Posted On: 12/31/19 12:49 AM

It is rare that in a championship game you can look at both teams and consider them both a Cinderella story and a favorite at the same time.  However, that was very much the case for the Blue Division title game between Hartville and Rogersville.  

Hartville could make a claim for the glass slipper considering they were a Class 2 school competing against much higher levels of competition.  With that being said, the Eagles came into the Blue & Gold undefeated and regarded as one of the favorites to challenge for a state championship.  Rogersville, on the other hand, came into the tournament as a 6 seed that had to take down multiple higher seeds (Bolivar & Nixa) during their run to the title game.  However, they were multiple classes higher than Hartville and came in as a defending champion after a storybook run last season.

The game itself was a doozy.  Rogersville jumped out to an early 7-2 lead, but Hartville cranked up the tempo defensively and in transition to respond with a 19-4 run that eventually helped them to a 27-20 halftime lead.  The Eagles got lay-up after lay-up in transition thanks to several steals and deep outlets. 

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