Stay patient on offense, play the usual tough defense and advance.
It’s a recipe that’s worked time and again for the Teutopolis Lady Shoes and it was enough again Thursday night to take home a regional championship plaque.
The Lady Shoes got balanced scoring up and down the lineup and used a pair of big three-pointers by senior Cierra Thompson in the fourth quarter to pull away to a 54-43 victory over Greenville in the championship of the Class 2A Vandalia Regional.
Teutopolis (25-5) now advances to Tuesday night’s sectional semifinal game at Casey-Westfield against the winner of Friday night’s Carmi-White County Regional championship between McLeansboro and Harrisburg.
Greenville had its season come to a close at 19-7.
The regional championship is the fifth straight for Teutopolis, ranked third in the final Associated Press Class 2A poll, and seventh title under head coach Laurie Thompson. She stressed to her team that patience was the key in beating a talented Lady Comets squad.
“These girls have been playing a long time and knew that they had to be patient offensively,” Thompson said. “I thought our shot selection was very good and that was a big key. Defensively, we were down at times and they took advantage of it.”
Greenville gave the Lady Shoes all they wanted through three quarters, using the three-point shooting of senior Kassidy Alderman (18 points, four 3-pointers) and sophomore Afton Nelson to take a 38-37 lead with less than a minute left in the third quarter.
Momentum switched toward Teutopolis in the final seconds of the third when senior Madeline Hartke hit a three-point play with 5.7 seconds left in the quarter to spark the Lady Shoes on a game-changing 11-0 run that spanned the first four minutes and 15 seconds of the fourth quarter.
The three from Hartke, who had missed three straight games with tendinitis, was the spark to the run, but it was three-pointers by Cierra Thompson on consecutive possessions in the fourth that swung the game fully toward Teutopolis.
“Chelsey (Hardiek) came in and played well in the first half and when Madeline came in, she had some quick buckets for us which really helped. It was good to have and see here ready to get out there” Thompson said. “I also thought Cierra’s threes back-to-back were big. It’s nice to see all of them scoring which was key for us.”
In all, Teutopolis had four players finish with at least nine points and another two with six or more.
The threes by Thompson, who led Teutopolis with 15 points, gave the Lady Shoes their first double-digit lead of the game at 48-38 with 3:45 left in the game. They were never threatened again, outscoring the Lady Comets 14-5 in the final eight minutes.
“I felt like we played our best game in our last game and you can’t ask for more than that,” Greenville head coach Paul Thies said. “Our kids played extremely hard and defensively we played really well until a couple of breakdowns late, but the effort was there and what we needed to have to play well.”
Greenville trimmed the lead to five points on a three by Alderman with 1:19 remaining before Teutopolis sank six of 12 at the free throw line to seal the win.
The Lady Comets shot out to a 6-0 start on a three-point play by Sheena Gatson and a 25-foot three-pointer by Alderman and led for the majority of the first quarter until Jessica Schumacher’s three with two seconds left gave the Lady Shoes a 15-13 lead.
From there, Teutopolis began to build a lead behind the play of Danielle Repking who scored seven straight for them. Following a short run for the Lady Comets, bringing them within three on a three-point play by senior Maria Reinhard and a basket by Gatson, sophomore Anna Hartke scored five straight to give the Lady Shoes a 30-23 lead with a minute remaining. They closed the half with a 30-25 advantage.
For Teutopolis, the difference in the game may have came in their ability to do something in the first half they’d been unable to most of the season — shoot from mid-range.
Greenville used solid play from its rotation of post players to take away the shot in the paint from Teutopolis. The Lady Shoes were 13 of 22 in the first two quarters, but attempted just three shots inside the key.
It was that sort of balance that kept the Lady Shoes’ offense alive and allowed the second half run to lead to a regional title.
“It’s something I’ve been preaching all year that we have to come together to be successful in the postseason that’s the key and that’s what kept us where we were at in the first half too,” Thompson said.
Teutopolis 15 15 10 14 54
Greenville 13 12 13 5 43
Greenville: Alderman 18, Reinhard 11, Gatson 9, Nelson 3, Schreiber 2.
Teutopolis: Thompson 15, Repking 10, Schumacher 9, M. Hartke 9, Hardiek 7, A. Hartke 6.
Lady Shoes down Greenville 54-43
Stay patient on offense, play the usual tough defense and advance.
Teutopolis advances to 4th straight Super-Sectional
Teutopolis couldn't have started each of the first three quarters any better.
The Wooden Shoes Shoes took an 11-0 lead in the first five minutes of the first quarter and started the second and third quarters on 7-0 and 9-0 runs, respectively.
Their third-quarter outburst gave them the 17-point lead that was too much for Greenville to come back from. The Shoes won 64-53 to advance to Tuesday's Class 2A Carbondale Super-Sectional at Southern Illinois University. It's Teutopolis' fourth-straight trip to the Super-Sectional round.
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With just more than 12 minutes left, Dieterich's offense was scuffling and the Movin' Maroons trailed St. Anthony by 11, 34-23.
Then Alex Bohnhoff kick started the Maroons' offense with a pair of 3-pointers, and Dieterich completed a big comeback to down their NTC rivals 58-51 and win its first-ever sectional title
Zerrusen reflects on 1K milestone, career
Josie Zerrusen used to be a handful for her Effingham coaches, but turned into a headache for opponents by the end her senior season.
Zerrusen, the only one of four Hearts seniors to reach 1,000 points in her career this season, was preoccupied with scoring points as a sophomore on a 20-10 team in 2012.
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All-NTC showdown set at sectionals
At least one area team will play Monday at Southern Illinois University for Super-Sectionals. Teutopolis is looking to make it two.
Tonight will mark the end of the road for either St. Anthony (22-10) or Dieterich (22-8), as the NTC rivals clash for the Class 1A Red Hill Sectional championship. A win would be Dieterich’s first-ever sectional crown, and it would be the first for St. Anthony since 2001.
Teutopolis (20-9) is looking to advance to the Super-Sectional round for the fourth-straight season and is playing for a sectional title for the fifth-straight year. The Wooden Shoes take on Greenville for the Class 2A Vandalia Sectional title.
Olney ends Effingham's season
Effingham battled offensive woes in waves this season and found ways to win almost 80 percent of the time, but not on Wednesday.
Olney, one of the Hearts' 20 victims this year, ended Effingham's season with a 35-32 win in the Salem Regional, surviving a poor shooting night as well.
Dieterich advances in convincing fashion
The Dieterich Movin' Maroons used a January loss to Patoka to motivate themselves Wednesday night at the Class 1A Red Hill Sectional.
It was more successful than they ever could have hoped for, as Dieterich stomped the Patoka Warriors 61-39 and advanced to Friday's sectional final against St. Anthony.
St. Anthony edges Oblong 72-69
BRIDGEPORT — A rare miss by Oblong’s Koert Mehler made the most noise.
Mehler heaved a 75-foot, full-court shot that barely rimmed out to send the game to overtime; instead, St. Anthony (22-10) survived 72-69 to advance to Friday’s Class 1A Red Hill Sectional championship.
Mette leads Wooden Shoes past Breese Central
Breese Central simply has to be getting sick of the Teutopolis Wooden Shoes.
Teutopolis moved to 4-1 in its last five games against Breese Central, and knocked out the Cougars at sectionals for the second straight year with a 63-40 win Tuesday night at the Class 2A Vandalia Sectional. If that wasn’t enough, the Lady Shoes ended Breese Central’s season in girls basketball last week as well.
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