TINA — One higher-seeded team fell – albeit in a 4-vs.-5 toss-up – and another – this time a No. 2 – almost did as the quarterfinals of the 2013 Carroll-Livingston Activities Association high school basketball tournament wrapped up Tuesday night at Tina-Avalon School.
In what was projected to be the trickiest – for the higher seed – quarterfinal-round pairing of the tournament, Meadville's Lady Eagles – the CLAA's regular-season co-champions with top-seeded Norborne – were forced to play four extra minutes when Hale's Morgan Daniels fired in a 3-pointer with a second or two remaining in regulation time. However, Meadville advanced to Thursday's championship semifinals by blanking the Lady Cardinals in the additional time to post a 40-34 triumph.
On the boys' side, fifth seed Norborne got out in front of No. 4 seed Tina-Avalon early and stayed in front by several possessions most of the way in a 56-50 triumph.
Both No. 1 seeds cruised into the title semis. Meadville's Eagles crushed Bosworth 96-29 and Norborne's Lady Pirates cruised past Breckenridge 64-23.
The consolation semifinals Wednesday evening will have Bosworth's boys facing host T-A at 4:30, followed by the Hale and Mendon: Northwestern girls, those two schools' boys squads, and finally the Tina-Avalon and Breckenridge girls in the 6-member BHS squad's third contest in three nights.
Thursday's championship semifinals slate is: 4:30 p.m. – No. 1 Norborne vs. No. 4 Hardin-Central girls; 5:45 – No. 2 Southwest Livingston boys vs. No. 3 Hardin-Central; 7:00 – No. 2 Meadville girls vs. No. 3 Southwest Livingston; and 8:15 – No. 1 Meadville boys vs. No. 5 Norborne.
An updated tournament bracket accompanies this posting.
(G) #2 Meadville 40, Hale 34, ot
Tied 19-19 at halftime, the teams concluded four quarters still knotted at 34-all when Daniels canned her trey just before time expired. Meadville had led by one entering the fourth stanza.
In overtime, Meadville's trademark sticky defense became even tougher, blanking Hale (11-9) while managing a tiebreaking bucket by Emilie Cowan, a Halee Neal free throw, a Cowan charity, and two freebies by Erin Shiflett.
Haley Fitzpatrick had a game-high 15 points for the Lady Eagles (16-6) before fouling in the fourth quarter. Hale's Quincey Copple matched Fitzpatrick's 15, sinking nine of 10 free-throw attempts.
Neal added 11 to the Lady Eagles' cause.
(B) #5 Norborne 56, #4 Tina-Avalon 50
Up 16-10 after one period, NHS outscored the Dragons (10-11) by two in the second, but saw T-A push back in the third to draw within
36-31 with a stanza to go. An offense-filled final eight minutes saw Norborne tack on 20 more points to the Dragons' 19 to hold on.
The victorious Pirates (10-10) had excellent scoring diversity, getting between six and 10 points each from a half-dozen players.
Tyler McNelly and Chilton Elliott rang up 10 apiece, Ross Lyon nine, Jacob Uribe eight, reserve Jakob McCoy seven, and another sub, Tristin McNelly, six.
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(B) #1 Meadville 96, Bosworth 29
Reserves Dalton Palmer and Trevor Corzette scored 25 of their combined 30 points in the second period and starters Kolton Friesner, Cade Shiflett, and T.J. Schmitz tallied 10 points each on the night as the Eagles (23-1) coasted into the championship semis.
Palmer, who hit four second-stanza treys and five for the game, finished with a game-best 17 markers. Corzette netted 11 of his 13 points in the second quarter. MHS' Derek Smith added nine for the night.
Bosworth's Thomas Painter scored 12 points and Hunter Brown had nine.
(G) #1 Norborne 64, Breckenridge 23
The top-seeded Lady Pirates (19-2) led 24-0 after one quarter, getting at least four points from a handful of players in the first eight minutes.
Devanne McCoy finished as the game's top scorer with 11 points as 11 NHS girls scored. Megan Mertensmeyer and Cheyenne Baxter had nine each and Morgan Baxter eight.
For Breckenridge's Lady Bulldogs
(4-14), Felicia Gardner scored nine and Lauren Robison eight.