In 1970, the Taylorville Tornado’s defeated the Pana Panthers 11-10 in a double-overtime nail biter, that included a quarter where Taylorville didn’t even touch the basketball. The winning basket was made off of a last-second free throw as time expired. Chuck Martin, was Taylorville’s lead scorer of that game, and both Taylorville and Pana were recognized at halftime at Dolph Stanley Court in Taylorville for the Saturday Taylorville-Pana basketball game. Martin says he was happy to see everyone for the mini-reunion.
The 11-10 game almost didn’t happen. The score which is believed to still be a record in the Illinois High School Association for the lowest total score of a game ever, only happened because of a charge.
Andy Lovekamp hit the winning free throw for Taylorville as time expired. Martin said the place was packed and no one came into that game expecting a defensive showdown.
The players, coaches, and managers were honored at halftime. Taylorville defeated Pana in the High School game 53-50.