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.
While the previous two wins over Breese Central — a double overtime sectional title win last March and a one-point win in December — were skin-of-their-teeth affairs, it was a dominant performance for the Shoes Tuesday.
It started on the glass, where Teutopolis (20-9) punished Breese Central (22-9), outrebounding them 32-15. Brett Mette had a double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds, while Bobby Wenthe grabbed seven of his own.
“Our rebounding was key, all up and down our lineup we rebounded,” Wenthe said. “Everyone was going hard for the boards, and I think that made the biggest difference.”
The edge in rebounding didn’t show early, as Breese Central had a few offensive rebounds that extended possessions and the Cougars hung close, down 16-14 after one.
Teutopolis looked like it pulled away down the final minutes of the second, breaking an 18-18 tie with a 12-0 run. But Breese Central’s Jacob Timmermann ended the quarter with a 6-0 run of his own, and made it 30-24 at the break.
He’d finish with 16, 12 of which came in the first half, but Teutopolis kept the speedy guard out of the lane outside the quarter-ending run.
“We knew how much they relied on dribble penetration, especially on Timmermann,” said Teutopolis coach Andy Fehrenbacher. “We talked about giving a little bit of space, shoot jump shots but make them be contested jump shots. That was definitely key.”
With Timmerman relegated mostly to the perimeter, and Teutopolis controlling the lane and the glass, it was only a matter of time.
Breese cut the lead to 32-28 with 5:51 left, only for the Wooden Shoes to end the quarter on another 12-0 run. Breese started firing from deep to open the fourth, but even with a brief run of success, the lead never dipped below nine points.
At the center of it all was Mette, carving through the defense with drives, spin moves, jumpers and generally being a terror in the post.
“We had a feeling that he could be really big for us tonight,” Fehrenbacher said. “They have a couple big bodies, but they’re not quite athletic enough laterally to keep him in front.
“He was so much bigger than guys in junior high, but now he has really developed his perimeter game, his ballhandling keeps getting better. He’s got a pretty quick first step. He’s just a worker.”
Cody Will finished with 14 points and six boards, Reed Hardiek scored 11, with Wenthe adding six points in the first 11 minutes of the game.
Wenthe said the game the two teams played in December was a long time ago, and that was made apparenty on the court Tuesday night.
“We’re a completely different team from the first time we played them,” he said. “We have different starters and a different mentality. We had a completely different mindset coming into this game, and it just showed.”
The Wooden Shoes will look to advance the Super-Sectional round for the fourth consecutive win with a win Friday.
They’ll play either Greenville or Carlinville, who meet tonight in the other Vandalia Sectional semifinal. Friday’s sectional final begins at 7 p.m.
Breese Central 14 10 4 12 40
Teutopolis 16 14 14 19 63
Breese Central: Timmermann 16, Harmon 3, Kohrmann 2, Strieker 6, Schneider 6, Roeckenhaus 4, Shidle 3
Teutopolis: Drees 2, Bro. Mette 4, Will 14, Wenthe 6, Kenter 2, Hardiek 11, Bre. Mette 24