The North Shelby girls, Canton boys, and Atlanta teams picked up La Plata tournament trophies Saturday, but no champions were crowned as snow postponed the two title games to next Saturday.
The boys’ third place game saw the Atlanta Hornets race out to an early lead on their way to a wire-to-wire 76-68 win over North Shelby. The game featured an up-tempo play for the full 32 minutes of regulation play. Atlanta boys coach Jason White said he liked the way his team matched the tempo of North Shelby.
A total of four Hornets scored in double figures. Bryce Teter led Atlanta with 19 points. Brendyn McDaniel scored a game-high 20 points for North Shelby. North Shelby boys coach Landon Daniel said his team dug themselves too big of a hole early.
Atlanta improves to 12-7 on the season while North Shelby drops to 10-8.
In the girls’ third place game, North Shelby defeated Cairo 52-33. Both teams had quarters where they scored less than three points, but it was a 23 point fourth quarter by the Lady Raiders which helped them pull away. Daniel said the defense played well.
Sophomore Natalie Thrasher hit six threes for a game-high 20 points. Cairo Lady Cat coach Brian Winkler took responsibility for not having his team prepared.
Cairo sophomore Gracie Brumley had a team-high 10 points. The Lady Raiders improve to 14-4, while Cairo falls to 7-13.
The boys’ consolation game saw Canton race out to an early lead on their way to a 74-53 win over La Plata. After falling behind by as many as 14 points in the first quarter, La Plata cut the deficit to 36-31 at halftime. However, Canton’s Dalton Berhorst came out shooting hot to start the third quarter.
Colin Schowe with the calls on KTCM 97.3 and centralmoinfo.com. Berhorst scored 14 of his game-high 25 points in the third quarter for the Tigers. Sam Arnold followed with 18 points, Kyle Frazier chipped-in 13, and Garrett Lillard scored eleven for Canton as they improved to 7-12 on the season. Canton boys interim head coach Samantha Powers improved her record to 5-5 while in charge of the Tigers.
La Plata was led by Cooper Noah with 17 points, while Bret Jennings added 12. La Plata boys coach Greg Buescher said Canton’s three-point shooting was their undoing in the game.
Canton finished the game with ten made three-pointers. La Plata falls to 6-10 on the season.
In the girls consolation game, Atlanta collected the win 74-45 over the hosts. After losing the first two meetings to La Plata earlier in the year, Lady Hornet coach Miranda White liked how Atlanta kept pressuring the Bulldogs.
Atlanta senior Kolbey Watson tallied 24 points for the 12-6 Lady Hornets. La Plata falls to 9-7 and was guided by freshman Claire Coy’s nine points.
Atlanta boys coach Jason White:
North Shelby girls coach Landon Daniel:
Canton boys coach Samantha Powers:
Atlanta girls coach Miranda White:
North Shelby boys coach Landon Daniel:
Cairo girls coach Brian Winkler:
La Plata boys coach Greg Buescher:
La Plata girls coach Nathan Simler: