Effingham Daily News
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.”
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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)