 seconds left.
“They're not going to quit,” Fehrenbacher said. “They were flat on fire. We were fortunate to get a 16-point lead, but needed every bit.”
Austin Lawrence led most of the Comets' comeback attempts, finishing with a game-high 24 points — 17 points better than the Comets' next highest scorer.
Reed Hardiek finished with 19 points to lead the Shoes. He went 8-for-9 from the free throw line with his four most important attempts coming after the Comets drew within seven.
The Comets' back-to-back 3-pointers came before and after Wenthe missed two free throws. Hardiek stepped up to the line and sank two free throws with 51 seconds left, to take a nine-point lead. He made two more later for the final points of the game.
Teutopolis (21-9) will meet Nashville at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Nashville beat Mt. Carmel, 63-55, in DuQuoin to advance to the super-sectional.
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Greenville 10 14 5 24 53
Teutopolis 14 18 13 19 64
Greenville: Schaufelberger 3, Faulkner 2, Young 4, Hall 7, Hutcheson 5, Lawrence 24, Leitschah 2, Holden 5, Laesch 1
Teutopolis: Bro. Mette 7, Will 4, Wenthe 17, Gebben 2, Hardiek 19, Thoele 3, Bre. Mette 12