T-A pulled away from visiting Braymer in second half. Hardin-Central bested host Brunswick in first game of Carroll-Livingston Activity Association season Monday, Nov. 19.
Nine more C-T coverage area high schools began their 2018-19 basketball seasons Monday night, Nov. 19, joining Meadville, which commenced play last Saturday. Another group of schools followed suit Tuesday, Nov. 20.
In games for which only final scores had been reported or found online by the deadline for this edition, Linn County’s girls lost 42-34 at home to Grundy County R-5, Keytesville’s boys swamped visiting Bucklin/Macon County R-4 59-21, Braymer’s boys topped host Tina-Avalon 55-46, and Mercer swept visiting Hale-Bosworth – 65-35 in girls’ action and 57-34 in boys’.
No information was received or available on Breckenridge’s home games against Newtown-Harris nor Mendon: Northwestern home games against Atlanta, as well as the Bucklin/Macon County R-4 at Keytesville girls’ contest and Grundy R-5 a Linn County boys’ game.
In games on which details were reported:
(G) Tina-Avalon 49, Braymer 33
TINA — After “firing on all cylinders” to zip to a 19-6 lead after one quarter, according to head coach Dana Hansen, T-A’s Lady Dragons got into foul trouble in the second stanza and saw their margin shrivel to 22-17 at halftime.
However, Hansen relates, “the second half belonged to the Lady Dragons” as they regained a double-digits grip on the game and eventually won it by 16.
Hannah Colliver’s 17 points for T-A led all scorers with Hailey Rucker not far behind with 14. Braymer junior star center Jasmine Taylor popped in 16 points and Taylor Francis added 11.
Tina-Avalon will go to Alma to face Santa Fe next Tuesday, while Braymer’s girls start play in the Gallatin Invitational Tournament Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. against fifth seed Winston. Braymer’s boys also will begin that tourney Tuesday, meeting No. 3 seed Gallatin at 8:15 p.m.
(G) Hardin-Central 60, Brunswick 48
HARDIN — Expected to be a top contender for the Carroll-Livingston Activity Association regular-season championship as they return most of what was a tall, young roster last year, the host Lady Bulldogs led all or nearly all the way, although the Lady Wildcats stayed within 15 the whole way in the first CLAA game of the new season.
Hardin-Central received all but six of its points from three productive sources.
Julia Finley did the bulk of the first-half damage, hitting seven deuces and a free throw for 15 points as the Lady Bulldogs posted a 31-22 advantage after 16 minutes. She’d finish with a game-high 21.
Carly Thacker turned it on after a solid opening half, knocking down five 2s and a trey after intermission to conclude the night with 19 tallies.
The third cog in the wheel as Izabella Anderson, who was a steady producer all evening. She had three 4-points quarters and added two in the other for 14 points.
Brunswick had scoring from seven players, but only one reached twin digits. Off the bench, Addi Riley knocked down three triples and finished with 17 points. Abby Dobbins scored nine points, all after halftime.
Both schools play in tournaments next week. Hardin-Central goes to the Gallatin Invitational, the third-seeded girls opening Monday at 7 p.m. against Maysville and boys taking on second-seed Trenton Monday at 5:45 p.m. Brunswick makes the short trips up Missouri Highway 11 to the Northwestern Invitational at Mendon (see bracket on page 13).