SULLIVAN — Teutopolis junior Jolene Bueker picked the first game of the new season as a time to stand out.
The Wooden Shoes used 10 different players before halftime of their 78-36 win over Sullivan on Monday. Coach Laurie Thompson fiddled with her starting lineup, one that replaces three starters, until late Sunday night.
Bueker was included in the final draft and she probably will be going forward.
The junior played eight passing minutes in last season's Class 2A state championship game -- the Shoes placed second -- scoring nothing.
She scored 12 points on a perfect 6-for-6 shooting in the first eight minutes of Monday's game and finished with 19.
"She came out on fire really," Thompson said. "She came out ready to play, and we have to have that from her because I want to be able to play her both inside and out."
Bueker, at 5-foot-9, could be a good mix between replacing the length and scoring of 5-foot-10 Molly Smith and rebounding of Anna Hartke. The Shoes also have to replace four-year starting point guard Danielle Repking this season.
Macy Michels and Sadie Bueker, also bench players on last year's state team, also showed a capability of helping out. Michels, at 6 feet, scored 10 points, and Sadie Bueker, a sophomore who was in the starting lineup Monday, added six.
Deep off the bench, freshman Olivia Niemerg scored nine points.
"I did so many combinations out there," Thompson said. "It was kind of fun I got to play with it a little bit."
The Shoes buried the victory early, which allowed Thompson to mix and match. They made their first seven shots to lead 14-3 and led 25-5 after the first quarter. With a 46-15 halftime lead, they kept a 30- to 40-point difference the rest of the game.
The expectation is that seniors Shelby Thompson, Jamie Sandschafer and Reagan Drees will lead these Shoes. Shelby Thompson led the team in scoring last year, at 11.1 points per game. She scored nine points Monday.
Drees, who scored 10 points, will get a lot of the point guard looks. Sandschafer was good all around, finishing with 10 points and six rebounds.
"I think I've got a lot of different (lineup) combinations, and I think it's also going to depend on who we're playing," coach Thompson said. "In the past, I've only played six or seven players, but I've been saying maybe this is when I can get 10 in there."
There's fluidity at Sullivan, too. While players like Lizzie Green and Tatum Ellis may ultimately lead the Redskins in scoring this season, it was sophomores Esther Miller and Addison Darush who did it best Monday.
Darush scored 17 points and Miller added nine.
Green was 0-for-5 shooting. Ellis made her last shot for her only three points of the game, making 1 of 9 attempts.
"Our scoring will come along," Sullivan coach Sheri McCain said. "Esther is always going to be one of those girls around the rim. Addison just moved in this year. I love the fact that she's not scared to score. Even when she was missing early, I knew she'd come along and keep shooting."
Monday's was a hard game to worry too much about the offense for Sullivan. Last season, Teutopolis and Sullivan opened the season against each other. The Shoes won 91-15.
"And we were young," McCain said. "So, I look at this score and think it's a win for us. It's improvement. To start off your season playing a talented T-Town team, we see what we've got to work on now."