Hamilton’s Penney High School Lady Hornets handily advanced to the championship game of their own tournament and Norborne’s girls also earned a shot at a tile Thursday night, but otherwise – beyond the action in the Meadville Invitational (see story beginning on page 10) it was a tough night on the hardwood for C-T-area high school basketball squads seeking cracks at crowns.
While Hamilton’s girls (14-2) were bouncing Lathrop at home, Norborne’s girls were knocking off Southwest Livingston’s Lady Wildcats again in the semifinals at Keytesville, where Southwest’s boys also were beaten.
At Dearborn, Braymer’s boys and girls both lost in the North Platte Invitational title semis and Polo’s girls were dominated by top seed Trenton at Hamilton.
(G) Hamilton 67, Lathrop 38
(G) Trenton 62, Polo 32
HAMILTON — A 23-10 start mushroomed into a 42-18 halftime lead for the host Lady Hornets, who will duel once-beaten Trenton for the championship at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
Senior All-State guard Elsie Greenwood was slowed from her recent pace, but still hit for a game-best 27 points, including a trio of treys. Morgan Prather added 11 points and Molly Ward and Shelby Kruse had nine each.
Lathrop’s Lady Mules were paced by Isabel Maddick’s 17.
Polo’s Lady Panthers (14-3) started a bit slowly, trailing 19-8 after one stanza, but picked up their game and were down only 30-22 at intermission. However, Trenton held them without a basket and to only one solitary free throw in the third frame to move the lead out to 20, 43-23, and settle the outcome.
Avery Whitaker’s 25 points for THS led all scorers. Teammates Scotlin Hurley and Makaila Capeder supported her with 17 and 12, respectively.
PHS’ girls, who will face Lathrop for third place tonight at 8 p.m., got 11 markers from Sammie Jo Copeland and nine each from Adriana Segar and Sidney Copeland.
Saturday’s 8 p.m. boys’ championship contest at Hamilton will have No. 1 seed Richmond, which needed overtime to fend off Trenton 59-54, going against No. 2 Gallatin, which held off a late South Harrison push, 55-51.
(G) Norborne 51, Southwest Livingston 42
(B) Bevier 60, Southwest Livingston 50
(B) Marceline 58, Norborne 42
(G) Marceline 60, Keytesville 42
KEYTESVILLE — Norborne capitalized on some early second-half Southwest Livingston turnovers to build on a 6-points halftime lead and went on to win by nine.
“We played a good first half, but four quick turnovers at the beginning of the third quarter changed the game,” commented SLHS coach Julie Bothwell.
Page 2 of 3 - “We played them evenly after that, but we can’t have those lapses against top teams.”
All-State center Cheyenne Baxter of NHS’ Lady Pirates (16-1) pretty much had her way the first three quarters. The 6’1” senior pivot racked up 24 points in 24 minutes as Norborne built its 41-30 lead. She was held to two free throws in the final frame, but still led all scorers with 26 points. Devanne McCoy added another nine.
Sydnee Rounkles, the senior star of the Lady Wildcats (11-4) had another strong night of her own with 23 points, six rebounds, and eight steals, but no teammate had more than six points.
The Southwest girls will go against host Keytesville, a 60-42 loser to No. 1 seed Marceline, for third place tonight at 8:30.
Southwest Livingston’s boys (12-3) were pushed into Saturday’s 2:30 p.m. third-place game by Bevier’s third-period rally.
The Wildcats led 33-30 at intermission, but were outscored 13-4 in the third segment and didn’t recover.
“Bevier shot ‘lights out.’” commented SLHS coach Tyler Anderson. “Our defense was lacking, which helped them.”
Colby and Brett Peukert rained down five 3-pointers each for BHS’ victorious Wildcats. Colby finished with a game-high 25 points and Brett 18.
For SLHS Wildcats, Cole Upton led with 14 points and Brandon Bothwell extended his recent offensive surge with 11, along with five rebounds.
Norborne’s Pirates (8-9) kept the top-seeded Tigers of Marceline in sight, but could not overcome a 24-12 halftime deficit.
Brett McGlothin of MHS fired in 38 big points – including 33 in the last three periods. Chase Hilsabeck added 12.
For Norborne, which will go against Southwest Livingston for third place Saturday, Jacob Uribe led with 12 points.
NORTH PLATTE INVITATIONAL
(G) Plattsburg 56, Braymer 32
(B) Mid-Buchanan 60, Braymer 48
DEARBORN — Braymer’s Bobcats (14-2) got behind early and could never get back to square one.
Mid-Buchanan took an 11-4 lead after eight minutes and had a 25-19 margin at halftime. An 18-12 third quarter boosted the advantage to 12 and that’s where it ended up.
Freshman Logan O’Dell’s 21 points for Braymer led all scorers and teammate Jesse Utt had 17, but the rest of the Bobcats produced only 10.
Mid-Buchanan had 19 points from Braydn Kemper, 18 from Colton Hoffman 18, and Jake Meikel 10.
The Bobcats will meet Conception Junction: Jefferson for third place Saturday at 1 p.m.
Braymer’s Lady ’Cats got behind the girls’ No. 1 seed by 10 after one quarter and were fighting steeply uphill the rest of the way.
Page 3 of 3 - Jackie Graham’s 21 points for Plattsburg led all scorers. Tori Kelley added 14 – all in the first half – and Ashton Lyle had 10.
The Lady ’Cats (10-6) were topped by Darcey Peters’ 10 points. No one else topped five.
The BHS girls also will go against Jefferson for third place. That game is tonight at 8 o’clock.