TCT takes championship

Titans take care of Neoga 65-42 in regional final; headed to Casey sectional Monday

By Tim Hendershot sportsfan122774@yahoo.com
Posted 2/17/20

NEOGA — The Tri-County Titans made easy work of the Neoga Lady Indians in the IHSA Class 1A regional Thursday, Feb. 13, downing the hosts 65-42.

With Thursday’s win, the Titans (26-5) …

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TCT takes championship

Titans take care of Neoga 65-42 in regional final; headed to Casey sectional Monday

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NEOGA — The Tri-County Titans made easy work of the Neoga Lady Indians in the IHSA Class 1A regional Thursday, Feb. 13, downing the hosts 65-42.

With Thursday’s win, the Titans (26-5) will move on to the Casey-Westfield sectional , playing in the semifinals at 6 p.m. against Brownstown Co--Op. Brownstown defeated Cowden 42-29 to advance to the sectional. Tip time is set for 6 p.m. at Casey-Westfield High School.

A win Monday will move the Titans into the sectional title game. There it would be a matchup against the winner of the Altamont-Mowequa A & M game scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Monday. The sectional title game is set for 7 p.m. Thursday at Casey.

The number seven ranked Titans hoops squad have won 14 straight going into the tital game, the Titans were looking for their fifth straight regional crown.

Thursday’s blowout was also TCT’s 15th straight win against Neoga team which fought back from a huge deficit against Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg to win their semifinal game. 

Tri-County used their swarming pressure attack to keep Neoga off-balance to roll to the 65-42 win punching their ticket to the round of round f 32 in the IHSA 1A tourney.

The Titans went on an 11-0 run early in the first quarter after giving up the first basket of the game using that pressure defense to end the frame with 18 points. 

Of those points, 14 came from the combination of Tayler Barry and Bella Dudley — who each netted seven points.  The Indians finished with six to give Tri-County an 18-6 lead.

Barry continued to go to work in the second quarter with her defense and shooting, notching 12 more points as part of a huge 26 point quarter. 

The Indians managed to get some transition buckets off of rebounds and steals in the second, going to the inside game more tallying 14 — but the Titans held a 44-20 lead at halftime.

Tri-County kept the pedal to the metal in the third quarter as Barry added 13 more points leading the Titans to 17 in the stanza.

Neoga tried to keep the pace, but could only muster 10 points.

The Titans went into the final eight minutes with a commanding 61-30 lead — and a running clock.

With the game in hand, the Titans called on their reserves as Tri-County scored only four points while Neoga added 10 more points.

Tayler Barry finished with a game-high 27 points while adding six rebounds and five steals in the attack. Bella Dudley had 15 points and five assists in the win.

Olivia Titus had 13 points for the Indians while Audrey Ramert added 11 points in the loss.

 

TCT 80, Martinsville 37

NEOGA — The Tri-County girls basketball team won its regional semifinal contest over Martinsville Tuesday evening, Feb. 11, 80-37 to advance to the regional title game.

The Lady Titan athleticism was apparent from the opening tip, jumping out to a 24-7 lead after the opening quarter.

The Blue Streaks were never able to get any closer to Tri-County, which won the contest by 43 points.

Three Titan players reached double figure.s Tayler Barry led the way with 21 points. Bella Dudley added 19 points and Melia Eskew had 13 points, eight steals and five assists.

Kaylenn Hunt, who was playing her first game back after suffering an ankle injury two weeks ago, grabbed in six rebounds.

The Titans were without the services of Kaylin Williams, who was out with a broken right clavicle suffered in the regular season finale against Blue Ridge.