The Trenton Bulldogs rode the shooting brilliance of senior guard Austin Taul to a South Harrison Tournament semifinal victory over Putnam County on Thursday night, 66-64 in a game broadcast on KTTN FM 92.3 and www.kttn.com.
Taul finished with 26 points to lead the now 10-4 Bulldogs, who will play South Harrison in the tournament title game on Saturday night at 7:30. Colby Larson added 20 points for the victorious Bulldogs.
Putnam County had 19 points from senior guard Trey Ream (17 of those in the first half), 16 points from senior forward Deion Hunt, and 13 points from Cory Lewis. Putnam County will play Ridgeway in the boy's third place game in Bethany on Saturday afternoon at 4:30.
The Trenton Lady Bulldogs struggled for the first 2 1/2 quarters of their game against Princeton, but did find some offensive rhythm in the third quarter, and were able to pull away from the Lady Tigers for a 50-19 win. Trenton, now 12-1 on the season, was paced by 14 points from Cassidy Cotton. No Lady Tigers reached double figures. Trenton will play South Harrison in the girl's championship game on Saturday night at 6 o'clock. Princeton plays Putnam County in the third place game Saturday at 3 o'clock.
In Thursday's other semifinals from South Harrison, the host South Harrison boys survived an upset bid by the #10 ranked Ridgeway Owls, winning by a final score of 64-56, while the South Harrison Lady Bulldogs won a tightly-contested contest against the Putnam County Lady Midgets, 56-53.
In Friday night's action in Bethany, SEVENTH place games and CONSOLATION finals will be played. The schedule will have the Cainsville Redettes playing Ridgeway in the girl's seventh place game at 4:30, with the Northeast Nodaway boys playing Cainsville for seventh place at 5:50. In the consolation finals, the Northeast Nodaway girls play North Harrison at 7:10, with the Princeton boys playing North Harrison at 8:30.
Here are the area scores from Thursday night:
Girls Semifinal: Brookfield 71, Green City 25
Boys Semifinal: Linn County 62, Newtown-Harris 59 (OT)
Girls Consolation Semifinal: Newtown-Harris 38, Grundy R-5 33
Boys Consolation Semifinal: Milan 50, Novinger 46
Friday night schedule: Girls Consolation Final between Linn County and Newtown-Harris at 5:00 PM, Boys Consolation Final between Grundy R-5 and Milan at 6:30 PM, Girls 3rd Place game between Milan and Green City at 8:00 PM
Girls Semifinals: KC Lutheran 56, South Holt 52; DeKalb 58, Winston 44
Boys Semifinals: DeKalb 50, Stewartsville 36; KC Lutheran 63, Winston 59
Friday Night Schedule: Girls Consolation Final between Pattonsburg and Union Star at 4:30 PM, Boys Consolation Final between Osborn and Union Star at 6:00 PM, Girls 3rd Place between South Holt and Winston at 7:30 PM, Boys 3rd Place between Stewartsville and Winston at 9:00 PM
Girls Semifinals: Cameron 66, Polo 59; Maysville 53, Lathrop 48
Boys Semifinals: East Buchanan 69, Polo 59; Lathrop 53, Van Horn 49
Friday Night Schedule: East Buchanan girls vs. North Platte (consolation final) at 5:30 PM, Maysville boys vs. North Platte (consolation final) at 6:30 PM, Polo girls vs. Lathrop (3rd place) at 8:00 PM
Girls Pool Play: Southwest Livingston 70, Chillicothe JV 28
Girls Semifinal: Braymer 59, Veritas Christian 29
Boys Pool Play: Braymer 63, Chillicothe JV 26
Boys Semifinal: Southwest Livingston 50, Veritas Christian
Friday Night Schedule: Girls Consolation Final at 5:00 PM - Chillicothe JV vs. Breckenridge; Boys Consolation Final at 6:30 PM - Chillicothe JV vs. Wentworth; Girls 3rd Place Game at 8:00 PM - Tina-Avalon vs. Veritas Christian
Girls Semifinals: Hamilton 46, Gallatin 27; Lawson 45, Plattsburg 30
Boys Semifinals: West Platte 59, Gallatin 47; Lawson 62, Richmond 51
Friday Night Schedule: Girls Consolation Final at 5:00 PM - Richmond vs. St. Mary's; Boys Consolation Final at 6:30 PM - Plattsburg vs. St. Mary's; Girls 3rd Place Game at 8:00 PM - Gallatin vs. Plattsburg
Boys Consolation Semifinals: Savannah beat North Kansas City; Warrensburg 59, Benton 42
Boys Semifinals: Kearney 52, Cameron 42; Lafayette 74, Fort Osage 59
Friday Night Schedule: Girls Seventh Place Game at 3:30 PM - Chillicothe vs. Kearney JV; Boys Seventh Place Game at 5:00 PM - Benton vs. North Kansas City; Girls Consolation Final at 6:30 PM - Fort Osage vs. Raymore-Peculiar; Boys Consolation Final at 8:00 PM - Warrensburg vs. Savannah