Prep Boys Basketball

Tornadoes blow Raiders out of regional

Tommy Ray
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Feb. 28, 2019 12:50 am

CLINTON, Ill. -- The past season for the Quincy Notre Dame boys basketball team was filled with plenty of highs but ended with the lowest of lows.

The Raiders fell behind by 10 points after just five minutes, trailed by 20 points midway through the second quarter and never made Taylorville sweat in a 76-46 loss in the semifinals of the Class 3A Clinton Regional on Wednesday night.

The Tornadoes (26-6) advance to play Lincoln for the regional championship on Friday. The margin of defeat was easily the biggest of the season for the Raiders, who end with a 20-9 record and a three-game losing streak.

"It just stinks," senior Tommy Ray said. "We came out slow, and we dug ourselves a hole."

Ray made a 3-pointer for QND's first basket and a 3-1 lead. Taylorville responded with 12 straight points. During that run, Ray appeared to pick up his second and third fouls on one frustrating play.

"(Reserve Brandon Odam) just started putting his hands on me, and I kind of gave him a forearm, and he flopped backward," Ray said.

Ray originally was given a personal foul and a technical foul, forcing QND coach Kevin Meyer to take him out of the game. The official scorer, however, later took one of the fouls back, but not before Ray sat out the final 3:21 of the quarter.

"It was a dumb decision on my part," Ray said. "I was trying to find some fire, and it didn't help."

"We couldn't get an explanation of what happened," Meyer said. "We didn't know how many fouls there were, and there was a lot of confusion at the bench.

"That wasn't the turning point, however. Taylorville just kicked our butts."

The Tornadoes have made more than 300 3-pointers this season, and their first three baskets were 3-pointers. When QND switched to man-to-man defense, junior guard Jase Bergschneider took over, scoring four times on layups or backdoor cuts during a 16-2 run that put the Tornadoes ahead 29-8 with five minutes to play in the second quarter.

"They never stood still," Ray said. "It was just constant movement with all of the backcuts."

"The things that we do well weren't a good matchup for Quincy Notre Dame," Taylorville coach Ryan Brown said. "In the end, our tempo rattled them a little bit."

QND closed to within 16 points by halftime, and an offensive rebound putback by Jonny Bottorff cut Taylorville's lead to 37-22 early in the third quarter.

That was as close as it got.

Taylorville had doubled the score at 47-23 at the 3:41 mark of the third quarter, and the lead never dipped below 20 points thereafter.

Ray had his best offensive game of the season, scoring 23 points. Dylan Foley and Nick Schwartz, who entered the game averaging 31 points per game, were limited to 15 points. The Raiders had averaged 66 points in their last 11 games but made only 17 of 53 shots while committing 19 turnovers.

"When we got down, everybody was looking for a five-point play," Meyer said. "We lost our heads, and (Taylorville) kept running their stuff."

Bergschneider led the Tornadoes with 20 points and nine rebounds. Taylorville made nine 3-pointers.

Meyer said he was proud of a senior class that posted 93 victories in four years.

"It's not the way you want to limp out of here," Meyer said. "But I'm so darned proud of those guys. The goal is to leave a place better than when you arrived, and I think they did that. That's a tough class to say good-bye to."

Taylorville 76, Quincy Notre Dame 46

QUINCY NOTRE DAME (20-9)

Foley 2-5 1-2 5, Hyer 1-5 0-0 2, Bottorff 1-3 0-0 2, Schwartz 4-14 2-4 10, Ray 7-12 5-7 23, Smith 0-5 1-2 1, Mast 1-2 0-0 3, Becker 1-2 0-0 2, P. Sheffield 0-2 0-0 0, Schutte 0-1 0-0 0, Hutson 0-1 0-0 0, Jacobs 0-0 0-0 0, J. Sheffield 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 17-53 9-14 46.

TAYLORVILLE (26-6)

Bergschneider 7-16 6-6 20, N. Livingston 6-11 1-4 16, Kettelkamp 3-4 3-4 9, J. Livingston 4-7 3-4 15, Ess 2-4 0-0 5, Odam 0-3 0-0 0, Wright 2-2 2-3 6, Heimsness 0-1 0-0 0, Foraker 1-1 0-0 3, Shirley 0-0 2-2 2, Gideon 0-0 0-0 0, Dooley 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-48 17-23 76.

Quincy Notre Dame 6 12 9 17--46

Taylorville 19 15 17 25--76

3-point field goals--Taylorville 9-20 (J. Livingston 4-7, N. Livingston 3-7, Ess 1-2, Foraker 1-1, Bergschneider 0-1, Kettelkamp 0-1), Quincy Notre Dame 5-23 (Ray 4-8, Mast 1-1, Bottorff 0-1, Foley 0-2, J. Sheffield 0-1, Schutte 0-1, Schwartz 0-5, Smith 0-4). Rebounds--Quincy Notre Dame 35 (Schwartz 10), Taylorville 33 (Bergschneider 9). Turnovers--Quincy Notre Dame 19, Taylorville 13. Fouls--Quincy Notre Dame 18, Taylorville 16. Fouled out--Foley, Ray, Odam. Technical fouls--Ray 2. Officials--Roger Quinlan, Scott Hood, Rod Peavler.