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Lawson's hot shooting helps Teutopolis in win over Monticello

Jan. 4—TEUTOPOLIS — Logan Lawson smiled as he ran back to the other end of the court following a three-pointer.

It was the senior sharpshooter's fourth of the game — this one banked right off the glass that was much to the delight of the home crowd.

"I love home crowds," Lawson said. "The fan section goes crazy and I have a lot of friends there and they hype me up. It helps my confidence."

Lawson finished with 12 points — all long-range tries — off the bench in Teutopolis' 57-44 win over Monticello on Tuesday night at J.H. Griffin Gym.

"It's nice coming off the bench and being able to do that," Lawson said. "I haven't shot like I wanted to all year, so I'm hoping this leads into the rest of my year."

As a team, the Wooden Shoes (10-5) torched the nets for the second-straight game with eight-made three-pointers. Garrett Gaddis and Mitch Koester each added two apiece.

The efforts from Lawson, though, stole the show.

"It's huge for us," head coach Chet Reeder said. "It makes us harder to guard and we got to get more guys going like that. Logan brings that other aspect of another shooter to us and he does a lot of really good things defensively. He's deceptive, has really great hands and is a really good passer, but (the shooting) started happening in the (Effingham/Teutopolis Christmas Classic) for him and it continues here. His confidence means the world to our team."

Though it was an eventful contest for T-Town, the start was everything but that.

The Wooden Shoes trailed 15-11 after the first quarter.

Raiden Colbert hit a three-pointer before Ike Young made a layup.

Koester then hit his first three-pointer with 3:50 left.

Young converted a layup after rebounding a missed shot and then finished off a three-point play that put the Sages ahead 10-3.

Gaddis then hit a floater to cut the deficit to five.

Trey Welter then hit a three-pointer before Gaddis answered with one of his own.

Colbert then hit his second three-pointer before Gaddis hit his second to end the frame.

Monticello started the second quarter with the first two points before a lob layup from Gaddis made it 17-13.

Tyler Pruemer converted a layup after that to cut the Sages' lead to two, but Colbert hit his third three of the game to push the margin back to five.

Pruemer then converted another layup with 4:21 left and Koester hit his second three to tie the game.

Welter then hit a three to give Monticello the lead right back.

Pruemer then rebounded a missed Koester three and hit a layup. Tyler Blythe followed with a layup of his own for the Sages.

Gaddis then hit a layup to cut the lead to one, 25-24.

T-Town took its first lead of the game with 1:24 left after a pair of Zac Niebrugge free throws. Young then hit one of his two foul shots to tie the game.

Joey Niebrugge then missed a pair at the charity stripe, but the Wooden Shoes still managed to lead at the break after an Alex Kremer layup put the Shoes ahead with 13 seconds left.

T-Town would then outscore the Sages 15-8 in the third quarter.

Reeder said that he challenged his team at the intermission.

"Second half, they responded well," Reeder said. "Defensively, we were not very good in the first half. We just didn't have that intensity. Monticello got too many easy things and let their shooters get loose. I was disappointed in our first half, defensively, but offensively, we had some really good possessions. That allowed us to have a two-point lead at halftime and they made a good adjustment. They got challenged at halftime."

Gaddis started the second half with a layup.

Maddux Quick then hit a layup before Joey Niebrugge made one for the Shoes.

Welter then hit a three-pointer, Gaddis made a layup and Welter tied the game with another three with 3:38 left.

Gaddis then hit a reverse layup before Lawson's first three.

Kremer then hit one of his two free throws before another Lawson three put T-Town ahead, 43-34, with 39 seconds left.

The Shoes then outscored Monticello 14-10 in the fourth to secure the victory.

Aside from Lawson, Gaddis led T-Town with 18 points. Pruemer had eight and 11 rebounds. Koester had six. Austin Bloemer and Joey Niebrugge each had four. Kremer had three and Zac Niebrugge had two.

Contact EDN Sports Editor Alex Wallner at 618-510-9231 or alex.wallner@effinghamdailynews.com.