Both Southwest Livingston squads will seek Keytesville titles Saturday. Meadville boys, Hamilton clubs will do same in own events.

C-T-area high school basketball action Thursday (Jan. 25, 2018) advanced seven area squads to Saturday afternoon or evening championship games.
At Keytesville, all four title-tilt participants will be from the Carroll-Livingston Activity Association, including both top-seeded Southwest Livingston clubs. SLHS’ Lady Wildcats will meet No. 2 seed Norborne, as expected, while the boys’ championship contest will be an all-Wildcats affair between Southwest and Brunswick, the No. 3 seed.
At Meadville, the top-seeded host Eagles will go against No. 2 seed Mercer after each won their semifinals Thursday.
At Hamilton, both second-seeded hosts are headed to Saturday night’s title clashes against the pre-tourney favorites – Hamilton’s girls against Trenton and its boys against East Buchanan.
Southwest Livingston’s Wildcats nearly were upset by the host Tigers Thursday, but fended Keytesville off, 54-49, behind 35 Mack Anderson markers. Evan Craig, a sophomore like Anderson, pumped in 29 for the hosts.
Southwest Livingston’s once-beaten girls crushed Prairie Home, 75-34, behind 38 Kortlyn Rounkles tallies. SLHS’ Lady Wildcats now are 14-1.
Norborne’s Lady Pirates earned a second crack at Southwest, having lost an early-January CLAA contest decisively. The Lady Pirates sailed past Higbee 52-26 with sophomore Kennadie Crowe ringing up 22 points Thursday.
Brunswick’s boys battled No. 2 seed Prairie Home into overtime and finally prevailed, 71-67. BHS big man Reece Winn scored almost half of his team’s points – 33, while Creed Flood had 27 for PHHS.
Saturday’s first-place games at Keytesville are slated for 1 p.m. (girls) and 2:30 p.m., respectively.
LaTroy Harper’s 24 points paced Hamilton’s 75-43 crushing of Trenton Thursday. The Hornets also got 14 points from Cale Whitt and 10 from young reserve Ryan Cook, while three others scored six or more.
Hamilton’s Lady Hornets stung Braymer’s Lady ’Cats 51-19 to reach Saturday’s 6 p.m. title contest. McKauley Prothero’s 16 points topped Hamilton with Nora Ford netting 11. Braymer, which had upset third seed Gallatin in the first round, got 11 of its 19 points from Jasmine Taylor.
Trenton’s girls had nice balance as they fought off East Buchanan 46-37. Ainsley Tolson tallied 10 in the win, while reserve Maci Moore and Sydney Lynch scored nine apiece.
East Buchanan’s boys advanced to Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. boys’ championship contest with a solid 58-42 verdict over Lathrop. Ethan Kilgore’s 19 points and Kolton Griffin’s 14 led the victory.
The host Eagles got by Mendon: Northwestern 62-55 as sophomore guard Dominik Gannan set the MHS pace with 15 points. The beaten Eagles had a game-high 27 from guard Wade Adams.
Meadville’s boys will go against Mercer for the crown at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Mercer took down Linn County in another tight game, 66-58. Isaiah Morgana’s 21 points led the Cardinals, while Jase White scored 14 for the beaten Mustangs.
Tina-Avalon’s second-seeded girls became a second victim of defending champion, but sixth-seeded Mercer, falling 46-42 in overtime Thursday. Mercer, which kayoed Hale-Bosworth in the opening round, again was led by Rayne Kost, who scored 16 points. T-A’s Khloey Forst tallied 15.
Mercer will try to keep climbing the ladder back to the throne in Saturday’s 4 p.m. first-place duel when it takes on top seed Grundy County R-5.
The girls from Galt demolished Linn County 55-22 in the semifinals as Jandie Peterson again had the hot hand with 20 points Thursday.
Although no specifics were reported, a Twitter posting by a Polo school-related acccount Thursday reported PHS’ Panthers were defeated by No. 1 seed and state-ranked Mid-Buchanan 54-36 in the championship finals of the tourney at Dearborn.
That would put Polo’s boys in Saturday’s 11 a.m. third-place game against either Plattsburg or Conception Junction: Jefferson.