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TAYLORVILLE — The three Tornado seniors pose after their fabulous night on the Dolph Stanley court. They came together to score 14 of the 62 points. Left to Right: Summer Brandis, Averi Stephens and Meghan Donnan.
Lucas Domonousky Breeze-Courier Photo
Breeze-Courier Sports Editor
TAYLORVILLE — Senior night at the Dolph Stanley! The Taylorville girls basketball team hosted the Charleston Trojans on Friday night. Being their first game back since December 17th it was only right for the night to be dedicated to the THS seniors, Averi Stephens, Meghan Donnan and Summer Brandis.
The Tornadoes had very few struggles in the transition back grabbing ahold of the lead and running away with the conference match, 62-16.
Being that this team has a very young core it wasn’t difficult to fit every senior into the starting line-up. Headlining for the Tornadoes the three seniors followed by freshman Addison Tarr and sophomore Aubrey Kietzman. Every player played in the game against the Trojans but more importantly, every player scored and even more importantly than that, all three seniors scored.
It was the forward, Meghan Donnan, leading the pack of seniors with eight points and two rebounds. She would go 2-5 from shots beyond the arch. Summer Brandis too had a good performance. She notched 4 points and a total of 7 boards. Rounding out the seniors was Averi Stephens. The nights ‘Woman-in-the-middle’ Stephens got off to a slow start but had confidence in her shot. She didn’t shy away earning herself and her team two points, 2 rebounds and one nasty block. The three combined for a total of 1-hour an seven minutes of game time.
When I mentioned everyone got in on the Charleston barrage I meant every single player.
“Good night for our seniors.” Head Coach Hayden Eldred commented after the onslaught. “Everyone got on the board… actually the whole team got on the board.”
From freshman to senior Friday’s game was a special on no doubt. More prominent players such as Tarr, Kietzman and Mazie Flemming, who combined for 24 points, were acknowledged also players such as Lia Champley, 6 points, and Olivia Woodward, 2 points and 3 rebounds, got their opportunity as well.
The most important take away from the conference victory is how much each of these girls love the game of basketball. They all showed how much the sport means to them and how even a brief hiatus can’t slow their roll.
The Tornadoes win against the Trojans on senior night, 62-16.
The next match for the Taylorville girls basketball team will participate in the Highland Tournament on Saturday January 15th. The results will be in Monday’s edition of the Breeze-Courier.