None of the Carroll-Livingston Activity Association's annual tournament's consolation semifinal games were decided by more than six points. Championship semis on tap Friday

TINA, Mo. — Consolation semifinals night in the 2018 Carroll-Livingston Activity Association high school basketball tournament Thursday (Feb. 8) produced four very close games, one of which needed overtime to decide, and advanced Hale-Bosworth’s and Hardin-Central’s boys and Mendon: Northwestern’s and Keytesville’s girls to Saturday afternoon’s scheduled consolation finals.
In a wild finale, Hale/Bosworth’s boys withstood Tina-Avalon’s huge fourth-period comeback to survive, 46-45. The earlier boys’ game had needed overtime before Hardin-Central ousted Norborne 56-50. On the girls’ side, Mendon: Northwestern’s eighth-seeded girls kayoed fourth seed Hale-Bosworth 68-66 and Keytesville topped Brunswick 45-39.
The CLAA’s 65th-annual event will have its championship semifinals Friday and then all six final-round games Saturday afternoon and night IF the weather doesn’t intervene again. Afternoon snow showers eventually becoming full-fledged snow potentially accumulatint to one to three inches is currently considered a possibility.
Friday’s slate of games has, in order, beginning at 4:30 p.m., girls top seed Southwest Livingston facing #5 seed Tina-Avalon, boys top seed Southwest Livingston against #4 seed Mendon: Northwestern, girls #2 and 3 seeds Norborne and Tina-Avalon, respectively, and finally boys #2 Brunswick taking on #3 Keytesville.
Thursday’s closest of the close games saw Hardin-Central’s Bulldogs use extra time to manufacture win #4 of the season, prevailing after being all square at 48 after 32 minutes.
Kysor Hughes of HCHS’ Bulldogs (4-17) scored the first OT points with a strong inside move and, after neither team scored for multiple possessions, teammate Zach Pearon made it a 2-possessions game with a quick drive from the left wing. Norborne (3-18) soon was back within two, but got no closer.
Hardin-Central, which couldn’t protect the 7-points lead it had after three quarters, was led by Pearon’s 20 points. Hughes tacked on 14 and Austin Rechtermann 12. NHS’ Pirates (6-14) were paced by Christian Coats’ game-high 22 with Cody Shannon chipping in 14.
HCHS will meet Hale-Bosworth’s Cardinals (10-12) in Saturday’s slated 12:30 p.m. opener, thanks to the Cardinals’ nailbiter over furious-finishing Tina-Avalon.
Hale-Bosworth led 32-17 after three quarters, but the tourney host’s Chandler Colliver went crazy in the last eight minutes. The T-A senior drilled four treys with a Connor Jenkins triple sandwiched right in the middle as the Dragons’ first five baskets of the last stanza came from downtown and quickly put them back in contention.
Colliver would wind up with seven buckets and 18 points in the period with Jenkins adding seven more after the duo had combined for seven markers the first three segments. However, when the final buzzer sounded, it had not been enough as, ultimately, Colton Harris’ free throw for Hale-Bosworth stood as the winning point.
Harris led the Cardinals with 14 points and freshman Jaeden Sears had 11. Colliver’s 23 for the Dragons (3-18) led all scorers.
The latter of Thursday’s two girls’ game jockeyed back and forth throughout before Northwestern’s Lady Eagles (9-14) earned the right to play a fourth time in the 9-teams tournament by upsetting #4 seed Hale-Bosworth, spoiling the career night of Lady Cardinals post player Hayes Heussner.
After the higher seed led by two points after one stanza and the game was tied at 27-27 at intermission, the Mendon-based club carried a 49-46 advantage into the fourth quarter and, with reasonably good and plentiful free-throw shooting, managed to make it stand up.
After not getting to the charity stripe in the first three frames, Northwestern attempted 17 foul shots in the last eight minutes and made 11. That managed to offset Heussner’s powerful finish to an outstanding night as she rang up seven deuces in the fourth quarter to finish with a game-high 36 points.
Zahner led four Lady Eagles in dual-digits scoring with what might have been a career-high 24 markers. Kelsie Speichinger tacked on 17 in the win with Gabbi Johnson providing another 12 and Halie Smith 11, including three treys.
Hale-Bosworth’s girls (14-8), unexpectedly out of the tourney in only two games, also received 10 points from Trinity Harris in addition to Heussner’s three dozen.
Keytesville’s Lady Tigers (6-15) continued their late-season uptick by leading most of the way against Brunswick’s Lady Wildcats (2-19) and avenging a regular-season loss to their western neighbors.
KHS post player Mylie Schupback powered in 29 points to pace the victory with Carley Neidholdt adding 10. Abby Dobbins netted 18 points and Alyssa Pulley 12 for BHS.