NEVC, Bronaugh eliminated from district tournaments

Friday, February 22, 2019
Bronaugh Wildcats sophomore point guard Garrett Earnest, looks for an open teammate during the ‘Cats 75-18 loss to Golden City in district tournament-play Wednesday evening in Nevada.
Matt Resnick | Daily Mail

Area schools Bronuagh and Northeast Vernon County saw their boys and girls varsity basketball postseason dreams dashed, after falling in district-tournament play this week.

In opening-round action of the Class 1 District 5 tournament in Nevada on Monday, the fourth-seeded Bronaugh Lady Wildcats crushed No. 5 Dadeville, 46-27.

In Thursday’s semifinal contest, however, Bronuagh was upended by top-seeded powerhouse McAuley Catholic, 53-28. The Lady ’Cats were paced by freshman guard Nicole Hagerman’s team-high nine points, and move to 14-12 overall.

In the Class 1 District 5 boys tournament Wednesday evening, top-seeded Golden City rocked No. 8 Bronaugh, 75-18. The loss concludes Bronaugh’s season at 2-22 overall. In the No. 4 vs. No. 5 matchup, fifth-seeded McAuley Catholic sprung the mild upset of Dadeville, 54-50.

In the Class 1 District 6 tournament Monday in Drexel, the No. 5 NEVC boys (10-13) were downed by No. 4 Rich Hill, 73-56.

The No. 3 seed NEVC Lady Knights handled business in their opener Wednesday, edging past No. 6 Appleton City, 43-37.

In the semifinals Thursday, the Lady Knights (15-10) were derailed by No. 2 Rich Hill, 51-43.

Under normal circumstances, a loss in the district tournament would bring a school’s season to a close.

In the case of Bronaugh and NEVC, however, the two schools are slated to square off in a boy-girl varsity double-dip Wednesday, Feb. 27 in Bronaugh.

The twinbill was originally scheduled for Feb. 8, but was postponed due to icy road conditions.

When reached via email Wednesday, Bronaugh head coach and athletic director Daryl Dodson indicated that the games are being made up, because the girls’ Golden Valley Vernon County Conference (GVVC) crown is still up for grabs. The boys GVVC regular-season champion, however, has already been determined, but Dodson verified the boys’ contest is still a go.

As far as the girls’ regular-season title, NEVC enters 5-0 in (official) GVVC-play, and Bronaugh, 4-1 in conference-play.

The two schools have met once this season, with Bronaugh besting the Lady Knights, 41-32, in the Tony Dubray Classic third-place game (Jan. 19).

The girls are slated to tip-off at 5:30 p.m,. Feb. 27 in Bronaugh, with the boys’ contest to follow at 7. Senior Night recognition is set for 8:30.

The Lady Knights can claim the GVVC crown outright with a victory, while a Bronuagh win would result in share of the crown for both teams. See a future edition of the Daily Mail for all the latest

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