Both North Mercer Lady Cardinals and Meadville Eagles will play for third place honors tonight in the class one high school basketball tournament at Columbia. That is the result of losses both teams suffered last night in semifinal action.
Chamois used good shooting and rebounding to pull away from North Mercer in the second half of the girls game â€” winning 62 to 39.
Chamois used a nine point run at the end of the first half to carry a 34 to 30 lead into the locker room. Chamois out-scored North Mercer 28 to 9 in the 2nd half.
North Mercer also was plagued with foul trouble as Sierra Michaelis (muh-Kay-lihs) and Courtney Owens both fouled out in the 4th quarter.
Michaelis led the lady Cardinals with 27 points.
Chamois had Miranda Brandt with 23 points and three others were in double figures. The other girls semi final saw Walnut Grove roll past Chadwick 66 to 42. That sets up the 3rd place game in class one tonight with a North Mercer taking on Chadwick at 8:20. North Mercer has 28 wins and 2 losses.
The Meadville boys basketball team rallied late in their semi final basketball game last night; had the game tied, but in the end, Stanberry pulled out a 51 to 47 victory. Leading scorers for Meadville Eagles were Derek Smith with 18 and Cade Shifflett with 12. Stanberry had four score in double figures: Jacob Heddinger 11, Cole Gage, Nathan Luke, and Ryan Jenson each had 10 points.
Meadville with 29 wins and only two losses will play tonight for third place vs Drexel with a 6:40 start time. Drexel lost a nail biter type of game to Eminence 65 to 64.
You can hear both third place state basketball games for Meadville and North Mercer schools tonight on KTTN FM and audio stream of www.kttn.com
In the class one championship games Saturday night: Stanberry boys take on Eminence at 6:50 pm and Chamois girls take on Walnut Grove at 8:20 pm.
In class two girls basketball, Marceline lost their semi final game to New Haven by a final score of 49 to 33. Crane defeated Skyline 70 to 51. It will be Marceline taking on Skyline for 3rd place at 5 oâ€™clock today. The class two girls championship game Saturday at 5 has New Haven versus Crane. On the boys bracket in class two, West Platte defeated Iberia 57 to 48 and Salisbury dropped Oran 81 to 65. The class two boys 3rd place game is Iberia vs Oran at 3:20 today.
The championship game is Saturday at 3:20 with West Platte taking on Salisbury.
In other state semi final basketball games yesterday, Cameron girls were victorious in class three and advance to the state championship game Saturday.
Cameron defeated St. James 68 to 53. Lutheran St. Peters beat North Tech 65 to 61. The state championship class three girls game Saturday at 1:20 has Cameron versus Lutheran St. Peters. For 3rd place today at 1:40, itâ€™s St. James and North Technical of St. Louis. On the boys bracket, class 3, Lutheran North meets Fatima for 3rd at noon today and the Saturday championship game at 11:30 is College Prep of Madison versus St. Pius the Tenth of Kansas City. Thursday finals were College Prep 69 Lutheran North 43; St. Pius 58 and Fatima 46.