By THE HERALD-WHIG
BEARDSTOWN, Ill. -- Haleigh Hammel made a baseline jump shot with 40 seconds remaining in regulation to give the West Hancock girls basketball team the lead over third-seeded Unity, and she made a free throw a bit later to help preserve the Titans' 50-48 upset win in the second round of the 31st annual Beardstown Lady Tiger Classic.
Unity turned the ball over three times in the last minute and didn't get a final attempt.
Hammel led 14th-seeded West Hancock (7-6) with 11 points, and she made a 3-pointer to end the first half to give the Titans a 23-20 halftime lead. Carly Runge and Shelby Koehler added 10 points apiece for West Hancock.
Unity's Breanne Begeman led all players with 18 points. Maggie Bowles added 10 points for the Lady Mustangs (12-2).
West Hancock 74, Beardstown 48: Allison Dewald scored 15 points to help the Titans open with a win over the 19th-seeded Lady Tigers in an opening-round game. Koehler added 14 points. The Titans had a 22-11 scoring advantage at the free-throw line.
Mackenzie Icenogle led Beardstown with 17 points.
Liberty-Payson 44, South Fulton 39: Madelyn Hyer made a basket and three free throws in the fourth quarter to help the eight-seeded Lady Eagles edge No. 9 South Fulton 13-9 in points in the final quarter and hang on for a second-round win.
Liberty outscored South Fulton 16-5 at the free-throw line.
Hyer finished with eight points in support of the Lady Eagles' Kristen Loos, who led all players with 13 points.
Kaity Perry drained three 3-pointers and led South Fulton with 11 points.
Havana 55, Pittsfield 47: The fifth-seeded Lady Ducks limited Pittsfield's all-state guard Shea O'Brien to 12 points to earn a second-round win. Half of O'Brien's points came from the free-throw line.
Alyssa Heavner led the 12th-seeded Lady Saukees with 17 points. O'Brien and Heavner combined for 11 of Pittsfield's 15 field goals.
The Lady Saukees outscored Havana 21-11 in the fourth quarter.
Hannah Huber led Havana with 15 points.
Pittsfield 42, North Fulton 12: O'Brien scored a game-high 19 points to lead Pittsfield to an opening-round win over No. 21 North Fulton. Heavner chipped in six points for the Lady Saukees.
Pittsfield limited North Fulton to five field goals.
Pleasant Plains 52, Griggsville-Perry 1: The 22nd-seeded Lady Tornadoes trailed No. 11 Pleasant Plains 40-0 at the end of three quarters in an opening-round game. Allyson Bingham made 1 of 2 free throws during a fourth-quarter trip to the free-throw line to put Griggsville on the scoreboard.