Brunswick girls gained first victory of season in 'play-in' game Monday. Southwest Livingston girls, Brunswick boys, Hardin-Central girls and boys advanced to semifinals

With six games spread over two sites (for one night only), the 2017 Carroll-Livingston Activity Association high school basketball tournament tipped off last night, producing two minor surprises and the first triumph of the 2016-17 season for one league member.
In quarterfinals play at Tina-Avalon School, where the remainder of the event will take place, both No. 5 seeds – Hardin-Central’s girls and Brunswick’s boys – advanced to Thursday’s championship half of the bracket at the expense of the No. 4 seeds. Also victorious were Hardin-Central’s boys and Southwest Livingston’s girls.
Southwest Livingston’s girls topped Keytesville 41-23 and Hardin-Central’s nipped Hale-Bosworth 37-35. The boys’ results saw Hardin-Central fending off upset-minded Southwest Livingston 61-51 and Brunswick shading Keytesville 42-40.
Meanwhile, at Norborne, where the 9-schools tourney’s two first-round (euphemistically-called “play-in” games by some) contests between the Nos. 8 and 9 seeds took place, previously-winless Brunswick slipped by Breckenridge’s girls 30-21 and Norborne’s boys pounded Breckenridge’s winless Bulldogs 69-24.
The tournament’s remaining four quarterfinal games were played at T-A last night. Wednesday will see the consolation semifinals occur, followed Thursday by the championship semifinals.
last night’s quarterfinal games at Tina-Avalon School found Hardin-Central’s Lady Bulldogs repeating their victory over Hale-Bosworth of last week, although this one was closer.
A winner by a dozen points at home in a make-up game last Thursday, HCHS found the Lady Cardinals (15-7) bent on avenging that loss at the neutral site, but ultimately unable to.
Hale-Bosworth led 12-6 after one quarter, but by intermission it was an 18-17 game, still the Lady Cardinals’ way.
The improved play by the Lady Bulldogs (11-9) extended into the third segment, a 12-3 advantage in that frame giving them a 29-21 lead before Hale-Bosworth pushed back.
In a free-throws-laden last eight minutes, the Lady Cardinals outscored HCHS 14-8, but the rally fell two points short. Of the 22 points in the last stanza, only eight – four by each side – came from the floor. Hale-Bos-worth netted 10 foul shots out of 14 attempts in the last quarter, while Hardin-Central hit four of nine to barely hang on.
Carly Thacker’s 10 points led the Lady Bulldogs with Lacy Logsdon having nine. Jentry Copple’s 12 for Hale-Bosworth led all scorers and Devin Grossman had 10. Each went six of eight at the line.
Hardin-Central will take on either top seed Norborne, the conference’s regular-season champion, or eighth seed Brunswick in the championship semifinals Thursday at 7 p.m.
Also advancing to the girls’ championship semifinals last night was second-seeded Southwest Livingston.
The Lady Wildcats (12-5) got past Keytesville mainly with defense, making 17 steals, the same number as their field goals total for the night.
“We got off to a slow first half, but buckled down in second and played better defense, which led to better opportunities on the offensive end,” summarized Julie Bothwell, SLHS head coach.
Ona Furst paced the SLHS scoring with 11 points and the foreign exchange student from Spain also had four steals and three assists. Marley Anderson pulled down 11 rebounds, while Caitlyn Jones netted nine points and Sarah Mason eight. Colee Webb led the “D” with six thefts and three assists.
Keytesville (2-18) received 10 tallies from Mylie Schupback.
Southwest Livingston’s girls will square off with tonight’s Tina-Avalon vs. Mendon: Northwestern winner in the semis Thursday at 4:30 p.m
Hardin-Central’s second-seeded boys got an extended battle from Southwest, which led 13-9 after one period and had things deadlocked at 30 at the half, despite Ryan Layman’s four treys and 23 points to that moment.
The Bulldogs (13-7) outscored the Wildcats (6-12) by six in the third frame and then by four in the fourth to prevail by 10.
Layman finished with 42 tallies, hitting seven triples. Riley Gorham chipped in 10. SLHS star freshman Mack Anderson double-doubled with 22 markers and 13 rebounds. Brady Bothwell had nine points, five assists, and five steals and Wyatt Maddux eight points, six boards, and four thefts. Nate Reith and Christian Reed each scored six points with Reith earning four “dimes.”
HCHS’ boys will go against tonight’s T-A vs. Hale-Bosworth survivor Thursday at 5:45 p.m.
Brunswick’s Wildcats (8-12) rallied from seven down at halftime to edge Keytesville and move into Thursday’s 8:15 p.m. game against either No. 1 seed Northwestern or Norborne.
Reece Winn fired in 18 points and A.J. Worley 11 for Brunswick. Keytesville’s Evan Craig led all scorers with 21 and Aldon Stephenson tacked on nine.
At Norborne, Brunswick’s Lady Wildcats (1-17), yet to meet Breckenridge in league regular-season play yet, established a 19-8 lead by halftime and won by nine to get a chance to play the rest of the week. Alyssa Pulley scored 10 points and Cloey Elliott nine for the winners. Breckenridge’s girls (4-11) were paced by Stevie Sollars’ eight.
Norborne’s Pirates (7-8) cruised into the quarterfinals as Christian Coats hung up 28 points. Breckenridge’s Bulldogs (0-14) got nine from Chubbs Henderson, but was eliminated.