Host Eagles hold off Green City in closest of Thursday’s (Feb. 27, 2020) Class 1 District 12 semifinals at Meadville

MEADVILLE, Mo. — The top-seeded host boys had the toughest time in Thursday’s (Feb. 27, 2020) semifinals of the Class 1 District 12 high school basketball tournament, but “survive and advance” to Saturday’s championship round they did.
Meadville’s Eagles (24-2) dominated Green City 19-9 in the third period to pull away from a 23-23 halftime deadlock, then hit enough free throws down the stretch to keep the Gophers at bay and prevail, 57-52.
As a result, the MHS boys will try for another district championship Saturday at about 4;30 p.m., opposed by Brunswick. BHS’ third-seeded Wildcats (16-9), having regained their early-season form the past couple of weeks eliminated fellow Carroll-Livingston Activity Association member Hale/Bosworth 56-45 in Thursday’s last game.
On the girls’ side of the tournament, the second-seeded MHS Lady Eagles (21-4) on Saturday will try for a second time in nine days to solve Green City and its senior star Brooke Littrell after those two teams rang up victories Thursday.
Meadville topped a tough Grundy County R-5/Newtown-Harris for a third time this month, decisively this time by a 62-46 count.
That followed the Green City girls’ 59-33 clubbing of Linn County, the Lady Gophers’ 25th win of the year against a single loss.
Saturday’s girls’ championship game is to tip off at 3 p.m., followed by the boys’ action at about 4:30 p.m.
(B) Meadville 57, Green City 52
Just as they did the week before, the underdog Gophers gave Meadville fits most of the game. However, the host’s one good stretch in the third segment proved to be sufficient for survival.
All five Eagles starters scored in the key quarter, led by junior Trey Gannan forward Trey Gannan’s seven points and Conner Fletcher’s five. That took them into the last stanza up 42-32.
Once Meadville maintained that double-digits margin into the middle of the final frame, Green City had to start fouling to slow the clock and MHS did well enough at the line – 11 of 18 – to hang on. Its last 11 points came on free throws.
Parker Burton’s 16 points led the balanced Eagles offense. Right on his heels with 15 each were the Gannan brothers – Trey and senior Dominik. Fletcher provided another nine.
(G) Meadville 62, Grundy County R-5 46
Meadville’s girls hit four triples in the opening quarter to secure a 16-9 lead and kept adding on each stanza. By halftime, it was a 31-21 game, followed by a 44-33 advantage after three frames. When the hosts made nine of 11 foul shots in the last segment, their winning margin grew to 16.
With a half-dozen trifectas, MNS senior star Kiera Holcer led all scorers with 28 points. Mallory Dennis added 12 and Krysta Meyers 11 to the win.
Grundy County R-5/Newtown-Harris was led by Anna Milazzo’s 17 points inside, but Meadville kept the Lady Panthers’ top duo of Jandie Peterson and Aubrey Gann – both 1,000-points scorers for their careers – in check. They managed only 13 between them.
(B) Brunswick 56, Hale/Bosworth 45
The Hale/Bosworth Cardinals’ hopes of getting another shot at Meadville, after losing to it twice during the regular season, were thwarted by resurgent Brunswick.
The Wildcats used an 18-point second period to own a 25-18 halftime advantage, then – up 38-29 going to the last stanza – tallied another 18 to create an 11-points cushion at the end.
Amari Glasgow’s 14 points topped a well-distributed BHS offense. Kobe Tatum was next with 13 and J.T. Collier had 12. Brayden Norris tacked on nine more.
Hale/Bosworth (18-9) had a game-high 18 points from Ty Berger and 14 from Jaeden Sears, but only one other Cardinal managed more than three.
(G) Green City  59, Linn County 33
GCHS’ Littrell powered in 34 points and Celeste Athon added 14 in the No. 1 seed’s easy victory.
In their finale, Linn County’s Lady Mustangs (15-8) got 14 points from Morgan Livingston.