TEUTOPOLIS — Teutopolis is having an outstanding season under first-year coach Chet Reeder, but the Wooden Shoes took their game to an even higher level against rival Effingham St. Anthony on Friday.
T-Town (22-3) allowed just 12 first-half points in taking 16-point halftime lead on its way to a 64-37 win against the Bulldogs.
"Defensively, it was by far our best effort," T-Town coach Chet Reeder said. "We really made things difficult for them. Cody has a really good team there at St. Anthony. I thought our defensive effort was top-notch tonight.
"Clint Weber's defense on Jacob Dust was great. He held him to one field goal."
Dawson Smith led the Shoes with 23 points.
"He had a tremendous all-around game," Reeder said of Smith. "He hit big shots for us to start the game and we really never turned back after that."
Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin 81, Eisenhower 55
DECATUR — It was a tough night for the Panthers, who fell behind 43-12 at half.
"We dug an ugly hole," Eisenhower coach Rodney Walker said. "There was absolutely no energy on both ends. We are a shot-sensitive team, meaning if shots are not falling, then our efforts are sub-par on the defensive end."
The Panthers bounced back with a 28-point third quarter. Lunden Cook finished with 20 points and R.J. Walker had 17.
"The second half was better, but the damage was done in the first half," Walker said. "If you're a small team, there's no room for being soft. That's a bad combination. We will continue to work and weather the storm. Young or not, eventually your heart is supposed to step in."
Lincoln 51, Mattoon 50
MATTOON — The Green Wave lost despite making 13 3s and assisting on all but three of its made field goals, but couldn't add a win to what's been its winningest season since 1991-92.
“That’s a tough team for us to guard because we have to spread our defense so much,” said Lincoln coach Neil Alexander said, whose Class 3A No. 5-ranked team improved to 17-3 and 9-0 in the Apollo Conference.
Jadyn Princko, in a rare non-start, led Mattoon (15-6, 5-3 Apollo) with 17 points. Jacob Spitz added 12.
Lincoln had 18 points from Kaden Froebe. The Railsplitters did not have 6-foot-10 center Jermaine Hamlin available
In the fourth quarter, Lincoln forced Mattoon into more dribbling and four fourth-quarter turnovers.
“They pretty much had three guys on the perimeter all the time by the arc,” Mattoon coach Ryan Ghere said. “We just didn’t get as many open looks.”
Dalton Compton made a corner 3-pointer with 49 seconds left to pull Mattoon within a point. Mattoon fouled three times to put Lincoln’s Dylan Singleton at the line. He missed the first free throw and gave Mattoon a chance to win. Jake Ghere’s corner jumper from just inside the 3-point line missed long with 1.5 seconds left.
Lincoln, though, gave the ball right back when Singleton was called for an off-ball foul on the inbound. Mattoon’s own inbound pass bounced off a leaping Jaydon Noe’s fingertips and into the arms of a Lincoln defender.
“Just missed it,” Ghere said. “Just mistimed our jump.”
Taylorville 83, Charleston 74
CHARLESTON — Taylorville stormed back after trailing by 10 early in the second half to avoid the upset.
With the first basket of the second half by Charleston's Caleb Hurst, the Trojans led Taylorville 48-38. But the Tornadoes rallied to take the lead 57-54 early in the fourth. Charleston scored nine unanswered points to regain the lead, 63-57 midway through the fourth. The game was tied at 70 and Charleston had a chance for the win, but the shot missed, and in the extra four minutes Taylorville (20-3, 6-2 Apollo) pulled away.
Charleston came out on fire hitting 16-of-18 field goals (.889) in the opening 12:25.
"The percentage was good because we had good shot selection," Charleston coach Blain Mayhall said. "We were sharing the ball really well with 21 assists and I was glad to see that because it has been a while since we have seen that. When you do the right things and the shots start to fall you feel a little better about yourself and I felt like they did tonight."
In overtime, Taylorville took the lead for good on a 3-point play by Nick Livingston with 2:19 left. The Tornadoes made six of seven free throws in the final 1:59 and finished 11-of-12 from the free-throw line in helping them to the 9-point victory.
Jase Bergschneider led Taylorville (20-3, 6-2 Apollo) with 28 points, while Nick Livingston had 20 and Jack Livingston 19.
"I have never seen a high school team shoot as well as they do from four spots," Mahyhall said. "They have four starters that can shoot from anywhere."
Isaac Miller led the Trojans (8-15, 1-8 Apollo) with 20 points.