Area Roundup: Titans start title pursuit with landslide victory

Posted: Jan. 6, 2013 12:18 am Updated: Jan. 27, 2013 1:15 am


West Hancock is enjoying playing host to the Hancock County boys basketball tournament.

The experience will be even better if the Titans keep the championship at home.

Saturday, West Hancock dominated Unity in the second quarter and rolled to a 63-33 victory on the first night of the round-robin tournament.

The Titans (13-3) outscored the Mustangs 22-6 in the second quarter to grab a 30-11 halftime lead. They punctuated the victory with a 25-point fourth quarter.

Austin Hardy led four West Hancock players in double figures with 16 points, while Parker Gibbs scored 12 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter.

Paxton Harmon and Coy Dorothy added 12 points apiece for the Titans, who will play defending champion Illini West at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Playing its first game since winning the Mississippi Valley Invitational Tournament on its home court, Unity (10-6) was led by Andrew Doyle, Alex Blickhan and Lane Davis with six points apiece.

Illini West had its 10-game win streak in the tournament snapped with a 49-46 loss to Keokuk.

The Chargers (6-5) led 25-15 at halftime before they were outscored 17-6 in the third quarter. The Chiefs iced the victory by going 6 of 10 at the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.

Brody Gronewold scored 18 points, 11 in the fourth quarter, to lead Illini West. Levi Kirby added 15 points for the Chargers.

Clopton Tournament: Fifth-seeded Louisiana wrapped up its week with a 53-33 victory over No. 6 Monroe City in the consolation championship game.

Brendan Ross led the Bulldogs with 18 points, while Tristan Castiglia added 10.

Second-seeded Hannibal won the third-place game by beating No. 4 Clopton 68-63. The championship went to top-seeded Warrenton who beat No. 3 Silex 66-47.


North Greene Tournament: A strong second half helped Pittsfield get off on the right foot with 42-32 first-round victory over Beardstown.

After trailing Beardstown 14-11 at halftime, the Lady Saukees outscored the Lady Tigers 14-5 in third quarter, then made 7 of 11 free throws during the fourth quarter.

Jaylee Clements led Pittsfield (10-8) with 12 points. Cady Klatt made all three of her free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter and finished with nine points.

Griggsville-Perry was outscored 17-1 during the second quarter of its 65-10 first-round loss to Litchfield.

Mikayla Smith led the Lady Tornadoes, who trailed 23-6 after the first quarter, with six points. Karissa Sidwell added four points for Griggsville (2-14).




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