Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

November 30, 2013

Lady Hearts handle Cumberland

Ryan Czachorski
Effingham Daily News

NEWTON — Effingham coach Jeff Schafer said his team might have taken one bad shot all day Friday against Cumberland at the Bob Kerans Tournament.

The results would back him up, as Effingham scored the first 38 points of the game and handed the Lady Pirates a 72-15 loss.

Effingham rode its stifling defense to turnover after turnover early, racing out to a 31-0 lead after one.

"We did everything at the beginning we should have," Schafer said. "We executed, we got some easy baskets off our press. We couldn't have played a better first eight minutes."

The lead would balloon to 38 until Cumberland got on the board with 1:25 left in the second quarter, when the Pirates' Zoe Marti was fouled and made one of two free throws.

Lainey Jackson also made a free throw in the second quarter to make it 41-2 at the half.

For Schafer, it wasn't an easy day as a coach.

"When you play a game like this, sometimes it's really hard," he said. "I haven't left many games like this as a coach feeling good about it. We've got got a really experienced team back and they didn't, and it showed at the beginning."

Megan Grissom hit Cumberland's first field goal of the day in the third, connecting on a three-pointer with 6:27 left.

The Lady Hearts began working in Stephanie Robb and Maddy Field into the post rotation Friday, as each player played their first game of the season Friday.

Each played well, with Robb being the beneficiary of a lot of high-low action and finishing with 18 points. Field added eight of her own.

"It was a nice game to work them back both in," Schafer said. "They got to play about 16 to 20 minutes each. We did a nice job with the high-low game."

Caitlin Kaufman led the team with 19 points and Josie Zerrusen added 13 points.

Katie Poe topped Cumberland with eight points, including a pair of three-pointers.

Cumberland falls to 0-4 and 0-2 in the Bob Kerans. They play twice today, facing Flora at noon and Mt. Zion at 3 p.m.

Effingham improves to 4-0 and are 3-0 in the Kerans Tournament. They've clinched the best record at worst, and can win the tournament outright by downing Newton at 1:30 p.m. today.

Effingham    31    10    22    9    72

Cumberland    0    2    9    4    15

Effingham: Michael (4 points); Totten (2 points); Beals (4 points); Stephenson (2 points); Kaufman (19 points); Robb (18 points); Zerrusen (13 points); Nunamaker (2 points); Field (8 points)

Cumberland: Grissom (3 points); Poe (8 points); Jackson (3 points); Marti (1 point)