By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
A pair of Hannibal girls swimmers qualified Friday for the finals of individual events at the Missouri state swimming and diving meet in St. Peters, Mo.
Senior Kay Gieseke qualified in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events. She qualified in fifth place in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.48 seconds, and seventh in the 100 free with a time of 53.24 seconds for Saturday's finals.
Fellow senior Tessa Bieniek, qualified sixth in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.49.
Bieniek also swam in the 100, but her time of 55.13 was 24th-best and did not push her through to the finals.
Hannibal's relay quartet of Taylor Bennett, Emily Wilcoxson, Bieniek and Gieseke finished the 200 freestyle relay in 24th in 1:44.62, and those same four finished 22nd in the 400 freestyle relay in 3:51.36. The relays did not qualify for the finals.
North Shelby 42, Milan 39: Mercedes Nute hit two 3-pointers, her only points of the game, in the fourth quarter to spark the Lady Raiders to a 17-point fourth quarter and a win over the Wildcats.
North Shelby (11-14) trailed 32-25 heading into the final period when Nute hit two treys to close the gap.
Elizabeth Linberger added two buckets early in the fourth quarter to pad North Shelby's lead.
Linberger led North Shelby with 19 points and Brianna Cochenour added 12.
Brookfield 75, Clark County 49: Mishaylee Cline scored 17 points, including five 3-pointers, but it wasn't enough to help the Lady Indians beat Brookfield.
Hunter Kirchner and Brittani Miller added eight points apiece for Clark County (10-13).
Mark Twain 43, South Shelby 42: Maygan Huff hit two key free throws near the end of regulation to push the Lady Tigers' lead to four and help them fend off the Lady Birds.
Kellie Harvey nailed a 3-pointer with one second remaining for South Shelby (5-20), but that's as close as the Lady Birds would come.
Kenzie Grossmann led Mark Twain (7-17) with 15 points.
Cassidy Johnston scored a game-high 16 points for South Shelby.
Grand View d. Hannibal-LaGrange: The Trojans lost in straight sets to No. 8 Grand View, falling 25-21, 25-23, 25-21 in Hannibal, Mo.
Jake Wollenberg led HLGU with 18 kills and David Maganiello added eight.
HLGU finished with 39 kills and a .322 hitting percentage.
Quincy University drops two: The Lady Hawks were shutout 8-0 in their season-opener by Delta State (Miss.) at the UAH Charger Chillout in Decatur, Ala.
Starting pitcher Lauren Francis held Delta State scoreless for the first three innings, but couldn't maintain her momentum and surrendered eight runs in the final two frames.
Nicole Richards and Kelsey Ley led the Hawks with two hits apiece.
In the nightcap, the Lady Hawks dropped a 3-2 decision to Franklin Pierce (N.H.).
QU took an early lead on a solo home run in the top of the second inning. Franklin Pearce used two runs in the third inning to take the lead before the Lady Hawks tied the game at two in the seventh. Franklin Pierce won on an RBI-bunt single from Tricia Hansen.
Culver-Stockton splits with LSU-Shreveport: The Wildcats cranked out nine hits and used a seven-run second inning to claim a 14-3 victory over No. 2-ranked LSU-Shreveport in the second game of a doubleheader in Shreveport, La.
Andrew Quiles led C-SC (5-4) with two hits and seven other players had one hit apiece.
Craig Bastert pitched 6 2/3 innings with five hits and three runs to take the victory.
Earlier in the day, Cody Jacobson had the lone hit for C-SC as the Wildcats fell to LSU-Shreveport 5-0.