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Tornadoes fall to Hearts despite gritty performance

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TAYLORVILLE — Senior Will Turvey looks for a pathway to the hoop during the regular season game against Effingham. His night ended with 8 points and a perfect free throw percentage.

Lucas Domonousky Breeze-Courier Sports Editor

TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville hosted Effingham in an all out war of a match on Thursday, Dec 1. The varsity basketball game featured solid defense throughout the back and forth battle. However, the difference maker was the obvious go-to option for the Hearts whose offense ran through senior Garrett Wolfe. The Tornadoes drop their first Apollo conference match of the season, 60-57.

Both teams came into this one hungry for a win and proved that by the way each team played.

“Really hard fought game from both teams.” said boys Head Coach Ryan Brown. “The intensity was their all night long. That was Taylorville basketball.

Playing so hard we put ourselves in the possible situation to win the game.”

Senior shooters Will Turvey and Will Bitschenauer both hit a few daggers from beyond the arch. The two came together for 19 points and were flawless from the free throw line, combined 3-3.

Junior forward Jake McConnell put up a season high 13 points and shot 5-6 from the line.

Leading the team in scoring and scrappiness was Drake Howard. The sophomore guard caught fire in the second and fourth quarters scoring 14. He was 3-4 from the line.

The Effingham defense stunned the Tornadoes early on. But they quickly found holes and exploited them.

“I think their defense was pretty good tonight.” stated the Taylorville coach. “We’re giving up a lot of pounds at every position so I was proud of our intensity. Once we were able to withstand the first four minutes of shock of that we were able to get our transition going and stop the press.”

The Tornadoes fall to 0-5 on the season. They will travel Chucktown to take on the Trojans. Tip-off will be at 2:30 this Saturday in Charleston.

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