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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Bulldogs down Cardinals on Senior Night

EFFINGHAM — The St. Anthony Bulldogs used 13 first-half points from Shea Kinkelaar on the team’s senior night to defeat the North Clay/Clay City Lady Cardinals 49-43 in a National Trail Conference matchup Monday.

“Olivia has had a wonderful season,” Wiedman said. “Keri McGuire and Maryann Saba are my seniors and have been crucial to the development of the program. I know it’s been a rough season, but they have weathered the storm like true young women and hopefully they can continue to lead us into the postseason.”

Before the game, the Enlow Center took a moment of silence to honor and remember a friend to the National Trail Conference, Altamont’s Athletic Director Todd Arnold, who was killed early Sunday morning, just hours after the conclusion of the National Trail Conference Boys Tournament that was hosted at Altamont High School. 

While North Clay was able to get on the board first after a layup from Lexi Bailey, the Bulldogs came back with an 8-0 run, with Kinkelaar scoring four of the Bulldogs’ first eight points, and was followed by a made jumper from Meg Richards, as well as a putback from Olivia Clausius. 

“Shea and Olivia got it going and I thought Shea shot the ball really well in that first quarter,” said Wiedman. 

Two free throws and a layup from Darcy Fender made the game 8-6, but Kinkelaar responded with a layup and was followed by a layup and a putback from Clausius as part of her 12 points and 13 rebounds to help take a 14-10 after the first half.

“I thought Clausius played a fantastic game,” Wiedman said. “She was a force on the boards and she really helped get things started for us.”

The second quarter proved to be a tough one for the Cardinals, as the Bulldogs started on a 11-0 run and were outscored 13-6 off seven second quarter points from Kinkelaar as well as a Clausius putback and Richards layup helped the Bulldogs take a 27-16 lead into halftime. 

The Cardinals used the third quarter to claw back into the game, using a 3-pointer from Audrey Fleener and a layup from Maddie Craig to cut the deficit to five, but a putback from Clausius increased the Bulldogs lead back to seven going into the final quarter. 

The Bulldogs were able to build the lead back to double digits in the beginning of the fourth quarter off a steal and layup from Kinkelaar as well as a pair of makes from the free throw line. 

But the Cardinals weren’t done, as a made jumper and two free throws from Fender, as well as a putback Madison Lovett to cut the deficit to just five. 

“We got back into the game after we switched to a man-to-man defense,” said North Clay head coach Billy Coble. “We didn’t rebound well at times when we needed to, and made some turnovers.

“But for the most part, I was proud of the girls. They fought back and got back into the game and we had our opportunity, but they played a good game.”

Two free throws from Richards as well as a make at the line from Clausius made the score 46-38 with two minutes remaining, but a 3-point play the old-fashion way from Lovett and a steal and layup from Brilee Kessler made it a three point game with just 32 second left. 

“I told them ‘you’re letting your missed shots make the rest of your game struggle,’” Wiedman said. “Defensively we were out of sorts. We want five girls working as one unit and we finally got that.”

Out of a timeout, Wiedman drew up a great play, hitting McHugh with a pass in stride with no Cardinal defenders between her and the hoop for a layup to go up 48-43 and a steal from Kinkelaar sealed the win for the Bulldogs. 

“I felt like, offensively, we hit our stride in the last three minutes of the game,” said St. Anthony head coach Bart Wiedman. “We let the missed shots and the shots from the free throw line get to us and it was kind of nice to see that go away in the last three minutes.”

Up next, the Bulldogs will travel to Brownstown/St. Elmo while North Clay will play Tuesday at Wayne City.

Contact Zachary Rainey at or 217-347-7151, ext. 123. 


North Clay/Clay City     10     6     13     14     —     43

St. Anthony     14     13     9     13     —     49

NORTH CLAY/CLAY CITY: Fender 5 4-6 14, Lovett 4 3-5 13, Craig 3 3-4 9, Fleener 1 0-0 3, Kessler 1 0-0 2, Jones 0 2-2 2, Coble 0 0-0 0, Lewis 0 0-0 0. Totals: 14 12-17 43.

St. Anthony: Kinkelaar 6 3-4 16, Clausius 5 2-6 12, McHugh 4 3-5 11, Richards 2 4-4 8, Saba 1 0-0 2, Jones 0 0-0 0, Gibson 0 0-0 0, McGuire 0 0-0 0. Totals: 18 12-19 49.

3-POINT FG: North Clay/Clay City 3 (Lovett 2, Fleener); St. Anthony 1 (Kinkelaar).

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