Top-seeded Southwest Livingston boys sail through first Keytesville test. Hamilton girls win in own event. Tina-Avalon girls, Mendon: Northwestern boys win easily in halved Meadville action

Only one lower seed moved to the championship-side brackets of the multiple Missouri high school basketball tournament in which virtually all area schools are involved this week Monday night (Jan. 21, 2019).
Richmond’s Spartans, winners previously over Trenton’s boys earlier this season, not only lost to THS’ Bulldogs as the No. 3 seed of the Hamilton Invitational Monday, but were essentially doubled up.
Trenton’s boys earned a spot in the championship semifinals with a 60-31 stomping of the Spartans Monday.
Otherwise, higher seeds, including the top-seeded Southwest Livingston boys, ruled the night of first-round action at Meadville, Keytesville, and Hamilton.
Tuesday night is supposed to bring the completion of first-round play in those tourneys, but anticipated treacherous traveling conditions already has caused the events at Meadville and Gilman City to delay their would-be action 24 hours.

KEYTESVILLE TOURNAMENT
Southwest Livingston’s top-seeded Wildcats mauled Norborne 67-35 behind Wyatt Maddux’s 26 points, Nate Reith’s 13, and Mack Anderson’s 20 tallies, 15 rebounds, seven shot blocks, and five assists. Norborne got nine markers from Caynon Ellis.
Southwest Livingston’s girls fell to No. 3 seed Higbee 58-38. Matney Waters scored 13 points to lead SLHS with Allee Hein contributing 12 rebounds, five assists, and five steals, Makenna Campbell 10 rebounds, seven points, and five shot blocks, and Lily Webb nine boards and six points. Meredith Oesch matched Campbell’s seven points.
Higbee’s Grace Westfall fired in a game-high 18 points.
The third-seeded host Tigers routed Higbee 80-32 behind 25 points by Evan Craig, 21 by Garrett Calvert, and 13 from Austin McKinstry. William Gibson’s 18 markers provided nearly 60 percent of Higbee’s offensive production.
Norborne’s girls rolled past the hosts 70-17 as Kennadie Crowe rang up 18 points, Gracie McKinney and Olivia Dooley 11 each, and Kayla Dooley 10. Keytesville’s girls were paced by six from Dixie Dowell.

MEADVILLE TOURNAMENT
The No. 2 seeds both got their games in Monday and handily advanced to the championship semifinals.
The Tina-Avalon Lady Dragons had more than 20 points each from two scorers and a third in twin digits in their 66-44 verdict over Linn County. Haley Rucker pumped in 24 and Samantha Rounkles 21. Tacking on another 11 was Hannah Colliver. Linn County was led by 22 from Jenna Hoerrmann with Madison Livingston adding 10.
Mendon: Northwestern’s boys routed the T-A boys 85-37. No specifics were initially available.
Postponed from Monday until Wednesday and relocated to Mendon were the Northwestern vs. Grundy County R-5 girls’ game and Grundy vs. Linn County boys’ contest.

HAMILTON TOURNAMENT
Trenton’s sixth-seeded Bulldogs zipped ahead of lethargic Richmond 16-3 after one period and never looked back. THS’ Carson Radcliff rifled in 13 of his game-high 17 points in the third stanza, while Max McNabb provided 15 points and Carson Burchett 11. Dionte Marquez and Clayton Coldwell had eight each to pace RHS.
The Hamilton girls’ 65-35 cruise past southeastern neighbor Braymer saw Graycen Prothero find the mark from beyond the arc five times as she totaled 17 points. Nora Ford added 14 and four other Lady Hornets had six or more. For BHS’ Lady ’Cats, Dallas Hall and Jasmine Taylor each finished with 13.
The East Buchanan boys’ 75-32 crushing of Braymer saw the Bobcats led by Hunter Heussner’s eight points. “East Buck” got 16 from its star, Ethan Kilgore, to lead three dual-digits scorers.
Richmond’s fourth-seeded girls fared much better than their male counterparts, turning back East Buchanan 43-27 Monday behind 16 points apiece by McKenzie McBee and Lexi Pierson. Lilly Schilling’s 13 led EBHS.

NORTH PLATTE TOURNAMENT
Both Polo teams fell, as anticipated, in first-round games at Dearborn Monday.
The Panthers were doubled over by Mid-Buchanan, 54-27, and the Lady Panthers were tumbled by Conception Junction: Jefferson 55-21. No individual stats on either game were reported.
Both PHS squads currently are due to play again Wednesday, barring postponement of Tuesday’s tourney games.