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8th Grade Regional Champs

Postseason success begins for TJHS 8th grade girls 

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TAYLORVILLE — The eighth grade Taylorville Junior High School girls basketball team is moving onto Sectionals. They earned the spot by defeating Mt. Zion, 35-19, in the Regional Championship game on Dec. 1. Members of the team with their regional trophy are, in front from left, Elliott Dobyns, Mrkynlee Siemplekamp, Hope Kietzman, Josephine Durbin, Leah Lovekamp and Skyler Stockon. In back, Head Coach Doug Bowsher, Gianna Tarr, Molly Smith, Camille Heberling, Nora Thomas, Grace Rogers, Kaylee Campbell and Charleigh Whitehead.

Lucas Domonousky Breeze-Courier Sports Editor

TAYLORILLE — The North School annex was filled to the brim on for the Regional Championship game on Thursday, Dec. 1. The Tornadoes eighth grade girls basketball team had no trouble with their Braves opponent as they took the match by a final score of 35-19.

“It was a dogfight.” Head Coach Doug Bowsher said. “Credit to their defense. They were really really good and they came ready to play. It was one of those where it felt like we were in the meat grinder. Grinding it out and came away 35-19 down the stretch.”

The Tornadoes caught fire midway through the 3rd quarter and early in the 4th to really pull ahead.

“We were finally going, our shots were finally falling and what do we do? We win a Regional.”

Coach Bowsher was pumped after this one. He knows the scale as to which this team plays. They are high octane and never give up on any given play.

“It is one game at a time for us.” Bowser says. “If we show up and play the best that we can, no matter what, they always know i’ll be satisfied with that. But honestly, I think they’re determined to do what they did a year ago.”

If you recall, this team won the 7th grade girls basketball State Championship in 2021. They defeated the Morton Potters 18-16. Their secret? Teamwork.

“They bring it every single day.” Bowser said. “Not one particular but all thirteen of them. They show up and put the time in. And they do the same thing in the classroom. Im proud of this group, I am.”

The Tornadoes will not have a cake walk through the playoffs though. For their next match they will face off against highly touted Danville North Ridge or Champaign Edison at Mahomet- Seymour Jr. High in Mahomet next week on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

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