CJ Richardson kept his state tournament dreams alive Saturday evening when he traveled to Hardin County to take part in the IHSA Sectional Three Point Shootout. After advancing from the Regional Round in the Norris City-Omaha-Enfield Regional, Richardson had used a week full of practice to ready himself for this next round of competition.
This week of preparation really paid off for Richardson when he found himself in a four way tie for the final two spots to advance to the State Tournament. Woodlawn’s Blake McKay sank 11 in his first round to punch his ticket to the final level of competition along with Meridian’s, JaQuan Jones, who connected on 10 shots. Richardson, along with three other shooters, made 9 of 15 shots to land in third place, but since only the top four contestants are allowed to advance, the four young men were forced to take part in a shoot off. This shoot off would only consist of 10 shots instead of 15 like the first round. Following this next round, Jacob Sutton from Steeleville would clinch the third spot to advance as he was successful on six shots. Richardson, would once again find himself along with the Elverado shooter tying as each made 5/10 shots. The other shooter from Pope County, Jackson Eddington, was eliminated when he could only make four shots.
Now, shooting in their third round of competition, both shooters would make 4 of their 10 shots forcing yet another tie breaker round. This time, Richardson would get hot and drill 6 of his 10 shots while his competition could only tally four. This gutsy performance helped Richardson clinch the fourth and final spot along with a trip to the State Tournament.
CJ will shoot Thursday, March 8, in Peoria at Carver Arena. This competition will start at 4:30