Effingham Daily News
Brandon Wolfe got going early for Casey-Westfield, scoring 13 points in the first quarter as the Warriors took a 15-14 lead over Teutopolis at the Class 2A Robinson Regional title game.
After Wolfe had a great first against a combination of Brock Mette and Michael Drees, using his height to shoot over the quicker defenders, coach Andy Fehrenbacher moved Cody Will onto Wolfe from Zack Murphy going forward.
He scored just three more points the rest of the game, Teutopolis took over in the second half and took home a fifth-straight regional crown 47-36 over the Warriors.
"Brock's very athletic, he's got pretty long arms, I thought that'd disrupt him," Fehrenbacher said. "Wolfe stepped up, and shot over him. We had to mix things up. When we put Cody on him, Cody does a pretty nice job shutting people down."
On the other end, Brett Mette had 10 points in the first quarter to keep up with Wolfe, but while Wolfe was shut down, Mette kept going.
He'd finish with a game-high 22 points and pull down nine rebounds, scoring nearly half of Teutopolis' points in the process.
Mette emerged in last year's postseason against Breese Central with big plays in the clutch, but a year later, the sophomore was the main option for the Shoes Friday.
"Last year, my role was to rebound and set screens," Mette said. "The seniors really wanted this game really bad, this is who they lost to in junior high all the time. I came out here and played for them, all I had, all I could."
After the Warriors took a 15-14 lead to the second, they held Teutopolis scoreless for nearly five minutes into the second quarter and went up 22-14. The Wooden Shoes responded in the quarter's closing minutes, cutting the gap to 23-20.
The third quarter was intense, with the Shoes tying the game on a Will jumper with 3:27 and bringing a 28-28 tie to the fourth.
Mette scored on the first possession of the quarter, and while Casey scored once to tie it, they would never lead again, and the Shoes held them scoreless for four-and-a-half minutes to push the lead from 33-32 to 39-34.
They'd salt the game away at the foul line, hitting 17-of-21 free throws on the night, and move on to the Vandalia Sectional next week.
"Our schedule prepared us for games like this, and it prepares us going forward as well," Fehrenbacher said. "I'm very proud of our entire team, it was just a collective effort, just like it usually is with Wooden Shoe basketball."
In addition to Mette's big night, Bobby Wenthe had 12 points and eight rebounds, Will had 10 points and seven rebounds, and Reed Hardiek scored the Shoes' other three points.
The Shoes didn't have their usual balance or inside-out play, hitting no threes on the night, but Mette and Wenthe made the most of their opportunities inside.
"They didn't really have anybody, their big guy was hurt, and they didn't really have anybody to guard me," Mette said. "Coach kept telling us we could get whatever we wanted inside, and we did."
Murphy had nine for the Warriors (20-7) and no other Casey player topped five points.
Now, the Wooden Shoes (19-9) face the same Breese Central team they beat in double overtime for the Greenville Sectional crown last season, and a team they beat 45-44 on Dec. 6 in Breese on a late layup by Hardiek.
The teams are getting very familiar with one another, Fehrenbacher said.
"They're a different team, we're a different team," he said. "Seems like we're running into each other quite a bit."
That game begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Vandalia High School.
Teutopolis 14 6 8 19 47
Casey-Westfield 15 8 5 8 36
Teutopolis: Will 10, Wenthe 12, Hardiek 3, Bre. Mette 22
Casey-Westfield: Thompson 5, Lawrence 2, Huisinga 2, Murphy 9, Wolfe 16, McNeil 2