Eagles (10-1) hit over 70 percent of their 2-points shot attempts in blowing away Paris 67-30 Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. Top seed will meet #3 Cairo for crown Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

SALISBURY, Mo. — One night after struggling past the tournament’s lowest seed, the Meadville (Mo.) HS basketball Eagles hit over 70 percent of their 2-points shots as they blew out No. 4 seed Paris 67-30 in the championship semifinals of the inaugural Salisbury Invitational Thursday
MHS (10-1) advanced to Saturday night’s title game (in SHS' dome gym) against No. 3 seed Cairo (8-3), which surprisingly obliterated second-seeded Glasgow 62-25 Thursday.
Meadville led Paris 20-8 after one period and more than doubled that lead to 41-15 by halftime.
Senior Dillon Seckington led Meadville’s boys with 19 points (on 8-of-12 2-points shooting), eight rebounds, and two steals. Matching his points total, via 7-of-8 marksmanship from less than 19 feet, was junior Dominik Gannan, while Conner Fletcher’s perfect 5-of-5 game inside the arc led to his adding 17 points to the Eagles’ cause. Ethan Newlin earned a game-high four assists as Meadville hit 25 of 35 shots from inside the arc. Outside it, the Eagles were an uncharacteristically-poor two of 17.
Other games
Although no details were reported or available before press time, other area action Thursday saw Jamesport: Tri-County split non-conference play at Novinger, the Lady Mustangs improving to 6-4 with a razor-thin 61-60 triumph before the boys (2-8) were blown out, 65-25.
Next for Tri-County is Harrison-Daviess Conference home play tomorrow night against Gilman City/North Daviess.
In the Carroll-Livingston Activity Association Thursday, Keytesville’s boys (8-4, 5-2 conf.) pasted host Breckenridge, 76-8. BHS’ Bulldogs went to 0-10, 0-5 in the league.
No result from the girls’ game between 1-win clubs was available.