By THE HERALD-WHIG
It was a defensive battle that came down to an offensive opportunity.
Unfortunately for Pittsfield, it couldn't capitalize.
After West Hancock's Austin Hardy missed a free throw with seconds left in the game, Pittsfield got the rebound but the Saukees couldn't get the shot to fall as they lost 41-40 in Warsaw, Ill.
"We had a shot to win at the end," Pittsfield coach Brad Tomhave said. "We didn't get the shot to fall when we needed it."
Pittsfield led 12-7 after the first quarter but the Titans stormed back, outscoring the Saukees 13-4 in the second quarter to trail by one, 28-27, at halftime.
"It was a hard-fought game," Tomhave said. "Both teams were playing a really good defensive, physical game. Offensive opportunities were hard to come by."
Wayde Smith led the Saukees (5-3) with 17 points and Kennedy Kattelman added 17.
Paxton Harmon led the Titans (6-1) with 22 points, 11 coming in each half.
Sherrard 52, Illini West 50: Playing the preseason West Central Conference North Division favorite didn't faze the Chargers.
They've been playing tough competition all year long.
"We got down, but our girls did a good job of responding," Illini West coach Grant Surprenant said. "I credit that to being in this type of game. The tough games we have been playing have helped us."
Illini West (2-7) led early on, but Sherrard (9-0) jumped out to a six-point advantage after halftime Saturday at Carthage.
Illini West trailed 51-49 in the fourth quarter and was sent to the free throw line.
Graci Bastert made one of two to close the gap to 51-50.
On the next possession Sherrard's Riley Stranguard was fouled and sank one of two free throws.
Illini West had a chance to tie the game, but missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
"Playing Sherrard to two points shows that we can play with them and anybody," Surprenant said. "All we have to do is value each possession and value the basketball.
Bastert scored 14 of her game-high 20 points in the second half. Bastert made six field goals and was 8 of 11 from the free throw line.
Bloomington Super Duals: Quincy went 3-0 to improve to 6-1 overall. The Blue Devils posted wins over Pekin (68-9), Belleville East (60-16) and Triad (42-39).
Winning three matches for QHS were Trevor Schutte (106), Steven Wallace (113), Michael Peters (126), Jimmy Tedeschi (132), Stephen Sharp (138), Dakota Downs (170) and Jaydon Summy (220).
Tedeschi, Downs and Summy won all three of their matches by pin.