By THE HERALD-WHIG
A tough environment and the defending conference champions didn't daunt the North Shelby girls basketball team.
Playing in Unionville, Mo., Friday night, the Lady Raiders broke open a 20-18 halftime lead with a 26-point second-half effort as they beat Putnam County 46-33.
"This is a big win for us," North Shelby coach Joshlin Yoder. "It's a tough place to play."
North Shelby improved to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the Tri-Rivers Conference. Putnam County, the defending TRC champs, drops to 2-3.
"We played poorly in our first conference game," Yoder said of a 45-27 loss to Scotland County Dec. 4. "We stepped it up tonight."
North Shelby turned to its press in the third quarter and held Putnam County to seven points while scoring 15 of its own.
Brianna Cochenour led all scorers with 19 points, including 5-of-7 shooting from the free throw line in the fourth quarter. Elizabeth Linberger added 10 points.
Monroe City Tournament: A 23-point effort from Kaelyn Spratt led Marion County to a 50-37 win over Paris in the third-place game.
Devan Johnson added 12 points for Marion County (5-1).
"(Spratt) had a great tournament, carrying a big load," Mustangs coach Mike Johnson said. "She's done everything we've asked her to and then some."
Marceline built a 10-point lead by the end of the first quarter and South Shelby couldn't recover as it lost 68-52 in the consolation championship.
Aimee Ellyson led South Shelby (2-4) with 20 points, including four 3-pointers, and Cassidy Johnston chipped in 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Clark County 59, Canton 38: Mishaylee Cline sparked a 22-point third quarter, including three 3-pointers, to lift the Indians to victory.
Cline and Kailey Roberts scored 14 points apiece for Clark County (4-1). Roberts grabbed six rebounds and nabbed four steals. Jenna Huston added 12 points for Clark County.
Brittney Berhorst led Canton (0-6) with 20 points.
Clopton 56, Hannibal 52: Kylee Anderson and Lauren Holliday scored 15 points apiece but the Pirates couldn't pull out the win.
The Pirates (1-2) opened the second half with a 24-point third quarter, but were outscored 18-9 in the final period.
Hannibal was plagued by foul trouble and was charged with 24 for the game.
Scotland County 72, Milan 53: Lucas Howard scored 40 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked six shots to lead the Tigers to a Tri-Rivers Conference victory at home.
Scotland County improves to 4-2 overall and 2-0 in the conference while Bailey Johnston added 10 points.
Scotland County limited Milan to four points in the first quarter.
Canton 59, Clark County 49: The Tigers held Clark County to two points in the first quarter and held off a late rally by the Indians en route to the win.
Canton built a 15-2 lead after the first quarter and led 25-16 at halftime.
Brandon Berhorst led all scorers with 19 points, including 11-of-12 shooting from the free throw line in the fourth quarter.
Gabe McKenzie added 15 points for Canton (6-0).
Chase Bevans led the Indians (3-2) with 20 points. Kyle Kovar added 11.
Knox County 65, Schuyler County 38: Lee Tague scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Eagles to the win.
Royce Poore added 16 points to go along with six rebounds, five assists and five steals for Knox County. Donovan Edwards added 10 points for the Eagles (2-4).
Louisiana 57, Monroe City 45: Tristan Castiglia led the Bulldogs with 18 points and 13 rebounds in the consolation game of the Monroe City Tournament.
Louisiana ended the first half on a 19-point run. Zach Martin added 13 points for Louisiana (2-1).
Kyle Fulton led Monroe City with 12 points.
Western 56, Brown County 44: Izack Hively scored 16 of his game-high 20 points in the second half to lead the Wildcats (4-6) to a win at the North Greene Classic.
Kyle Warning added 10 points for Western.
Michael Scoggan led the Hornets (1-5) with 16 points.
Liberty 56, Triopia 45: Michael Blewett scored 22 points, including four 3-pointers, as the Eagles won at home.
Liberty (4-3) led 19-12 after the first quarter and was ahead 35-29 at halftime.
Blewett scored 14 of his points in the first half.