HOULKA - The Tremont basketball teams headed into the division 4-1A tournament at Houlka last week hungry to advance to the state playoffs, and each satisfied their appetite.
Each team won their first-round matchups, which secured a berth in the playoffs but couldn't finish better than a fourth-seed after falling in the consolation rounds.
(G) Tremont 48, Coffeeville 41 - 2/16
The Lady Eagles started out fast in their first-round game against the Coffeeville Lady Pirates, and it was that fast start which would, inevitably, save them.
Tremont jumped out to a 15-5 lead over the Lady Pirates but would see an increase in the Coffeeville offensive production and overall efficiency the rest of the way, and would have to dig deep to fend off the tenacious squad.
The Lady Eagles would bow up enough to maintain their lead through the end of the game, on the heels of a strong offensive performance by Victoria Ladewig, and timely scoring by Taylor Lentz, Katie Graham and Allison Hadorn.
Ladewig led the Lady Eagles with 17 points, followed by Lentz and Graham with 8 points each.
(B) Tremont 70, Hamilton 55 - 2/16
In boys' opening-night action, the Eagles faced a win-starved but still extremely athletic Hamilton Lions squad.
Tremont held a slim 28-24 lead at the half but absolutely exploded in the third quarter to cruise to a comfortable win.
The Eagles put up 23 points in the third quarter and allowed just 9 points to take a 51-33 advantage into the final eight minutes and, despite a good fight from Hamilton during that span, had enough left to hold them off for the 15-point win and move into the championship bracket. Most importantly, the Eagles punched their ticket for the 1A state playoffs with the win.
The Eagles got a solid effort from top-scorer Walker Adams, who finished the game with 24 points, followed by Dakota Black with 17 points and Logan South with 16.
(G) Hamilton 55, Tremont 47 - 2/18
On night two of of the 4-1A tournament, the Tremont squads faced the same teams that their gender counterparts faced on night one, with each suffering a similar fate.
The Lady Eagles dug themselves an early hole against the Hamilton Lady Lions and it proved to be too deep to climb out of, even with great offensive performances from Tiffany Lentz and Victoria Ladewig.
Tremont found themselves down 32-17 at the half and just couldn't muster enough offense to overcome the deficit, despite their best quarter - from a points perspective - was the fourth, with 24.
Lentz led the charge with 17 points followed by Ladewig with 14 and Haley Robinson pitched in 6.
(B) Coffeeville 74, Tremont 69 - 2/18
The Eagles battled with the Pirates all night but a second quarter, in which they surrendered a 10-point scoring margin, would prove to doom them in the end.
Tremont would equal or better Coffeeville in the other three quarters, but the second quarter proved to be too much as the Pirates slipped out of the game and into the championship contest against host Houlka.
Logan South led the Eagles with 22 points, followed by Walker Adams with 21.
(G) Houlka 37, Tremont 31 - 2/19
The Lady Eagles fell in the consolation game to the host Houlka Lady Wildcats.
Houlka managed to build a lead behind the shooting of senior guard Tyesha Atkinson, who finished the contest with a game-high 16 points.
(B) Smithville 62, Tremont 54 - 2/19
The Eagles knocked off Smithville 42-41 earlier in the season but couldn't overcome the Seminoles in the division tournament.
Smithville held on for an eight-point win to claim the No. 3 playoff seed and bump the Eagles to No. 4.