T. Todt Notes: Thoughts On The 3rd T. Todt Shootout Vs. Cancer

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It was a great day of basketball in honor of one of the great people from Montgomery County on Saturday, Dec. 11, as 16 teams participated in the third T. Todt Shootout vs. Cancer, which benefitted the Montgomery County Cancer Association.

A Good Day To Have A Good Day

Both individual scoring records fell during the third edition of the T. Todt Shootout, which was held Saturday, Dec. 11, in Nokomis.

Hillsboro's Layne Rupert surpassed ex-Topper Sammi Matoush by two points with a 30-point masterpiece in Hillsboro's 52-26 win over Litchfield. Matoush had set the record in 2018, at the first T. Todt Shootout, scoring 28 points in Hillsboro's 76-43 win over Gillespie in Carlinville.

The boys' mark also fell, with Athens' Connor Breazeale scoring 34 points in the Warriors 72-48 win over Hillsboro. Nokomis grad Carter Sabol previously held the record, which was 33 points in the Redskins' 62-29 win over Southwestern in Raymond in 2019.

All told 31 players scored in double figures on Saturday, with Williamsville's Madison Roberts (23) and Edinburg's Colin Hardin (20) joining Rupert and Breazeale in scoring 20 or more.

Out of County, But Not Out Of Mind

Six of the eight games at the shootout involved Montgomery County teams, but fans were treated to some talented players from outside the county lines as well.

The Williamsville girls basketball team started off the day with a 43-16 victory over Southwestern, with Madison Roberts turning in a spectacular 23-point performance. Roberts had some help from teammate Jordan Phillips, who added in 10 points, while Southwestern was led by Gracie Darr with six.

In the other match-up outside the county limits, Centralia defeated Effingham 42-29 to remain undefeated on the year. Koby Wilmoth and Davin Tabor combined for 27 points in the win as the Orphans improved to 8-0. Effingham, who fell to 2-4 on the season,  was led by Ethan Ritz with eight.

Go Long

The eight teams combined for 64 three-pointers on Saturday, with 19 on the girls' side and 45 in the five boys' games. 

Deklan Riggs was the sharpest of the shooters from downtown as he hit six of the Hillsboro JV team's nine threes, the most of the day.

The trend even continued at halftime, where fans were given the chance to hit a half court shot. We're not sure how many were successful, but during halftime of the Lincolnwood/Litchfield game, Austin Thornton, Joe Poggenpohl and Justin Millburg all sank the long ball, with Poggenpohl and Millburg going back-to-back.

Terry Would Have Been Proud

While the basketball was center stage in Nokomis on Saturday, the community spirit and dedication to others is what would have really made the late Terry Todt smile. Todt was not just the voice of countless games on WSMI, but he was the voice of hundreds of community events. 

The day wouldn't have been possible without the hard work of dozens of volunteers from Nokomis High School, WSMI, the Montgomery County Cancer Association and many others. The fact that the proceeds from the games, the raffles and the other fundraisers from the T. Todt Shootout will go to help others with cancer through the MCCA would have been Terry's favorite part. 

Final Results

Girls: Williamsville 43, Southwestern 16

Girls: Hillsboro 52, Litchfield 26

Boys: Athens 72, Hillsboro 48

Boys: Edinburg 61, Hillsboro JV 43

Boys: Litchfield 58, Lincolnwood 56

Girls: Nokomis 42, Greenville 37

Boys: Centralia 42, Effingham 29

Boys: Madison 59, Nokomis 37

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