The top-seeded North Mercer girls easily disposed of the Northwestern Lady Eagles on Monday night, winning 63-21 in the quarterfinal round of the Meadville Invitational Tournament.
Bailey Owens led the Lady Cardinals with 17 points, with Nicole Kost adding 15. Mallory Gardner scored 16 of Northwestern's 21 points. The win pushes Mercer into the semifinals, and a 7 o'clock game on THURSDAY night against the Linn County Lady Mustangs.
Linn County sprung a mild upset (5 over 4) of the Tina-Avalon Lady Dragons on Monday night, winning 48-43. The Lady Mustangs were led by Britane Hubbard with 15, Kerstin Wilson with 13, and Alexis Miller with 11 points. For T-A, Lily Churan had 13 and Jadyn Lucas 10 points. Northwestern and Tina-Avalon meet in a consolation semifinal on Wednesday night at 7 o'clock.
In boy's quarterfinal action on Monday night, the Mercer Cardinals were downed by Tina-Avalon by a final of 66-52. Max Sinclair led a balanced Dragons attack with 12 points, while Zane Kinsella and John O'Neal both scored 11. For the Cardinals, Trey Wilson had 14 points, with Kash Hartley and Garrett Noe both dropping in 11.
The Meadville boys routed Linn County, 70-43, with Cade Shiflett leading the Eagles with 24 points. T.J. Schmitz had 13, Blake Burkholder 12, and Dalton Palmer 10 points for Meadville. Tristen Creason had 21 points for Linn County.
In the boy's semifinals, on Thursday night at 8:15, Meadville will take on former CLAA rival Tina-Avalon. Mercer will draw Linn County in a consolation boys game on Wednesday night at 8:15.
Tuesday night's quarterfinal schedule from Meadville High School will have:
Meadville girls (2) vs. Grundy R-5 at 4:30, Grundy R-5 boys (3) vs. Hale at 5:45, Bucklin/Macon County girls (3) vs. Hale at 7:00, Bucklin/Macon County boys (2) vs. Northwestern at 8:15.