Meadville boys barely get past Linn County in Tri-County Conference clash; Braymer swept Grand River Conference play at Pattonsburg

After opening the 2016-17 season with three losses in four games – including a real ego-bruiser against Mercer, the Hale-Bosworth Cardinals made it back-to-back wins Tuesday night with a Carroll-Livingston Activity Association (CLAA) triumph over visiting Norborne.
Senior Trent Hastings fueled a strong first half with a dozen points and finished with 22 as Hale-Bosworth trimmed the Pirates’ sails, 65-55, to leave each school with a split of the evening’s action.
Elsewhere in the CLAA, Keytesville and Hardin-Central divided a pair, the KHS boys surprisingly prevailing.
In Grand River Conference (GRC) play, Braymer handled Pattonsburg twice on the road. In Tri-County Conference action, Meadville  swept at Linn County, and, in Harrison-Daviess (HDC) competition, Jamesport: Tri-County was in both games against Osborn to the end, only to come up short both times.
Also Tuesday, Hamilton’s girls were cuffed by St. Joseph: Lafayette’s strong squad 60-25.
(G) Norborne 64, Hale-Bosworth 42  (B) Hale-Bosworth 65, Norborne 55
HALE — Up three points after one period, the host Cardinals (3-4, 2-0 conf.) boosted that margin to 11 at halftime and then nearly doubled it in the third stanza behind Hastings’ scoring.
After increasing its 35-24 intermission margin to 53-34 after three, Hale-Bos-worth still was comfortably in front as the final buzzer sounded.
In addition to Hastings’ 22 tallies, Peyton Dodson put up 14, Blake Johnson 10, and Caleb Eddins nine for the winners. The Pirates (2-2, 1-1 conf.) had 17 points from Evan Glaze, 16 from Christian Coats, and 15 by Sevin Heins.
The girls’ game was very close – 30-29 in the guests’ favor – for a half before Madison Brown and NHS’ Lady Pirates (4-1, 2-0 conf.) outscored the Lady Cardinals (5-3, 1-1 conf.) 21-6 in the third quarter to punch a hole in it.
Guard Brown scored nine of her game-best 22 points in the third frame and had 13 after intermission. Katie Wood had the biggest scoring night of her career, nearly matching  Brown with her 20 tallies, and Hannah Mansur netted 14.
Hale-Bosworth’s girls were paced by 11 Hayes Heussner points. Bailey Stephens chipped in 10 more.
Hale-Bosworth plays in the league at Keytesville Thursday. Norborne is done until both of its squads take on Newtown-Harris in the North Central Missouri College Foundation’s “High School Holiday Hoops” Dec. 23.
(G) Meadville 62, Linn County 42  (B) Meadville 36, Linn County 32
PURDIN — In a highly-surprising slow-paced game Tuesday, Meadville’s boys (7-0, 2-0 conf.) narrowly held off their nearest geographic rival.
At halftime, the visiting Eagles were up 15-10 before being outscored by the Mustangs (5-3, 2-1 conf.) by one after that.
Ryan Young of MHS had 11 points, eight rebounds, four steals, three shot blocks, and three assists to pace the winning effort. Dillon Seckington’s 13 points, including 3-of-7 3-points shooting, led the Eagles in scoring. Jase Cowan yanked down seven rebounds. MHS didn’t help its cause much at the foul line, converting only 10 of 19 attempts.
Senior Reagin Klein’s double-double of 19 points and 11 assists provided the main thrust as the Lady Eagles (4-3, 2-0 conf.) rocketed past the host Lady Mustangs (3-5, 1-2 conf.). She also pulled down six caroms.
Teammates Karlin Fairchild, Audrey Holcer, and Madison Ryan each popped in 10 points, Holcer netting five of her eight shots from the field. Fairchild had five assists and Ryan three helpers and three steals. Brooke Crosser had four thefts for Meadville, which committed only five turnovers all night.
Meadville’s next games are at Brashear in the TCC Friday. Linn County is idle until Jan. 3 when it hosts Brunswick.
(G) Braymer 55, Pattonsburg 37  (B) Braymer 57, Pattonsburg 35
PATTONSBURG — Nearly-duplicate final scores marked the first-ever conference meeting between the two schools’ basketball teams. Pattonsburg joined the GRC this school year.
The Lady ’Cats (2-5, 1-1 conf.) steadily pulled away, “winning” every quarter, but never by more than six markers.
Jasmine Taylor continued her fine freshman season with 21 points – 15 of them in the second half. Gabby Saul contributed 10 and four other BHS girls had at least five. Pattonsburg’s Grace Warner scored 14.
Braymer’s Bobcats (6-1, 2-0 conf.) were held to only 23 first-half points and held only a 3-points advantage after two periods before perking up.
Senior 6’4” guard/forward Jordan Miller rocked Pattonsburg for 10 points in the third period after 6’6” classmate Austin Hall had 11 in the second frame. Miller finished with a game-best 22 points and Hall posted 17.
For Pattonsburg, three scorers had seven tallies apiece.
Braymer hosts Stanberry in league competition Friday.
(G) Hardin-Central 59, Keytesville 30  (B) Keytesville 37, Hardin-Central 33
KEYTESVILLE – In perhaps the top surprise of Tuesday night’s area play, the host Tigers extended their unexpected early-season success by turning back the visiting HCHS Bulldogs.
Keytesville’s boys (6-2, 2-1 conf.) were within 18-16 at halftime of the low-scoring affair as they kept Bulldogs All-State guard Ryan Layman under control.
Still keeping Layman and the HCHS offense in check – the visitors made only one of 17 3-point-shot attempts, the Tigers turned the game their way with a 10-4 advantage in the third period and played their guests to a standoff in the last eight minutes to win by four.
Balanced scoring and the strong play of post man Evan Craig paced coach Dustin Figg’s KHS club. Craig double-doubled with 12 points and 12 rebounds. He also made three steals.
Supplementing him were frosh Garrett Calvert with three treys and 11 points and Aldon Stephenson with 10 points and six assists.
Hardin-Central’s boys (3-4, 2-1) had Layman’s 15-points, 10-boards double-double – he also had four steals, three shot blocks, and three assists – and nine points and 12 snares by Zach Pearon.
HCHS’ Lady Bulldogs (5-2, 2-1 conf.) cruised in their game after swamping the Lady Tigers (1-6, 1-2 conf.) 20-4 in the opening quarter.
Addie Paul scored 16 points, made seven steals, and dished off six assists for the victors and Ashlyn DeMint, recently signed to play softball at North Central Missouri College at Trenton next school year, had a similar line – 13 points, five of HCHS’ 28 swipes, and four assists. McKenzie McBee provided another 12 points.
Keytesville’s Mylie Schupback ripped down 15 rebounds, had four assists, and three steals in the loss. Carley Neidholdt scored 10 points.
Hardin-Central’s next action will be at home against Braymer next Monday. Keytesville has Hale-Bosworth pay a visit for CLAA action Thursday.
(G) St. Joseph: Lafayette 60, Hamilton 25
ST. JOSEPH — The host Lady Irish (4-2) had things their way virtually all night, as anticipated. They led 17-6 after eight minutes and 38-15 at the half.
The Lady Hornets (1-5) had no one net more than five points individually. Big, talented senior center Ashlyn Dotson  put up 18 points and classmate Maddie Book 13 for LHS.
Hamilton’s girls and boys go to Lathrop for KCI Conference play Friday.
(G) Osborn 51, Jamesport: Tri-County 41  (B) Osborn 50, Jamesport: Tri-County 48
OSBORN — Victory was within the TCHS boys’ grasp, but eluded them.
The Mustangs (1-5, 0-2 conf.) from Jamesport led 19-18 at halftime, but came up a deuce short at the end, despite Lance Cook’s 19 tallies and Jeran Chitten’s 10. Both of them fouled out.
The Lady Mustangs (1-5, 1-1 conf.) managed only 14 points in the first three quarters as Osborn pulled away. The Tri-County girls were led in scoring by Makayla George’s eight points.
Next for Tri-County is home HDC action against powerful Mercer Thursday.