Teutopolis one win from state

Teutopolis one win from state

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FLORA -- Michael Drees, a senior guard who knows quite a bit about playing in big games for Teutopolis, came up big when it mattered.

Drees scored seven of his 11 total points in the last two minutes of the Class 2A Flora Sectional championship on Friday against Lawrenceville. He fouled out, but those moments propelled T-Town to a 58-54 win.

"He struggled in foul trouble all night but when he was in there, he made some plays," Teutopolis coach Jason Hanson said. "He came up with some huge steals, big plays down the stretch that we needed."

The Wooden Shoes won their fifth sectional title in six years -- first with coach Jason Hanson, who led Casey-Westfield to its first last season. 

They did it being wounded by foul trouble all night. Drees, Chris Ungrund and Brett Mette were among the troubled players. But off the bench, Brant Bueker (11 points) and Lane Belleville (5) played big minutes.

"We were in a lot of foul trouble, but the bench came in and gave us great minutes," Hanson said. "Brant Bueker, Lane Belleville. In adversity, it was good to see our guys overcome that."

The Shoes led by 10, 22-12, early in the second period carried the advantage through most of the game. Lawrenceville held a 35-32 lead in the third quarter and a 49-48 lead with about two minutes to go.

Leading by three, Ungrund made a steal that gave T-Town a chance to extend to a two-possession game with 16 seconds left. He did.

The game was a much lower-scoring rematch of Lawrenceville's 77-74 win earlier this season. T-Town's next matchup will be a rubber match.

The Shoes travel to the Carbondale Super-sectional on Tuesday to play Breese Central. In two games this season, the teams have each won once.

Patoka 64, Effingham St. Anthony 58

BRIDGEPORT -- Early on, the Bulldogs had the advantage. But the second quarter took that away. The Bulldogs never stopped fighting to get it back.

St. Anthony trailed 52-40 with 4:26 to play and started to fight back.

"We did not get off to the start we needed to get off to," St. Anthony coach Cody Rincker said. "We didn't shoot the ball particularly well.

"When we started to pressure late, our attitude, heart and desire didn't go away. Whenever we started coming back, everyone was flying around."

The Bulldogs outscored Patoka 6-1 in the next two-and-a-half minutes, trailing 53-46 with 1:59 remaining. Patoka maintained that breathing room when there was 1:17 left, leading 58-51.

Then came the next surge. St. Anthony trailed by only four, 60-56, with 19 seconds left. That was as far as the Bulldogs could take it.

Drew Gibson scored 21 points for the Bulldogs, leading three total players in double figures. Nick Grunloh added 13 and Cade Walsh 12.

The Bulldogs finished the season 21-11, knocked out in the Class 1A Bridgeport Red Hill Sectional championship game.

"I'm extremely proud of our boys, the way they battled through adversity this year," Rincker said. "I can't say enough about their willingness to come to work every day and lay it all on the line."

Champaign Central 73, Effingham 55

MATTOON -- The game turned with about four minutes to go in the first half.

Then, Effingham led 20-16 with 4:41 to go in the quarter. When the clock got a few ticks less than a minute to go, Champaign Central had turned it around and took a 30-24 lead -- a 14-4 run.

Central kept building from there -- up 19 at the end of the third quarter -- and took the Class 3A Mattoon Regional championship.

Sam Lessaris led Central with 23 points. Tim Finke added 16.

For Effingham, Grant Wolfe scored 25 points. Jacob Donaldson added 19.

Girls basketball

Arthur Okaw Christian 61, Central Christian (AL) 45

Amanda Franklin scored 30 points and Arthur Okaw Christian used a second-quarter burst to capture third place at the NACA National Christian School Tournament over Central Christian (Alabama).

The second quarter couldn't have been more decisive.

Trailing 12-11 after a tight first quarter, Franklin scored 17 points and AOC outscored Central Christian 26-3 in the period. With it, they took a 37-15 lead into halftime and increased the lead by seven after the third period.

Franklin, who averaged 22.25 points and nine rebounds during the four-game tournament, made the all-tournament team. Going with her 30 points in the game, Franklin added seven rebounds, six steals and three assists. Her six steals accounted for half her total (12) at the tournament.

Katie Brandt chipped in 11 points for AOC, which ends the season 26-6.


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