The Meadville and Linn County High School basketball teams met in Tri-County Conference action last night at the Meadville High School gym. This was the first Conference battle for these two teams since Meadville rejoined the TCC this season. In what was a pair of entertaining games, Meadville swept Linn County to remain unbeaten on the young season.
In the girls game, Meadville opened with a 5-0 run featuring baskets from Haley Fitzpatrick and Sara VanDyke. Linn County got on the board with a hoop from Sydney Moore. A second Lady Eagles run, this time of 8-0, featured hoops from Fitzpatrick and Halee Neal. This run ended with a three-pointer from Kerstin Wilson for the Lady Mustangs. After one quarter, Meadville led Linn County 16-7.
Neal and Fitzpatrick would again spark the Lady Eagles on a run, this time 5-0, to start the second quarter. Wilson would again snap the scoreless streak for the Lady Mustangs, this time with a pair of free throws. Neal and Reagin Klein would get a pair of hoops for another short Meadville run, with Britane Hubbard ending the streak for Linn County. A 6-0 run from the Lady Mustangs, sparked by Hubbard and featuring a hoop from Wilson, would close the gap a little, and was ended with a three-pointer from Kennedi Fairchild of the Lady Eagles. At the half, Meadville led Linn County 30-15.
In the third frame, the Lady Mustangs press would force a lot of Lady Eagles turnovers and fouls. Linn County would outscore Meadville in the second half 36-29 to close the gap before all was said and done. Linn County saw some outside shooting prowess from Alexis Miller and Megan Schreiner. But, Meadville's standout core of Neal, VanDyke, and Emilie Cowan would step up to the challenge. Cowan was on fire in the third quarter from downtown herself, draining a number of buckets in the half.
The third quarter ended with a putback from Klein for Meadville, and saw the score sitting at 47-34 and the Lady Eagles in the lead. Late in the game, Linn County would close the game to eight points, a deficit that was just too late to overcome. Meadville remained unbeaten on the season with a 59-51 win.
In the boys game, the teams opened with exchanging baskets, playing fairly evenly. Then, Meadville went on a 4-0 run with baskets by Cade Shiflett and Blake Burkholder. Linn County brought the score to within one with baskets from Logan Brinkley and Antthony McCollum. Meadville created a lot of turnovers early, and lead Linn County 13-5 after one quarter.
A bucket from Shiflett and a pair of three's from Dalton Palmer started Meadville off on an 8-0 run in the second quarter. This run ended with a three-pointer from Brinkley for Linn County. Add in a free throw from Tristen Creason, and Linn County found themselves on a 4-0 run of their own. This run ended with a free throw from Shiflett. The teams put on an aerial show from three-point land in the second frame, with three's from McCollum for the Mustangs, and TJ Schmitz for the Eagles. At the half, Meadville led Linn County 32-20.
Page 2 of 2 - In the second half, the game got physical. This newfound physicality resulted in a lot of fouls, as well as turnovers for both teams. The physicality seemed to benefit Meadville more, despite the majority of the fouls being called on them. After three quarters, the Eagles led the Mustangs 51-30.
In the final frame, the Eagles would briefly activate the mercy clock, leading by 30 points. But the Mustangs would battle back to a regular clock to end the game. Meadville defeated Linn County 64-35 to complete the sweep on this night.