In the first match up the Lady Eagles were able to get out ahead early with scoring by Erin Shiflett and Halee Neal. The Lady Bulldogs answered and though they never took the lead in the first half; they were able to keep pace with strong efforts from Olivia Ellis and tight defense by Alexandria Paul. At the half Meadville led Hardin-Central 16-14.
In the second half the Lady Eagles would stretch that lead out by capitalizing on mental errors by the Lady Bulldogs. Traveling was a constant problem and Hardin-Central fell to the Lady Eagles, 45-33.
Hardin-Central was led in scoring by Olivia Ellis who put up 21 points in the loss. Meadville was led by Erin Shiflett who put up 11.
The Lady Bulldogs fall to 3-4 while the Lady Eagles improve to 5-1.
In the boys contest it was nearly over in the first period. That is not a knock against the Bulldogs, it was a result of an amazing perimeter performance by the Eagles led by Derek Smith who dropped three straight 3-pointers in the first period; the first two in the first minute of play. Hardin would try to keep up, but constant defensive pressure from Meadville and consistent shooting from the field were too much to handle as Hardin-Central would fall 69-50.
The Eagles’ top scorer was Derek Smith, who put up 24 points, with 15 of those behind the three point line. He was assisted by an 18-point effort by Cade Shiflett who dropped 4 three’s himself. Hardin-Central spread the scoring around with 9 by Cole Leakey, followed by 8 from Lane Coldiron.
The Eagles are now 5-0 and the Bulldogs fall to 3-3.