Seckington's seven treys, 29 points pace Meadville boys; both Braymer teams fall in Gallatin tourney championship semifinals Thursday night

Three C-T-area high school basketball teams earned trips to tournament championship games with semifinals victories Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016.
Advancing to Saturday’s title games of the annual Northwestern Invitational at Mendon, Mo., were the top-seeded Meadville Eagles and second-seeded Hale-Bosworth Lady Cardinals and Northwestern Eagles.
Meadville (2-0) used 6’2” sophomore Dillon Seckington’s seven 3-pointers and 28 points to roll past Higbee 60-38 Thursday.
In Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. championship game, Meadville will meet another set of Eagles, these from the host school, after Northwestern’s boys pulled away from Linn County 75-64.
Free-wheeling Northwestern scored at least 20 points in three of the four periods. Senior scoring star Garrett Johnson led the way with 27 points and Kade Marnin added 19. Wade Adams had another 15, including four “triples.” Linn County’s Jase White led four Mustangs in double-digits scoring with 20 tallies.
In the girls’ division, Hale-Bosworth doubled up Linn County 58-29 as veteran star Devin Grossman tossed in 21 points and sophomore Bailey Stephens added 15.
The Lady Cardinals (2-1) will go against top seed Higbee at 6 p.m. Saturday. Higbee overcame a 28-24 halftime deficit against Northwestern’s girls to win 58-51, despite another big night (19 points) by NHS freshman Georganne Zahner.

While three C-T-area squads took advantage Thursday of their chances to pursue a tourney title, three others were unable to at the Gallatin Invitational.
The Braymer Bobcats lost to second-seeded Trenton 65-47 as THS’ Spencer Harris fired in 22 points.
Braymer’s Lady ’Cats fell to top seed Trenton 61-22 and Hardin-Central’s girls were bested by No. 2 seed Gallatin 48-27.