Meridian couldn't find its groove in a pair of losses in the Clarkson Holiday Basketball Tournament.
In consolation action Dec. 30th, Meridian was on the short end of a 74-29 decision against Osceola.
The Mustangs were held to single digits in the first three quarters of play trailing, 53-18.
Kyle Schwisow led the Mustangs with 10 points scored, Cody Nolte, eight points, Riley Meyer and Ty Brakhage, three points each, Drew Endorf and Ricky Nunez, two points apiece, and Blake Miller tallied one point.
Meridian was nipped by McCool Junction, 50-46 in opening round tournament action Dec. 29th.
In a matchup of two quality Class C-2 basketball teams, Tri County's Lady Trojans were able to make big shots in key moments and came through with a number of timely stops to outlast (6-3) Weeping Water, 48-41 in the title game of the Southern Holiday Basketball Tournament played at the Southern High School gym on Dec. 30th.
Tri County shot out to a 7-1 lead midway through the opening quarter capping off the scoring with a trey from Sydney Holtmeier.
Back-to-back two-point hoops by Heather Hauschild the Lady Indians tied the game at 7.
Tri County bounced back to score the final four points of the quarter to open an 11-7 lead.
Weeping Water grabbed its first lead at 12-11 and stretched the margin to 14-11 on a putback by Hannah Garner.
After coming up short in its opening round contest, Fairbury bounced back to finish third at the Lincoln Lutheran Holiday Tournament last Friday.
A 30-6 run late in the first and second quarters spearheaded the Jeffs to a convincing, 77-55 win over Louisville.
With a lead of 19-13 after one quarter, Fairbury broke open the contest by outscoring the Lions, 27-7 in quarter two to secure a 46-20 lead.
"We started really slow down, 9-4, but then we went on a 30-6 run. During moments late in the first quarter and in the second quarter and about four minutes in the fourth quarter we played really good team basketball," Fairbury Jeffs coach Erik Kohl stated.
"It's about playing 32 minutes for four quarters and playing together all the time for us to be successful," Kohl remarked.