Toppers Tangle With Eagles, Tornadoes

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On Friday, Nov. 26, both Hillsboro and Civic Memorial entered the game with 3-0 records at the Taylorville Girls Basketball Tournament, meaning the winner would have a leg up on claiming the title on Saturday. Shooting woes combined with a tenacious Eagle defense kept the Toppers from having a shot at remaining undefeated in the tournament as they fell to the defending champions 52-33.

Despite early offensive troubles (Hillsboro’s only basket of the first quarter came at the three-minute mark), the Topper defense played well early on and limited Civic Memorial’s chances. The Eagle’s lead was only 5-0 when Kenadie Carlock hit a three from the left side to cut the margin to two points, but Olivia Durbin would hit a pair of open threes, coupled with an Aubree Wallace steal and score, to respond and give her team a 13-3 advantage at the horn.

It looked as if Hillsboro’s offense might get back on track in the second as Layne Rupert started the quarter with a three, but that would be Hillsboro’s last basket for five minutes. 

Civic Memorial went on a 12-0 run, rotating between three-pointers and layups off turnovers, to take a 25-6 lead before Addison Lowe scored for the Toppers. Lowe would add a free throw a few minutes later, but Civic Memorial added to their lead and held a 30-9 advantage at the break. 

To make matters worse, Alex Frailey picked up her third foul late in the first half, meaning she would have to be careful in the second half.

Things would look a little more normal for the Toppers in the second half, with back-to-back 12-point quarters, but Civic Memorial still controlled the game for the most part. Rupert, who had led Hillsboro in scoring in their previous five games, saw some success in slashing to the basket and from behind the arc, scoring six points in the third and five in the fourth.

Unfortunately, Hillsboro got no closer than 20 in the third quarter and 19 in the fourth quarter, which came thanks to a seven-point surge by seniors Ally Schnarre (5) and Abbigail Schreiber (2).

Two and a half minutes into the fourth quarter Civic Memorial took their biggest lead of the game, 51-21, which started the clock in continuous motion due to the mercy rule. The Eagles scored just one point after that, but moved to 4-0 in the tournament with the 19-point win.

Layne Rupert would lead Hillsboro with 14 points, followed by Ally Schnarre with five and Kenadie Carlock with three. Abbigail Schreiber, Meagan White and Sophia Blankenship all had two points for Hillsboro, who moved to 3-1 in Taylorville and 4-2 overall.

Taylorville

The Toppers closed out the tournament on Nov. 27, against the host Lady Tornadoes. A strong second half by Taylorville allowed the home team to come away with a 59-44 victory.

Hillsboro opened with a 12-point first quarter to take a two-point lead after eight minutes, getting three threes in the frame, two of which came from Sophia Blankenship.

Taylorville would pull ahead by one by halftime, 25-24, despite seven points from Layne Rupert, who led Hillsboro with 10 points at the break.

Freshman guard Addison Tarr scored eight points in the first quarter for Taylorville, but was held scoreless in the second quarter. Tarr would make up for lost time in the third as she hit a pair of threes for six of her 10 points in the quarter, helping Taylorville to a 43-37 lead going into the fourth. 

Another young talent, sophomore Olivia Woodward, would sew up the game for the Tornadoes, hitting for 10 of her 17 points in the fourth quarter as Hillsboro fell 59-44.

Layne Rupert, who was named to the all-tournament team, led Hillsboro with 12 points. The scoring stair-stepped down from there, with Sierra Compton adding 11, including five in the fourth quarter, and Alex Frailey chipping in 10. Sophia Blankenship and Kenadie Carlock finished out the scoring with seven and four points respectively.

The Toppers would finish fourth, one of three teams that finished 3-2 for the tournament. Rochester, who Hillsboro beat earlier in the tournament, would be second, while Taylorville was third. All three teams fell to Civic Memorial, who has a 20-game winning streak at the Taylorville Tournament, with four straight tournament titles. Jacksonville (1-4) and Mt. Zion (0-5) rounded out the six-team field.

Nov. 26 at Taylorville

Taylorville Tournament

Hillsboro 3 6 12 12 33

Civic Memorial 13 17 17 5 52

Hillsboro (33) - Layne Rupert 14, Ally Schnarre 5, Kenadie Carlock 3, Meagan White 2, Sophia Blankenship 2, Abbigail Schreiber 2. Totals: 12-43 4-8 33. 

Civic Memorial (52) - Olivia Durbin 14, Avari Combes 10, Madaline Brueckner 9, Maya Tuckson 8, Hannah Meiser 6, Emily Williams 3, Aubree Wallace 2. Totals: 19-56 6-8 52.

Three-point field goals: Hillsboro 5-17 (Rupert 3, Carlock 1, Schnarre 1); Civic Memorial 8-25 (Durbin 4, Combes 2, Brueckner 1, Meiser 1).

Records: Hillsboro (4-2); Civic Memorial (4-0).

Nov. 27 at Taylorville

Taylorville Tournament

Hillsboro 12 12 13 7 44

Taylorville 10 15 18 16 59

Hillsboro (44) - Layne Rupert 12, Sierra Compton 11, Alex Frailey 10, Sophia Blankenship 7, Kenadie Carlock 4. Totals: 14 10-17 44.

Taylorville (59) - Addison Tarr 20, Olivia Woodward 17, Aubrey Kietzman 9, Mazie Fleming 8, Summer Brandis 2, Alyvia McCullough 2, Ana Harden 1. Totals: 24 9-11 59.

Three-point field goals: Hillsboro 6 (Blankenship 2, Compton 2, Rupert 1, Carlock 1); Taylorville 2 (Tarr 2).

Record: Hillsboro (4-3), Taylorville (3-2).

Taylorville High School 

Girls Basketball 

Turkey Tourney

November 19-27

Final Standings: 1. Civic Memorial (5-0), 2. Rochester (3-2), 3. Taylorville (3-2), 4. Hillsboro (3-2), 5. Jacksonville (1-4), 6. Mt. Zion (0-5).

Friday, November 19

Hillsboro 61, Mt. Zion 34

Civic Memorial 51, Jacksonville 13

Rochester 56, Taylorville 29

Saturday, November 20

Hillsboro 56, Rochester 52

Taylorville 54, Jacksonville 38

Civic Memorial 78, Mt. Zion 27

Hillsboro 41, Jacksonville 20

Rochester 43, Mt. Zion 22

Civic Memorial 57, Taylorville 38

Friday, November 26

5 p.m. - Rochester vs. Jacksonville

6:30 p.m. - Civic Memorial vs. Hillsboro

8 p.m. - Taylorville vs. Mt. Zion

Saturday, November 27

5 p.m. - Mt. Zion vs. Jacksonville

6:30 p.m. - Taylorville vs. Hillsboro

8 p.m. - Civic Memorial vs. Rochester

All-Tournament Team: Layne Rupert (Hillsboro); Kaylen Reed (Rochester), Olivia Durbin (Civic Memorial), Kelbie Zupan (Civic Memorial), Addison Tarr (Taylorville), Aubree Wallace (Civic Memorial), Denver Anderson (Mt. Zion), Emma Dixon (Rochester).

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