Meadville quickly back on winning basketball track Thursday

T-A, Northwestern split in CLAA; Polo girls stay perfect

As reported to C-T
C-T-Area HS Basketball

The last time Meadville High School’s basketball Eagles possessed a sub-.500 record past the second game of a season was more than a dozen years ago, so slipping to 2-3 this past Tuesday with a road loss at Atlanta was noteworthy. That they didn’t stay there long was mundane.

MHS’ boys leveled their season record Thursday by doubling up host Hardin-Central 58-29 as part of a non-conference runaway sweep. The Lady Eagles almost tripled the host Lady Bulldogs, 53-18, to get back to their winning ways interrupted by Tuesday’s unexpected conference setback at Atlanta.

In other Thursday area games, Carroll-Livingston Activity Association (CLAA) action saw host Tina-Avalon split with Mendon: Northwestern – T-A taking the girls’ contest and Northwestern’s boys lifting their mark to 5-0 – and Polo split at Winston. PHS’ undefeated Lady Panthers also moved to 5-0.

Brunswick took a pair from guest Bucklin/Macon County R-4, capturing the girls’ tilt 51-34 and boys’ 45-11.

No scores nor reports were yet available on Hale/Bosworth’s scheduled contests at Bevier

Friday’s area prep hoops slate lines out like this, barring COVID-19 disruptions:

Trenton at Chillicothe; Norborne at Southwest; Breckenridge at Hale/Bosworth;  Meadville at Brashear; Mendon: Northwestern at Keytesville (girls only); Linn County at Atlanta; and Marceline at Green City.

(G) Meadville 53, Hardin-Central 18; (B) Meadville 58, Hardin-Central 29

MEADVILLE, Mo. — Even though she didn’t make her normal statistical impact on the game, having senior star Kiera Holcer on the floor permitted the MHS Lady Eagles to regain a more-normal flow on both offense and defense.

Defense is where the Lady Eagles made early hay, blanking Hardin-Central 15-0 in the first quarter. Eventually, no less than four MHS players came away with either four or five steals as Meadville swiped the ball 22 times, according to statistics posted online by MHS coach Drew Nier.

Freshman Korrie Holcer hit three of her six 3-points tries to match Maggie McLain’s game-high 15 points and team-most three assists. With Krysta Meyers and Mallory Dennis, Ko. Holcer also was one of three Lady Eagles with five swipes. Ki. Holcer made four.

Despite netting 53 points, Meadville’s shooting eye remained off. The Lady Eagles shot over 36% overall from the floor.

Meadville’s girls improved to 5-1 with their romp in the meeting of former CLAA rivals.

The boys’ game tilted Meadville’s way early, too, although not quite as severely. The Eagles (3-3) took an 11-4 lead after one period and jumped it up to 29-13 by halftime.

Conner Fletcher’s 22 points and five steals led the hosts, with Trey Gannan tacking on 11 tallies, three assists, and three thefts. Kaje Tsikoyak had a team-high five assists and reserve Riley Ryan three as the Eagles shot 50% overall, including 11 of 27 from 3-points range.

HCHS’ Bulldogs had seven points apiece from sophomores Mason Freece and Jonathan Doyle.

Hardin-Central’s boys went to 1-4 on the season and the girls to 0-5.

MHS is to return to Tri-County Conference play Friday at Brashear. Hardin-Central next is due to host Brunswick Monday.

(G) Tina-Avalon 55, Mendon: Northwestern 21; (B) Mendon: Northwestern 52, Tina-Avalon 29

TINA, Mo. — Returning to the court for the first time since unexpectedly claiming the title in their own tournament last week, Northwestern’s Eagles easily remained perfect for the year.

A 16-6 first quarter immediately established the game’s tone and NHS continued to build from there, leading by 28 at the beginning of the final period.

While Eagles center Hunter Stockwell powered his way to a game-high 19 points, Hayden Harms came off the bench in the second quarter to eventually post 10 points, including a pair of treys.

Kayden Sturgeon topped T-A (1-2, 0-1 conf.) with 11 tallies.

Tina-Avalon’s Lady Dragons, expected to be CLAA title hopefuls this winter, handily got in the “wins” column for the first time after two non-conference losses.

With Kadie Rounkles finally coming to life offensively with a game-high 21 points and Samantha Rounkles providing 18, coach Trent Moore’s T-A team turned a semi-competitive (22-14) game at halftime into a rout with a 33-7 last half. The Rounkleses combined for 17 markers in the 21-5 third stanza.

Northwestern (1-4, 0-1) received 12 points from Halie Smith.

Tina-Avalon next is to visit Southwest Livingston next Tuesday. Northwestern has a Monday home date against Linn County.

(G) Polo 54, Winston 33; (B) Winston 51, Polo 29

WINSTON, Mo. — Polo’s girls lifted themselves to 5-0 prior to Saturday’s scheduled WildCard Round-Robin event hosted by the first-year Stewartsville/Osborn co-op program. The Panthers dipped to 0-5 with the non-conference loss.

The Lady Panthers’ 20-8 second-quarter advantage left them in charge by a 31-15 count at intermission and they didn’t waver thereafter.

Mary Copeland’s 13 points paced the balanced PHS scoring. Six other Lady Panthers netted between six and eight each.

PHS’ boys were tied 8-8 after one period, but then were smoked by Winston 16-2 in the next frame and never recovered.

The triumphant Cardinals received 19 markers from Jakub Hisel and 14 by Jacob Uthe. Trent Raby posted 21 of his team’s 29 points.

(G) Brunswick 51, Bucklin/Macon County R-4 34; (B) Brunswick 45, Bucklin/Macon County R-4 11

BRUNSWICK, Mo. — No specifics on the Brunswick sweep were reported or available, as of late Friday afternoon.

The non-conference victories squared both BHS clubs’ records at 3-3 entering Monday’s rescheduled (from Nov. 23) home CLAA action against Hardin-Central.