By THE HERALD-WHIG
Maybe this will be the year the Unity girls basketball team finally gets the best of South Fulton.
The top-seeded Lady Mustangs beat No. 4 Triopia 56-31 on Wednesday in the semifinals of the Class 1A Unity Regional.
They advance to Thursday's regional title game, where they'll face No. 2 South Fulton, which beat No. 3 Brown County 51-43. This is the fifth straight year the Lady Mustangs (25-4) will face South Fulton during regional play. Unity lost the four previous times.
Unity's Breanne Begeman led all players with 18 points, and Whitney Murphy added 11.
Vanessa Markert led Brown County (15-13) with 25 points. The sophomore eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau during the game.
Illini West 52, Midwest Central 47: The Chargers took advantage of a 17-4 third-quarter run to erase a nine-point deficit and earn a win in the semifinals of the Class 2A Macomb Regional.
The No. 2-seeded Chargers (19-10) will face top-seeded Havana in Thursday's championship. Illini West beat the Lady Ducks to win a 2A regional crown last year.
Josie Finch drained two key 3-pointers in the third quarter and two more in the third quarter for Illini West. She scored 14 points. Michael Gronewold's 3-pointer and free throws down the stretch sealed the win. Gronewold finished with nine points. Graci Bastert led the Chargers with 16 points.
Winchester West Central 54, Western 43: The No. 3-seeded Lady Wildcats grabbed a lead early in the third quarter but couldn't hang on and lost to No. 2 West Central in the semifinals of the Class 1A Greenfield Regional.
Rachel Motley led Western (11-16) with 15 points.
Knox County 58, North Shelby 39: The Lady Eagles used a 30-11 run in the second quarter to claim control of a semifinal game in the Brashear Tournament.
Knox County's Sarah Dooley scored a game-high 17 points, and Lauren Dale added 13 points. Elizabeth Linberger led North Shelby with 12 points, and Mercedes Nute added 11 points.
North Shelby 57, Brashear 27: Kendle Smith and Lucas Daniel each scored 10 points to lead the Raiders to a win in the semifinals of the Brashear Tournament.
John Wood Community College 74, Southeastern Community College 73: The Blazers came back from a 10-point second-half deficit in West Burlington, Iowa, to defeat the Blackhawks for the first time in school history.
Brad Hamilton scored 19 second-half points behind five 3-pointers and finished with a team-high 21 points.
A'Darius Porter's bucket with 1:33 left gave JWCC (17-6) a 72-71 lead.
SCC's Warren Jones missed a 3-pointer with 5.1 seconds to go, and the ball went out of bounds to the Blazers. Jordan Stevens fouled JWCC's Kourtlin Jackson, who made a pair of free throws with 4.3 seconds left to give the Blazers a three-point lead.
The Blazers immediately fouled Stevens, who made both foul shots. Hamilton missed a free throw with two seconds remaining, and Stevens got the rebound but missed the three-quarter court heave at the buzzer.
Lake Land College 69, JWCC 53: The Lady Blazers were hampered by 32 percent shooting from the field, as they lost at home.
Cheyenne Hedrington scored a team-high 13 points to lead JWCC (12-11).