|HHS upsets Meeker to advance to state consolation championship|
|Written by Kyle Arnoldy|
Odds were against the Dragon basketball team entering the state tournament. With a seventh-seed, Holyoke had to upset a school ranked higher than them to extend their season to Saturday for a shot at placing.
In the first round of the tournament, the Dragons were pitted against No. 2 Lutheran Thursday, March 13. Holyoke fell 42-77 to move to the consolation bracket where they faced sixth-seeded Meeker Friday, March 14. With a 69-54 Dragon victory, Holyoke advanced to the state consolation championship.
Tanner Smith drives to the hoop in the first round of the state basketball tournament Thursday night.
Holyoke 69, Meeker 54
Determined not to go 0-2 at the state tournament, Holyoke boys persevered through a back-and-forth dual with Meeker Friday to upset the Cowboys 69-54.
“I couldn’t be more proud of how the guys responded after Thursday’s letdown,” coach Scott Dille said. “The kids really wanted to do well Thursday and put on a good performance and I think they felt like they let themselves down. But they woke up ready to go Friday.”
Holyoke promptly pulled ahead as Tito Fierro sank a jump shot and made a transition layup and Logan Tharp knocked down a pair of free throws in the first two minutes. Meeker responded with a seven-point run to take the lead.
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