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Linn County Leader - Brookfield, MO
  • Eagles Take Second in State

  • The Meadville Eagles officially ended basketball season in Linn County over the weekend by taking part in the Class One Boys State Championship game at Mizzou Arena in Columbia. The Eagles wrapped the 2014 campaign with a second place state trophy, losing to a perennial powerhouse the Scott County Central Braves.
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  • The Meadville Eagles officially ended basketball season in Linn County over the weekend by taking part in the Class One Boys State Championship game at Mizzou Arena in Columbia.   The Eagles wrapped the 2014 campaign with a second place state trophy, losing to a perennial powerhouse the Scott County Central Braves.
    Scott County stared off with a basket at the 7:36 mark.   Meadville responded to take the lead at the 5:30 mark with a three-pointer from TJ Schmitz.   Scott County would tie the game with a free throw, but the Eagles would take the lead at the 4:22 mark when Kolton Friesner put in a pass from Schmitz.   The Braves would go on a 6-0 run from here, ending at the 2:43 mark with a basket from Friesner.   A three-point buzzer-beater would leave Meadville in a 17-9 hole after one quarter.
    Cade Shiflett would find   Friesner for the opening bucket of the second quarter for Meadville.   Scott County would use runs of 4-0 and 8-0 to extend their lead.   The Eagles would get buckets late from Shiflett and Schmitz to go on a 5-0 run to end the first half.   At the halftime buzzer, Meadville trailed 32-22.
    The Braves opened the third quarter on a 4-0 run, ending just under a minute in, with Schmitz finding Dalton Palmer for a three-pointer.   A 13-0 run from Scott County went from here, ending with a three-pointer from Shiflett at the 1:52 mark.   After three quarters, the Eagles trailed 51-30.
    Meadville was held scoreles until the 4:26 mark of the final frame, when Friesner put in a bucket to end the 5-0 run.   A second 5-0 run would extend the deficit into mercy clock territory, and ended with another Friesner hoop.   Both teams would empty their benches as the game sped to its conclusion.   In the end, the Meadville Eagles took second place in the State of Missouri with a 69-39 loss.
    “They’re pretty good,” admitted Head Coach Darren Smith in his post-game press conference.   “I thought the key to this game was to limit our turnovers.   I felt like we needed to keep them in front of us.   We did that well, but did not limit our turnovers.   We gave them the ball too many times.”
    Coach Smith continued:   “They do a lot of things to get you out of your comfort zone.   We were out of our confort zone a lot tonight.   My shooters never got comfortable and got going.   They were pressuring our guards so hard that they were willing to give up a two to avoid a three.”

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