Sixth-seeded Trenton won by 17 at Hamilton to avenge earlier loss to Spartans; Southwest Livingston sophomore Anderson in twin figures in points, rebounds, blocks, and assists in win over Bunceton at Keytesville
The hyperactive week of basketball tournament action for C-T-area high school teams commenced last night (Monday, Jan. 22, 2018) with one noteworthy exception to higher seeds advancing.
First-round play at Meadville, Hamilton, Keytesville, North Platte, and Gilman City schools was highlighted by the Trenton Bulldogs’ decisive 61-44 surprise of third-seeded Richmond at Hamilton and a quadruple-double by Southwest Livingston Wildcat Mack Anderson at Keytesville.
Dylan Harris’ four treys and 18 points keyed sixth-seed Trenton’s win, which advances it to Thursday’s 9 p.m. championship semifinal against either second-seeded Hamilton or Gallatin.
Also at Hamilton Monday, the second-seeded hosts cruised 56-20 over Richmond behind McKauley Prothero’s 17 tallies, Trenton’s top-seeded girls bombed South Harrison 73-16 as 1,000-career-points scorer Ainsley Tolson’s 19 markers led four Lady Bulldogs in twin digits, and Lathrop’s fourth-seeded Mules squeaked by South Harrison 79-72 in overtime behind Colton Nichols’ 21 points and Blake Gordon’s 20. Lathrop scored 14 points in the OT.
Tuesday night’s schedule at Hamilton will be: 4:30 p.m. – (G) East Buchanan vs. Lathrop; 6:00 – (B) #1 seed East Buchanan vs. Braymer; 7:30 – (G) Gallatin vs. Braymer; 9:00 – (B) Hamilton vs. Gallatin.
Keytesville’s first night Monday saw both top-seeded Southwest Livingston squads in action and easy winners.
Southwest Livingston’s Wildcats (12-2) demolished Bunceton 83-31 behind 6’4” sophomore sensation Anderson’s 29 points, 20 rebounds, 10 shot blocks, and 10 assists. Wyatt Maddux chipped in 18 points and, off the bench, Drew Braden had 11.
In the opener, Kortlyn Rounkles fired in 20 of her game-high 29 points in the very first quarter as the SLHS’ girls (13-1) established a 28-4 lead on their way to a 67-22 laugher. Kaylie Campbell added 19 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, and four steals, and Colee Webb 11 tallies and a team-high five steals.
The SLHS boys won’t know their Thursday 5:45 p.m. championship-semifinal foe until after Tuesday’s Keytesville-Higbee game, but the Lady Wildcats will face Prairie Home at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Prairie Home’s girls, who had only five players in uniform, slapped nearby rival Bunceton 57-38 behind Kourtney Kendrick’s 21 points and 18 from Ashlyn Twenter. One PHHS player did not score.
The other boys’ game at Keytesville Monday saw Norborne fall to second seed Prairie Home 58-40 after plunging into a 23-4 chasm after one period. NHS’ Christian Coats netted 17 points, while Prairie Home had 26 by Creed Flood and 18 by Clauton Pethon.
Tuesday’s schedule for the Keytesville tourney will be: 4:30 p.m. – (G) Norborne vs. Brunswick; 5:45 – (B) Brunswick vs. Bevier; 7:00 – (G) Higbee vs. Bevier; and 8:15 – (B) Keytesville vs. Higbee.
At Meadville Monday, according to MHS athletics director Drew Nier, Tina-Avalon’s Lady Dragons smoked Meadville 53-29 behind Hannah Colliver’s 21 points. Kristta Meyers netted 15 for MHS’ Lady Eagles.
Linn County bested Mendon: Northwestern 41-38 as Madison Livingston hit for 12. Kelsie Speichinger matched that for Northwestern.
The boys’ action had Jase White’s 31 pointss pace second-seeded Linn County past Tina-Avalon 69-35, while Northwestern’s Jadan Humphrey hit for 24 in the Eagles’ 80-61 triumph over Hale-Bosworth. Jaeden Sears had 17 for the Cardinals.
Tuesday’s slate at Meadville is: 4:30 p.m. – (G) Hale-Bosworth vs. Mercer; 5:45 – (B) Mercer vs. Grundy County R-5; 7:00 – (G) #1 seed Grundy County R-5 vs. Bucklin/Macon County R-4; 8:15 – (B) #1 seed Meadville vs. Bucklin/Macon County R-4.
Although no specifics have been relayed, according to the Polo Panthers Twitter account, PHS’ boys moved into the championship semifinals of the North Platte Invitational by coming back from a 7-points halftime deficit to nip Mound City 47-46 on James Fleener’s 3-pointer just before the final buzzer.
Polo’s girls lost to Conception Junction: Jefferson 41-18 Monday.
In the Gilman City Tournament, Jamesport: Tri-County’s boys were defeated by Northeast Nodaway 81-29, according to a tweet posted online.