Wooden Shoes thwart Cougars again

News-DemocratMarch 4, 2014 

— The Teutopolis Wooden Shoes continued their role of nemesis to the Central Cougars.

Sophomore Brett Mette scored 26 points as the Wooden Shoes beat the Cougars 63-40 Tuesday in the Class 2A Vandalia Sectional.

The Wooden Shoes ended the Cougars' season for the second straight year. Central's 31-0 girls team was knocked off by Wooden Shoes last week in the Salem Super-Sectional.

"They were really good tonight," Central coach Jeremy Shubert said of the Wooden Shoes. "They were really physical tonight. Credit Coach (Andy) Fehrenbacher for having those guys ready to play.

"Their physicality really bothered us, blocking our cutters from making cuts. Our younger kids didn't react really well to that, and at times, we caught ourselves standing around and watching and not attacking the boards."

The Cougars finish with a 22-9 record. They were led by senior Jacob Timmermann with 16 points.

"Gosh darn, Jacob Timmermann left it all out there tonight," Shubert said. "I know it's not the way he wanted to end his career, but that career was going to end sometime. He played really hard, he played really well. To be 22-9 and be able to coach Jacob Timmermann my first year, that's pretty special."

The Wooden Shoes (20-9) advance to play either Greenville or Carlinville at 7 p.m. Friday in the championship game of the Class 2A Vandalia Sectional.

Cody Will added 14 points and Reed Hardiek had 11 points for the Wooden Shoes, but it was the 6-foot-5 Mette who caused the Cougars the most problems.

"Brett Mette was a load tonight," Shubert said, "(Kenton) Roeckenhaus is 235-240 pounds, and he still backed him down and scored. You got to give that team credit."

The Wooden Shoes led 7-4 early going thanks to a three-point play by Bobby Wenthe and 14-8 after a 3-pointer by Hardiek, but the Cougars got back-to-back 3-pointers from Austen Shidle and Chase Schneider to tie the score at 14-14.

Hardiek scored off a rebound at the buzzer ending the first quarter to give the Wooden Shoes a 16-14 lead.

The score was tied twice early in the second quarter, but Mette scored six straight points to cap a 12-0 run that put T-Town up 30-18.

Timmermann stole the ball and scored on breakaway layups three times in the last 1:44 of the first half to draw the Cougars within 30-24.

"It was a 12-point lead and he made three plays basically himself," Fehrenbacher said. "That's what you'd expect out of a first team All-Stater. He was the point guard on the state championship team a few years ago. He's going to leave it all out on the floor. We talked at halftime that we can't afford to give them gifts like that. We worked too hard to build the lead to be just a little careless with the ball."

The Cougars cut their deficit to four points twice in the early going of the third quarter, but the Wooden Shoes scored the final 12 points of the period to open up a 44-28 advantage.

The Cougars were 2-for-12 shooting during the third quarter.

"They kept pushing us further and further out, and it's tough to run an offense from the volleyball spiking line on the floor," Shubert said of his team's offensive struggles.

The Cougars got 3-pointers from Schneider and Jack Strieker at the start of the fourth quarter to trim their deficit to 10 points.

That's as close as they would get as the Wooden Shoes scored their next five baskets on layups.

"I think as the game wore on, our guys knew that they could beat their guys off the dribble," Fehrenbacher said. "We keep talking about playing to win, don't play not to lose. And, I think we did that until the end."

A three-point play by Wenthe pushed T-Town's lead to 20 points with three minutes to go.

The Wooden Shoes sank 14 of their 15 free-throw attempts. Mette grabbed the lone miss for a putback basket with 1:30 left.

Contact reporter Steve Korte at skorte@bnd.com or 239-2522.

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