TCT girls playing in St. Joe Tourney

By Tim Hendershot sportsfan122774@yahoo.com
Posted 11/22/21

ST. JOSEPH — After a 10-1 shortened spring season back in March, the Tri-County Titans girls’ basketball squad came into the new 2021-2022 season having to fill in some big shoes.

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TCT girls playing in St. Joe Tourney

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ST. JOSEPH — After a 10-1 shortened spring season back in March, the Tri-County Titans girls’ basketball squad came into the new 2021-2022 season having to fill in some big shoes.

Gone were  All-State First Team player Tayler Barry and defensive specialist Melia Eskew. TCT faced the tough task starting play in St. Joseph on Monday evening playing for the first time in the St. Joseph-Ogden Invitational taking on the Champaign Centennial Chargers in this round robin tournament. 

The Titans do return one of their key starters in First Team All-Stater Bella Dudley along with starters Kaylin Williams and Josie Armstrong, but will have to rely on a set of key reserves as well to fill in the void.

As the game started, it took the Titans some time to get into a rhythm only hold an 11-8 lead after one quarter, but their patented pressure defense finally got going outscoring the Chargers 27-5 in the second quarter to roll from there taking a 67-21 win.  Bella Dudley led all scorers with 26 points as part of four Titan players reaching double figures while the duo of Kaylin Williams and Josie Armstrong added 12 points each.  Williams also pulled down seven rebounds and Armstrong added seven steals.  Caroline Smith finished with 11 points off the bench.

SJO 43, TCT 34

After a big win against Champaign Centennial Monday, TCT face a tough St. Joe-Ogden team and fell 43-34.

The game lived up to the hype as both teams went back and forth with the Titans holding a slim 32-31 lead through three quarters, but the offensive output really sputtered in the fourth quarter as the Spartans held Tri-County to just two points with a 12-2 final stanza to pull away for a 43-34 win.

Josie Armstrong led the Titans with 15 points and four steals while Bella Dudley added 11 points. 

TCT 67, Urbana 29

The Titans emphatically went to business in a huge way with 24 first quarter points and never was challenged rolling to a 67-29 win to capture second place in the tourney Thursday.

Bella Dudley, who was named the tournament’s MVP, led the way with 15 points, five rebounds, and four assists while Thaylee Barry added 14 points.  Kaylin Williams had 12 points and seven steals and Josie Armstrong, who was also named to the All-Tournament team, had 10 points.