C-T-area HS basketball roundup – Tuesday, Nov. 29, tournament games

First-round competition in the two area high school basketball tournaments involving non-Chillicothe C-T-area teams concluded Tuesday with all eight higher seeds moving on to the title semifinals.
Advancing their championship crusades at Mendon in the Northwestern Invitational were the top-seeded Higbee girls, second-seeded Hale-Bosworth girls and host boys, and fourth-seeded Higbee boys.
At Gallatin, Trenton’s No. 1-seeded girls moved to the right on the bracket, along with THS’ second-seeded boys. The host’s girls, the second seed, and boys, tabbed fourth, also were triumphant Tuesday.
    NORTHWESTERN TOURNAMENT
(G) #2 Hale-Bosworth 58, Keytesville 30; (B) #2 Mendon: N’western 71, Hale-Bosworth 41; (G) #1 Higbee 72, Brunswick 22; (B) #4 Higbee 55, Brunswick 30
MENDON — The Lady Cardinals of Hale-Bosworth got their initial win of what’s expected to be a good 2016-17 season by out-distancing KHS’ Lady Tigers, coached by Hale graduate Dustin Figg, who recently was in the hospital prior to starting his first season coaching both Keytesville clubs.
The Lady Cardinals (1-1) led 16-7 after one quarter, but had their margin slip to eight at intermission. Getting scoring from five sources in the third frame, Hale-Bosworth boosted its lead to 35-22 after three frames.
Senior 4-years starter Devin Grossman’s 13 points led a nicely-balanced and distributed Lady Cardinals offense. Hayes Heussner was right behind with 12 and Trinity Harris scored nine. All eight Hale-Bosworth players who played scored at least three points.
The Lady Cardinals will go against third seed Linn County Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
KHS’ girls (0-2) got 11 mar-kers from Carlie Neidholdt and eight by Dixie Dowell off the bench. The Lady Tigers were rematched with Bucklin/
Macon County R-4, who defeated them last week, in Wednesday’s consolation-semifinal play.
Northwestern’s Eagles joined the Lady Eagles in the championship semis, riding Garrett Johnson’s 20 points and 17 by Taylor McCumber to their 30-points triumph.
Hale-Bosworth’s boys (0-2) had more offensive punch than in their season-starting loss to Mercer, including 11 points by Trent Hastings and nine from Caleb Eddins.
Northwestern’s boys will go against No. 3 seed Linn County at 5:45 p.m. Thursday.
The Higbee girls had six scorers with six or more points, topped by 16 apiece by Rhiannon Runyan and Sabrina Huddleston. Brunswick’s Lady Wildcats (0-2) received nine from Katie McClanahan. Higbee will clash with No. 4 seed Northwestern at 7 Thursday in the championship semifinals. The BHS girls played on the consolation side Wednesday against Meadville’s Lady Eagles.
HHS’ Tigers rode 23 Will Clark points and 18 by Cameron Crawford past Brunswick (0-2). Higbee will be the title-semifinals opponent for top seed Meadville Thursday night at 8:15. BHS Wildcats faced Bucklin/Macon County R-4 in Wednesday’s consolation semis.
     GALLATIN TOURNAMENT
(G) #1 Trenton 52, Polo 24; (B) #2 Trenton 56, Polo 35; (G) #2 Gallatin 70, Maysville 24; (B) #4 Gallatin 49, Maysville 39
GALLATIN — Trenton’s top-seeded Lady Bulldogs and second-seeded Bulldogs – opponents for the Chillicothe High School girls and boys a week from Friday in both CHS teams’ 2016-17 home openers – strolled into Thursday’s championship semifinals of the Gallatin Invitational via victories over fellow Grand River Conference member Polo.
In Tuesday’s girls’ contest, Trenton jumped ahead of PHS’ Lady Panthers 18-5 after one frame, but saw its lead shrink to 10, 23-13, at halftime. The Lady Bulldogs then buckled down again in the third quarter, outscoring Polo 19-4 to ice it.
Whitley Richman’s 16 points led Trenton’s girls, who lost to Chillicothe in a Class 3 district championship game last year. Sophomore Salem Croy had 10.
The Lady Bulldogs will clash with fourth-seeded Braymer in tonight’s (Thursday’s) 7 o’clock championship semifinal.
Trenton’s boys steadily pulled away from Polo, seizing a 16-7 advantage after one period, then leading by 14 at intermission and 24 going to the last segment.
Leading the victorious Bulldogs in scoring was Spencer Harris with 17 points, one more than Corbyn Guile, who had his team’s only 3-pointer. Connor Cotton just missed double digits, netting nine points.
The Trenton boys also draw Braymer, the third seed, in thir title semifinal at 8:15 p.m. Thursday.
For Polo, James Fleener’s eight points led the offense.
The other girls’ championship semifinal at Gallatin will pit the host Lady Bulldogs against No. 3 seed Hardin-Central at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. In the boys’ division, the hosts will meet up with top seed Winston at 5:45 p.m. Thursday.