Breeze-Courier Sports Writer
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville vs Morton. Tornadoes vs Potters. Only one game to prove their team deserves to be called 2021 State Champions.
Taylorville’s 7th grade girls basketball team has fought for a spot and are one of two teams among the 95 other competitive opponents that participated in the IESA state playoffs. Head Coach, Doug Bowsher, has had a front row seat to just how special these Tornadoes are.
“What it says on the front of their warm-up jerseys… They’re family.” Dowser elaborates “They set their goals and that (making the State Championship) was one of their goals.”
Last Saturday was a huge day for the Tornadoes. If the 22-2 regular season didn’t prove it defeating Barrington Station and Lockport Oak Prairie in back to back games solidified Taylorville as serious competition and the team to beat.
“Going up there and making the final four was just huge. Huge for the girls and the program.” the humble Coach Bowsher exclaims. “If we play the best we can, lay it on the line and if we come up short hats off to them because I do know they are a good team too.”
The Morton junior Potters are an exceptional team with advantages in the size and quickness areas. MJHS is currently 7-0 in this years 7-4A tournament and is averaging 37 points while only allowing 13.5. The Potters are also not shy when it comes to the State Championship, winning in 2012 and 2014. Morton is 28-1 but have one weakness, lack of close games.
While most would look at the 23.5 point differential as an intimidating factor Coach Bowsher looks as one of the positive take aways.
“If we keep it close, play our defense and keep the game tight down the stretch then I think it will play into our hands.”
The confidence this team has is unwavering and spreads throughout the gym like wildfire. Whether it is Josephine Durbin not hesitating to pull the trigger on a three, Grace Rogers driving through the paint to get a bucket.
Gianna Tarr sustained an ankel injury in the Sectional match against the Mahomet- Seymour Bulldogs. The Taylorville Forward came back to play in both games last Saturday.
One thing is for certain Thursday’s State Championship will be an exciting event for all who is willing to make the long haul to Bolingbrook. The bus will leave from the Junior High at 2:30 and tip off will be at 7:30.