Tremont puts away pesky Hornets

Tremont puts away pesky Hornets

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EUREKA - It took Tremont an overtime period to finally shake off Heart of Illinois Conference host Eureka on Tuesday night, but the Turks finally did 68-65.

The Hornets fell to 7-16 and 1-6 in the league despite 30 points from sophomore Trevor Heffren. The Turks (19-6, 8-2) received 26 points from Landon Pflederer.

Eureka opened up early leads of 8-0 and 13-3, which forced the guests to abandon a man-to-man defense in favor of a 1-3-1 zone.

“I thought there was a chance,” said Hornets' head coach Tim Meiss of whether or not the Turks would go zone. “We talked about it. I knew they played a little bit of that.”

Tremont shot 51 percent (25 of 49), while the hosts were an even 50 (25 of 50).

Notes: The Turks played their first OT game of the season, while it was the Hornets’ fifth. They have won two. While Eureka has dropped eight of their last 10, the caliber of competition has been stellar. Roanoke-Benson has 23 wins, while Tremont, Deer Creek-Mackinaw, El Paso-Gridley (coach by Meiss’ son, Nathaniel), Ridgeview, Illinois Valley Central and Fieldcrest are all poised to exceed 20. According to Meiss, senior Sterling Spencer, who suffered a fractured left wrist on Jan. 7, is expected to be out for the remainder of the season.

See article on Feb. 6 Woodford County Journal newsstands

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