Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

Sports

November 19, 2013

Shoes' defense swarms Sullivan

TEUTOPOLIS — Sullivan's backcourt was depleted by the graduation of key ballhandlers from last season's team, which turned out to be difficult to overcome against a Teutopolis roster that returned every player from a team that reached Super-Sectionals last season.

The Wooden Shoes forced 21 turnovers in their 67-24 home win to open the season on Monday, led by Cierra Thompson's team-high three steals.

Teutopolis finished with 11 steals as a team, which wasn't enough to satisfy head coach Laurie Thompson on the first night of the season.

“We didn't get a lot of steals out of it, but we got out there and defended,” Thompson said. “We have some holes in our press yet. Too many up the middles.”

Sullivan tried attacking the press with only one main ballhandler on the court and did so unsuccessfully, as the Shoes' defense helped them jump out to a 10-1 lead in the first quarter.

Jessica Schumacher led the charge in the first half, scoring all nine of her points in the first two quarters; in fact, she scored her ninth point with more than six minutes left in the second quarter.

Schumacher was one of three Teutopolis players with a three-pointer in the game, making hers to open the scoring in the second quarter.

“Jessica is looking for her shot and that's what I wanted her to do,” Thompson said. “I was happy with Jessica hitting some open shots.”

Cierra Thompson led the Shoes with 11 points in the game, including a 4-for-7 night from the free throw line, while Chelsey Hardiek wasn't far behind her with 10 points off the bench.

“Chelsey always creates her show and that's what I want her to do,” Thompson said. “Every girl that played did some nice things that I was pleased with.”

Teutopolis went on an 11-5 run at the end of the second quarter to take a 37-12 lead into halftime, highlighted by Thompson's only three-pointer of the game.

The Shoes quickly extended the lead, scoring the first eight points of the third quarter to take a 33-point lead, until Sullivan scored with three minutes left in the quarter.

Hardiek sank a buzzer beater to end the third quarter, 53-19, which was her only three-pointer of the game and her only attempt. She also lead the team with six rebounds.

Teutopolis starts the season off with a 1-0 record, but the team wasn't mistake free in its 43-point win on Monday, Thompson said.

Haley Giles got into foul trouble early, committing her third foul with 3:43 left in the second quarter and Thompson took her out of the game.

“This is where discipline is,” Thompson said. “She'll be fine when she can stop making silly fouls.”

Giles returned to the game and finished with seven points, including three in the second half. She was one of six players with at least seven points in the game.

The Shoes return to action today at 6:15 p.m. in Newton, but Thompson said it was good for her team to get the first game under its belt.

“We needed it,” Thompson said. “It's one of those games when you've practiced for 14 or 15 days and it's good not to have to play against yourself.”

Alex McNamee can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 123, or alex.mcnamee@effinghamdailynews.com.

Teutopolis     16 21 16 14     67

Sullivan     5 7 7 5          24

Teutopolis: Schumacher (9 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal), Repking (8 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, 1 steal), Thompson (11 points, 3 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 steals), Giles (7 points, 1 block, 3 rebounds), M. Hartke (8 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal), Bueker (2 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound), Schmidt (4 points, 1 rebound, 2 steals), Hardiek (10 points, 1 assist, 6 rebounds), Gebben (1 assist), A. Hartke (4 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals), Thoele (2 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal), Lohman (2 points)

Sullivan: Stewart (3 points), Boyee (11 points), Neuhauser (7 points), Pratt (3 points)

 

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Cox.jpg Cardinals fly by Blackhawks 16-0

    The frustrations from a tough 7-6 loss by North Clay to South Central Tuesday were relieved on the field Wednesday, as the Cardinals blasted the Sandoval Blackhawks 16-0 in five innings.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • czachorskimug.jpg Czachorski: My own field of dreams

    A few weeks ago, I sat behind the backstop at Evergreen Park, watching St. Anthony and South Central play baseball and taking photos when I overheard a conversation.
    It was a few seven- or eight-year-old kids, just talking about the game in front of them, nearly gushing over some of their favorite players on St. Anthony.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Green.jpg Green settling into Whitecaps rotation

    Since inking his pro deal, Effingham and University of Louisville alum Chad Green has donned a number of different jerseys.
    In just over a year, Green's played for the Gulf Coast League Tigers, the Lakeland Flying Tigers, the West Michigan Whitecaps and, even just for a day or two, the Detroit Tigers.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Vonderheide.jpg Windsor/Stew-Stras combines for five-inning no-hitter

    The second inning was good to Windsor/Stew-Stras again.
    The Blue Devils scored 17 runs in the second inning of their 19-7 win against Cumberland on Tuesday, then scored 10 more in the same frame of a 16-0 rout of Ramsey on Wednesday, all while being shut out in the first inning of both games.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Altamont downs Charleston 6-2

    At least it’s the last year of the Ohnesorges for Altamont’s opponents.
    That’s the sister duo of Madison and Lauren that have been top athletes at Altamont High School. The pair produced once again in a 6-2 win over Charleston at Karch Field.

    April 23, 2014

  • ZGard1.jpg Pitcher's duel: Gardewine leads St. Anthony over Teutopolis 1-0

    Zach Gardewine gripped the game ball tightly in his right hand and smiled.
    It’s not every day a pitcher shuts out the loaded Teutopolis lineup and he knew it. Gardewine became the first player to blank the Wooden Shoes, in St. Anthony’s 1-0 win on Tuesday, since Dieterich duo Tanner Traub and Jake Bohnhoff on March 22, 2013.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • 4-22Ziegler.jpg Ziegler's choice an easy one

    Lake Land College’s Grace Ziegler had a choice after her two years playing were up.
    The Altamont alumna basically whittled her options down to this: continue to play basketball collegiately at a four-year institution, or transfer to a four-year institution to have a traditional college student experience.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Vonderheid.jpg Vonderheide, W/SS win at Charleston 12-0

    Christian Vonderheide had the luxury of choosing which was better.
    It was either the grand slam, or a complete game shutout thrown by the right hander.
    “They are both pretty equal,” Vonderheide said. “Pitching is more of my thing. The grand slam I got lucky. I swung hard, and I was lucky enough for it to go over the fence."
    The win could be more important as Windsor/Stew-Stras pounded a 12-0 win over Charleston at CHS Field.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • czachorskimug.jpg Czachorski: Time to catch Cup fever

    I woke up early Friday morning and did something I never do these days -- I flipped on SportsCenter.
    It was the top of the 7 a.m. hour, and unshockingly, ESPN led with discussion of the playoffs.
    What left me flabbergasted was they were leading with the NHL playoffs, as I was truly unaware ESPN remembered that hockey was a sport.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • White2.jpg Indians' bats too much for Eagles

    An 11 a.m. start on Good Friday wasn't too early for Altamont, as the Indians pushed 10 across in the first frame and bested Newton 16-1 in five innings.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

AP Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.