Seventh-seeded defending champ Mercer takes Lady Cardinals' first-round clash at Meadville Tuesday. sixth seed Braymer's big second quarter stands up at Hamilton

Another night, another couple of significant upsets, including the second-seeded girls at Meadville falling and another No. 3-vs.-6-seed upset at Hamilton, spiced Tuesday’s second and final night of first-round play in the multiple high school basketball tournaments around the C-T coverage area.
At Meadville, the defending tourney champs, the Mercer Lady Cardinals, shocked second-seeded Hale-Bosworth 67-49.
One night after Trenton’s sixth-seeded Bulldogs hammered third seed Richmond by 17 at Hamilton, the Braymer Lady ’Cats shocked No. 3 Gallatin 49-46 to reach Thursday’s championship semifinals.
Joining first-year head coach April Stone’s BHS girls in victory at Hamilton Tuesday were the second-seeded host Hornets, 71-56 over Gallatin; East Buchanan’s top-seeded boys, 65-27 over Braymer; and East Buchanan’s girls, 53-25 over Lathrop in a 4-vs.-5 blowout.
Tuesday other winners at Meadville were the top-seeded host boys, 67-26 over Bucklin/Macon County R-4, the Mercer boys, and Grundy County R-5 girls.
At Keytesville, second seed Norborne put five girls in double digits in scoring as it ripped Brunswick 83-17, Keytesville’s Tigers topped Higbee 70-55 with four scorers in dual figures, Brunswick’s boys bounced Bevier 64-34, and Higbee’s girls swamped Bevier 65-20.
After each plays its consolation semifinals between first-round losers Wednesday, Thursday’s championship-semifinals pairings at those three sites will be:
MEADVILLE — 4:30 p.m. – (G) #3 Tina-Avalon vs. #7 Mercer; 5:45 – (B) #1 Meadville vs. #4 Mendon: Northwestern; 7:00 – (G) #1 Grundy County R-5 vs. #5 Linn County; 8:15 – (B) #2 Linn County vs. #3 Mercer
KEYTESVILLE — 4:30 p.m. – (G) #2 Norborne vs. #3 Higbee; 5:45 – (B) #1 Southwest Livingston vs. #4 Keytesville; 7:00 – (G) #1 Southwest Livingston vs. #4 Prairie Home; 8:15 – (B) #2 Prairie Home vs. #3 Brunswick
HAMILTON — 4:30 p.m. – #1 Trenton vs. #4 East Buchanan; 6:00 – (B) #1 East Buchanan vs. #4 Lathrop; 7:30 – #2 Hamilton vs. #6 Braymer; 9:00 – (B) #2 Hamilton vs. #6 Trenton

Raybe Kost’s 18 points paced Mercer’s upset of Hale-Bosworth, which was led by Bailey Stephens’ 14 tallies.
Meadville’s Eagles were led to their easy victory over Bucklin/Macon County R-4 by Dillon Seckington’s 12 markers. Sonny Dow hit for 11 for BMCR4.
Cam Hartley’s 19 points advanced Mercer’s boys in their triumph over Grundy County R-5. The Galt-based boys were led by Jonathan Stimpson’s 12 points.
Grundy County’s top-seeded girls rolled over Bucklin/Macon County R-4. The winners received 25 points from Jandie Peterson. Kellen Robertson rang up 17 for BMCR4.

A 19-9 second quarter put Braymer’s girls unexpectedly in the driver’s seat and they managed to stay there to surprise the third seed.
Jasmine Taylor popped in 16 points, and Kelsie and Kennedy Stone 11 and nine, respectively, for the Lady ’Cats. Karley Salmon’s 17 tallies led all scorers for GHS and Kelsey Maxwell had 11.
Hamilton’s Hornets had four scorers reach dual figures, topped by 17 each from Cale Whitt and LaTroy Harper. Ryan Cook and Braden Potts added 10 apiece as they bested Gallatin. Jett Simmons’ 24 for the Bulldogs led all scorers, supported by Colin Beck’s 13 and Aiden Adkison’s 10.
East Buchanan’s boys romped behind Ethan Kilgore’s 29 markers. Braymer was led by Gabe Rogers’ seven.
EBHS’ girls ran past Lathrop as Jesikah Allen hit for 20 points and Lilly Schilling 18. Breann Crawford put in 11 for Lathrop.

Norborne’s Lady Pirates were paced in their 66-points romp by Kennadie Crowe’s 21 points, but she had loads of backup. Reserve Katie Stevens and Emma Thoeni put up 14 each and Kayla Dooley and backup Melanie Cheney 10 apiece. Chloe Lewellen topped Brunswick with six.
The host KHS Tigers had 21 points from Evan Craig, 15 by Austin McKinstry, 14 from Tyler McKinstry, and 13 by Garrett Calvert as they bested Higbee by 15. John Scholl had 15 for Higbee’s Tigers.
A.J. Worley scored 20 points to power Brunswick’s boys, who had another 14 from Reece Winn and 11 by Garland Theus. Bevier’s Kade Shaver led all scorers witwh 23.
Higbee’s girls sauntered past Bevier with Geocie Sager sinking 15 points and Sam Nelson 13. The losers were led by Emilie Hoke’s 10 markers.