Effingham Daily News
BEECHER CITY —
Kate Richards was there for St. Anthony when the Bulldogs needed her, which was in the second quarter of St. Anthony's 58-31 win over Dieterich on Friday.
St. Anthony, the top seed in the National Trail Conference tournament, trailed fifth-seeded Dieterich 15-12, to start the second quarter, after the first eight minutes ended with a little chaos.
Megan Nuxoll gave the Bulldogs a 12-11 lead by making a 3-pointer in the final minute of the first quarter, but Dieterich responded on the other end with a Rachel Schmidt 3-pointer. Then, Mallorie Vahling stole the inbounds pass and made an easy layup before the buzzer.
The three-point lead was the last Dieterich had, as Richards carried her team on a 19-2 run that started the second quarter. She scored 10 straight points during the run. Dieterich only scored four points all quarter.
“She played great,” St. Anthony head coach Bart Wiedman said. “The other thing she did well was scoring inside and using her body. Then, when Morgan (Gardewine) went out she did a good job running the point for us.”
Richards made three free throws, two layups and one 3-pointer during her streak, which ended when Nuxoll scored the last two points of the 19-2 run. Richards finished with 17 points and Nuxoll with 16.
The Bulldogs came out in the third quarter on a downturn, but Dieterich didn't take advantage of it after trailing by 14 points at halftime.
Dieterich and St. Anthony combined to score four points in the first four minutes of the quarter, before the Movin' Maroons scored four straight to bring the deficit to 10 points, 35-25.
The Bulldogs only scored six points in the quarter, four which came in the final minute; however, Dieterich only used St. Anthony's slow quarter to tighten the gap by three points.
“I tried to tell them, 'We're right here, we've played bad a whole quarter, and this isn't a big deficit,'” Dieterich head coach Donetta Ohnesorge said. “We let things slide. There were too many things going against us.”
St. Anthony put the Maroons away in the final quarter. The Bulldogs only allowed three points, including a layup by Dieterich's Courtney Flach as time expired.
The Bulldogs outscored Dieterich 19-3 in the fourth quarter, clinching a spot in Saturday's NTC tournament championship game against Neoga, who beat Altamont on Friday. The two teams will play at 1 p.m. Saturday in Beecher City, following the conclusion of the third-place game between Dieterich and Altamont at 11:30 a.m.
Neoga had a great game out of its guards, as Madison Butler had 21 points and EC Thies added 16 of her own. Jillian Deters had eight points inside.
Altamont was led by Madison Ohnesorge's 19 points and Macy Wendling had 10 points of her own.
Neoga jumped out to a 35-29 lead at the half and put the clamps on defensively, allowing only 15 second-half points.
Brownstown/St. Elmo vs. South Central
The way Brownstown/St. Elmo started three of four quarters on Friday sunk South Central, as the Bombers scored in bunches – something the Cougars never did.
The Bombers started the first quarter with eight unanswered points, which they followed up with seven straight in the third quarter and six in the fourth, en route to their 62-22 NTC consolation bracket win.
Bethany Oberlink led the Bombers with 17 points, while Dani Austin scored the six of her 11 points to lead the team on a 6-0 run to begin the fourth quarter. She made two 3-pointers on the streak.
South Central ended the second quarter on a 4-0 run, to trail 30-14 at halftime, but didn't solve the Bombers press defense that forced turnovers all night.
“Tonight is probably the first night we played as a complete unit,” Brownstown/St. Elmo head coach Brian Pruett said. “This is probably the best we've looked all year, so hopefully they can build on that tomorrow.”
The Bombers advance to the NTC consolation championship game at 10 a.m. on Saturday against Cowden-Herrick, who lost to Dieterich on Tuesday.
South Central, which is seeking its first win this season, is the first team eliminated from the tournament. The Cougars turn around to play the Bombers again on Monday.
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Dieterich 15 4 9 3 31
St. Anthony 12 21 6 19 58
Dieterich: Flach 10, Schmidt 4, Heuerman 3, Vahling 14
St. Anthony: Gardewine 4, Wendt 4, Mumm 5, Nuxoll 16, Brown 4, K Richards 17, Dust 2, E Richards 2, Niebrugge 4
South Central 4 10 6 2 22
Brownstown/St. Elmo 22 8 22 10 62
South Central: Hahn 4, King 2, Rose 4, Wilkins 6, McCoy 4, Sigrist 2
BSE: Pruett 5, Oberlink 16, Austin 11, Fitch 2, Hill 7, Moore 1, Bone 7, Brown 7, Baron 4, Howard 2
Neoga 14 21 15 10 60
Altamont 12 17 6 9 44
Neoga: Butler 21, Ott 8, Thies 16, Deters 8, Erickson 2, Miah 1, Roy 4
Altamont: Ohnesorge 19, Vaughn 4, Smith 5, Wendling 10, Alwardt 6