DEC. 14, 2017, AREA ROUNDUP: Tall, young HCHS squad fired up 101 shots from floor – three shy of state record for girls' team – in 86-51 romp at Mendon: Northwestern. Lady Bulldogs also corralled 67 rebounds, tied for fifth-most ever in Missouri girls' basketball history

“It’s not the destination, but the journey.”
Words that effect have been used – sometimes in earnest, sometimes tongue-in-cheek – in art over the years. Thursday night (Dec. 14, 2017), that sentiment almost turned an otherwise nondescript midweek basketball game historic.
The Carroll-Livingston Activity Association clash at Mendon between the host Northwestern Lady Eagles and guest Lady Bulldogs of Hardin-Central produced an expected result – an albeit unusually-high-scoring 86-51 triumph for the tall, young HCHS girls. It was the manner in which that score and outcome was reached, though, which stood out.
En route to their 35-points victory, coach Ken Layman’s Lady Bulldogs fired up a stunning and arm-wearying 101 field-goal attempts – 41 of which they sank and only one of which originated beyond the 3-point arc.
That grand – or, at least, century – shots total equaled the second-most a Missouri high school girls’ team has ever launched, according to listings in the records book accumulated and maintained by the Missouri State High School Activities Association. Only Chadwick, firing 105 in a contest against Lutie five years and one day earlier, has ever attempted more field goals, the records book lists. Interestingly, the team from the school south of Springfield had fired the ball at the rim 101 times in a Dec. 15, 2011, game against Lutie, too.
Even with the hefty number of “makes” Hardin-Central had Thursday, shooting over 100 times meant a bushelful of “misses,” as well, enough for the Lady Bulldogs to log – by team statisticians’ count – 67 total rebounds, 37 of them of their own misfires.
That caroms total also gains the 2017-18 HCHS girls a line in the MSHSAA records book as matching the fifth-most rebounds any girls’ team in the state has ever ripped down. Even as large as that number is – compared to “normal” totals that might range from the mid 20s into the 40s, it is dwarfed by the gargantuan record 92 boards secured by the Higbee Lady Tigers in a February 1983 contest against Bunceton. Ironically, one of the four times more rebounds than HCHS’ Thursday count were recorded by a Missouri girls’ squad was a 69-boards performance by the 2006-07 team from the school the Lady Bulldogs were visiting, Northwestern. NHS’ Lady Eagles posted their massive number in a contest against Grundy County R-5 at Galt Feb. 1, 2007.
Needless to say, with Hardin-Central’s high points and shots totals in this week’s remarkable game – one the Lady Bulldogs (6-2, 3-1 conf.) led 49-24 at halftime, there were gaudy individual and team stats galore for the victors.
At the final buzzer, four Lady Bulldogs had scored in double digits and three more had tallied eight points. Meanwhile, three HCHS players reached twin figures in rebounds and the team earned a healthy 20 assists.
Julia Finley led the points parade with 16, making her one of two Hardin-Central players with a points-rebounds double-double as she led her team with 14 boards, as well.
Carly Thacker joined her beyond single numbers in both categories with 15 points and 10 caroms, to which she also added a team-lead-sharing five assists.
Another starter, Bella Anderson, had 14 points, a handful of steals, and three helpers, while reserve Ashton Markley duplicated that scoring contribution.
Another Hardin-Central backup, Brooke Gordon, yanked down a dozen rebounds – 10 of them off the offensive glass, while being one of the 8-points scorers.
The other two starters – Lacey Logsdon and Kylie Manchester – each balanced eight points with eight boards, Manchester tacking on five “dimes” (assists) and three thefts and Logsdon earning four assists.
Northwestern’s girls (4-5, 1-2 conf.) also had three dual-digits scorers with Gabbi Johnson, who rang the bell from outside the arc five times, and Georganne Zahner sharing game scoring honors with 19 points each. Kelsie Speichinger popped in another 13, but those were the only three of the six NHS players in uniform to score.
The evening’s CLAA boys’ game was a bit less frantic, but not all that much, as the host Eagles (5-4, 2-1 conf.) turned back Hardin-Central 76-65.
Northwestern had 26 points by Wade Adams – 20 in the first half as NHS established a 45-27 advantage, 12 by Ryan Fisher, and 10 by Jaden Humphrey. Leading the Bulldogs (0-7, 0-4 conf.) was Zach Pearon with 24 markers. Austin Rechtermann provided another 14 and Kysor Hughes 10.

(G) Southwest Livingston 70, Breckenridge 18, (B) Southwest Livingston 64, Breckenridge 13
LUDLOW, Mo. — Virtually-identical margins of victory marked the hosts’ CLAA wins over Breckenridge Thursday.
Wyatt Maddux had 20 points and Mack Anderson 18 points, eight rebounds, five assists, and three steals for the Wildcats (4-1, 3-0 conf.), SLHS coach Eric Fairchild reports. BHS’ Bulldogs (0-6, 0-4 conf.) had six points by Corbin Johnson.
Playing barely a half, Kaylie Campbell double-doubled with 15 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, four steals, and three shot blocks as Southwest’s girls (5-0, 3-0 conf.) rolled. Kortlyn Rounkles’ 25 points – also in just over a half – led the Lady Wildcats’ scoring, which came from 10 separate sources. Breckenridge’s girls (0-7, 0-4 conf.) were paced offensively by Carissa Keithley’s seven points.
Both BHS teams dressed out only the minimum five players.
Southwest Livingston’s teams play today (Dec. 16) at Trenton in the North Central Missouri College Foundation’s High School Holiday Hoops – the boys against Scotland County at 2 p.m. and girls against Class 4 St. Joseph: Lafayette at 3:30.
Next for Breckenridge will be Dec. 20 play on the road against Lathrop’s junior-varsity teams.
(G) Hale-Bosworth 51, Keytesville 35, (B) Keytesville 60, Hale-Bosworth 43
HALE, Mo. — Another Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, CLAA matchup which produced nearly-matching margins of separation, but this time producing a win for each school, rather than a sweep.
Hale-Bosworth’s Lady Cardinals (7-2, 2-1 conf.) doubled Keytesville 16-8 in the opening stanza and were never seriously challenged thereafter. Bailey Stephens’ 14 points and Marissa Yeomans’ 12 led the winners’ scoring. In defeat, Mylie Schupback led all scorers with 16 points and Dixie Dowell hit for 12 for the Lady TIgers (0-7, 0-4 conf.).
KHS’ boys (6-2, 3-1 conf.) steadily extended their lead after a good beginning, too, as brothers Austin and Tyler McKinstry split 36 points almost right down the middle. Younger brother Austin finished with 19 and Tyler 17. Evan Craig added 12 to the cause. Hale-Bosworth’s boys (5-4, 2-1 conf.) had 19 tallies from Jaeden Sears.
Hale-Bosworth’s boys next will face Rock Port in the NCMC “Holiday Hoops” shootout Wednesday, Dec. 27, at 1 p.m. The girls are not involved in the event, so they won’t play again until Jan. 2 when they go to Grundy County R-5 at Galt.
Keytesville has a loop date with Norborne on the road this coming Tuesday.