By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
The Western boys basketball team had chances, but mistakes cost the Wildcats in a 50-47 loss to Calhoun Friday night at Barry, Ill.
"We made so many mistakes it was hard to catch up," Western coach Pat Rafferty said. "We missed shot after shot in the paint in the first quarter. We found our footing in the second half."
Western trailed 16-11 after the first quarter and was down 25-18 at halftime.
Calhoun outscored the Wildcats 13-8 to widen the gap after the third quarter but Western went on a 21-12 rally in the final period.
Western had a chance to tie the game after picking up a loose ball they deflected on the inbounds pass but Kyle Warning's 3-point attempt at the buzzer went in and out.
Jake Walch led Western (8-11) with 21 points and Izack Hively chipped in 13.
Payson Seymour 58, New Berlin 39: A quick start led to an easy victory for the Indians on the road.
Payson led 13-2 after the first quarter and was ahead 28-20 at halftime. Cody Hildebrand scored 20 points to lead the Indians. Jake Voss added 15 points, 10 of those in the second half.
Jerseyville 44, Pittsfield 42: Luke Shively hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift the Panthers to a victory over the Saukees in the Jerseyville Tournament.
Jerseyville built a 10-point lead in the third quarter but Pittsfield cut it to five to start the fourth quarter.
Wayde Smith heated up for the Saukees (10-10) in the final period, scoring 12 of the Saukees' 19 points. Smith finished with 28 for the game.
Smith made three free throws with 11 seconds left to put the Saukees ahead by one, 42-41, but the Panthers got the ball to Shively for the game-winner.
Illini West 41, Macomb 22: Brayden Carroll scored 12 points as the Chargers rolled to an easy victory at Macomb, Ill.
Illini West (9-7) led 28-6 at halftime.
North Shelby Tournament: A 28-point effort from Clay Pollard lifted top-seeded Marion County to a 71-56 victory over LaPlata in the third-place game.
Marion County improves to 11-4 while LaPlata drops to 8-7.
Pollard connected on five 3-pointers, four in the first half.
Logan Krigbaum added 15 points for Marion County.
Lucas Howard poured in a game-high 27 points, including 9-of-15 shooting from the free throw line, to lead Scotland County to a 45-38 victory over Schuyler County in the consolation championship.
Monroe City 62, Bowling Green 51: Blake Rodgers scored 12 of his team-high 18 points in the fourth quarter to lead the charge as the Panthers broke open a 38-32 lead with a 24-point effort to win the consolation game of the Tony Lenzini Tournament.
Kyle Fulton scored seven of his 13 points in the final period for Monroe City (4-12).
Louisiana 59, Clopton 50: The Bulldogs used a strong second half to come away with the victory in Clarksville, Mo.
Dylan Smith led Louisiana with 15 points. Brendan Ross, Tristan Castiglia and Zach Martin added 12 apiece for the Bulldogs.
Quincy Notre Dame 32, Jacksonville 31: Six Raiders wrestlers picked up victories as QND edged the Crimsons on the road.
At 113 pounds, Riley Giesing pinned his opponent in 5 minutes, 53 seconds. Also winning by pin were Jonathan Horak (132), Gage Stephens (145) and Jeffrey Haley (220).
Darren Stephens won by technical fall in 3:45 at 126 and Blake Schutte won 13-6 at 160.