MHS sweeps Hale; Tina-Avalon splits as ‘Holiday Hoops’ wrap up

While one area school helped ring the curtain down after two weeks of “Holiday Hoops” at North Central Missouri College in Trenton, others got back into “normal” action Thursday.
In Carroll-Livingston Activities Association play, Meadville swept visiting Meadville, while the Polo Lady Panthers – with senior center Sammie Jo Copeland going over the 1,000 points mark for her career – and Panthers and Mendon: Northwestern Lady Eagles claimed non-conference victories.
No specific details were reported on the Northwestern girls’ 46-42 victory over Grundy County R-5 at Galt. The Lady Eagles improved to 3-5.
The hosts’ boys made it a split of the evening’s proceedings, 65-55. The visiting Eagles dipped to 1-7, unofficially.
(G) Meadville 48, Hale 41; (B) Meadville 57, Hale 19
MEADVILLE – The unbeaten MHS Eagles moved to 13-0 overall and 4-0 in the CLAA by tripling the Cardinals.
Cade Shiflett’s 15 points, including three first-quarter treys, and 13 by Kolton Friesner lead Meadville’s boys. Cord Summers had seven to pace Hale (4-7, 1-3).
Shiflett’s older sister Erin also had it going from long range, pumping in five trifectas and a season-high 20 points as the Lady Eagles (7-5, 3-1) took the upper hand early and kept it.
Meadville led 15-6 after one quarter, by eight at halftime, and – with E. Shiflett knocking down three 3s – by nine again after three stanzas. Halee Neal chipped in nine points.
Hale (6-5, 1-3) had the game’s top scorer in senior forward Quincey Copple, who rang up 24 points. Morgan Daniels had 11.
Hale goes to Bosworth tonight, while next plays Tuesday at home against the same Bosworth clubs.

(G) Tina-Avalon 41, Novinger 26; (B) Novinger 43, Tina-Avalon 35
TRENTON — Tina-Avalon’s Lady Dragons (5-5) finished fast, outscoring Novinger 15-4 in the last eight minutes to win with breathing room. They had led by six at halftime, but were up only four after three quarters.
Kelsey Garber’s 21  points led the victors. Novinger had 11 by Emily Reardon.
The last game of the NCMC Foundation’s High School Holiday Hoops event for 2012 – the largest holiday-season basketball extravaganza in Missouri – saw T-A’s Dragons also leave the floor at .500 for the season after an 8-points defeat.
The game was deadlocked at 26-26 after 24 minutes before Novinger claimed the triumph.
Tina-Avalon (5-5) received 12 points apiece from Noah Myers and Dylan Rucker. Novinger’s Blake Smith had a game-high 19.

(G) Polo 71, Osborn 32; (B) Polo 70, Osborn 40
POLO — The host Lady Panthers boosted their record to 9-1 on “Pink Out Night” as money was raised for the fight to conquer breast cancer.
The 6’ Copeland, a second-team All-State honoree by the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association last year, netted a game-high 21 points, her last bucket before sitting out the final quarter pushing her to 1,001. Younger sister Sidney tacked on 13.
The Panthers (5-5) got back to the .500 mark with their third victory in succession, exploding for 28 second-quarter points. Jack Pile had 12 of those 28 on his way to a game-high 26.