By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Patience paid off for the Illini West girls basketball team.
Leading Winchester West Central 28-27 in the KHQA/Subway SuperFan Shootout at The Pit, the Chargers held the ball for the final three minutes of the third quarter. The stall resulted in Graci Bastert's basket at the end of the quarter that propelled Illini West to a 40-32 victory.
"I was like, ‘We might as well take some time off the clock,'" Illini West coach Grant Surprenant said. "A lot of people are like score, score, score ... we have to value possessions and take what the defense is giving us. We did that."
With the alternating possession arrow giving the ball to Illini West (18-10) to start the fourth quarter, the Chargers were able to score for a five-point edge and the cushion they needed.
"You have to value each possession," Surprenant said. "We did just that."
The Chargers trailed 12-11 after the first quarter but held the Cougars to only three points in the second quarter -- all on free throws -- to take a 21-15 halftime lead.
Bastert led Illini West with 18 points. Abby Lashmett led West Central (20-7) with 19 points.
West Hancock 73, Jacksonville Routt 62: The Titans held off the Lady Rockets' late rally by putting together one final surge.
After West Hancock led by 21 points early in the second quarter, Routt rallied to tie the score at 54 with Katie Tonry's 3-pointer with 6:43 left in the game. That was part of a span of 1:15 when both teams combined to make seven 3-pointers.
The Titans still led 62-20 before scoring 11 of the game's final 13 points starting when Shelby Koehler scored off a steal with 4:16 left.
Koehler finished with a game-high 30 points, including four of West Hancock's 11 3-pointers. Allison Dewald scored 18 points and Carly Runge added 17 with five 3-pointers for the Titans (15-13)
West Hancock was led by assistant coach Jim Short. He was taking the place of head coach Adam Brumbaugh who was at a wedding.
North Lawndale boys 64, Illini West 52: The Chargers cut a 21-point deficit to seven late in the game but couldn't get any closer.
Levi Kirby sank two free throws with 40.2 seconds left to cut the Phoenix lead to 59-52. North Lawndale answered when Demontre Enos threw a pass the length of the court to Keith Mack who scored.
After an Illini West turnover, the Phoenix (11-10) iced the game with Michael Lacy's three-point play.
The Chargers (12-10) led 14-13 after the first quarter but were outscored 14-0 in the second quarter to fall behind 27-14 at halftime.
Brody Gronewold led Illini West, which trailed 41-20 in the third quarter, with 18 points and Kirby added 10, nine of those in the fourth quarter. Lacy led North Lawndale with 21 points.
Payson Seymour boys 65, Knox County 32: The Indians dominated from the tip, leading 26-9 after the first quarter and 40-11 at halftime.
Cody Hildebrand made six straight shots in the first quarter and finished with 16 points for the Indians (19-4). Dalton Edwards came off the bench to score 16, and Jake Voss added 13 for the Indians, who shot 56 percent from the field.
Royce Poore had 13 points for the Eagles (11-10), who had 26 turnovers.