Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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April 22, 2014

Ziegler's choice an easy one

Altamont alum headed to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — 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.

It became a lot easier for her when she realized, for her, they were one in the same.

Ziegler committed to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Terre Haute last week, continuing her basketball career.

“I wanted to go to be a regular student, because I wanted a normal college experience,” she said last week. “But this is normal for me. I’ve been playing sports since I was in fifth grade. I like the busy life. This feels right to me.”

Ziegler was familiar with the Saint Mary’s program because Lake Land played them in the preseason.

The Pomeroys, Saint Mary’s nickname, runs a system similar to Grinnell College, the Division III school famous for its basketball scheme of quick substitutions, abundant 3-pointers and fouls even if necessary to get wholesale changes of players on the court, Ziegler said.

Ziegler’s second round of recruiting started after that game.

“It started in the middle of the season, they contacted me,” she said. “We played them in the preseason, and I saw their system.”

She scored 6.8 points per game with two rebounds and 1.4 assists per game this season in 32 games.

She shot 35.3 percent and 32.2 percent from three-point range, which will be a strength if she can improve it in the ways the Pomeroys run their offfense.

“I thought with my speed and as a three-point shooter at Lake Land, it just seem to fit,” she said. “The thing I need to work on is sooting quicker. I was more of a set shooter, but now it’s going to be pulling up.”

While there, she will finish her studies as a biology major.

The distance from Altamont to Mattoon is a bit shorter than Altamont to Terre Haute, but the relatively short distance was a selling point as well for the whole Ziegler clan.

"It’s going to be really nice, having Garrett and I 90 minutes in the opposite directions, it’s close enough where they can come to all the games,” she said.

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