ALPENA — The opening round of the Alpena Junior High Tournament was pushed back a few days due to the weather which moved the excitement to Monday evening.
A pair of games were played on both the junior boys and junior girls bracket.
In junior girls action, Berryville began the tournament with a 63-24 win over the Junior Lady Antlers of Deer and Omaha narrowly defeated Green Forest by a 43-32 score.
The junior boys opening round featured Valley Springs advancing with a 56-15 win over Deer and the host team of Alpena earning a 29-23 victory over Green Forest.
Berryville 63, Deer 24
The Junior Lady Bobcats took over the game early and finished with a convincing 63-24 win over Deer.
Berryville sank four shots from behind the arc in the first during a 31-point first quarter while limiting Deer to a single field goal.
Scoring slowed dramatically in the second period as the Junior Lady Antlers found a groove and put 13 points on the board and Berryville was limited to 10 points.
Berryville held a 41-15 lead at halftime and continued to expand the lead in the third frame.
Six players scored for the Junior Lady Bobcats in a 17-point effort while Deer scored five points on two field goals.
Berryville entered the fourth period with a 58-20 lead and outscored Deer by a 5-4 mark to advance in the tourney.
Hannah Youngblood poured out 28 points in the Berryville win. Mia Thurman added 12 points, Mercy Leviticus seven, Avery Bell and Lakyn Flores four apiece and Emma Hall, Kaylee McCarty, Elizabeth Heithold and Carly Smith two each.
Olivia Heffley, Bryleigh Davis and Kaylynn Bryant each scored six points for Deer. Jalyn Denniston, Ila Casey and Charlee Breedlove added two apiece.
Berryville moves on to play Western Grove on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Omaha 43, Green Forest 32
The Junior Eagles took the lead in the second period and held to the rest of the way to post a 43-30 win over Green Forest in the first round.
The Junior Lady Tigers held a slim 11-0 lead at the first break and Omaha battled back to take a 21-19 edge at halftime.
The difference in the third period resulted in Omaha outscoring Green Forest by a 12-3 mark.
Omaha entered the fourth with a 33-22 advantage and held the lead to advance with a 43-32 win.