Effingham Daily News
The Teutopolis offense had the balance Newton needed in the Wooden Shoes’ 58-44 Robinson Regional win on Wednesday.
Four players scored 11 or more points in a wide spread effort by the Shoes, led by Brett Mette’s 13 points. Cody Will finished with 12, seven in the fourth quarter.
The balanced scoring started a 13-2 run at the beginning of the third quarter that put the Shoes firmly in the lead, 40-24, entering the fourth.
“We talked about continuing to push the ball down the floor and that wore on (Newton),” said Teutopolis head coach Andy Fehrenbacher. “We were able to get a couple easy buckets that way.”
Newton head coach Doug Mammoser said his team couldn’t match the Shoes' intensity out of the halftime locker room.
The Eagles struggled offensively all night to get scoring from outlets other than Luke Stone, who scored a game-high 30 points in the loss.
Stone accounted for all eight of Newton’s points through the first quarter and a half of the game, before Brock Mammoser made a basket, trailing 19-10.
At halftime, Stone had nine of the Eagles’ 14 points as Newton left an opportunity on the table in the second quarter.
Teutopolis’ offense struggled for only four points in the second quarter, leading by 11 points after the first. The Shoes scored on their first possession of the second quarter and the last possession before halftime.
Mammoser said there was no doubt the Eagles missed an opportunity to tighten the score, but the Shoes held a seven-point lead at half.
“We had a chance to do some things,” Mammoser said. “They had a put back at the end of the half that was big for momentum.”
The Eagles’ scoring spread out a bit in the third quarter with Lucas Huston scoring his first points and Gunner Pickens adding four, but the Shoes’ early run put the game out of reach.
“Stone’s going to score,” Fehrenbacher said. “He’s so athletic and has a really smooth shot. You do the best you can to not let other people hurt you.”
Fehrenbacher said players like Mammoser and Caleb Chesnut were weapons for the Eagles, but his defense limited them.
Mammoser didn’t score outside of his two points in the second quarter and all of Chesnut’s seven points came in the fourth quarter.
Newton’s season comes to a rocky end with the loss, at least for Stone, who Mammoser said hadn’t practiced more than four times since mid-January, in an attempt to avoid reaggravating a back injury in practices.
“Stone’s got to be on top of his game for us to do it and he’s limited,” Mammoser said. “(Teutopolis) pretty much dominated, so you have to give them a lot of credit.”
The Shoes (18-9) advance to play Casey-Westfield at 7 p.m. Friday for the Robinson Regional championship.
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Newton 6 8 10 20 44
Teutopolis 17 4 19 18 58
Newton: Mammoser 2, Chesnut 7, Pickens 7, Stone 30, Huston 4
Teutopolis: Bro. Mette 4, Will 12, Wenthe 11, Kenter 3, Hardiek 11, Thoele 2, Bre. Mette 13