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Tornadoes fall short at Sectionals, 36-32 the final

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MAHOMET — Taylorville point guard Josephine Durbin uses her elusiveness to evade the North Ridge defender. She went on to finish with 3 points in Wednesday’s loss to the Ridge Runners.

Lucas Domonousky Breeze-Courier Sports Editor

Get your sunglasses ready because the future of Taylorville girls basketball is speaking for itself.

MAHOMET — Unfortunately, there will be no repeat as the Taylorville 8th grade girls basketball team fell to Danville North Ridge on Wednesday, Dec 8. As we all know, this team never goes down without a fight. They went from being down by double digit points to making it a serious possibility for a comeback all in the span of the last three minutes. They, of course, were defeated by a final tally of 36-32.

Nora Thomas and Grace Rogers were at the forefront in this one. The two combined for a whopping 20 points and were out there snagging rebounds left and right. The speedsters Hope Kietzman, McKynlee Siemplekamp and Josephine Durbin came together and notched 10 points. The three also contributed some very scrappy defense. Gianna Tarr, who was sidelined just last week with an injury, came out, put up two points and played suffocating defense while also snagging rebounds.

“I just felt like their defense was pretty good tonight and I wish them (Danville North Ridge) the best of luck.” Head Coach Doug Bowsher humbly states. “But I am so happy with these kids. For these young ladies to lose five games in two years? I can’t be anymore happy with what they have done. The Good Lord blessed me with this team and tonight we just ran into the better team. Hats off to them.”

This team’s success story in itself is one that will be remembered for years to come. Back to back conference championships, back to back Regional champions and a two year record of 46 wins and just 5 losses. These girls have accomplished a ton and the best part is… they’re just getting started.

“I’m going to tell you, on the girls side of things the future is really bright.” Bowsher says with full confidence. “If they stay hungry, stay after it, these girls get out there and play some AAU basketball over the summer they are going to put Taylorville back on the map at the high school level. So I’m tickled for them. Im tickled at where the Jr. High program is going to go. We’re just blessed. Really really blessed right now with the talent coming through.”

“This group here will always have a place in my heart. I told them that I said tough one to lose. Lose by four but you know I am ever so grateful to coach this group, TWICE.”

As for Bowsher’s personal future he’s going to continue doing what he does best and take everything as it comes to him.

“Now it’s back to the High School boys and then start figuring out what we’re going to do with the seventh graders that are going to be eighth graders and figuring that out.” says Bowsher “Right now I can’t even think or even want to speculate. I just want to go home, kick back a little bit and get on with things at the High School level. As of right now, I am returning, I will be the eighth grade girls coach and I’m looking forward to it. But I think it is something, at some point, a person might want to think about.”

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MAHOMET — Nora Thomas performs a running floater during the Sectional match against Danville North Ridge. The 8th grade forward put up a team leading 11 points against a solid defense.

Lucas Domonousky / Breeze-Courier Photo

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