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AJ Austene heading for a dunk.

Jalen George broke the 1000-point mark against Montgomery County.

It has been a ride.

The Hallsville High School boys and girls basketball teams came within a few points of moving to the next level of post-season climb to the state tournament.

For the Lady Indians, it ended in Bowling Green with, where they lost the district championship game, 41-37, to Macon’s state-ranked Lady Tigers.

The Indians’ boys team also concluded their season away from home. They lost their district championship game, 63-47 to the Montgomery County Thunderbirds.

The boys finished the season 14-10, the ladies, 17-6.

Saturday in North Callaway, the game began with a lot Hallsville hope.

Jaylen George scored the games first points, a jump shot from the east side, followed by a three-pointer by AJ Austne from the west.

Montgomery county hit back and the game was tied 7-7 by the 3:18 mark.

Austene fixed that with a quick jumper, then he scored another three to make it 12-7 Halsville, much to the purple and gold portion of the crowd.

Dalton-Whipple-getting some Montgomery County attention

Then Colton Hobbs drew a foul and replayed Montgomery with a successful shot to make it 13 -9 Hallsville.

The Indians finished the first on top. 14-9.

From there Montgomery’s shooters got hot and Hallsville lost some heat.

The Wildcats started the second with back to back threes and the ball  just wouldn’t sink for Hallsville.

At halftime Montgomery led, 32-17.

Hallville pushed hard on the defense in the third and reheated their offense. The narrowed the game as little as six points at time and it was 40-27 at the top of the fourth.

Though Hallsville never caught up the brought it back to a six point game a few times but never climbed back on top.

George led the Indians with 22 points, followed by Austene with 14 and Dalton Whipple with five.

Colin Parker led Montgomery with 20, followed by Keenan James with 13 and Ty Leu with 11.

For the complete article, see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.

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