By THE HERALD-WHIG
Casey Hinkle made a layup at the buzzer to lift the Highland girls basketball team to a 50-48 Clarence Cannon Conference victory over South Shelby Friday night in Ewing, Mo.
The Cougars started the final possession with five seconds to play and Sydney Luttrull missed a jumper that was tracked down by Hinkle, who quickly got off the shot that won the game.
Highland started slow, falling behind 13-4 after the first quarter. The Cougars rebounded in the second quarter, outscoring the Lady Birds to take a 26-19 lead.
South Shelby rallied in the fourth quarter behind the hot shooting of Aimee Ellyson, who made four 3-pointers and finished with 12 points. Cassidy Johnston scored a game-high 19 points for the Lady Birds.
Kristen Bringer led Highland with 18 points.
Palmyra 54, Clark County 28: Alexis Van Nostrand scored 12 points to guide the Lady Panthers to a CCC road victory over the Lady Indians. Palmyra (18-5, 9-1) jumped out to a 17-4 lead after the first quarter and 27-10 at halftime.
Alexis Losson and Evie Miles each scored 10 for the Lady Panthers. Mishaylee Cline led Clark County (10-12, 2-5) with seven points.
Monroe City 53, Centralia 42: Twenty fourth-quarter points allowed Monroe City to pull away from Centralia (13-9, 5-2) to earn a Clarence Cannon Conference win at home. Monroe City (20-3, 9-1) led 33-29 before it used seven steals to extend the lead in the fourth quarter. Carly Spalding led the Panthers with 26 points. Kiette Mundy added 12.
Macon 53, Mark Twain 27: Mark Twain's Kenzie Grossman scored 13 points and added 11 rebounds, but the Lady Tigers lost a CCC game on the road.
Loyola d. Quincy University: The Hawks couldn't hold their momentum after winning the first set, dropping the final three in Chicago.
Quiincy (4-6) fell to Loyola (8-5) 24-26, 25-16, 25-15, 25-14.
The Hawks hit at a .250 clip in the first set, but hit in negative numbers in the final three and .036 for the match.
Steven Battaglia led QU with 10 kills and John Pranger added eight. Chris Lynch had 34 assists and six digs.