VANDALIA — Fueled by the hot shooting of Jacob Schuette, the Bulldogs enjoyed a seven-point lead midway through the first half against the Indians, but Garrett Ziegler caught fire at the end of the first half, scoring 12-straight points for Altamont to help the Indians take a 34-32 lead into the locker room.
Ziegler went just 6-for-18 from the field earlier in the day against Shelbyville, but regained his shooting stroke in a big way against St. Anthony, as he went on to score a game-high 29 points.
"I told him that you've got to get it (going) off your defense and running the floor," Niebrugge said. "He got an easy layup at the start and then the 3s started falling. We need him to score for us to even get in the 50s."
Schuette scored 16 first-half points for St. Anthony, but the senior guard picked up his third foul just before halftime, foreshadowing bad things for the Bulldogs in the final 16 minutes.
Ziegler made it 15-straight points for his team by hitting a 3-pointer just six seconds into the second half, and Schuette was forced to the bench soon after, as he was whistled for his fourth foul on a charge.
The wheels fell off a bit for the Bulldogs after that, as St. Anthony committed nine of its 18 turnovers in the third quarter, helping Altamont extend its lead out to double digits entering the fourth.
Schuette re-entered the game at the start of the final frame and quickly hit a jumper. His return helped the Bulldogs make a late run at the Indians, as St. Anthony managed to make it a two-possession game down the stretch, but any momentum the Bulldogs seized was vanquished when Schuette fouled out near the three-minute mark.