By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
The Unity girls basketball players showed Saturday they are ready to put their disappointing holiday season behind them.
A week after going 1-3 in the Beardstown Lady Tiger Classic, the Lady Mustangs opened the Central Lady Panther Classic with two victories. Unity beat Lewistown 39-27 and Brown County 49-28.
Unity (16-4) dominated the first three quarters against Lewistown, leading 39-10. Breanne Begemann led the Lady Mustangs with 13 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals. Brooklyn Moore had 11 points, seven rebounds and eight steals and Maggie Bowles added 10 points.
Unity overcame a sluggish third quarter against Brown County. Leading 28-22 after the third quarter, the Lady Mustangs outscored the Lady Hornets 21-6 in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
Begeman led Unity with 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists, while Moore added 11 points. Vanessa Markert led Brown County with 14 points.
West Hancock and Liberty-Payson each won one game.
West Hancock held Central-Southeastern to only five points in the fourth quarter to win 43-32.
The Titans, which led 34-27 after the third quarter, were led by Carly Runge with 11 points. Torie Conover led the Lady Panthers with 12 points.
West Hancock's one-point third-quarter lead over South Fulton didn't hold as the Titans lost 45-41.
West Hancock, which led 25-20 at halftime, was led by Shelby Koehler with 14 points and Runge with 12.
Liberty opened with a 41-33 victory over Brown County.
Madelyn Hyer led the Lady Eagles (11-7) with 11 points, while Kristen Loos added nine. Markert scored a game-high 20 points to lead Brown County.
Liberty lost its second game 43-36 loss to Monmouth-Roseville. Hyer led the Lady Eagles (11-7) with 17 points.
C-SE was outscored by Havana 16-5 in the first quarter of its 44-34 loss to the Lady Ducks.
Dakota Limkemann led the Lady Panthers (4-12) with 12 points, while Conover added nine.
Havana went 2-0 beating the Quincy Notre Dame junior varsity 50-42. The Lady Raiders also lost to South Fulton 59-55.