By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
The Payson Seymour boys basketball team had a shot at history Tuesday night.
Cody Hildebrand made sure it happened.
Hildebrand scored a game-high 34 points as the Indians reached the 20-victory plateau with a 59-48 victory over Winchester West Central. This is just the second time since 1988-89 Payson has reached the magical number.
Payson (20-4) pulled out to a 26-6 first quarter advantage as Hildebrand had 19 points.
Illini West 54, Central 32: After taking a 23-16 lead into halftime, the Chargers extended the lead by scoring 17 points in the third quarter.
Levi Kirby led the Chargers (13-10) with a game-high 16 points, while Brody Gronewold added 11. Central (11-15) was led by Zach Hibbert with nine points.
Unity 55, Griggsville-Perry 47: Andrew Doyle led the Mustangs with 15 points in the victory at home.
Unity led by 11 points at halftime, but saw its lead whittled to just four points in the third quarter. Lane Davis scored 14 points to help the Mustangs (15-11) hold on.
Dryden Craven led Griggsville-Perry with 14 points, while Matthew Kennedy had 13 points.
Western 58, Brown County 31: Izack Hively scored 16 points to lead Western (9-12) to the victory. The Hornets scored just five points in the first quarter, falling behind by 10 points.
Louisiana 67, Palmyra 63: Brendan Ross hit a 3-pointer lead as the Bulldogs held off the Panthers.
Palmyra had taken a 58-56 lead with two minutes left before Ross' go-ahead basket. Greg Pitzer sealed the win with free throws in the final minute.
Tristan Castiglia led Louisiana with 17, while Pitzer and Dylan Smith had 13 points apiece. Brock Butler led Palmyra with 20 points.
Mark Twain 59, Clark County 55: Garrett Jarman scored his 1,000th career point in the Tigers' victory.
Clark County narrowed the deficit to two in the final 20 seconds after trailing by 15 at halftime, but Jarman converted five fourth-quarter free throws to help secure the victory.
Luke Ross led Clark County (9-12, 1-5) with 16 points.
Canton 78, Scotland County 44: Canton stayed undefeated with a romp. A pressing defense created multiple turnovers and easy layups as Canton jumped out to a 30-13 first-half lead. Lucas Howard led Scotland County with 12 points.
Highland 65, Monroe City 39: Derick Smith had eight of his 18 points in the first quarter for the Cougars. Grant O'Bryan led the Panthers with 15 points.