By FRANK CASH
Herald-Whig Sports Writer
MACOMB, Ill. -- There was no Christmas hangover for the West Hancock boys basketball team -- especially not in the second half.
The Titans outscored Farmington 24-7 in the third quarter to pull away for a 59-28 first-round victory Wednesday morning in the Western-Holiday Tournament at Western Hall.
West Hancock, unseeded and now 11-1, will play fourth-seeded Metamora in a quarterfinal game at 4 p.m. Thursday at Macomb High School.
The Titans started strong against Farmington, taking a 16-7 lead after the first quarter and 26-11 at halftime. Paxton Harmon scored 20 of his game-high 30 points before halftime.
West Hancock's defense also was effective early, forcing the Farmers to make 16 of their 21 turnovers in the first half.
Austin Hardy finished with 10 points for the Titans, while Parker Gibbs grabbed eight rebounds. West Hancock shot 43 percent (24 of 56) from the field.
Illini Central 49, Pittsfield 38: The Saukees played well early and grabbed a double-digit lead early in the second quarter.
It wasn't enough.
The Cougars got back in the game by scoring 10 straight points during a span of 4:49 in the second quarter and took the lead for good early in the second half at Western Hall.
Kennedy Kattelman scored eight points in the first quarter to help Pittsfield grab a 15-4 lead with 5:22 left in the first half. After Jared Entwistle tied the score at 15 with a three-point play, Kattelman scored from the left elbow with two seconds left in the half to give the Saukees a 17-15 halftime lead.
An 8-0 run early in the third quarter put Illini Central ahead 25-19 after Jordan Bradshaw's three-point play. An 8-2 run later in the quarter gave the Cougars their first double-digit lead at 39-25.
"We were complacent on both ends of the court," Pittsfield coach Brad Tomhave said. "The first quarter was our style of basketball, but the last three quarters was theirs."
Kattelman led Pittsfield (6-5) with 16 points, while Wayde Smith and Ethan Borrowman added 10 apiece. The Saukees committed 17 turnovers.
"It's taken us a little longer to get going this year," Tomhave said. "There's trials and tribulations you have to deal with every year, but we didn't think the learning curve would take this long."
Metamora 57, Central 48: Douglas Weese's 3-pointer with 6:14 left tied the score at 40, but the Panthers couldn't take the lead in a first-round loss.
The fourth-seeded Redbirds scored the next seven points after Weese's triple before Taylor Heimann made a pair of free throws with 3:34 left to make the score 47-42. Central had a chance to get closer, but Weese missed a 3-pointer and Austin Kramberg missed a layup.
Weese's three capped off a 15-5 Central run after the Panthers trailed 35-25 following Grant Billimack's free throw with 3:29 left in the third quarter.
Weese scored 15 points to lead Central (4-9). The Panthers were 7 of 12 from behind the 3-point arc and trailed 27-21 at halftime.
Central will now play Farmington in a consolation quarterfinal game at 9 a.m. Thursday at Macomb High School.
Monmouth-Roseville 103, Brown County 38: The Hornets couldn't do much to slow down the defending tourney champs in their first-round matchup.
Monmouth raced out to a 42-11 lead after the first quarter, and it turned into a 68-19 advantage by halftime. The Titans (8-2) shot 65 percent (30 of 46) in the first half and 61 percent (44 of 72) for the game.
Seven players scored in double figures for Monmouth, led by Trayvon Smith, Liam Merritt, M.J. Kelley and Dillon Frieden with 13 points apiece.
Michael Scoggan came off the bench to lead Brown County (2-6) with 13 points, and Jacob Shoopman added 10.