By THE HERALD-WHIG
Shea O'Brien scored 19 points to help the Pittsfield girls basketball team beat Liberty-Payson 63-34 and extend its winning streak to three games Monday night in Pittsfield.
The result snapped a four-game winning streak for the Lady Eagles (9-2). The Lady Saukees jumped to an early 18-9 lead after the first quarter.
After building its lead, Pittsfield (4-5) used tough defense to seal the win. The Lady Saukees held Liberty-Payson to single digits in every quarter.
"We really focused on our transition defense," Pittsfield coach Jeff Shireman said. "In doing so, we were able to cut down their transition points throughout the game."
Kristen Loos and Lanessa Graham who each finished with eight points for the Lady Saukees.
Louisiana 39, New Bloomfield 34: Batrice Blackwell made four 3-pointers and finished with 19 points to lead Louisiana to victory.
Louisiana (2-2) took a 15-5 lead after the first quarter and contained New Bloomfield with strong defense throughout the game.
Moberly 55, Hannibal 45: Lauren Holliday, Theresa Sheffer, Melanie Blase and Jodeci Washington all finished with eight points, but the Lady Pirates fell to Moberly in North Central Missouri Conference action.
Hannibal dropped to 1-3 and 0-2 in the NCMC.
Unity 57, Western 53: Breanne Begeman scored 19 points and had seven assists and Brooklyn Moore added 16 points in the Lady Mustangs' win. Rachel Motley and Loren Melton led Western (3-6) with 12 points.
The Lady Mustangs improved to 8-1.
Griggsville-Perry 47, Brussels 42: Mikayla Smith scored a layup with under two minutes remaining to help the Lady Tornadoes win on the road in Pike County Conference action.
Smith scored a game-high 21 points, including a bucket at the buzzer at halftime to tie the game. She added six rebounds. Allyson Bingham had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Karissa Sidwell also hauled down eight boards to go with five points for Griggsville-Perry (2-8, 1-1).
Missouri Valley 62, Hannibal-LaGrange University 60: Jurgen Lico led HLGU with 14 points and four rebounds, but the Trojans couldn't find a way past Missouri Valley.
HLGU trailed the Vikings 38-25 at halftime and battled back to cut the lead to three points with 20 seconds remaining on a layup by Jomal Green. After the Trojans forced a turnover, HLGU missed a layup and was forced to foul. Missouri Valley made a free throw to push the lead to four.
In addition to Lico, Arii Meuel (12 points), Green (11) and Herod Montgomery (10) scored in double figures for HLGU. Jordan Epps led Missouri Valley with a game-high 27 points.