County teams fall in tourney

By Chris Miles -

The postseason can be harsh.

One off-day, one poor shooting night, one day where things aren’t going your way can be the difference between advancing to the next round or having your season come to an abrupt end.

Madison County high school basketball teams are finding the postseason a tough place to stay, as they continue to fall one by one.

Division IV

No. 6 Granville Christian 41,

No. 3 Shekinah Christian 37

The Lady Flames (19-6) had their season come to a swift end with a disappointing district semifinal loss in a D-IV district semifinal Wednesday evening.

The outcome couldn’t come as a big surprise considering the regular season contest played between the two teams was won by Shekinah by a narrow 35-32 margin.

Boys basketball

Division III

No. 9 Northridge 58,

No. 11 Madison-Plains 47

A slow start doomed the Golden Eagles (12-11) in their tournament-opening loss Monday at Northridge.

Madison-Plains High School scored just three points in the opening quarter and never fully recovered. The team trailed 15-3 after the first quarter and trailed by as many as 16 in the contest. Coach Joe Stewart’s team made a valiant run to get the deficit down to six points in the second half, but the squad would get no closer.

The talented group of seniors who helped restore life into a Madison-Plains program that has some hard times in recent years led the way in defeat.

Cameron Near scored 13 points, while Jonathon Dill and Anthony Tesi each scored 10 points.

The 12 wins for Plains was more than the program has had in the last three years combined.

By Chris Miles

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