By THE HERALD-WHIG
The Unity girls basketball team snapped of its funk Wednesday night at Mendon by beating Biggsville West Central 56-54 on a 3-pointer from Breanne Begeman.
Biggsville West Central's Emily Hopping made a free throw to push the Heat ahead 54-53 with five seconds remaining.
Unity coach Brad Begeman burned his final timeout, hoping to ice Hopping, and he went over what had to happen, make or miss. Hopping missed the second free throw, and Unity's Brooklyn Moore grabbed the rebound.
Moore passed to Jill Donley, who found Breanne Begeman right in front of the bench.
Her shot helped alleviate some of the disappointment from Unity's 1-3 performance at the Beardstown Tournament.
"Over Christmas break, we didn't play well at the Beardstown Tournament," Begeman said. "We were looking for something big at home. We were looking for something positive. The girls fought hard all night. We knew we had a chance to pull it out and knew it wasn't over yet. It was the first time I've seen the smiles, excitement, energy and spirit since Beardstown. We got into a mood that we couldn't get out of."
Moore led Unity with 16 points. Begeman and Donley added 11 points each, and Maggie Bowles supplied 10 points. The game was tied at 25 at halftime and West Central led 44-42 after three quarters.
It was Unity's second successful late-second win. Donley made a 3-pointer at the buzzer during the Lady Mustangs' 49-48 win over Palmyra on Dec. 14.
"We are two-for-two now on buzzer beaters. It probably won't happen again, but I hope it does," Begeman said. "The girls are disciplined and run to their spots."
Clopton Tournament: A slow start resulted Monroe City suffering its first loss of the season, as the second-seeded Lady Panthers lost 45-37 to No. 3 Clopton in the semifinals.
Carly Spalding led Monroe City (10-1) with 11 points. The Lady Panthers will play No. 5 Christian for third place at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
In other action, No. 6 Louisiana defeated No. 7 Wright City 48-11. Louisiana's Caitlin Bolton finished with a game-high 15 points, while Batrice Balckwell added nine for the Lady Bulldogs (4-4). Louisiana will play for the consolation championship at 5 p.m. Friday.
North Greene 73, Griggsville-Perry 67: The Tornadoes led 32-27 at halftime, but a sluggish third quarter led to a home loss.
Griggsville-Perry (5-9) was outscored 20-12 in the third quarter and trailed 47-44 heading into the fourth quarter. Levi King scored a game-high 27 points for the Tornadoes, while Dryden Craven added 21.