By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
The Liberty-Payson girls basketball team overcame a slow first quarter to beat Lewistown 43-32 Wednesday at the Central Lady Panther Classic.
More importantly, it moved the Lady Eagles to 2-1 in pool play and set up a showdown with Unity for the pool championship Thursday night in Camp Point, Ill.
The Lady Eagles trailed 11-3 after the first quarter before they used a 19-2 second-quarter run to gain control.
Madelyn Hyer scored eight of her team-high 10 points in the second quarter, while Lanessa Graham added 10 points for Liberty-Payson (12-7).
South Fulton already clinched its spot in Saturday's championship game despite losing 35-30 to Central-Southeastern on Wednesday night.
Trailing 23-19 heading into the fourth quarter, Dakota Linkemann scored nine of her 13 points, including two 3-pointers, to spearhead the C-SE's comeback. Torie Conover finished with nine for the Panthers (6-12).
South Fulton clinched the Pool A title thanks to a head-to-head win over Havana, which is 2-1 heading into its game against West Hancock Thursday.
Quincy Notre Dame's junior varsity used a stout defensive third-quarter defensive effort to upend West Hancock 50-41.
The Lady Raiders trailed 25-24 the half, but held the Titans (9-9) to four points in the third quarter and build a 37-29 lead.
Quenna Keating finished with 11 points and Ericka Obert had 10 for QND.
Shelby Koehler led West Hancock with 11 points. QND finished pool play 1-3, West Hancock fell to 1-2.
Brown County fell to 1-3 with a 52-45 loss to Monmouth-Roseville. The Lady Hornets cut the Titans' lead to 23-17 at the half, but could never draw any closer.
Vanessa Markert scored a game-high 25 points to lead Brown County.
Clark County 66, South Shelby 40: Mishaylee Cline (20 points) and Taylor Carter (12) combined for 32 points to lead Clark County (6-6, 1-0 Clarence Cannon Conference) past South Shelby.
The Lady Birds led by two after the first quarter, but the Lady Indians outscored the Lady Birds 26-19 over the next two quarters to gain control.
Amy Ellyson led South Shelby (7-8, 0-2) with 18 points, Cassidy Johnston added 12.
John Wood 62, Monmouth JV 56: John Wood Community College overcame a first-half letdown to earn the victory on the road.
The Lady Blazers took a 10-2 lead to start the game, but struggled to contain Monmouth's perimeter shooting. The Fighting Scots made seven 3-pointers.
"They did a good job of setting double screens and we were going under them instead of around them and their shooters made some 3-pointers," JWCC coach Norman Rodriguez said. "We kept losing their shooters through the screens."
JWCC (9-6) was tied at 26 at halftime, but pulled away in the second half. Lacorsica Metts led JWCC with 18 points.
Winchester Tournament: After losing a nine-point fourth quarter lead, No. 11 Western rallied to grab a 62-60 win over No. 14 Calhoun.
Izack Hivley's three free throws and seven points in the overtime period were the difference.
Hively finished with a game-high 21 points.
Western will play Jackonsville Routt Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the consolation semifinals.
Kyle Warning had 17 points, while Jake Walch added 11 for Western.
Fifteenth-seeded Pleasant Hill couldn't recover from a slow first half and lost to second-seeded Jacksonville Routt 42-22. Kyle Moore led the Wolves with nine points.