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Osceola, Cross County win CRC basketball titles | KTIC Radio

Osceola, Cross County win CRC basketball titles

Osceola, Cross County win CRC basketball titles
The Osceola Bulldogs cut down the nets after the CRC championship win

The 2021 Crossroads Conference basketball tournament concluded Saturday with the championships being held at Shelby-Rising City High School, and the consolations played at Osceola High School.

Boys Final: #2 Osceola Bulldogs 52, #4 BDS Eagles 47

Sophomore Isaiah Zelasney poured in 35 points, as he led Osceola to it’s first-ever Crossroads Conference boys basketball tournament championship, with a 52-47 win over BDS. Zelasney scored 24 in the second half, to help his team pull away in what was mostly a close game throughout.

It was a four point game, 29-25, after three quarters, but the Bulldogs gradually built a 10 point final period lead, and held on for the five point win. BDS struggled with offensive balance, as senior Kyle Ardissono and junior Eli Noel scored all of the Eagle points until late in the game.

Noel led BDS (14-5) with 18 points, and Ardissono added 14. In addition to Zelasney’s 35 points for Osceola (14-3), freshman Kale Gustafson scored 7 and senior Carson Watts added 5.

Girls Final: #2 Cross County Cougars 40, #4 Meridian Mustangs 27

In the rematch of last year’s CRC Girls Championship game, the Cross County Cougars (15-3) won it’s second consecutive CRC Tournament title Saturday with a 13-point win over the Meridian Mustangs (11-7).

After one quarter, Meridian owned a 13-10 lead, and it wasn’t until late in the the second quarter when Cross County took it’s first lead. In the third quarter, Cross County expanded the lead, outscoring the Mustangs 13-6 and they would close out the game in the fourth quarter.

Cougars freshman Shyanne Anderson finsihed with a game-high 17 points. Senior Erica Stratman had 14 for Cross County. Juniors Ally Kort and Kimberly Schropfer led Meridian with 6 points.

Boys Consolation game: Cross County Cougars 62, McCool Junction Mustangs 50: 

A big crowd in Osceola saw a very energetic battle between the 1-seed Cross County Cougars outscore the 3-seed McCool Junction Mustangs 62-50 to take 3rd place in the Crossroads Conference boys basketball tournament.

An energetic first half saw the Cougars take the lead into the break 29-19. The second half saw the now 15-3 Cougars widen the lead by seven to take a 43-26 lead into the fourth quarter. Similar to how the semifinals went for the Mustangs, they fought back in the fourth outscoring the Cougars 24-19, but that was not enough as the Cougars take 3rd place in the CRC boys tournament 62-50.

Girls Consolation game: Exeter-Milligan Timberwolves 36, BDS Eagles 27:

The battle for 3rd place in the Crossroads Conference girls basketball game saw the 1-seed Exeter Milligan Timberwolves take on the 3-seed the BDS Eagles. The game was a low-scoring affair through the first half with both teams going into the half tied at 10.

The second half is where the scoring began with Exeter Milligan getting 13 in the first quarter and BDS countering with 9 to give Exeter Milligan a four-point lead heading into the final period. In the fourth quarter, the Timberwolves, now 17-3 on the season, scored another 13 points to run away from the Eagles, winning the game by a 36-27 score.


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