Weather permitting, BHS squad in title game at Lathrop, Hamilton's at Lawson. Hale/Bosworth, Tina-Avalon boys, Hardin-Central girls, both Brunswick squads gain non-tourney triumphs Thursday (Jan. 16, 2020)

Two C-T-area girls’ high school basketball squads hope the weather and travel conditions will allow them to take a shot at winning tournament championships today.
Hamilton’s Penney High Lady Hornets (8-2), the No. 1 seed of the Lawson Invitational, handily dispatched the hosts 57-41 Thursday night to earn the opportunity to go against second seed Trenton for the tourney crown. As of Friday morning’s press deadline for this edition, that game was slated to be played today at 5:15 p.m.
Not far away at Lathrop, Braymer’s second-seeded Lady ’Cats were due to take on top seed Cameron in the title contest of the Bill Burns Tournament. Under a schedule adjusted Thursday to accommodate Friday’s anticipated winter storm, that game was reset for a 2 p.m. tipoff today.
BHS’ Lady ’Cats (8-3) advanced to that clash by nipping third seed Savannah 50-49 with a big comeback Wednesday.
(G) Hamilton: Penney 57, Lawson 41
The favored Lady Hornets tripled their 5-points lead after one quarter to a 35-20 spread at intermission and kept it right around that the rest of the way.
Nora Ford’s game-high 23 points for the winners included four triples. Graycen Prothero provided an additional 12 and Brighton Swindler 11. Ellie Smith’s 11 led Lawson.
In the other girls’ championship-semifinal game, Trenton bested Carrollton’s Lady Trojans 42-30 as Makayla Blackburn put up 15 points, Maci Moore 13, and Lexi Whitaker 10. CHS was led by eight from Raegan Pierson.
In boys’ games, top seed Richmond rolled over Carrollton 67-23 as Dionta Marquez hit for 18 points and Gallatin held off West Platte 50-47.
(G) Green City 75, Linn County 38
With dynamic Brooke Littrell shredding them for 36 points in only three quarters, Linn County’s Lady Mustangs (6-4) essentially were doubled by the Lady Gophers.
LCHS got 20 points from Jenna Hoerrman. The Lady Mustangs are to meet Marceline for third place today at 3 p.m.
(G) Hardin-Central 49, Hale/Bosworth 29  (B) Hale/Bosworth 63, Hardin-Central 33
HALE, Mo. — A pair of one-sided CLAA games were split.
The host Cardinals (9-4, 4-1 conf.) were up 18-4 after one quarter, setting the tone for their well-balanced victory. Ty Berger topped the scoring column with a modest 11 and Jaeden Sears had 10 as 11 Cardinals scored. The Bulldogs (2-7, 1-4 conf.) had 10 from Mason McCauley.
HCHS’ girls (7-5, 5-1 conf.) bounced back from their Tuesday loss to Norborne, mostly on the strength of a defense that created a total eclipse of the Hale/Bosworth attack in the second quarter.
Ahead only 11-10 after one segment, the Lady Bulldogs blanked the Lady Cardinals (3-9, 1-4 conf.) in the next to lead 24-10 at the break.
Carly Thacker’s 15 points for Hardin-Central led all scorers. Averi Norris netted nine for Hale/Bosworth.
Hale/Bosworth now is idle until Jan. 24’s visit to Southwest Livingston. H-C goes to Leeton Tuesday.
(G) Grundy County R-5/Newtown-Harris 59, Mendon: Northwestern 53
(B) Grundy County R-5/Newtown-Harris 74, Mendon: Northwestern 65
MENDON, Mo. — Caden Gann pumped in 26 points to lead four GC/N-H double-figures scorers as Northwestern’s Eagles (6-7) allowed at least 19 points in each of the first three periods.
The Eagles received 24 markers from Clayton Gregory and 19 from Isaac Zahner.
The host girls had a similar game, staying within range, but never able to make a credible bid to prevail.
The Lady Eagles (9-4) had 17 Georgeanne Zahner points and 12 by Halie Smith. Grundy County/Newtown-Harris’ Bri Carpio also notched 17, one more than teammate Jandie Peterson.
Northwestern is to host Bevier in more non-conference play Tuesday.
(G) Brunswick 44, Bevier 27    (B) Brunswick 59, Bevier 35
BRUNSWICK, Mo. — It was a happy Homecoming occasion for Brunswick with a pair of clear-cut conquests.
Amari Glasgow pumped in 27 points to pace the non-league victory for the Wildcats (8-4). Abby Dobbins led the Lady Wildcats (7-5) with 17, supplemented by 11 from Addi Riley.
Brunswick next has CLAA competition at Norborne Tuesday.
(B) Tina-Avalon 61, Norborne 51
TINA — The host Dragons’ recent uptick continued as Connor Jenkins tossed in 22 points, Owen Bell had 10 plus eight rebounds, and Balazs Sturgeon netted nine points to give the Tina-Avalon boys (4-7, 2-4 conf.) a third victory in their last four starts.
Norborne’s Pirates (2-10, 1-4 conf.) had 18 points each from Kole Larkins and Kobe Gibson, who pulled down eight boards, matching teammate Kayton Laire’s carom claims.
No girls’ game information was received in time for this edition.
Tina-Avalon will go to Galt to face Grundy County R-5/Newtown-Harris’s first-year co-op club Tuesday. Norborne will welcome Brunswick for league play that night.