INMAN—Every time a player reaches 1,000 points in his or her career, it's always special. It's also rare to have two players to reach 1,000 points in one season. Mason Thiessen joined his teammate Payton Froese in the 1,000 career points club in the Teutons' 63-30 win over Ell-Saline High School in the opening round of the Class 2A Sub-State tournament.
"It was good that we didn't try to abuse him to get 18 points," Inman's Head Coach Brett Froese said. "I'm sure that happened in different places, but I started thinking about it when somebody asked me after Payton (Froese) did it, how close Mason was. I said well, he's probably a couple hundred. Two kids in the same class, that's a pretty cool deal. We never had that here"
Ell-Saline had a hard time shooting from behind the arc as they shot 2-for-19 in the first half. The Teutons were already ahead of the Cardinals 33-14 at halftime. Thiessen hit 1K early in the third quarter after a put-back layup. Thiessen led the Teutons with 18 points. Payton Froese and Jaxson Eddy also reached double-figures for the Teutons with 13 points and 10 points in their win over the Cardinals.
The Teutons will move to the semifinals in Sterling High School as they will take on Bennington High School on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Lady Teutons' defense shuts down Ell-Saline
Class 2A Sub-State was underway for the Inman High School girls basketball team as the defense put away Ell-Saline High School, 41-11.
Inman dominated everywhere on the court. The Lady Teutons already hold a big league when they went on a 7-0 run at the beginning of the first quarter and held the Cardinals to six points in the first half. Teutons led the Cardinals 18-6 at halftime
The Cardinals only had two players that put up 11 points on the stat sheet.
"We didn't execute really well, especially in the first half. We got really anxious on offense and it came down to a lot of quick shots instead of being patient," Teutons' Head Coach Bill Maurer said. "Defensively, from the get-go, we were pretty good. It seems like if we let them open, we knocked them down. They had two open shots in the first half. I thought our defensive intensity was really good, and I thought the second half we got more patient on offense and we got some transition points off the press."
Rachel Harman led the Teutons with 10 points and added a pair of block shots, which she already own the school record for most blocks in a season with 58 before Monday's game. Dantile Raney, who put up 80 steals in 19 games this season, finished with eight points, most of them in the second half and through transitions.
The Lady Teutons will move on to the semifinals to take on the winner of the Bennington-Sacred-Hart game on Friday at Sterling High School.
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