TCT is tested by Marshall

By Tim Hendershot sportsfan122774@yahoo.com
Posted 2/22/21

KANSAS — The state-ranked Tri-County Titans squeezed out a 60-51 win over a surprising opponent Thursday — the Marshall Lions.

TCT had two games canceled this week due to the winter …

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TCT is tested by Marshall

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KANSAS — The state-ranked Tri-County Titans squeezed out a 60-51 win over a surprising opponent Thursday — the Marshall Lions.

TCT had two games canceled this week due to the winter storm (Hoopeston) and COVID-19 (Villa Grove-Heritage) Marshall called seeking an opponent.

The Titans got more than then bargained for from the Lions.

Tri-County had to overcome some early foul trouble and some hot three point shooting with some timely free throws and hold on the win t.

In the first couple of minutes, both teams bat tled with the Lions taking an 8-7 lead on the strength of two three point shots by Kai Engledow.  The Titans countered with their duo of Tayler Barry and Bella Dudley combining for 17 of Tri-County’s 21 points to take a 21-10 lead after the first stanza.

In the second quarter, Marshall took advantage of some early foul trouble by Tri-County’s  Thaylee Barry picked up her third foul. Kaylin Williams picked up two quick fouls late to put her total to four in the first half. The Lions scored 10 points with four points each from Gracie Adams and Heaven Rayhel. The Titans managed only one field goal in the stanza —  a bucket by Tayler Barry —  and four of four from the free throw line for six total points to slow the Lions surge taking a 27-20 lead into halftime.

Tri-County got back rolling in the third quarter as Barry and Dudley continued their one-two punch combining for 10 points. Melia Eskew added  four points as part of the 18 point frame.  Marshall countered Engledow hit two more three pointers and Maya Osborn added four points as part of their 12-point quarter.  Tri-County went into the final eight minutes with a 54-32 lead.

The Lions make one final push in the fourth, with four three pointers — two each by Osborn and Engledow — as part of a 19 point frame. The Lions pullled to within six points late but the Titans got four more points by Eskew and three key free throw by Thaylee Barry as Tri-County scored 15 points to escape with the nine point win.

The Titans were 23 of 60 for 38.3 percent and 12 of 18 from the charity stripe for 66.7 percent.  Tayler Barry finished with 18 points and six steals and Bella Dudley added 12.  Melia Eskew had 12 points and three assists and Thaylee Barry chipped in nine points and seven rebounds.

The Lions were 17 of 64 for 26.6 percent, but made eight three pointers on the night, and were 9 of 11 from the line for 81.8 percent.  Maya Osborn led all scorers with 20 points and Kai Engledow added 18 in the loss.

The Titans (5-0, 4-0 LPC) will travel to Danville on Monday to face the Danville Vikings.