Titans get first LPC win

Paris girls dominate Olney, put away Marshall Lady Lions to improve to perfect 10-0

By Jeff Chambers & Dan Dundas prairiepresssports@gmail.com
Posted 12/16/19

OLNEY — The Paris Lady Tigers rolled to another easy win Thursday, Dec. 12, downing Little Illini Conference foe Olney 62-29.

It is not a rarity that a pair of undefeated teams meet this …

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Titans get first LPC win

Paris girls dominate Olney, put away Marshall Lady Lions to improve to perfect 10-0


HUME — The Tri-County Titan girls basketball team took its first Lincoln Prairie Conference win Thursday, dominating Decatur Lutheran 62-9.

The TCT team has kept its focus winning their past two games handily during this latest portion of the schedule with wins over Cumberland and Neoga in back-to-back nights.

Tri-County is tuning up for the tough Charleston Holiday Tourney. 

Thursday, it was the Titan skill and experience which proved to be a huge advantage from the opening tipoff over a young and outnumbered Lions squad.

Tayler Barry scored the first 11 points of the contest helping Tri-County race out to a 27-2 lead after the first eight minutes and then putting the game on  cruise control fto take the lopsided win. 

For the third game in a row, Coach Joe Morrisey was able to give all 14 players valuable time out on the floor using various combinations throughout the contest keeping their focus on their assignments in each of the plays run.

Tri-County was 26 of 78 overall for 33.3 percent and 11 of 17 from the charity stripe for 64.7percent. 

Barry, who before the game was recognized by WCIA-TV out of Champaign as their Athlete of the Week, led all scorers with 21 points while the trio of Bella Dudley, Thaylee Barry and Emily Barrow had seven points each with Barrow adding seven rebounds.  Kaylenn Hunt had six points and five rebounds and Melia Eskew added eight steals and five assists.

LSA was 4 of 30 overall for 13.3 percent and only 1 of 10 from the free throw line for 10 percent.  The Lions committed 32 turnovers.  Anna Lovekamp led the way with five points.

The Titans (9-2 overall, 3-0 Lincoln Prairie) will travel to Paris on Thursday night for a huge non-conference showdown against the Paris Tigers.  Tip time is set for 6 p.m. at Paris High School.


TCT 68, Neoga 38

NEOGA — After helping Head Coach Joe Morrisey get his 200th career win on Monday night, the Tri-County Titans girls’ hoops team was back in action with a road contest on Tuesday night in Neoga against the Neoga Indians.  Having won three straight games, the current number ten team in Class 1A looked to keep the trend going knowing a daunting schedule loomed ahead.

After a close first quarter that saw Neoga take a 15-13 lead after eight minutes, the Titans patented defense clamped down holding the Indians to just four second quarter point while the offense used that defense to surge with 24 points in the frame to take a 39-19 lead at the half.  That surge

half.  That surge was more than enough for Tri-County to need as Neoga couldn’t find an answer the rest of the game as the Titans rolled to a 68-38 triumph nabbing their fourth straight win.

Tayler Barry led all scorers with 24 points, five steals, and five rebounds while Bella Dudley added 11.  Lillie Cox had eight points and Melia Eskew added seven points and six assists in the win.



Joe Morrisey has been a coach for 37 years in various sports from baseball to girls’ basketball during that time span. 

In 2002, Morrisey took over the reigns of the Tri-County Titans program which has risen towards the top of the area and the state since the inclusion of Shilon into the co-op with Kansas and Oakland.  Last season was his biggest accomplishment as his Titans finished in fourth place in the state in Class 1A at 29-6.  This season squad was off to a fast start at 6-2 heading into Monday night’s Lincoln Prairie Conference contest in Kansas against the Cumberland Pirates looking to keep that trend going.

The Titans faced a Pirates team with only 10 players and was under a new Coach Sammi James.

As the ball tipped, the Titans showed that the Pirates were no match for them jumping out to 28-2 first quarter lead and cruising to a 64-17 romp.  However, this particular win ended win being a very special one for Tri-County.

The win gave Joe Morrisey his 200th win in his coaching career with this year being his twelfth season with the program compared to just 97 losses in 297 career games.  In those seasons, Morrisey has averaged 18.1 wins in the previous years with his six seasons being the peak of them averaging 24.2 wins a season.

The Titans on the evening went 29 of 67 overall for 43.3 percent and 3 of 5 from the charity stripe for 60 percent.  Bella Dudley led the way with 13 points and five rebounds while Caroline Smith had 11 points off the bench.  Melia Eskew had 10 points and four steals and the duo of Tayler Barry and Cailynne Phillips had eight points each with Barry adding four steals and three assists.  Kaylin Williams had three assists in the win.

The Pirates managed to make only two baskets the entire game out of 42 attempts shooting 4.8 percent.  The one strong point was at the free throw line going 13 of 20 for 65 percent.  Cumberland committed 38 turnovers.  Stormy Robinson led the way with six points in the loss.