By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Royce Poore's offense and the Knox County boys basketball team's defense moved the Eagles one step closer to a tournament title.
Poore scored a game-high 26 points and the second-seeded Eagles held third-seeded LaPlata to six points in the second quarter while scoring a 57-43 victory Wednesday night in the semifinals of the North Shelby Tournament in Shelbyville, Mo.
The Eagles (8-7) will face the winner of Thursday's semifinal between top-seeded Marion County and fifth-seeded North Shelby in the championship at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Poore added five steals, while Lee Tague chipped in 17 points and Kellen Gillaspy had seven rebounds, seven assists and four steals for Knox County.
Tony Lenzini Tournament: Monroe City advanced to the consolation championship with a 62-41 victory over Van-Far.
Grant O'Bryan led the Panthers with 15 points, while Kyle Fulton added 14 and Blake Rodgers had 13.
Jerseyville Tournament: Pittsfield failed to score in the first quarter and lost its third straight game with a 57-22 loss to Alton Marquette.
Wayde Smith led the Saukees (10-8) with eight points.
North Shelby Tournament: Sixth-seeded Knox County continued its Cinderella run with a 44-24 over second-seeded Scotland County in the semifinals.
Taylor Lincoln led the Lady Eagles with 13 points, while Sarah Dooley added 10.
Tony Lenzini Tournament: Kenzie Grossman nearly had another triple-double, scoring 14 points with eight rebounds and seven blocked shots as fifth-seeded Mark Twain picked up a 37-21 victory over eighth-seeded Van-Far in the consolation semifinals.
Alicia Cole added eight points for the Lady Tigers.
Macon Tournament: Cassidy Johnston scored a game-high 19 points, but South Shelby lost 43-41 to Father Tolton in the consolation bracket.
South Shelby trailed by one point heading into the fourth quarter but never took the lead. Johnston's shot at the buzzer rimmed out.
Kellie Harvey added 11 points for the Lady Birds.