The January 29 meetings between Meadville's and Southwest Livingston's high school basketball teams officially will decide the 2012-13 Carroll-Livingston Activities Association regular-season championships.
In league play Friday, those two schools' boys and girls kept their grips on a piece of the league lead with sweeps at Hale and Tina-Avalon, respectively.
In the Grand River Conference, Braymer swept visiting Worth County, while Hamilton's girls topped North Platte in the KCI Conference. Jamesport: Tri-County lost a pair in the Harrison-Daviess Conference to Ridgeway.
In non-league games, Polo swept Tarkio at St. Joseph.
This week's action for area teams is almost-entirely devoted to tournament play with squads entered in events hosted by Meadville, Hamilton, North Platte, Keytesville, and Gilman City. Only Breckenridge and Hardin-Central, among area schools, are not involved in a tournament this week.
Slates for those tourneys for the next couple of days are:
MEADVILLE l 4:30 – (G) #1 Mercer vs. Grundy County R-5; 5:45 – (B) #2 Mercer vs. Mendon: Northwestern; 7:00 – (B) #3 Linn County vs. Grundy County R-5; 8:15 – (G) Linn County vs. Mendon: Northwestern
KEYTESVILLE l 4:00 – (B) #2 Southwest Livingston vs. Keytesville; 5:30 – (G) #3 Southwest Livingson vs. Bevier; 7:00 – (B) #3 Bevier vs. Brunswick; 8:30 – (G) #4 Brunswick vs. Keytesville
HAMILTON l 4:30 – (G) #4 Polo vs. Gallatin; 6:00 – (B) #2 Gallatin vs. Polo; 7:30 – (G) #2 Hamilton vs. Richmond; 9:00 – (B) #1 Richmond vs. Hamilton
NORTH PLATTE l 4:30 – (G) #3 North Platte vs. West Platte; 6:00 – (B) #4 Conception Junction: Jefferson vs. Plattsburg; 7:30 – (G) #2 Conception Junction: Jefferson vs. Mid-Buchan-an; 9:00 – (B) #3 Mid-Buchanan vs. North Platte
GILMAN CITY l 4:30 – (G) #1 Princeton vs. Jamesport: Tri-County; 6:00 – (B) #2 Princeton vs. Jamesport: Tri-County; 7:30 – (G) #4 Cainsville/North Da-viess vs. Gilman City; 9:00 – (B) #1 Ridgeway vs. Cainsville/
MEADVILLE l 4:30 – (G) #4 Meadville vs. Tina-Avalon; 5:45 – (B) #4 Bucklin/Macon County R-4 vs. Tina-Avalon; 7:00 – (G) #2 Bucklin/Macon County R-4 vs. Hale; 8:15 – (B)#1 Meadville vs. Hale
KEYTESVILLE l 4:30 – (G) #2 Norborne vs. Madison; 6:00 – (B) #4 Norborne vs. Madison; 7:30 – (G) #1 Marceline vs. Bosworth; 9:00 – (B) #1 Marceline vs. Bosworth
HAMILTON l 4:30 – (G) #3 Lathrop vs. Richmond; 6:00 – (G) #4 Trenton vs. Lathrop; 7:30 – (G) #1 Trenton vs. South Harrison; 9:00 – (B) #3 South Harrison vs. Polo
NORTH PLATTE l 4:30 – (G) #3 North Platte vs. West Platte; 6:00 – (B) #2 Braymer vs. KC: Afrikaan Centered Education (ACE); 7:30 – (G) #4 Lone Jack vs. Braymer; 9:00 – (B) #1 West Platte vs. Lone Jack
GILMAN CITY l 4:30 – (G) #3 North Harrison vs. Ridgeway; 6:00 – (B) #3 North Harrison vs. Pattonsburg; 7:30 – (G) #2 Pattonsburg vs. Union Star; 9:00 – (B) #4 Union Star vs. Gilman City.
(G) Southwest Livingston 52, Hale 35 (B) Southwest Livingston 59, Hale 24
HALE — Before the Wildcats easily set up a winner-take-all battle for the CLAA regular-season boys' title with a romp, the Lady Wildcats (10-3, 6-1) had a bit of a tussle for a half before maintaining their grip on the shared lead in the girls' race.
The host Lady Cardinals (8-7, 2-5) led 12-10 after one quarter behind six Quincey Copple points and four from Morgan Daniels, but those two would be throttled on only another combined 10 markers the rest of the way as Southwest Livingston settled in.
With star Sydnee Rounkles matching her six first-stanza points, Julie Bothwell's Lady Wildcats moved in front 23-17 at halftime, then opened up daylight afterward.
With S. Rounkles netting five deuces, a 12-3 third stanza boosted Southwest Livingston to a 35-20 advantage and they coasted home from there.
Senior S. Rounkles finished with a game-high 28 points, scoring at least six points in each stanza. Haylee Johnson and Maritza Chavez chipped in eight points each.
For Hale, Copple finished with 14 points, including 8-of-10 free-throw shooting, and Courtney Eddins came on late to finish with 11.
The boys' game got out of hand very early as Southwest Livingston riddled the Cardinals' defense to the tune of 12 baskets – four of them from 3-point land – and 31 points in the opening period.
Up 19 after one, the Wildcats (11-2, 7-0) continued to pull away steadily, leading 44-17 at the half and having the "running clock" in operation through-out the fourth stanza.
Thanks to three treys, SLHS junior forward Ethan Crowe had 13 of his team's points in the first frame and finished with a game-best 15 points. Cole Upton added three 3s and 13 ponts and Brandon Bothwell hung up 10 points.
For Hale's Cardinals (5-10, 2-5), Cord Summers had 10 points.
TINA — The girls' game was a surprisingly-wide blowout as Erin Shiflett netted 15 points, Emilie Cowan 14, and Haley Fitzpatrick 13 for the balanced Lady Eagles (11-5, 6-1).
Tina-Avalon (8-8, 3-4) was led by Kelsey Garber with only seven points.
The win kept MHS tied with Norborne and upcoming foe Southwest Lviingston for the CLAA lead.
The undefeated Meadville boys, as expected, also stayed tied for the conference lead with a comfortable road win.
The Eagles (17-0, 7-0) also had three scorers in double figures, topped by Derek Smith with 14 and Kolton Friesner with 13. T.J. Schmitz added 10.
The beaten Dragons (7-9, 4-3) were paced by 14 from Noah Meyers.
(G) Braymer 55, Worth County 42 (B) Braymer 82, Worth County 68
BRAYMER — The host Bobcats moved to 4-0 and the Lady 'Cats to 3-1 in the GRC.
Jesse Utt with another double-double in the boys' win with 27 points and 12 rebounds, as well as six steals and four assists. Logan O'Dell also double-doubled with 24 points and 10 boards. Kyjuan Johnson chipped in 12 points and seven steals.
No specifics on the girls' game were received before press time.
(G) Hamilton 65, North Platte 47
HAMILTON — Jumping out to a 19-9 lead after eight minutes and outscoring North Platte in each quarter, Hamilton's Lady Hornets (12-2, 2-1) won again in KCI league play behind another big night from senior Elsie Greenwood.
Greenwood followed up her school-record 43-points effort against Cameron earlier in the week with another 31 points Friday on 11-of-15 shooting from 2-point range and 9-of-11 accuracy from the foul line. The All-Stater also had six steals and two assists.
Lady Hornets sophomore Molly Ward added 11 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the floor, along with four assists and four swipes. Classmate Morgan Prather approached a triple-double in neither tranditional category, although she did have a solid seven points and five rebounds. She dished out nine assists and had eight steals and the same number of shot blocks.
No score on the boys' game was available before press time.
(G) Polo 61, Tarkio 45 (B) Polo 68, Tarkio 35
TARKIO — It was an easy non-conference sweep for PHS on the road.
Although their final margin was only 16 points, the Lady Panthers (13-2) led 57-27 with about five minutes to go when coach Greg Keith cleared his bench, the coach noted.
Sisters Sammie Jo and Sidney Copeland and guard Avery Snodgrass led the PHS girls. Snodgrass had a school-record 12 assists, while Sammie Jo Copeland rang up 19 points and six rebounds and Sidney Copelan 14 points and six boards.
The Panthers (7-8) rolled behind a 20-points, 6-rebounds night by Jack Pile. Dalton Mills popped in 12 points and Parker Smith 10.