Seasons began ending for area high school basketball teams Monday night with the Southwest Livingston Lady Wildcats' campaign surprisingly among them.
Twice victorious over a good Hardin-Central team during the regular season, including by a solid 12 points in the third-place game of the Carroll-Livingston Activities Association Tournament only 10 days prior, the Lady Wildcats couldn't overcome a bad start Monday in the Class 1 District 13 Tournament. Jumping in front 14-4 after one quarter, Hardin-Central held on to win, 52-51.
"Our free-throw shooting was poor (four of 11) and we came out flat and dug ourselves a huge hole," SLHS first-year head coach Julie Bothwell summed up the loss.
Other first-round winners in girls' play at Braymer Monday were top seed Wellington-Napoleon, No. 2 seed Polo, and No. 3 Orrick. Braymer and Breckenridge, like Southwest, had their years end.
In Class 1 District 12 first-night action at Norborne, girls' quarterfinal winners included No. 2 seed Hale, No. 3 Tina-Avalon, and No. 4 Brunswick, with Mendon: Northwestern falling by the wayside.
At Green City in Class 1 District 11, Linn County's boys and girls stayed alive, as did the Newtown-Harris boys and Gil-man City girls.
In Class 3 District 16 at St. Joseph, the top-seeded Hamilton girls more than doubled up Maryville, 49-24.
CLASS 1 DISTRICT 13
(G) Hardin-Central 52, Southwest Livingston 51
(G) Polo 91, Breckenridge 25
(G) Orrick 59, Braymer 50
(G) Wellington-Napoleon 81, Lexington: Wentworth Military Academy 5
BRAYMER — Hardin-Central standout Olivia Ellis, who would hit nine of 14 shots inside the arc on the night, led the Lady Bulldogs' quick start with four first-quarter deuces and went on to score 20 points for the game as Hardin-Central (17-9) advanced.
Up 14-4 after one stanza, HCHS expanded its lead to 12, 32-20 at halftime despite Sydnee Rounkles' 12 points in the frame for the Lady Wildcats.
Southwest Livingston's girls (17-7) at last made inroads in the third segment, cutting the gap in half to six, and kept its push going the final eight minutes, only to run out of time.
It was a 1-possession game in the final minute when the Lady Bulldogs's Macy Foster hit four-straight free throws to expand the margin to 52-45 with 14 ticks remaining. S. Rounkles hit a quick trey and Southwest Livingston forced another turnover in the HCHS forecourt, but it was too late. S. Rounkles' running mid-court heave swished at the buzzer, but only narrowed the final score.
Foster finished with 11 points for Hardin-Central, which will go against No. 1 seed Wellington-Napoleon in Wednesday's reset opening semifinal game (4:30 p.m. in the snowstorm-adjusted slate).
S. Rounkles closed out her outstanding Lady Wildcats career with another points-rebounds double-double, something she averaged all season. She fired in 30 points, including four treys, and yanked down 15 rebounds while making four steals.
Page 2 of 3 - According to Bothwell, S. Rounkles finished with 1,453 career points and 814 boards.
Polo's Lady Panthers (20-6) crushed Breckenridge (4-17) behind 26 Adriana Segar points, 16 Sidney Copeland markers, 13 by Cati Boruch, and 12 from Sammie Jo Copeland.
Breckenridge was topped by Felicia Gardner's nine and Lauren Robison had eight.
Polo will meet Orrick in Wednesday's 7 p.m. semifinal after Orrick outlasted the host team by nine Monday.
Young Braymer (13-13), which could return its entire starting five next winter, trailed virtually throughout. It was a 4-points game after one quarter and 28-20 at halftime. Orrick added a point to its cushion in the third frame and played BHS to a standoff the rest of the way.
For the winners, Madison Winters pumped in 27 points and Samantha Fulte added 14.
BHS' Lady 'Cats got 15 from frosh guard Madison Mallory and 14 by sophomore post player Sadie Watson. Beth Milligan, a junior, chipped in eight and 5'11" sophomore Anna O'Brien gave a big fourth-quarter lift off the bench with seven.
Wellington-Napoleon had four double-figure scorers and all 13 players in uniform scored in the steamrolling of the military school girls.
CLASS 1 DISTRICT 12
(G) Hale 68, Malta Bend 21
(G) Tina-Avalon 54, Keytesville 47
(G) Brunswick 51, Mendon: Northwestern 39
NORBORNE — Tina-Avalon's Lady Dragons (14-11) led most of the way after out-gunning Keytesville 18-16 in the opening segment.
T-A was up 34-30 at halftime and more than doubled its advantage to 43-34 after three.
Kelsey Garber's game-high 20 points led the way. She was 11 of 13 at the foul line.
Supporting her amply were Ashley McCracken and Jenna Holmer with 12 points each. Morgan Schupback paced KHS with 19 points and Tesa Pearman had 12, all on treys.
The T-A girls will hook up with CLAA rival Hale in the championship semifinals Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.
Hale (13-11) assured itself a winning season by cruising past 1-win Malta Bend.
Quincey Copple powered in 23 points and Courtney Eddins 21 for the Lady Cardinals. Morgan Daniels popped in another 12 and Shaylee Summers 10.
Northwestern's Lady Eagles (10-13) led after the first two quarters and were tied 31-31 after three, but faltered defensively down the stretch. Brunswick out-scored the Mendon-area girls 20-8 in the closing segment.
Mallory Gardner led NHS with 20 points and Kynlee Marnin contributed 12. Brunswick, which will oppose heavily-favored top seed Norborne at 7 p.m. Wednesday, was led by Marissa Kahn's five 3s and 19 tallies. Bailey Meyer added 13 and Chelsea Manson 12.
CLASS 1 DISTRICT 11
(G) Linn County 60, Novinger 38
(B) Linn County 63, Gilman City 53
(G) Gilman City 44, Newtown-Harris 16
(B) Newtown-Harris 67, Novinger 37
Page 3 of 3 - GREEN CITY — Linn County's boys could never really shake free of Gilman City, which hit a bunch of 3-pointers, but the Tri-County Conference co-champions (with Atlanta and LaPlata) did survive and advance to Thursday's scheduled semifinals.
The Mustangs (18-6) led 13-7 after one period, but it still was a 6-points game at halftime. Linn County doubled its lead in the third quarter and mostly kept it there the rest of the way.
Balance powered the Purdin school, which had seven scorers with six or more points. Logan Brinkley came off the bench to lead the attack with 13 points. Ty Stillwell added 12, Josh Allen 10, Bryar Bookout eight, Derek Wilson seven, and Tristen Creason and Spencer Hostetter six each for LCHS, which made 15 of 21 free throws.
Gilman City's Ryan Burns and Zach Cox each scored 18 points, Cox knocking down five treys and Burns four.
The LCHS boys will meet Newtown-Harris in the championship semifinals currently slated for Thursday at 5:45 p.m.
Linn County's girls (13-10) coasted to victory Monday behind 20 Maci Hullinger tallies and 12 each by Megan Schreiner and Kerstin Wilson.
Novinger had 15 by Emily Reardon, 11 from Maria Gunnels, and 10 by Gentry Rogers.
The Lady Mustangs will meet either Green City or Grundy County R-5 in the semifinals Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
Newtown-Harris' boys rode Adam Crawford's 28 points and 21 by Micah Busick to their romp.
Gilman City's girls were led by Morgan Reed's 13 points and Makayla Toombs' 11 in their rout.
CLASS 3 DISTRICT 16
(G) Hamilton 49, Maryville 24
(G) Lawson 36, Trenton 29
(G) Cameron 61, Plattsburg 43
(G) St. Joseph: Bishop LeBlond 45, Lathrop 43
ST. JOSEPH — Hamilton star Elsie Greenwood was "limited" to 16 points, but the Lady Hornets didn't need any more from her against MHS' overmatched Lady Spoofhounds.
Hamilton zipped in front 19-5 after one stanza and were on top 34-11 at the half.
In addition to Greenwood's 16 points, Molly Ward netted 11, Morgan Prather eight, Erin Finch seven, and Shelby Kruse six.
For Maryville, Chelsea Byland had 13 points.
Hamilton (19-2) will go against Bishop LeBlond in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Bishop LeBlond (13-7) held off Lathrop Monday with Tyler Reid tallying 18 points for the Lady Golden Eagles. Kate Cordray's 18 tallies and Isabel Maddick's 17 provided virtually all of the Lathrop offense.
Trenton's Lady Bulldogs, the No. 6 seed despite having a field-high 19 wins, struggled on offense most of the night. Down 16-12 at the half, they were outscored 11-6 in the third to put them under the gun.
Lawson's Kerstin Huffman had a game-high 11 points. Cassidy Cotton led THS with 10.