The semifinal round of the HDC Conference Basketball Tournament was completed on Thursday night at Tri-County High School in Jamesport, with Winston defeating Mercer in a late-night boys game.
The Winston Redbirds knocked up the second-seeded Mercer Cardinals by a final score of 56-42, sending the Redbirds into the championship game against top-seeded and state-ranked East Harrison. East Harrison, on Wednesday night, defeated the Grundy County Panthers, 56-48. Grundy R-5 and North Mercer will play for third place.
The Mercer girls withstood a strong challenge from Gilman City to advance to the HDC Championship Game for the fifth straight year, dropping the Ladyhawks into the third place game against North Harrison. The Lady Shamrocks lost to Pattonsburg, 43-38 on Wednesday night, setting up a Pattonsburg-North Mercer girls title game.
Tri-County has announced an early dismissal time of 11:30 on Friday morning due to wintry weather conditions. HDC Tournament games for BOTH Friday and Saturday have been postponed, and will be made up at a later date.
The original schedule for the now postponed games was:
Girls Consolation Final : Winston vs. Grundy R-5
Boys Consolation Final: Newtown-Harris vs. Pattonsburg OR Tri-County
Girls Third Place Game: Gilman City vs. North Harrison
Boys Third Place Game: Grundy R-5 vs. North Mercer
Girls Championship Game: North Mercer vs. Pattonsburg
Boys Championship Game: East Harrison vs. Winston