Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, AREA HS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Northwestern boys held off Hale-Bosworth upset try to stay perfect in Carroll-Livingston Activity Association with one game to go. Tina-Avalon, Norborne girls – both 5-0 in CLAA play – clash at Norborne Thursday

MENDON, Mo. — One 2018-19 Carroll-Livingston Activity Association varsity champion – or at least co-champion – came into relief Tuesday night (Jan. 8, 2019) when the Mendon: Northwestern Eagles fought off the Hale-Bosworth Cardinals’ upset bid, 62-56.
The CLAA girls’ regular-season champ could crystallize tonight when Norborne hosts Tina-Avalon. The win of that clash will emerge 6-0, although either could face one more challenge to its perfect mark in its remaining two league outings.
Tuesday at Mendon, the Eagles (12-1, 7-0 conf.) tried to dissuade Hale-Bosworth’s boys of any notion of surprising the conference frontrunners by starting crisply.
Behind nine Hunter Stockwell points in and around the paint, Northwestern established a 19-8 lead after eight minutes and hiked its margin a bit to 37-24 at halftime.
However, the Cardinals (6-7, 3-2 conf.) sharpened their defense in the locker room and held their usually-high-scoring foe to only 25 second-half points, while increasing their own output.
A 19-14 Hale-Bosworth advantage in the third period made it a single-digits game going to the last stanza and the visitors had slightly the better of it in the closing segment, too, but could not score the upset.
NHS’ Eagles, a game ahead of defending CLAA regular-season champ Southwest Livingston by virtue of their early-December victory over the Wildcats on a night SLHS was without one of its best players, has only one conference game remaining, so the worst it can do is split the title with Southwest Livingston. However, that last league contest won’t be until Jan. 29 when it hosts Norborne.
Scoring-wise Tuesday, Northwestern seniors Wade Adams and Jaden Humphrey were their customary productive selves – Adams tallying a game-high 22 points and Humphrey, who hit three trifectas, right on his heels with 21. Sophomore post player Stockwell provided another 14.
Hale-Bosworth’s Colton Harris matched Adams for game scoring-leader honors with 22 and Jaeden Sears was nearly Humphrey’s equal with 20. However, only two other Cardinals dented the scorebook, combining for 14.
The girls’ game between the schools was even more of a battle before the Lady Cardinals pulled out a 67-66 triumph that kept them at only one league loss.
Behind 34-27 at the half, the visitors exploded for 24 third-stanza points – all from the floor and 11 of them from Bailey Stephens on three triples and a deuce – to knot the score at 51 apiece going to the fourth frame.
There, with Northwestern’s Kelsie Speichinger replicating Stephens’ long-range barrage of the prior stanza, the teams fought tooth and nail down to the last second before the Lady Cardinals (9-4, 4-1 conf.) had just enough the better of it to walk off winners.
Hale-Bosworth’s better scoring depth on this night proved to be the critical factor. Stephens led the win with 18 points, but Marissa Yeomans provided 13 off the bench, Trinity Harris netted nine, Kortney Nelson and reserve Avery Norris eight apiec, and Hayes Heussner seven.
NHS’ girls (9-4, 4-3 conf.) had a game-most 22 from Speichinger, 18 by Georgeanne Zahner, and 12 by Gabbi Johnson, but only one other Lady Eagle – Halie Smith – had at least seven.
Next for Hale-Bosworth is to be action at Hardin-Central Thursday night. Northwestern begins its extended run of non-league action with a trip to Galt to meet Grundy County R-5 Friday.

Tina-Avalon vs. Breckenridge
TINA — The Tina-Avalon girls strolled by the Breckenridge Lady Bulldogs Tuesday night to maintain their position atop the CLAA.
The Lady Dragons controlled the game from start to finish, jumping out to an 11-1 first-quarter lead and winning 55-29 to improve to 8-2 overall, 5-0 in the loop.
Tina-Avalon will visit Norborne for league play Thursday night (Jan 10). NHS’ girls, like T-A’s, are undefeated in conference, so the winner of this evening’s game will have the inside track to taking the conference regular-season crown.
Three T-A Lady Dragons scored in double figures Tuesday. Hannah Colliver led with 20 points, backed up by Samantha Rounkles with 16 and Haley Rucker with 15. Breckenridge (0-11, 0-6 conf.) was led in scoring by Jayde Keithley with 18.
No boys’ game was played as 5-members Breckenridge (0-11, 0-6 conf.) came up short of players and forfeited. That gave the host Dragons (2-8, 2-3 conf.) a second-straight victory, having nipped winless Hardin-Central 40-39 last Friday.
Breckenridge next goes to Bucklin/Macon County R-4 next Tuesday, Jan. 15.

Hardin-Central vs. Norborne
NORBORNE — The host Lady Pirates saw their share of the CLAA lead slipping away during the middle portion of Tuesday’s home clash with their western neighbors, but responded like champions.
Behind 21-17 at halftime and 27-24 after three quarters, the Lady Pirates (10-1, 5-0 conf.) owned the last eight minutes, dominating Hardin-Central’s Lady Bulldogs 17-4  to not only win, but do so by double digits.
Five different NHS girls scored in the late onslaught to deliver the comeback win. Six of those came from junior standout Kennadie Crowe to give her a game-high 19. Olivia Dooley added 12 more, three times connecting from outside the arc.
HCHS’ girls (9-4, 4-2 conf.) were led by Julia Finley’s 16 points and Carly Thacker’s 11, but neither of them was able to score in the decisive last stanza.
Norborne’s boys (3-8, 2-3 conf.) kept Hardin-Central’s winless (0-11, 0-6 conf.) with a 49-40 triumph. No specifics on the game were reported or available.
While Norborne is hosting Tina-Avalon Thursday night, Hardin-Central will be at home against Hale-Bosworth.

Southwest Livingston vs. Brunswick
BRUNSWICK — The schools split their war of Wildcats Tuesday.
The Southwest Livingston girls (1-9, 1-3 conf.)) led much of the game, but went cold from the field in the last 4:50, coach Julie Bothwell reported, and suffered a 44-36 defeat that gave BHS’ Lady Wildcats their first league win.
After the Brunswick girls (3-9, 1-5 conf.) got in front in the middle of the fourth frame, Southwest Livingston didn’t give itself a full chance to solve its shooting difficulties, committing several turnovers in the last couple of minutes, Bothwell added.
Statistically, BHS’ Abby Dobbins was the game’s top scorer with 13 points. Addi Riley was on her heels with 12 and Chloe Lewellen provided nine. Southwest Livingston’s Matney Waters had 12 points and six rebounds, according to Bothwell, while Lily Webb made nine steals and grabbed five rebounds, Allee Hein secured nine boards, netted eight points, and made four swipes. Adding six steals and a team-best four assists was lone senior Meredith Oesch.
No specifics on the Southwest Livingston boys’ victory were reported by either boys’ coach, but SLHS’ Bothwell, who assists head coach Eric Fairchild, tweeted that junior forward Mack Anderson scored 21 points – 15 in the second half, pulled down 14 rebounds, dished out four assists, and blocked four shots to help the Ludlow-based Wildcats win 63-53 over a good Brunswick team.
Southwest’s boys improved to 9-2 on the year, 4-1 in the CLAA. Brunswick’s boys now are 5-7 overall and 3-3 in the loop.
Southwest Livingston is to host CLAA foe Keytesville Friday, weather permitting. Brunswick is to go to Bevier for non-conference competition.

Meadville vs. Bevier
MEADVILLE — Meadville swept Bevier in Tri-County Conference home action Tuesday.
The Lady Eagles (6-7, 2-1 conf.) topped the Lady Wildcats 50-39 as Kiera Holcer hit for 17 points, including 8-of-10 free-throw work. Krysta Meyers and Maggie McLain added eight each.
Emilie Nolte led Bevier’s scoring with 15.
Meadville’s boys (12-1, 3-0) crushed Bevier as anticipated, 64-13. Dillon Seckington led the win with 18 markers. Parker Burton provided 11 and Dominik Gannan 10.
Meadville will host TCC foe La Plata Friday night, weather permitting.

Jamesport: Tri-County vs. Gilman City/North Daviess
JAMESPORT — Tri-County’s host Lady Mustangs advanced to 4-1 in Harrison-Daviess Conference play Tuesday, whipping Gilman City 52-14. The TCHS girls now stand 7-4 overall heading into Friday action at Norborne.
Tri-County’s boys just missed their first league victory, losing 41-38. The Mustangs are 0-5 in the HDC, 2-9 overall.

Lawson Tournament
LAWSON — Hamilton: Penney’s Lady Hornets (9-2) joined their male counterparts in tonight’s championship semifinals of the Lawson Invitational Tournament with a 55-39 verdict over Carrollton Tuesday.
The second-seeded Hamilton girls will face No. 3 Lawson at 7 o’clock Thursday, right after the Hornets face Richmond in the 5:45 game. Richmond’s boys walloped West Platte 70-42 Tuesday.
Thursday’s other championship-semifinals pairings are the top-seeded Trenton girls against North Platte and Lawson boys facing Gallatin.

Osborn Tournament
OSBORN — The Polo Panthers surprised third-seeded Orrick 53-44 Tuesday night in the opening round of the Osborn Invitational Tournament.
PHS’ third-seeded Lady Panthers later advanced to the title semifinals, as well, through a 72-42 triumph over Pattonsburg.
No specifics on either PHS game were reported.
The Polo girls (4-9) will met second seed DeKalb at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. The PHS boys (5-7) went against No. 2 seed Pattonsburg in the 9 o’clock game Thursday night. Pattonsburg’s boys doubled over Union Star 69-34 Tuesday.
A win for either Polo squad Thursday would put them in Saturday afternoon’s championship contests (girls’ at 3 p.m., boys’ at 4:30). A loss for either Polo team meant a Friday night third-place appearance at 7:30 or 9 p.m.

Milan Tournament
MILAN — One night after at least one state record was broken, Linn County’s girls (2-9) lost to Putnam County 44-38 Tuesday in a first-round game in the bracketed half of the girls’ division of the Milan Invitational.
No details on the game were reported.
The Lady Mustangs will met Novinger Wednesday at 6 p.m. in a consolation semifinal.
LCHS’ boys will take on Brashear Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in the “pool” half of their division to try to qualify for Saturday’s 8:30 p.m. championship contest.

Bill Burns Classic
LATHROP — The Braymer Bobcats’ foe for Wednesday’s consolation semifinal of the Bill Burns Classic tourney was decided Tuesday by top-seeded Lathrop’s 89-44 crushing of Kansas City: Northland Christian.
The Bobcats faced Northland Christian at 8 p.m. Wednesday after BHS’ Lady ’Cats met Kansas City: East in a losers’ semifinal at 5 o’clock.
The Braymer girls are assured of a Friday game, either at 5 or 8 p.m., but the boys needed a Wednesday win to reach Friday’s 6:30 p.m. boys’ consolation contest.