Area teams involved in tourneys at Meadville, Hamilton, Cameron, Keytesville, Richmond, Gilman City, and Dearborn now through Saturday. Opening-night play Monday saw Hamilton and Brunswick girls and boys win, as well as Hale/Bosworth boys. Hale/Bosworth girls just missed big upset at Meadville

High school basketball action in a week that has C-T-area teams participating in tournaments at seven separate locales tipped off Monday (Jan. 27, 2020) with 11 area squads (not including Chillicothe) on the hardwoods.
The night did not produce any significant surprises involving area clubs, although a few games were tighter than might have been predicted.
Picking up victories on Monday were Hamilton: Penney’s girls and boys in their own event, the Hale/Bosworth boys at Meadville, and both Brunswick teams at Keytesville. Coming away short were Southwest Livingston’s girls, Tina-Avalon’s girls and boys, and Hale/Bosworth’s girls.
All seven tournaments (at Cameron, Hamilton, Meadville, Keytesville, Richmond, North Platte, and Gilman City) continue Tuesday with numerous area squads competing. There also will be one non-tournament doubleheader Tuesday night as Breckenridge visited Hardin-Central in Carroll-Livingston Activity Association play.
For night-to-night coverage of the tournaments, revisit this website the following morning.
       MONDAY
  RICHMOND TOURNEY
(G) Excelsior Springs 58, SW Livingston 22
Southwest Livingston’s Lady Wildcats (6-8) could not get in sync on offense against the much-larger opposing school’s squad.
The SLHS girls never had more than eight points in any quarter and went the entire second stanza without a basket, instead generating merely two free throws.
Julie Bothwell, Lady Wildcats head coach, attributed the wide margin of defeat to, in part, the lack of practices last week, when Southwest did not have classes any days, due to weather and poor road conditions.
“Way too many days out of the gym. We looked like we were starting all over.”
She also noted, regarding each team’s shooting, “They were hot…we were not.”
Statistically, ESHS’ Morgan Schindler fired in 21 points in her three quarters of action. She nailed three trifectas in the first stanza alone.
Southwest Livingston’s top scorer was Makenna Campbell with nine points.
According to her review of game video, the SLHS coach said her team committed 20 turnovers.
“Hard to win games with that many,” she noted wryly.
The Lady Wildcats are to play again Wednesday night at 6 against either Lone Jack or top seed Wellington-Napoleon – most likely the former.
Southwest’s boys have their first of three games in the tourney Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. against Wellington-Napoleon.
  HAMILTON TOURNEY
(G) Hamilton 63, South Harrison 14
(B) Hamilton 62, South Harrison 53
The host Hornets (3-8) trailed by a point at halftime and led 38-36 going to the fourth quarter before finishing strong at the offensive end.
In the closing stanza, reserve Jared Potts hit a pair of treys and scored eight points, while teammates Kevin Williams and Ryan Cook popped in seven tallies each.
Hamilton: Penney’s boys were paced by Potts’ 18 total points, two more than Williams and three more than Cook.
The victory puts the host boys in Thursday’s 4:30 p.m. championship semifinal against top seed Lathrop, which pulverized Kansas City: The Daniel Academy 90-15. Lathrop did all of its scoring against the private-school foe, which has a first-year program, in the first three quarters.
Hamilton’s Lady Hornets, the No. 2 seed in their division, didn’t have it quite that easy, but also had no worries.
With Nora Ford stroking home 17 points and Graycen Prothero adding 12, the home-standing girls cruised after seizing a 28-5 advantage after one quarter.
The Lady Hornets will take on third-seeded Kansas City: Notre Dame de Sion Thursday at 8:15 p.m. after Notre Dame’s Storm soaked Lathrop 60-37. The KC team was paced by forward Shannon Karlin’s 23 points.
  MEADVILLE TOURNEY
(B) Hale/Bosworth 72, Grundy County R-5/Newtown-Harris 48
(G) Mercer 48, Hale/Bosworth 43
(G) Grundy County R-5/Newtown-Harris 45, Tina-Avalon 38 (ot)
(B) Mercer 53, Tina-Avalon 27
Hale/Bosworth’s Lady Cardinals nearly picked off the No. 2 seed after the Cardinals had zipped to an easy win.
Hale/Bosworth’s boys (10-4) seized a 29-12 lead after one period behind 12 Colton Harris points, 10 by Ty Berger, and seven from Jaeden Sears.
Harris finished the night with a game-high 25 and Berger with 22. Ja. Sears contributed 16. Caden Gann had 15 for GCR5/Newtown-Harris.
Hale/Bosworth’s girls – major underdogs to second-seeded Mercer, considering Mercer’s 52-8 trouncing of them in the teams’ season opener before Thanksgiving – were far from a pushover in Monday’s rematch of Lady Cardinals clubs.
Mercer led only 14-13 after one quarter, which ended with Hale/Bosworth already having exceeded its game total from November’s contest. The MHS margin still was one, 28-27, at halftime before a 14-8 advantage in the third stanza created some minor separation that the No. 2 seed managed to preserve the rest of the way, even though Hale/Bosworth outscored it by two points in the last segment.
Tori Meinecke’ 22 points for Mercer led all scorers and was supplemented by 11 from Rainey Michael. Hale/Bosworth’s Lady Cardinals (3-10) received 17 points from little point guard Karter Burnside, who buried five treys. Kortney Nelson hit four from outside the arc – all in the first half – and totaled 12 points.
Tina-Avalon’s Lady Dragons (4-8) tested third-seeded Grundy County R-5/Newtown-Harris, as well, in a game in which a wild fourth quarter produced nearly as many total points as the sides had managed in the first three stanzas combined.
Ahead 20-19 going to the fourth frame, T-A tacked on 16 tallies to its total – 10 of them from freshman forward Kadie Rounkles, but could not avoid going to overtime as GCR5/N-H netted 17, including 11 from Aubrey Gann.
In OT, the higher seed earned a 9-2 advantage as the Lady Dragons went without a field goal. By game’s end, T-A’s top three players – K. Rounkles, Samantha Rounkles, and Haley Rucker – had fouled out.
Gann’s 23 points led all scorers. Tina-Avalon had 12 by K. Rounkles and 10 by Rucker.
Hale/Bosworth’s girls will take on Tina-Avalon in Wednesday’s 4:30 p.m. consolation semifinal.
Mercer’s boys led T-A’s Dragons (4-8) most of the way. A 16-8 second period left the second-seeded Cardinals in front 25-12.
Kaden Graham scored a game-high 18 points and Isaiah Morgana 12 to lead MHS. Tina-Avalon, which will meet Grundy County R-5/Newtown-Harris at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday in the consolation semifinals, was led by six markers each from Kylir Sturgeon and Owen Bell.
  KEYTESVILLE TOURNEY
(B) Brunswick 81, Madison 49
(G) Brunswick 31, Bevier 16
(G) Madison 65, Keytesville 31
The top-seeded Brunswick Wildcats (10-4) raced to a 32-12 lead after one period, hitting five triples along the way, and had a 52-18 cushion by intermission.
Five BHS players scored between 12 and 16 points. Reserve Brayden Norris, who buried four first-half 3s, shared team scoring honors with Amari Glasgow. Kobe Tatum and Gus Kussman each ended with 14 tallies and Damon McCall scored 12.
Brunswick’s boys will take on Kansas City: Northland Christian in Thursday’s 6 p.m. championship semifinal. Northland Christian topped Bevier 55-50 Monday.
Brunswick’s girls (8-6) didn’t score much, but since they allowed only two baskets and nine points in the first three quarters, they didn’t have to to notch their first win in the “pool play” distaff division of the tourney.
Abby Dobbins deposited 11 points to pace the winners in the clash of Lady Wildcats. Bevier had 14 of its 16 points from Jadyn Cole.
No details on the Keytesville girls’ loss in their “pool” opener were received.
Brunswick’s girls continue “pool” play Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. against undefeated tourney favorite Norborne.
Keytesville’s Lady Tigers (0-14) are to meet Higbee Wednesday night at 7 o’clock.
    GILMAN CITY TOURNEY
(B) Osborn 53, Jamesport: Tri-County 52
Tri-County’s Mustangs (4-10) came ever so close to moving to the championship side of the boys’ bracket, but instead reached double figures in defeats this season.
No specifics on the game had been reported as of the original posting of this story.
TCHS’ boys will go against either top seed Princeton or, more likely, eighth seed Union Star in Wednesday’s 8:15 p.m. consolation semifinal.
     SATURDAY
(G) Polo 56, Princeton 52 (ot)
(B) Princeton 66, Polo 52
PRINCETON, Mo. — Polo’s Lady Panthers (8-7, 2-2 conf.) stirred the Grand River Conference-East pot Saturday, racing to a huge early lead, weathering Princeton’s comeback to get into overtime, and then delivering the goods in the extra half-quarter.
Scoring on a high-percentage of its opening-stanza possessions – including a pair of 3-pointers and a half-dozen deuces, long-time Polo coach Greg Keith’s club exploded for 23 points in the first eight minutes to lead by 13 after a quarter of the contest delayed by weather from the previous night.
Princeton settled down, though, and was back within 31-26 at halftime. Narrowing the gap a bit more in the third frame, the Lady Tigers began the fourth quarter down 37-34 and outscored the Lady Panthers 11-8 in it to leave the score deadlocked at 48-48 after regulation time. Both sides were frustrated with themselves for not prevailing without OT after they combined to miss 12 of 15 free throws in the fourth segment.
In overtime, the Lady Panthers capitalized at the line, however, netting three of four attempts in addition to getting an inside bucket from Mary Copeland and what proved to be the decisive trey from Kendall McCracken.
For Polo’s girls, Copeland four points in OT left her with a team-high 16, one more than Kelly Baldon. McCracken added nine of three triples.
Princeton had a game-best 17 from Jasmine Allen.
No details on the boys’ game were reported.
Polo is in the North Platte Invitational Tournament this week. Its teams have their first games there Tuesday night.