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  • Boys Basketball: Playing the X-Factor with Experience

  • Harrisburg making second straight trip to Supers, first for Gallatin County
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  • They are on complete opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to tonight's (Tuesday) Super Sectional showdown at the SIU Arena in Carbondale.
    Harrisburg has experience on their side, albeit, in a losing fashion having lost to Breese Central in last year's Elite 8 matchup.
    Gallatin County is making their first trip since 1974 when they were Ridgeway High School.
    Harrisburg enters Tuesday night's Class 2A Super Sectional with a school record 30 wins. The lone loss came to nationally ranked Dyer County, Tenn., at the Penny Hardway Hoop Fest in Dyer County, Tenn.,
    Teutopolis comes in at 28-3 on the year. One of those losses was a homecoming loss to last year's state champion Breese Central.
    Gallatin County (27-3) has run roughshod over much of southern Illinois. Their three losses come courtesy of Harrisburg (twice) and Nashville.
    Nokomis (23-9) is led by 6-foot-0 senior Evan Huber, who had 19 in the sectional championship over Oblong. In that same game, Devon Wright had 16 points.
    Nokomis finished second in Class 1A in the 2008 state tournament.
    Teutopolis is led by Andy Fehrenbacker, who is in his sixth season for the Wooden Shoes.
    This is the third straight super sectional for T-Town, who last year lost 60-59 to Normal U-High. They lost in the 2011 Super by one-point to Pittsfield.
    Randy Smithpeters, making his third Elite 8 trip in 20 seasons at Harrisburg hopes and believes that experience will play a part.
    "I think we're fortunate in the fact that we played at the arena a year ago at this time and we played at the arena in December. I've always been happy with both times we have played there and the arena often is a place that is really hard to shoot well in. This group has tended to shoot well there."
    Harrisburg is led by Tyler Smithpeters, who is averaging 17.4 points per game, while Capel Henshaw is second in scoring with 14.9 points per game.
    Teutopolis, who had only 13 field goals in its sectional championship, went 30-for-41 at the free throw line.
    Last season, the Wooden Shoes knocked off Harrisburg 71-59 in the Rich Herrin Shootout in Benton.
    A phone call to Gallatin County head coach Robert Patton was not returned.
    Michael Dann can be reached at mdann@dailyregister. com Follow Michael Dann on Twitter @spydieshooter.
    Carbondale Super Sectional
    Gallatin County (27-3) vs. Nokomis (23-9)
    Harrisburg (30-1) vs. Teutopolis (28-3)
    When: Tonight; 6 & 8 p.m.
    Where: SIU Arena
    Twitter: @spydieshooter / @hbgsports
    Radio: WEBQ 102.3 FM and online at webqradio.com
    Harrisburg (28-1)
    Starting Five
    Page 2 of 2 - No. Name (ppg.) Pos. Ht. Class
    11 Tyler Smithpeters (17.2) G 6-4 Sr.
    21 Capel Henshaw (14.7) G 6-3 Sr.
    22 Ryne Roper (6) G 6-3 Sr.
    42 Eli Taborn-Scott (11) F 6-4 Jr.
    55 Dakota Upchurch (6.5) F 6-6 Sr.
    Top Subs
    No. Name (ppg.) Pos. Ht. Class
    30 Bahari Amaya (5.6) F 6-4 So.
    12 Justin Younger (2.4) G 6-0 Sr.
    40 Snjolfur Bjornsson (2.7) G 6-2 Jr.
    Gallatin County (21-8)
    Starting Five
    No. Name (ppg.) Pos. Ht. Class
    54 Andrew Drone F 6-11 Sr.
    34 Wes McGuire F 6-5 Sr.
    11 Anthony Storto G 5-11 Sr.
    23 Daine Hish G 5-11 Sr.
    24 Patrick Lowe G 6-6 Sr.
    Top Subs
    No. Name (ppg.) Pos. Ht. Class
    40 Josh Belford G 6-0 Sr.
    03 Mitchell Ramsey G 6-0 Jr.
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