The Meadville tournament wrapped up Saturday afternoon with the girls and boys championship games.
Number 7 seed Hale faced off against the girls number 1 seed, North Mercer.
In the battle of the Lady Cardinals Hale found themselves outmatched from the get go as North Mercer’s size at the post forced Hale into perimeter play throughout. At the end of the first period Hale trailed North Mercer 16-8.
That deficit would continue to grow throughout the remainder of the first half with North Mercer leading 45-14 at the break.
The highlight of the first half was Sierra Michaelis who put up 22 points and broke the Girl’s High School Basketball Career Points Record with 3,242. Michaelis would put up six more points in the second half to end the night at 28 and the record sitting at 3,248 with less than a month of regular season play left.
The Hale Lady Cardinals could never get a run going and fell to North Mercer 75-36.
Hale was led in scoring by Quincy Copple who put up 20 points and went 8/10 from the foul line
In the boys championship Meadville and North Mercer would face off in a number 1 and number 2 seed match up.
North Mercer jumped out to a 5 point lead early and held it for most of the first period. However Meadville would make a run that included a huge 3-pointer from T.J. Schmidt that would give the Eagles a one-point lead at the end of one. In the second North Mercer and Meadville would stay within no more than five points and the Cardinals would trail 28-26 at the half.
In the second half however, Meadville made adjustments and began to pour on full court pressure and North Mercer was unable to work around it consistently.
In the fourth period Meadville was up by ten and North Mercer was forced into a fouling situation with under 3 minutes to go. Meadville would never let North Mercer back in the game as T. J. Schmidt would go 8/8 from the line and Derek Smith went 5/6. The Eagles went on to a 71-56 victory.
The Cardinals were led in scoring by Colton Hartley who was nails in the losing effort scoring 28. Caleb Wyatt put up 15 points with 5 shots from 3-point range.
Meadville was led in scoring by Derek Smith who ended the night with 19. Schmidt would put up 16 points total.