By THE HERALD-WHIG
Ethan Neally blocked Matthew Ramsey's shot at the buzzer, helping the Illini West boys basketball team beat Southeastern 48-46 in the Hancock County Tournament on Monday night at Warsaw, Ill.
The score was tied at 46 until Brody Gronewold made two free throws with less than a minute left. Gronewold had a chance to extend the lead but missed the front end of a one-and-one a few seconds later.
Illini West trailed 22-20 at halftime before taking a 34-33 lead after the third quarter. The Chargers eventually led by five points during the fourth quarter.
Gronewold led Illini West (7-5) with 26 points, 20 of those in the second half.
Ramsey also scored 26 points to lead the Suns (9-7).
Both teams play Tuesday night. Southeastern, now 0-1 in the tournament, plays Keokuk at 6 p.m., and Illini West, 1-1 in the tournament, plays West Hancock at 7:30 p.m.
In the first game, Unity had trouble with Keokuk's athletic play, dropping its second game of the tournament with a 46-41 loss.
The Chiefs led 33-22 after the third quarter before the Mustangs made a run in the fourth quarter.
Lane Davis led Unity (10-7) with 14 points, 12 of those in the second half. Alex Blickhan added 12 points for the Mustangs.
Winchester Tournament: Top-seeded Payson Seymour turned in one of its best defensive performances of the season during the first half of its 57-41 quarterfinal victory over No. 8 Triopia.
The Indians jumped out to a 15-3 lead after the first quarter and turned that into a 31-18 advantage by halftime. Cody Hildebrand scored a game-high 22 points to lead Payson, while Lance Buhlig added 15.
Payson (12-2) will meet fifth-seeded North Greene in a semifinal game at 8:30 p.m. Thursday. The Spartans beat fourth-seeded Winchester West Central 60-48 in Monday's second quarterfinal game.
Mark Twain 44, Wellsville 38: The Tigers rallied from a one-point deficit after the third quarter to win a non-conference game at home.
Garrett Jarman scored 19 points to lead Mark Twain, which trailed 27-26, while Ethan Anderson added 10.
Central Lady Panther Classic: After losing two games apiece Saturday, Brown County and Central-Southeastern earned their first victories in the pool-play tournament.
Brown County hung on down the stretch to beat Lewistown 46-41.
The Lady Hornets led 34-31 after the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, Brown County was only 4 of 10 at the free-throw line.
Vanessa Markert led the Lady Hornets with 28 points. She scored 18 of Brown County's 20 points in the second quarter to help the Lady Hornets rally from an 11-5 first-quarter deficit to take a 25-24 halftime lead.
C-SE's pressure defense paid off with a 48-25 victory over the Quincy Notre Dame junior varsity.
The Lady Panthers led 18-3 after the first quarter and 35-9 at halftime. Torie Conover led C-SE (5-12) with 18 points, 12 in the first half.
Quenna Keating and Ashley Wensing led QND with six points apiece.
North Greene Tournament: Despite a strong defensive effort during the first half, Western dropped a 34-27 first-round decision to Triopia.
The Wildcats held the Lady Trojans to only one point in the first quarter and six more in the second quarter but led only 10-7 at halftime. Triopia outscored Western 14-7 in the third quarter to take a 21-17 lead.
Rachel Motley led the Wildcats (4-9) with 10 points.
Griggsville-Perry lost a consolation bracket game to Madison, 62-25.
The Lady Tornadoes trailed 26-15 at halftime before they were outscored 18-4 in the third quarter.
Louisiana 46, Elsberry 44: The Lady Bulldogs' second meeting with the Lady Indians in the past four nights resulted in a non-conference victory at home.
Louisiana, which lost to Elsberry 44-32 on Friday in the Clopton Tournament consolation championship, started to pull away by outscoring Elsberry 14-9 in the third quarter to take a 34-28 lead.
Jenn Radcliff and Caitlin Bolton led the Lady Bulldogs (5-5) with 10 points apiece.
Morgan Huddleston led Griggsville (2-15) with nine points.
Mark Twain 44, Wellsville 35: Kenzie Grossmann had a triple-double of 12 points, 13 rebounds and 13 blocked shots in the Lady Tigers' non-conference victory at home.
Alicia Cole added 12 points, five assists and six rebounds for Mark Twain.