By THE HERALD-WHIG
BEARDSTOWN, Ill. -- Trailing Macomb 17-6 after the first quarter, the West Hancock girls basketball team could have given up.
Instead, the Titans dug in, scoring 39 points over the next two quarters en route to a 57-51 victory over the Bombers on Friday in the Beardstown Lady Tiger Classic.
West Hancock will face Illini West at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the fifth-place game.
Shelby Koehler led the Titans with 11 points. Haleigh Hammel and Alexis Dooley added nine points apiece for West Hancock (8-7).
Illini West 43, Liberty 18: The Chargers held the Eagles to 13 points in the first half and never relented as they rolled to the win.
Illini West further shut down Liberty in the second half, holding them to four points and one point, respectively, in the third and fourth quarters.
Graci Bastert, Aubrie Carlisle and Shelbi White all scored eight points for Illini West (7-9). The Chargers will play West Hancock for fifth place.
"We came out with great energy," Illini West coach Grant Surprenant said. "We kept grinding away on defense. This was the best defensive games we've played all season."
Shelby Wellman led Liberty (10-5) with seven points.
Unity 43, Triopia 30: The Lady Mustangs clamped down on defense, holding Triopia to nine points in the first half and seven in the third quarter en route to the victory.
Breanne Begeman led Unity (13-3) with 16 points, and Brooklyn Moore added 10.
Brown County 55, Abingdon 36: Vanessa Markert scored 22 points and Jenna Yingling chipped in 10 for Brown County.
Brown County held a 30-16 halftime advantage and was ahead 47-21 going into the final period.
Pittsfield 41, Lewistown 33: A fast start by the Saukees led to a victory.
A sluggish third quarter by both teams -- there eight points combined -- allowed Pittsfield (8-6) to maintain control.
Pittsfield's Shea O'Brien led all scorers with 18 points.
Illini Central 41, Griggsville-Perry 34: The Tornadoes led by four after the first quarter, but Illini Central went on a 15-6 run in the second quarter and led 22-17 at halftime.
Griggsville-Perry never dug out of the hole. Allyson Smith led the Lady Tornadoes (2-12) with 13 points.