NEWTON — Effingham High School limited Newton to 20 percent field goal shooting Saturday, picking up an Apollo Conference girls basketball win on the road by a 42-25 final.

Scoring was difficult for either team to come by for two quarter, but the Flaming Hearts (8-7, 3-5) got the lid off the rim after halftime for a 26-14 scoring differential.

"We'll take it," said EHS Coach Jeff Schafer, whose club hadn't won a conference game since Dec. 3.

"Newton played well, but we got shots. We just didn't make them."

EHS shot just under 25 percent from the field, although it was 4-for-10 in the fourth quarter. The Hearts also hit four of four foul shots in the final period — its only trips to the line all evening.

Saturday's game was originally scheduled for Thursday, but pushed back by two straight days of school cancellations thanks to Wednesday night's snowfall. As a result, the Hearts hadn't played since Monday and hadn't practiced since Wednesday.

Sam Zerrusen led EHS with 15 points, hitting six of 10 field goal attempts along with a perfect 2-for-2 trip to the stripe. Hayley Jamerson came off the bench for 11 points and five rebounds.

"I really like bringing Hayley off the bench for a spark," said Schafer of his sixth man. "She's good enough to start, but with our uptempo play we like to have a player like her to bring into the game."

Those were Effingham's leading scorers, but it was an overall balanced attack in several stat categories.

Blake Hayes, Lindsey Pontious and Tatiana Colclasure all shared the team lead with six rebounds, while Hayes, Pontious, Colclasure and Hillary Collins each grabbed two offensive boards.

Jamerson also pulled down rebounds along with taking a charge, while Collins and Colclasure had four assists apiece. Hayes also contributed three assists. Zerrusen led with four steals, but Collins, Colclasure and Karly Earleywine all had two each.

Newton (4-13, 0-8) remains winless in the Apollo, but didn't allow itself to be blown out after falling behind 8-1 early.

The Eagles closed within 10-5 after a quarter and scored the first bucket of the second period, but never got any closer. They trailed by five at halftime and spent a majority of the second half trailing by no fewer than eight points.

Amy Koebele, a sophomore leader on the Eagles' young roster, scored nine points with 10 rebounds. Both were team highs along with her two blocked shots.

With no seniors left on roster, Newton starts both of its juniors, a sophomore and two freshmen. One of those freshmen, Terra Flowers, scored six along with her five boards and two steals.

Staying at home Monday, Newton will face Olney as it continues to seek out that first Apollo triumph.

Meanwhile, EHS faces a tough home game of its own as it welcomes Salem.

Salem is 6-1 in the Apollo, trailing only Charleston in the league standings, and escaped the Hearts in a 68-63 decision Dec. 7 at B.E. Gum Gymnasium.

Dustin White can be reached at 217-347-7151 ext. 123 or

At Newton Community High School


Ke. Utz 0-0 0-0 0, Earleywine 1-4 0-0 2, Hayes 1-2 0-0 2, Collins 1-7 2-2 4, Jamerson 5-11 0-0 11, Pontious 1-3 0-0 2, Colclasure 3-15 0-0 6, Frey 0-0 0-0 0, Zerrusen 6-10 2-2 15. TOTALS 18-52 FG (34.6) 4-4 FT (100.0).


Niebrugge 0-1 0-0 0, Jansen 1-9 0-0 2, May 1-1 0-0 2, Flowers 2-13 0-0 6, Wirth 0-1 0-0 0, Swingler 1-4 1-2 3, Nail 0-3 0-0 0, Bierman 0-0 0-0 0, Koebele 3-10 3-4 9, Kocher 1-3 0-0 3. TOTALS 9-45 FG (20.0) 4-6 FT (66.7).



3-point FG — Effingham 2-12 (Earleywine 0-1, Jamerson 1-3, Colclasure 0-5, Zerrusen 1-3), Newton 3-13 (Jansen 0-2, Flowers 2-8, Kocher 1-3). Rebounds — Effingham 33 (Hayes 6, Pontious 6, Colclasure 6), Newton 32 (Koebele 10, Flowers 5, Bierman 5). Offensive Rebounds — Effingham 10, Newton 13. Team Rebounds — Effingham 3 (2 offensive), Newton 4 (1 offensive). Total Fouls — Effingham 11, Newton 11. Fouled Out — None. Blocked Shots — Effingham 2 (Hayes 1, Zerrusen 1), Newton 2 (Koebele 2). Assists — Effingham 12 (Collins 4, Colclasure 4), Newton 8 (Kocher 3). Steals — Effingham 12 (Zerrusen 4), Newton 4 (Flowers 2, Bierman 2). Turnovers — Effingham 13, Newton 22. Officials — J. Lidy, A. Shafer, G. Westjohn.


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