Four Hornets, led by Harper's 32 points, in double digits as Hamilton prevailed at home in Class 3 District 16 Wednesday. Fleener had more than half of his 32 in last period of Polo's Class 2 win
HAMILTON, Mo. — Four scorers were in double figures Wednesday as the Hamilton Hornets charged into the semifinals of the Class 3 District 16 high school basketball to tournament they’re hosting this week.
LaTroy Harper rifled in 32 points, Derek Dixon 14, and Cale Whitt and Ryan Cook 13 each as the Hornets riddled South Harrison 74-45 in the weather-delayed boys’ quarterfinals.
Hamilton’s third-seeded boys will challenge second-seeded St. Joseph: Bishop LeBlond Friday at 6 p.m. in the semifinals, after which top seed Maryville, a 68-33 winner over Brookfield Wednesday, will go against No. 4 seed East Buchanan. East Buchanan shaded Lathrop 48-45 Wednesday.
Bishop LeBlond drubbed Trenton 56-42 in its quarterfinal, leading by 20 after three periods.
The tourney’s girls semifinals are slated for Thursday, weather and road conditions permitting, which doesn’t look promising, given a forecast of freezing rain off and on Thursday.
Hamilton’s second-seeded girls are due to face No. 3 Maryville in the 6 p.m. game Thursday, followed by No. 1 seed Trenton going against East Buchanan. If conditions prevent that action from taking place as already rescheduled, it is likely the Friday schedule will be altered to include all four girls’ and boys’ semifinal games. That would let the championship games still take place Saturday, as now planned.
Polo's Fleener Sizzles Down Stretch
GALLATIN, Mo. — Behind a torrid finish from their top player, the Polo Panthers are on to the championship semifinals of the Class 2 District 16 high school basketball tournament after toppling Princeton 61-58 Wednesday.
Polo came out blazing, scoring 21 points in the first period to lead by eight, but, by the end of the third stanza, the game was square again at 38 apiece.
Then, in the fourth frame, Panther James Fleener went off for 17 points – four deuces and nine free throws without a miss – to power Polo to a 23-20 margin in the stanza and the 3-points victory.
With his huge close, Fleener totaled a game-high 32 points. Providing another 15 was Jared Robison.
Pricneton was Harrison Smith with 20.
Polo’s Panthers are due to take on No. 1 seed Mid-Buchanan Friday at 6 p.m. Mid-Buchanan surprisingly struggled by East Atchison (Tarkio-Fairfax) 75-65.
Also on to the boys’ semifinals are the second-seeded Plattsburg Tigers and No. 3 Stanberry.