Playing from in front nearly all the way, but never too comfortable, the Hamilton Lady Hornets took the championship of the Lawson Invitational Tournament Saturday night behind a 33-points night from their senior All-State guard, Elsie Greenwood.
Hamilton defeated the host Lady Cardinals for a tournament title for the second time this season, having earlier won the KCI Conference Tournament crown over them, also at Lawson.
Linn County’s boys were denied in their bid for a tourney title Saturday, losing to the top-seeded Mercer Cardinals 69-59 in the Milan Invitational finals as Mercer All-Stater Colton Hartley rang up 36 points. LCHS’ girls gained the consolation trophy Friday, beating Newtown-Harris.
At Lathrop, Polo’s girls captured third place in the Bill Burns Classic tournament, defeating the hosts Friday night. Its boys lost their third-place game to Independence: Van Horn by a bucket Saturday.
In non-tournament action, Meadville swept a non-league pair from visiting LaPlata, Mendon: Northwestern doing the same at Bucklin/Macon County
R-4, and Norborne dominated visiting Malta Bend.
Tonight’s (Monday, Jan. 14) schedule for area teams includes Hale hosting Newtown-Harris and Mendon: Northwestern going to Bevier in non-conference play.
Tuesday’s (Jan. 15) non-tournament games will consist of Northwestern hosting Meadville in the Carroll-Livingston Activities Association, Braymer calling on Albany and Polo hosting Gallatin in Grand River Conference play, Jamesport: Tri-County hosting Winston in the Harrison-Daviess Conference, Linn County meeting guest Novinger in the Tri-County Conference, and Tina-Avalon hosting Malta Bend and Norborne welcoming Brunswick in non-league action.
Hardin-Central’s girls will take on Orrick in first-round play in the Wellington-Napoleon Invitational at 4 p.m. Tuesday.