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St. Anthony, Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg to meet for regional title; Effingham, Altamont, T-Town also vying for regional crowns

Feb. 13—EFFINGHAM — For 16 minutes, the St. Anthony girls basketball team was in a dog fight.

The No. 1 overall seed in Sub-Sectional A of the Moweaqua (Central A&M) Sectional, the Bulldogs trailed 10-9 after the first quarter and led 22-21 at halftime against National Trail Conference foe Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City (CHBC) on Monday night at the Enlow Center.

Bobcats junior guard Macee Rodman hit a midrange shot to make it 4-0.

St. Anthony then went on a 9-0 run to take a five-point advantage. Junior guard Adysen Rios hit a layup, senior guard Stacie Vonderheide added a layup herself, and sophomore guard Nancy Ruholl made a three-pointer during the surge.

CHBC answered with a 6-0 run to take the one-point lead.

The Bulldogs responded by outscoring the Bobcats 13-11 in the second frame.

Rodman hit a layup to start the period. Vonderheide and freshman forward Addie Lauritzen then hit layups, and Ruholl added one herself to make it 17-14 with 3:39 left.

Ruholl then hit a three-pointer to make it a six-point game.

Sophomore guard Ines Saez followed that with a three of her own to cut the St. Anthony lead to two points, 18-20, with 41 seconds remaining.

Vonderheide then hit a layup to push the lead back to four.

Rodman then tacked on three free throws after drawing a foul just as the buzzer sounded to make the halftime tally.

"We had them sit in (the locker room) and talk as a 'Sisterhood,' and say, 'What are we going to do differently?'" said head coach Aaron Rios on what he discussed with his team after the back-and-forth first half. "We've been planning, practicing, and preparing, and I'm very proud. I didn't ask them what they said in the locker room, but it made a huge difference."

The Bulldogs outscored CHBC 28-9 in the third to pull away.

"In that quarter, we had balanced production," Rios said. "When everyone contributes and chips in, it's going to make it difficult for a lot of teams to stay with us."

Ruholl scored 12 points in the period. Vonderheide added 10, junior forward Addi Nuxoll had five, and Adysen Rios had one.

Ruholl finished with 23 points. Vonderheide had 21. Adysen Rios had nine. Nuxoll had seven, and Lauritzen had five.

"We tried a junk triangle-and-two defense to slow down Ruholl and Vonderheide, but then, in the third quarter, we ran out of gas, and they're hard to contain," Bobcats head coach Marc Bain said. "We had one bad quarter, and that's all you need to have to not win the game."

Rodman finished with 23 points.

"Macee hit shots," Aaron Rios said. "When someone has the green light like that, it's very difficult to stop them, and she's a scorer. She's averaging 18 a game for a reason. Hat's off to her for playing a good basketball game and being successful."

Saez had 11. Freshman guard Haley Doty and senior guard Baya Fingo had four each, and senior forwards Ruby Stuckemeyer and Karlee Smith had three each.

CHBC graduates Stuckemeyer, Smith, Fingo, guard Koda Colman, and guard Marissa Summers — who was sidelined with an injury — in the spring.

"We're going to miss them," Bain said. "Ruby and Marissa are three-year starters, and then Karlee and Koda have helped out this year. Then Baya came over from Italy and helped us out. Anytime you lose three of your starters, you hope you can get the younger kids to fill out, but hopefully, those girls set a good example of how we want to play."

St. Anthony now advances to the regional championship game on Thursday night against Stewardson-Strasburg/Windsor. The Hatchets upset fourth-seeded Central A&M in the second game of the night Monday.

Junior guard Samantha Hayes had 21 points. Senior guard Ella Kinkelaar had 115. Senior forward Morgan Mathis had nine. Freshman guard Kendra Hayes had five, and junior guard Ellie Wittenberg and junior forward Katelyn VonBehrens had four each for the Hatchets.

"All the credit to our girls," said assistant coach Katrina Davis, who replaced head coach Brian Lee for the game. "They came out with intensity, and they executed the game plan, which was attacking the seams of their zone, and they did an awesome job."

Senior guard Jilyan Burgener led the Raiders with 27 points. She became the program's all-time leading scorer after a free throw in the third quarter.

"At first, our game plan was to double-team her, and that got us in trouble early on, but we were able to rely on our girls' length and skill," said Davis on the game plan against Burgener.

Junior guard Lyndi Woods had nine points. Sophomore forward Kylee Snearly had six. Junior forward Gwyn Hardimon and senior guard Alana Harlow had four each, and junior guard Holly Paradee had three for Central A&M.

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Below are the area girls basketball scores from Monday.

Effingham 55, Troy (Triad) 34

Effingham defeated Troy (Triad) in a regional semifinal of the Class 3A Effingham Sectional, 55-34, at Salem High School.

Alyssa Martin had 10 points. Bria Beals and Bella Austin had nine each. Saige Althoff and Sidney Donaldson had eight each. Averie Wolfe had seven, and Olivia Moser and Jerzi Bierman had two each for the Flaming Hearts.

Both teams scored 13 points in the first quarter. Effingham led 24-17 at halftime and 36-30 at the end of the third. The Hearts outscored Triad 19-4 in the fourth.

Decatur (St. Teresa) 55, Dieterich 46

Dieterich fell to Decatur (St. Teresa) in a regional semifinal of the Class 1A Moweaqua (Central A&M) Sectional, 55-46, at Dieterich High School.

Miley Britton had 24 points. Ruby Westendorf had eight. Estella Meinhart had six, and Kady Tegeler, Addison Miller, Brittney Niemerg and Sammi Goebel had two each for the Movin Maroons.

Dieterich led 17-13 after the first quarter and 28-23 at halftime. The Movin Maroons trailed 41-38 after the third quarter and were outscored 14-8 in the fourth.

Altamont 58, Neoga 53

Altamont defeated Neoga in a regional semifinal of the Class 1A Moweaqua (Central A&M) Sectional, 58-53, at Dieterich High School.

Grace Nelson had 35 points. Claire Boehm and Skylie Klein each had five. Peyton Osteen had four, and Kaylee Lurkins and Kylee Osteen had two each for Altamont.

Atalie Osborn and Brynn Richards had 12 points each. Haylee Campbell had nine. Allison Sampson and Gracie Eaton had two each, and Malory Henderson had one for Neoga.

Altamont led 11-10 after the first quarter, 22-19 at halftime, and 38-29 after the third. Altamont outscored Neoga 15-9 in the fourth.

Brownstown/St. Elmo 60, Maryville (Christian) 15

Brownstown/St. Elmo defeated Maryville (Christian) in a regional semifinal of the Class 1A Nokomis Sectional, 60-15, at Mt. Olive High School.

Lexi Seabaugh had 17 points. Dayana Haslett had 13. Danika Ramsey had eight. Madi Miller had seven. Presley Williams had six, and Jaydin Huddlestun and Abbi Ledbetter had three each for the Bombers.

Brownstown led 20-6 after the first quarter, 33-8 at halftime, and 51-10 after the third. The Bombers outscored Maryville (Christian) 9-5 in the fourth.

Teutopolis 74, Marshall 20

Teutopolis defeated Marshall in a regional semifinal of the Class 2A Newton Sectional, 74-20, at Lawrenceville High School.

Chloe Probst had 15 points. Isabelle Zerrusen had 12. Kelsey Niemerg and Malea Helmink had 10 each. Mollie Ruholl and Anna Probst each had eight. Summer Wall had four. Eva Mette and Kadi Borries had three each, and Allie Ruholl had one for the Lady Shoes.

T-Town led 22-2 after the first quarter, 42-9 at halftime, and 64-17 at the end of the third. The Lady Shoes outscored Marshall 10-3 in the fourth.

Mt. Carmel 56, Toledo (Cumberland) 36

Cumberland fell to Mt. Carmel in a regional semifinal of the Class 2A Newton Sectional, 56-36, at Lawrenceville High School.

Alysa Dittamore and Katelyn Shoemaker had 10 points each. Jade Carr had seven. Paige Dittamore had five, and Jadalyn Sowers and Mia Holsapple had two each for the Lady Pirates.

Cumberland trailed 18-7 at the end of the first quarter, 31-21 at halftime, and 52-30 at the end of the third. The Lady Pirates outscored Mt. Carmel 6-4 in the fourth.

Carmi (White County) 41, Newton 40

Newton fell to Carmi (White County) in a regional semifinal of the Class 2A Newton Sectional, 41-40, at Fairfield High School.

Camryn Martin had 17 points, six rebounds, two steals, and two assists. Karasyn Martin had 10 points and two steals. Elley Bennett had five points and two assists. Lilly Kessler had four points and seven rebounds, and Macy Barthelemy had four points and three rebounds for the Lady Eagles.

Newton led 9-6 after the first quarter. The Lady Eagles trailed 19-15 at halftime and 30-26 at the end of the third. Newton outscored Carmi 14-11 in the fourth.

"I'm proud of what this team accomplished this year," said head coach Brad Harris in an email to the Daily News. "Their determination led to improvements every game. This was a tough loss, but the players put forth such a strong effort tonight. Thank you to the seniors, Elley Bennett, Macy Barthelemy, Lilly Kessler, and Emma Nadler. They were strong leaders and teammates this year."

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