DIETERICH -- Arcola dropped two games on the first day of the girls' basketball 13th annual Dieterich Holiday Tournament falling to the host school 49-41 and top-seeded Newton 57-28.
"We played four good quarters of basketball today," said Arcola coach Kevin Hohlbauch. "Only it was the third and fourth quarters against Dieterich and the first two against Newton. We have to be able to play four quarters and that is our big issue."
The Lady Riders, 3-9, are to conclude pool play Wednesday when they take on Casey-Westfield at 11:30 a.m. The tournament is to end Thursday with the championship game set for 6 p.m.
Newton 57, Arcola 28
Arcola took its only lead of the game on a three-pointer by Taylor Spelman for a 7-6 advantage. Newton answered with a 9-0 run as Abby Frohling, Brooke Johnson and Allison Harris all scored baskets and Taylor Smith made one of two free throws and a bucket for a 15-7 lead. The scoring in the opening quarter ended with a three-pointer from the left baseline by Gabby Becerra. Frohling, who led all players with 28 points (12-of-18 from the field), scored the first two baskets of the second quarter and Josie Grunloh made one of two free throws for a 20-10 lead.
"We had a stretch there were we turned the ball over four or five times in a row and they got layups off of that and that hurt bad," said Hohlbauch of Newton's press.
Arcola had 35 turnovers against Newton's 1-2-2 and 2-3 zones. Arcola freshman KayLee Hohlbauch scored seven of the team's nine points in the second quarter, including a basket with 3:27 left to make it 24-16.
"We shredded Newton's press pretty good when we didn't turn the ball over and KayLee got some wide open shots on passes from Chloe (Ingram) and other guards."
The Lady Eagles went on a 21-7 run over a span of 12:18 allowing Arcola’s only eight field goal attempts during that time (2-of-8) as Newton stretched the lead to 45-23 with 6:54 left in the game on a bucket by Eliza Bierman.
"We are a reaction team instead of an anticipating team," said Hohlbauch. "We have to anticipate offensively also. If you see that girl going there, don't make that pass. We are just reacting too much and a lot of that comes from experience."
Hohlbauch led Arcola with 15 points.
"KayLee (Hohlbauch) is going to get her points just because she is a post player and she knows how to use her body," said her father, coach Hohlbauch. "It was the first time the other team has played more physical than us."
Dieterich 49, Arcola 41
Arcola battled back from a 33-19 halftime deficit to 42-31 heading into the final quarter. The Lady Riders, the seventh seeded team, rallied to within single digits, but fell to the sixth seeded team by eight.
Ella Hopkins finished with a season-high 16 points and Hohlbauch also had 16 points to lead Arcola