The Class 1, District 11 Tournament got off to an early start Saturday. When the first round came to a close, the Gilman City Lady Hawks, Grundy R-5 Panthers and Newtown-Harris Tigers had all advanced.
The Gilman City Lady Hawks were the first to advance, doing so in the opening game of the day. Gilman lived up to their second seed, crushing the Lady Panthers of Grundy R-5. Gilman scored 15 unanswered points to open the game and rode that momentum through to the final buzzer, doubling up the Lady Panthers in a 66-33 win.
“We came out and played the way we wanted to play,” Lady Hawks Head Coach Jacob Shipman said. “We were attacking on offense and working hard on defense. We are very excited to get off to a good start in districts and will have to prepare for a tough Novinger team.”
Leading the way for the Lady Hawks in the rout was Mikayla Toombs, who scored 16 points. Freshman Hailey Burrows and sophomore Joslyn Newtown each added 11 points to the Gilman City total. Grundy, meanwhile, was paced by 13 points and four steals from Elizabeth Novak. Mckenna Owens had six points and six rebounds, Emily Milazzo had six points and four steals and Matana Munday added five points for the Lady Panthers.
Gilman City moved to 15-9 on the season with the win while the Lady Panthers’ season came to a close at 4-19. The Lady Hawks will square off with Novinger on Tuesday night in the tournament semifinals in Galt. Tip off is set for 7 p.m.
The Grundy boys would advance, however, handing Green City a 63-48, season-ending loss. Grundy trailed 29-27 at halftime, but closed the game strong, outscoring Green City 18-11 in the third quarter and 18-8 in the fourth.
Destin Gann showed the way for the Panthers, scoring 18 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Cade Mullenix added 15 points and four assists and Elliott O’Neal had 11 points. Grundy also got 10 points and 11 rebounds from Mason Larson, five points and six assists from Clayton Radcliff and four points from Mason Radcliff.
With the win, the Panthers moved to 18-7 on the season. Grundy will take on top-seeded Novinger in the semifinals on Wednesday. Action in Galt begins at 5:30 p.m.
Newtown-Harris saw it’s boys team advance with a handy 66-34 win over Tri-County. The Tigers were led by 39 points from Adam Crawford. The Mustangs were led by Dillon Cook, who had 16 points in the game. Tyler Lane added seven and Zack Neeley had six for Tri-County, whose season ended at 6-16.
Newtown (9-12) will see semifinal action on Wednesday, taking on Meadville at 7 p.m. in Galt.
Other area teams on the losing end Saturday in Galt included the Newtown-Harris girls, Gilman City boys and Tri-County girls.
Tri-County’s girls fell to top-seeded Meadville 64-17. Tayluer Dunks led the Lady Mustangs with six points and Leeza Siddoway added five. The loss ended the Tri-County girls season at 0-20.
The Gilman City boys were defeated by top-seeded Novinger, 95-15. The loss ended Gilman City’s season at 0-20. The Newtown-Harris girls fell to Linn County 44-28. Becca Johnson had nine points to lead the Lady Tigers, who finished the season at 8-13.