Effingham Daily News
Tuesday’s opener between Altamont and Vandalia was played at a frenetic pace, with the ball and players racing up and down the court almost at random.
It was even a little faster than what Altamont coach Katie Lurkins wanted for her team, with a mission to play fast coming into the season.
But the Indians dominated the offensive glass and overcame a pressuring Vandal defense for a 64-55 win.
“Our goal was to play fast-paced, and we talked about how we are going to have to find what is fast paced for us,” Lurkins said. “We can get up and down the court quickly, but we can’t get up and down the court frantically.”
Madison Ohnesorge led all scorers with 20 points, and Lauren Ohnesorge added 10 from the starting lineup. Altamont grabbed 48 rebounds and 20 offensive boards on the night.
The efforts were bolstered by Danielle Vaughn adding 10 points off the bench and Macy Wendling chipping in with six from the guard positions.
It was the kind of bench play (24 points) and rebounding necessary to win a high-tempo game.
“When you can get 16 or 18 bench points, that’s huge,” Lurkins said. “Rebounding is something we stress a lot because it’s hustle. One of our goals is to always outrebound our opponent.”
Altamont raced out to a 12-3 lead behind Madison Ohnesorge in the first, only to see it quickly evaporate to a 14-10 lead after one.
The game stayed tight in the second, with Vandalia briefly tying it at 18-18 on a Makayla Tinker jump shot. The Indians would hold off the rally and take a 32-29 lead to the half.
The Indians kept it up in the second half, taking a six-point lead before Vandalia applied a full-court press and raced back to take a 44-43 lead on a Tinker layup.
Lauren Ohnesorge answered right back with a jumper, and a Vaughn free throw made it 46-44 after three.
Altamont never trailed again, and would open up its lead in the fourth quarter and draw fouls off the Vandalia press.
“I was really pleased with, after we had our settle down talk, how they came out and responded,” Lurkins said. “Vandalia did a great job of putting on pressure, making us play faster. Their traps were good, and they pushed us into this frantic pace.”
Gabby Alwardt had four points and 11 rebounds, wtih six coming offensively. Wendling added nine rebounds off the bench, and Renee Tillman had six points and eight rebounds.
Altamont hit five of its six three point attempts to keep the offense afloat.
The Indians (1-0) look to keep things rolling Thursday when they host Charleston.
Vandalia 10 19 15 11 55
Altamont 14 18 14 18 64
Vandalia: Cripe (8 points); Sellers (7 points); Evans (3 points); Meyer (10 points); Tinker (15 points); Hosick (8 points); Kershaw (3 points)
Altamont: M. Ohnesorge (20 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal); Vaughn (10 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist); L. Ohnesorge (10 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal); Tillman (6 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks); Wendling (6 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists); Duckwitz (5 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist); Alwardt (4 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals); Biggs (3 points, 1 rebound)