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Last night we got a chance to get our first looks at the Brown County and West Central girls basketball teams as they faced off in an early season WIVC matchup.  After 1 qtr of play, these 2 teams were tied up  11 but West Central would not waste any time in changing that trend.  The Lady Cougars got a bit of a lead before halftime and then really separated themselves from Brown County in the second half en route to the 64-43 victory.  Brown County’s Vanessa Markert led all scorers with 20 points on the night.  For West Central, Kaydee Carmody led the Lady Cougars with 16 points.  As a team, Brown County shot an outstanding 71% from the Free Throw line which any coach has to be pleased with this early in the season.  West Central had trouble finding the basketball night but don’t expect that to be a common problem or this team.  I think that West Central will be a team that has grabbed a lot of attention by the end of this season as they have many strengths and have some excellent players coming off of the bench.  Now looking at the season for Brown County, I think the Lady Hornets really have the potential to turn some heads and be a competitive team.  They have a great group of girls but they just need that varsity game experience to really get to the level they are looking to be at.

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Calhoun and Triopia squared off in a great WIVC battle this evening. These two teams played a hard fought game where the Trojans were plagued by poor shooting and yet found a way to stay in this game.  As the night went on, Triopia started to figure out the key to playing defense against the Warriors and as a result took the lead in the 4th quarter.  Though Triopia could not take advantage of multiple opportunities to put Calhoun away and we would have to settle this one in overtime.  2 three pointers from Leo Herzberger would pull the Trojans out to a quick lead and Calhoun just could not respond and Triopia would pick up the 49-43 overtime victory.  Tyler Baalman led the Warriors with 25 points this evening while Leo Herzberger led the Trojans with 22 points on the evening.

 

Brown County traveled to Triopia last night for a WIVC battle between two rivals who know each other very well.  This game would not disappoint anyone who loves defense as Triopia played solid defense for 3 quarters here tonight.  But then finally in the 4th quarter Brown County found a way to pick up the offensive momentum which in turn, forced Triopa to start fouling.  Unfortunately for Triopia, Brown County went 10 for 11 from the free throw line in the game and pulled away for the 45-38 victory.  Triopia was led in scoring by John Love with 16 while Justin Volk had 14 for Brown County.  The Hornets shot 53% from the field in the contest while Triopia could only attain 37%.  Triopia did everything they could to keep themselves in this one but they got in a bit of a panic early in the 4th quarter while Brown County only missed one shot in the quarter, a free throw.

Our second game of the day saw #3 Carrollton take on the North Greene JV team.  This is one of those games that is hard for anyone to get motivated to play in but once Carrollton got warmed up they really looked like a solid team.  The Lady Hawks are going to give a lot of teams a lot of fits this year as they are quick, shoot often, and they have bench players that can step in and fill rolls out on the court.  Due to a very instant loss of power, the back end of this game was played with only two lights in the gym but by that point the outcome was already decided.  Carrollton advances with the 62-20 victory of the North Greene JV.  Kylie Foiles led the Lady Spartans with 6 points while Kimberly Lake led the Lady Hawks with 13.  The North Greene JV team will take on Greenfield while Carrollton advances to take on Pittsfield.

A late tip off would not deter either Brown County or Illini West from providing us a great contest tonight.  Brown County would have to play a solid contest up and down the floor in order to keep up with a very talented Charger ball club.  Tied at 13 after the 1st quarter, Illini West would outscore the Hornets 14-9 in the 2nd quarter to take a 27-22 halftime lead.  Brown County made a solid effort in the 2nd half but just could not find an answer for the outstanding 3-point shooting of the Chargers and fell by a score of 52-40.  Illini West shot 7-14 from behind the 3-point arc with Brody Gronewald going 4-6.  Alex Sheppard led the Hornets with 13 points while Brody Gronewald led Illini West with 18.  Brown County falls in to the consolation bracket and will take on Lewistown at 2:30 on Thursday afternoon.

Two teams that suffered losses in the quarterfinals would square off in our final game of the day.  Unity and West Central would match up very well with each other.  The big difference in this contest would be an experienced roster versus a young roster.  These two teams would be tied at 22 at the half with the momentum favoring Unity.  The Lady Mustangs would come out in the 3rd quarter and jump out to a small lead but West Central was up to the task and would only be down by 2 heading into the 4th quarter.  This bucket-for-bucket pace would continue all throughout the 4th quarter and neither team could pull ahead so we would go to OT.  In the overtime period West Central had a 1 point lead when Brooklyn Moore would be fouled and get the chance to shoot two free throws with 1.8 seconds on the clock.  Moore made both free throws and secured the 48-47 victory for the Lady Mustangs.  West Central was led in scoring by Andrea Lietz with 16, while Brooklyn Moore added 14 for Unity.

With both teams still looking for their first tournament victory, Griggsville-Perry and North Greene both came out with a ton of motivation.  The main question would be just who could channel that into a victory.  North Greene played a trap defense in this game and it would be very valuable to them as the Lady Tornadoes just could not find a way to beat it.  Though Griggsville-Perry would come out of the half time break trying to pick up the intensity and pull themselves back into this game, it would not be enough.  The turnover bug bit the Lady Tornadoes for the second straight day and they would fall to North Greene by a score of 49-24.  Marlee Jo Bradshaw finished with 11 points for Griggsvile-Perry while Emily Elliott would lead the Lady Spartans scoring column with 12.