Meadville, Mendon: Northwestern boys to meet at T-A tonight for Class 1 state tourney spot

Each win big in Class 1 District 12 tournament semifinals Wednesday

Paul Sturm
Chillicothe News
Having been hammered with both arms by a descending Jaeden Sears of Hale/Bosworth, left, following a fake, somehow senior Trey Gannan of the Meadville High School basketball Eagles manages to get off a shot over Kolby Singer that banked home and led to a three-points play and 20-13 lead with 2;32 left in the first half of Wednesday’s Class 1 District 12 Tournament semifinal game at Meadville. Gannan went on to score a game-high 24 points as Meadville won for the 15th time in its last 16 tries, 49-34.

Not really to anyone’s surprise, the Meadville and Mendon: Northwestern boys’ high school basketball teams will tangle Friday night for the championship of the Class 1 District 12 Tournament and a spot in Missouri’s state tournament next week.

Both Eagles squads romped to semifinals victories at home Wednesday night, while Norborne’s Lady Pirates were doing the same in Class 1 District 13. Linn County’s boys and Polo’s girls had their disparate seasons conclude with Wednesday semifinal losses in Class 1 District 14 and Class 2 District 15, respectively.

(B) #2 Meadville 49, Hale/Bosworth 34

MEADVILLE — The final score is deceptive as MHS’ Eagles had a lead in the mid 20s midway through the fourth and final quarter before Hale/Bosworth’s Cardinals (16-9) made a meaningless late surge.

When Hale/Bosworth led 10-9 after one period, Cardinals fans were hopeful their team was on its way to mimicking its first-half performance in the late January Meadville Invitational Tournament meeting of the clubs. On that occasion, Hale/Bosworth had a big second stanza to lead by double digits at halftime before Meadville charged back after intermission and won by three or four.

When the host Eagles had the second-stanza surge this time around, reeling off 12 of the last 14 points of the period to be on top 25-15 at intermission, Hale/Bosworth fans could point back to the second-half turnaround in the late-January meeting and project that their club could execute one, as well, and pull this one out.

Meadville (19-5) was having none of that, however. Instead, it repeated its second-half dominance behind senior Trey Gannan.

Having powered the second-quarter surge, he picked up where he left off when action resumed on the other side of intermission. Gannan followed a 9-points second segment with eight in the third as his team more than doubled its lead to 43-21 after three.

Gannan went on to finish with a game-best 24 points, twice as many as teammate Conner Fletcher. Hale/Bosworth senior forward Jaeden Sears led his club with 14 in his last high school game.

For Meadville, the victory was its 15th in its last 16 games.

(B) #1 Mendon: Northwestern 57, Tina-Avalon 19

MENDON — The No. 1 seed in District 12 tripled Tina-Avalon Wednesday to improve to 18-3 heading into Friday’s 6 p.m. title game against Meadville at Tina-Avalon School (correction from previous site listing).

Northwestern cruised with balanced scoring, topped by Gannon Johnson's 12 points. Trey Stockwell netted 11 and Hunter Stockwell, used sparingly in a reserve role to minimize risk to his injured shoulder, added 10.

T-A's Dragons had eight from Hayden Dewey.

Tina-Avalon’s boys finished their  8-15.

(B) #1 Grundy County R-5/Newtown-Harris 59, Linn County 48

GALT — Despite their lowly record, Linn County’s Mustangs (4-12) steadied after a poor start to make the top-seeded Panthers work and work and work to tame the Ponies in Wednesday’s semifinals contest.

Grundy County R-5/Newtown-Harris received a combined 15 first-period points  from Caden Gann (eight) and Corbin Axtell (seven) to establish a 18-5 lead.

From then on, the Mustangs outscored the Panthers by two, but could never mount the charge needed to put the result in doubt.

LCHS put three scorers in double figures. Mason Small had 14 – all in the middle two periods, Gage Seals 12 – seven in the last stanza, and Cody Murrell 11 – seven in the second frame.

Gann finished with 18 points and Axtell 14 for the winners.

(G) #1 Norborne 71, Hardin-Central 12

NORBORNE — The Lady Pirates (18-3) stomped their western neighbor to reach Friday night’s 7:30 p.m. championship game against second-seeded Santa Fe.

On Wednesday, NHS held the Lady Bulldogs () scoreless in the third quarter and to only four in each of the other three.

Offensively, four of the six Norborne players scored 15 or more points, paced by Kate Brown’s 21, which included three treys. Melanie Cheney provided 19 and Kayle and Olivia Dooley 15 apiece.

Eight of HCHS’ dozen points came from Alexis Yockel.

(G) #2 Alma: Santa Fe 47, Braymer 33

ALMA — The host Lady Chiefs had to fight off the attempt by Braymer’s Lady ’Cats (8-5) to stage an ambush.

No specific details or statistics from the game were available at the time of this story’s first posting.