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by Bruce Hixon
for the Breese Journal

ZurlieneSlamming it home — Mater Dei senior forward Caleb Zurliene sends down a dunk in the Knights’ 59-58, overtime win on the road on Saturday. Mater Dei is now 15-4 on the season and they will play in the N.I.T. this week. (Photo by Bruce Hixon)    It was a heavyweight bout that not only went the distance, but needed an extra round before the Mater Dei Knights escaped with a 59-58 victory over the host Effingham St. Anthony Bulldogs on Saturday in a battle of state-ranked teams.
    The game that featured five ties and 12 lead changes was not decided until a 3-point attempt from the corner by St. Anthony’s Aaron Webb bounced off the back rim as time expired in the extra session and allowed the Knights to breathe a sigh of relief.
    St. Anthony (15-3) came into the game ranked fifth in last week’s MaxPreps Class 1A state rankings, while Mater Dei (15-4) was ranked 10th in Class 2A.
    “This is always a quality game for us. They’ve got a really good team and this gym has a really good environment. It was a really nice win for us to get especially on the road. We haven’t played very many road games this season and if we’re going to have a deep postseason run we’re going to have to win games on the road,” said Mater Dei coach Ron Schadegg.
    The Knights had a chance to spare themselves some of the late-game and overtime dramatics with a better performance at the free-throw line down the stretch. Ironically it was at the charity stripe where two made free throws by Mitchell Haake with 6:19 left in regulation put Mater Dei on top 43-35 and two more by Zach Napovanice with 2:20 remaining left the Knights still in control with a 47-41 advantage. 
    It was at the same free-throw line where Mater Dei left the door open for the home team as the Knights missed 7-of-10 attempts during the final 1:48 of the fourth quarter, which included five straight during one stretch.
    St. Anthony turned to its big man, 6-7 Aaron Dust, to bring the Bulldogs back and the senior responded with nine points during the final two minutes of the fourth quarter. His 3-point play with 55 seconds left reduced Mater Dei’s lead to just 49-48 and two free throws with 32 seconds remaining moved St. Anthony ahead 50-49.

by Bruce Hixon
for the Breese Journal

DiekemperBaseline drive — Carlyle senior forward Molly Diekemper dribbles against Metro-East Lutheran in the Lady Indians’ first win of the season last Wednesday at Harriss Gymnasium. Carlyle was victorious 41-37. (Photo by Bruce Hixon)    Their celebration was short-lived, but the Carlyle Lady Indians were finally able to taste victory for the first time this season last Wednesday when they rallied for a 41-37 victory over visiting Edwardsville Metro-East Lutheran. 
    The Tribe had dropped their last 18 decisions since they posted their last win against Dupo in last year’s Class 2A regional semifinal. The streak included their first 17 decisions of the current campaign. Carlyle was unable to post to their first back-to-back victories since they strung together a pair of five-game winning streaks in the 2017-18 season on Thursday when they fell at Nashville 55-13.
    The Tribe will play at Sandoval on Thursday, host Wood River on Saturday and travel to Columbia on Monday. Carlyle is 1-18 on the season.
    Nashville 55, Carlyle 13:  The Lady Indians managed just 19 shots from the field and turned the ball over 26 times as they fell on the road to Nashville last Thursday.
    Molly Diekemper was the lone Carlyle player to crack the scoring column as she scored all 13 of the Tribe’s points with a field goal, three 3-pointers and a pair of free throws.
    Nashville (16-3) raced out to a 31-10 lead by halftime and limited the Tribe to a 3-pointer by Diekemper in the second half.
    Carlyle 41, Metro-East Lutheran 37:  The Lady Indians came from behind in the fourth quarter to post their first victory of the season as they slipped past the visiting Edwardsville Metro-East Lutheran Lady Knights last Wednesday. 
    Carlyle had dropped its last 18 decisions dating back to last season, which included the first 17 contests of this campaign.

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