An uncommon late-season win by a tournament's No. 7 seed over a No. 2 spiced Tuesday's area high school basketball play.
Hale's Lady Cardinals rode a pair of 3-pointers and nine points by Courtney Eddins in the final quarter to a 53-46 upset of second-seeded Bucklin/Macon County R-4 in a game tied at 35 after three stanzas.
The victory by the Hale girls (9-7) puts them in Thursday's championship semifinals against seventh-seeded Mendon: Northwestern, which upset third seed Linn County Monday.
This week's multiple tournaments around the region which involve area teams will play their semifinal rounds the next two nights – all except Cameron (which alternates genders night by night) reserving Thursday for the championship semis.
(G) #7 Hale 53, Bucklin/Macon County R-4 46
(B) #1 Meadville 75, Hale 17
(G) #4 Meadville 32, Tina-Avalon 25
(B) #4 Bucklin/Macon County R-4 37, Tina-Avalon 28
MEADVILLE — A tight game through the first three quarters saw Hale and the cooperative BMCR4 girls in a deadlock heading to the fourth.
Eddins, a 5'2" junior, then stood tall for the Lady Cardinals. She ripped the cords from outside the arc twice in the last eight minutes and added a deuce and one of two free throws, too, as Hale outscored the Lady Raiders 18-11 to win with breathing room.
Eddins finished with a game-best 21 points, with teammate Quincey Copple cobbling together another 17 and Morgan Daniels nine. Shaylee Summers had HHS' other six.
Meadville's Lady Eagles (12-5) stumbled out of the game against Tina-Avalon's Lady Dragons (8-9), but came back from a 12-6 deficit after one stanza to win by seven.
Haley Fitzpatrick topped all scorers with 14 points. Halee Neal had 10 and reserve Sara VanDyke eight as MHS had only three players score. T-A was led by Ashley McCracken's 12 tallies.
In boys' play, the unbeaten host Eagles (18-0) led 23-4 after one period and cruised to a 58-points win as Sheldon Guilford exploded for a career-high 25 points without playing in the last stanza.
Cade Shiflett added 15 point and Derek Smith 11 for the Eagles. Haden Heussner scored eight for Hale (5-11).
Bucklin/Macon County R-4's boys outscored Tina-Avalon 14-6 in the first period and essentially kept things at that distance the rest of the night.
Dillan Nolte and Lake McCollum were BMCR4's leading scorers with 10 points apiece. T-A's Dragons (7-10) had nine markers apiece by Daniel Luckett and Noah Meyers.
Tuesday's victorious boys' teams will clash in the title semifinals.
Haydn Rimmer scored 11 of his team-high 17 points in that big quarter No. 2. Tristen McNelly contributed 11 points, hitting five of seven final-period foul shots, and Tyler McNelly scored 10. Chilton Elliott, Jacob Uribe, and backup Walker Russell had eight more each.
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(G) #5 Braymer 45, Lone Jack 38
(B) #2 Braymer 63, KC: Afrikaan-Centered Education 54
(G) #1 Plattsburg 46, KC: Afrikaan-Centered Education 11
(B) #1 W. Platte 66, Lone Jack 35
DEARBORN — Braymer's lower-seeded Lady 'Cats (10-5) got the better of their Nos. 4-vs.-5 battle with Lone Jack Tuesday as freshman guard Madison Mallory went off for 26 points. She had three treys, four deuces, and hit five of six free throws.
Sadie Watson tossed in another 12 for Braymer, which led most of the second half after being up 20-19 at halftime.
Mitch Barnes' BHS squad will meet top seed Plattsburg in the championship semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Braymer's second-seeded boys (14-1) got a challenge from Kansas City: Afrikaan-Centered Education before advancing to Thursday's 9 p.m. championship semifinal against Mid-Buchanan.
Braymer led by six after one quarter and had a multi-possession advantage much of the rest of the way, but couldn't dispose of ACE until the waning seconds.
Jesse Utt's 27 points paced the Bobcats with Logan O'Dell adding 14.
The other championship semifinalists are No. 1 seed West Platte and Conception Junction: Jefferson on the boys' side and No. 2 Conception Junction: Jefferson and North Platte on the girls'.
(G) #2 Norborne 51, Madison 17
(B) #4 Norborne 74, Madison 68
(G) #1 Marceline 69, Bosworth 11
(B) #1 Marceline 81, Bosworth 10
KEYTESVILLE — Cheyenne Baxter rang up 18 of game-high 20 points in the first half and sat out the fourth quarter as Norborne's Lady Pirates (15-1) dominated Madison Tuesday.
Megan Shannon came off the NHS bench to hit three second-half treys and score 11 points. Michaela Coats chipped in another 10 as the second-seeded Lady Pirates set up a semifinals rematch with fellow Carroll-Livingston Activities Association co-leader Southwest Livingston Thursday at about 7:30 p.m.
Norborne's boys (8-8) doubled Madison 24-12 in the second period to assume a 40-24 intermission lead and were up 18 after three stanzas before coasting to the finish line on top by six.
(G) #1 Trenton 49, South Harrison 42
(B) #4 Trenton 61, Lathrop 51
(G) #3 Lathrop 51, Richmond 19
(B) #3 South Harrison 80, Polo 49
HAMILTON — Polo's Panthers (7-10) absorbed a second-straight shellacking in as many nights in the pool portion of the boys' bracket.
Chillicothe native Josh Gannan's South Harrison Bulldogs blew it open immediately, riding Kaid Hendren's 14-points opening period to a 26-7 lead.
The Panthers, who will play for consolation Friday at 6:30 p.m. against either Hamilton or Lathrop, were led offensively by Jack Pile's 12 points and Dalton Mills' 10.
Page 3 of 3 - Hendren ended up with 32 and Dylan Heitz 20 for SHHS.
Former Southwest Livingston girls' coach Brian Upton's top-seeded and once-beaten Trenton Lady Bulldogs got a much-stronger battle from 2-time victim South Harrison than was expected, having to rally in the second half again, as they had in Chillicothe last week.
South Harrison dominated the first half, leading 11-5 after one frame and then 30-22 at the half. However, Trenton clamped down on defense following the break, holding the Bethany girls to only 12 points after intermission.
Makaila Capeder's 12 points for THS shared game scoring honors with Hun-ter Purdun of SHHS, who got all of hers in the second quarter. Scotlin Hurley added 11 and Megan Sole nine for Trenton and Kaylee Smith had 10 and Ciara Jennings nine for South Harrison.
Trenton's girls will play 14-2 Polo in the championship semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
GILMAN CITY TOURNAMENT
(G) #3 North Harrison 39, Ridgeway 36
(B) #3 North Harrison 71, Pattonsburg 29
(G) #2 Pattonsburg 75, Union Star 15
(B) #4 Union Star 50, Gilman City 43
GILMAN CITY — Tuesday's boys' results mean Jamesport: Tri-County's boys will go against Pattonsburg in the consolation semifinals at 7:30 p.m. tonight before Tri-County's girls duel Cainsville/North Daviess in a consolation semifinal at 9 o'clock.
(G) Hardin-Central 68, Breckenridge 35 (B) Hardin-Central 2, Breckenridge 0, forfeit
BRECKENRIDGE – With player-strapped Breckenridge unable to put a boys' team on the court, Hardin-Central got the CLAA road sweep in half the time Tuesday.
The girls' game ended with a 33-points spread, but it wasn't nearly that one-sided until the second half.
BHS' Lady Bulldogs (3-12, 1-7) trailed only 16-10 after one stanza and 31-20 at the half before the guest Lady Bulldogs went on a 29-4 tear in the third frame.
Olivia Ellis' 19 points led the HCHS girls (11-5, 6-2) in scoring. Macy Foster and Hannah Noelker popped in 11 each, with Foster making five steals and earning three assists, as well. Noelker and Ellis each swiped the ball six times and Hardin-Central had 19 assists.