By THE HERALD-WHIG
The Liberty-Payson girls basketball team needed one last defensive stand to hold on to beat Western 43-41 Thursday night at Liberty, Ill.
With 2.5 seconds left in the game, the Wildcats inbounded the ball to Amber Platt who missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Liberty (14-10) led 34-26 after three quarters and never trailed in the fourth quarter.
Lanessa Graham scored seven of Liberty's nine points during the final quarter and finished with 15 points.
"Lanessa did a good job keeping the ball in her hands," Liberty coach Brad Bergman said. "She ran our offense and made things happen."
Maranda Neisen finished with seven rebounds for the Lady Eagles. Rachel Motley led Western (9-13) with 16 points, while Alexis Bellovich added 11, eight in the fourth quarter.
Illini West 51, Cental-Southeastern 42: The Chargers knew how to hold off the Lady Panthers. Just make free throws.
After Central-Southeastern cut a 10-point deficit to just four points, Illini West went 5 of 6 from the free-throw line in the closing minutes. Josie Finch scored 10 of her 12 points in the second quarter for Illini West (15-10), while Elyce Trout added 12 points and Graci Bastert added 10.
Madison Steinkmap led Central-Southeastern (10-13) with 12 points.
Pittsfield 55, Brown County 40: Shea O'Brien scored 18 of her game-high 32 points in the fourth quarter, including 12 of 13 from the free-throw line, to lead the Lady Saukees to the victory on the road.
Vanessa Markert led Brown County with 24 points.
QND JV 53, Griggsville-Perry 25: The Lady Raiders used an 18-6 advantage during the third quarter to pull away for a victory at The Pit.
Shelby Connell scored 12 of her game-high 18 points in the first half for QND (25-4). Frankee Craven led the Lady Tornadoes (2-20) with eight points, six in the third quarter when Griggsville outscored QND 11-10.
Culver-Stockton 91, Missouri Valley 64: James Johnson came off the bench to score a game-high 22 points to lead the Wildcats to a Heart of America Athletic Conference victory at Charles Field House in Canton, Mo.
C-SC (16-6, 7-3) sealed the victory by shooting 46 percent (17 of 37) from the field in the second half. That helped the Wildcats pull away from a 43-31 halftime lead.
Marshawn Norris and Austin Keaton added 16 points for C-SC. Norris handed out a career-high 12 assists to go with eight rebounds, while CJ Adams added a game-high 12 rebounds.
Lyon 71, Hannibal-LaGrange 54: The Trojans shot just 17 percent from the field in the first half and fell to 3-16 overall with the loss at home.
Marion Dean led the Trojans with a game-high 21 points and 15 rebounds.
Culver-Stockton 74, Missouri Valley 59: The Wildcats shot 43 percent from the floor in both halves of an HAAC victory at home.
C-SC was 15 of 35 from the floor in both the first and second halves. The Wildcats forced the Lady Vikings to make 24 turnovers while holding a 45-39 rebounding advantage.
Mimi Reaves led C-SC (9-11, 4-6) with 19 points, while Shelsey Stanley scored 14. Katie Davis and Randi Lee Plunkett had 10 points apiece, while Davis grabbed 12 rebounds.
Lyon 52, Hannibal-LaGrange 51: Ashleigh Spencer finished with a game-high 23 points, but it wasn't enough as the Lady Trojans fell at home to No. 18 Lyon. Spencer added 10 rebounds for the Lady Trojans (11-8).
Fort Zumwalt North Quad: Chandler Fohey and Kyle Muehring won three matches apiece as Hannibal went 1-2 at O'Fallon, Mo.
The Pirates beat Helias 47-27 but lost to Fort Zumwalt North 42-39 and Francis Howell 43-29.
Wrestling at 106 pounds, Fohey pinned Trey Foerestal of Howell in 50 seconds, beat Shaun Beeman of Zumwalt North 3-2 and recorded a technical fall over Slater Schrimpf of Helias in 3:30.
Muehring, a 210-pounder, won by pin twice -- over Mason Seeger of Zumwalt North in 1:10 and Matt Peppard of Helias in 3:03. Muehring recorded a 13-0 major decision over Casden Key of Howell.