Claim 2019-20 Missouri Class 1 District 12 title at home Saturday, Feb. 29, with 60-36 trouncing of Brunswick. Meadville, Hamilton girls drop district championship games
MEADVILLE, Mo. — After a 2-years absence and for only the second time since a 2015 state championship capped a string of 7-consecutive such appearances, the Meadville HS Eagles are back in Missouri’s Class 1 boys’ state tournament after a runaway win on their home floor Saturday (Feb. 29, 2020).
Following the dominant path led by District 12 girls’ top seed Green City, whose Lady Gophers gobbled up MHS’ Lady Eagles 67-37 Saturday afternoon, the favored Eagles shredded third-seeded Brunswick’s Wildcats 60-36 for their crown.
The payoff for that victory is another trip to what has become – as Truman State University was during their earlier long run – their state tourney home away from home, Salisbury.
The Eagles will go there Tuesday night to meet fellow Tri-County Conference member La Plata, the District 11 champ. Meadville will be a slight favorite there, having shaded the Bulldogs 42-38 in their league meeting in January.
Should the MHS boys advance to the state quarterfinals, they’d likely face a very tough assignment against Cairo in a game played only a few miles from Cairo at Moberly Area Community College.
Meadville’s boys (25-2), owners of the most wins of any C-T area prep boys’ team this season, are one of only two Class 1 or 2 teams to qualify for state play this season.
The other is the girls’ team with the most victories, 26-1 Norborne, which will take on heavy underdog Pattonsburg Tuesday night at St. Joseph’s Civic Arena. Norborne won its District 13 title on Thursday night – like Meadville’s boys, also on its home court.
Saturday saw the end of the season arrive in gut-wrenching fashion for Hamilton: Penney’s girls, who battled undefeated Wellington-Napoleon right down to the final buzzer before falling 52-50.
The Lady Hornets, who led 14-9 after one quarter, but trailed by three after the second and third, were carried by senior guard Nora Ford, who pumped in 29 points, including nine in the last stanza.
Hamilton’s girls finished their season at 21-5.
The Meadville boys’ rout of Brunswick was set in motion almost immediately. The Eagles sailed to a 14-4 lead after one period and made it a 31-9 gap at the half, essentially clinching their trip to Salisbury – which, again like Truman State, shares a school color – purple – with MHS.
Dominik Gannan’s 21 points paced four double-digits-scoring Eagles Saturday. Conner Fletcher added 14, Trey Gannan 12, and Parker Burton 10.
Brunswick (16-10) got 15 from Amari Glasgow and 10 by J.T. Collier as it bowed out.
The District 12 girls’ championship game featured Green City senior All-State forward Brooke Littrell tallying 22 of her team’s first 30 points.
With the Lady Gophers in front 32-19 at halftime, they widened the margin to 19 with a strong third quarter and then stretched it all the way to “running clock” dimensions in the last segment.
Littrell, headed to the University of Central Missouri, settled for 34 points. Celeste Athon had 11, all after intermission, and Tanner Tipton 12.
Meadville’s Lady Eagles (21-5) had 16 tallies from junior guard Kiera Holcer and 14 by classmate Krysta Meyers. With two other starters who often are productive scorers coming back next season, as well, the MHS girls project to be the area’s premier distaff squad in 2020-21.