By THE HERALD-WHIG
EWING, Mo. -- The victory wasn't easy to come by, but the Hannibal girls basketball team won't complain about the result.
The sixth-seeded Lady Pirates let a 23-6 first-half lead slip away and held off a late charge by third-seeded Clark County in the fourth quarter to come away with a 44-40 victory Friday in first round of the eight-team Highland Tournament.
Hannibal led 24-13 at halftime before Clark County mounted a comeback in the second half.
"We made it harder than it needed to be," Hannibal coach Ron Greenwell said. "We didn't get many shots to fall early in the fourth quarter."
Theresa Sheffer scored 15 of her game-high 17 points in the first half. Lauren Holliday scored all 12 of her points in the second half.
Hannibal improved to 4-4 overall.
South Shelby 67, Knox County 55: Cassidy Johnston scored 21 points and Aimee Ellyson added 19 to lead the Lady Birds to victory.
Hayley Carroll chipped in 15 points for No. 4 South Shelby (5-5).
Alex Hamlin led No. 5 Knox County (4-4) with 18 points.
Palmyra 62, Canton 27: The top-seeded Lady Panthers jumped to a 27-9 lead by halftime and outscored the No. 8 Tigers 21-7 in the fourth quarter en route to the victory.
Megan Hooper led Palmyra (6-4) with 16 points, and Katee Hinkle and Evie Miles added 14 and 12 points, respectively.
Allison Phillips led Canton (0-10) with nine points.
Macon 55, Highland 40: The seventh-seeded Lady Cougars were held to four points in the first quarter and mustered just 15 points by halftime.
Taylor Wiseman led the Lady Cougars (0-7) with 12 points, and Casey Hinkle added 10, including two 3-pointers. Ashlynn Lay chipped in nine points, all coming via 3-pointers.