By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Its field-goal shooting was cold, so the Illini West boys basketball team secured a win at the free-throw line.
The Chargers made all six of their attempts from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 38-36 victory over Orion Friday night.
Despite leading wire-to-wire, the Chargers went cold from the field in the final period.
Nolan Ard hit two free throws with 15 seconds to go and Brody Gronewold added two fouls shots of his own in the final quarter to keep Orion (14-10, 3-7 West Central-North) at bay.
Gronewold finished with 16 points for Illini West (15-11, 7-3).
Payson Seymour 66, Western 39: Cody Hildebrand scored 22 points to lead the Indians (23-4) to a home win.
Lance Buhlig and Jake Voss added 18 and 16 points, respectively, for Payson.
Izack Hively led Western (9-16) with 16 points.
West Hancock 47, Central 25: The Titans trailed 11-8 after the first quarter, but used a strong offensive surge in the second quarter to earn a road win over the Panthers.
West Hancock (24-5) put together a 26-point second quarter, fueled by 15 points from senior Paxton Harmon, to take a 34-22 halftime lead and regain control.
The Titans added 13 in the third quarter, seven from Harmon and two 3-pointers from Trevor Knipe, to put the game out of reach.
Harmon finished with a game-high 34 points, including 8-of-9 shooting from the free-throw line.
Douglas Weese scored eight points to lead the Panthers (12-16).
Unity 58, Brown County 44: The Mustangs used a 6-0 run to close the third quarter and gain the momentum needed to beat the Hornets.
Lane Davis helped Unity seal the win, scoring nine of his game-high 19 points in the fourth quarter.
Andrew Doyle added 12 points for Unity (16-11) and Reed Bentzinger chipped in 11.
Michael Scoggan paced Brown County (3-20) with 11 points.
Highland 73, Centralia 59: The Cougars snapped Centralia's five-game winning streak with a road victory.
Brandon Davie led the Cougars (13-9) with 26 points, including six 3-pointers, and Derick Smith added 20.
Austin Richmiller also finished with 12 points for Highland.
North Shelby 60, Milan 33: The Raiders overcame a sloppy first half to pull away for a win at home.
North Shelby (16-9, 6-4 Tri-Rivers Conference) was led in scoring by Josiah Linberger and Lucas Daniel, who contributed 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Leading 23-21 at halftime, the Raiders' defense shut down Milan (6-19, 1-9) in the second half, limiting the Wildcats to 12 points.
Macon 74, Louisiana 64: Tristan Castiglia poured in 25 points, but it wasn't enough to help the Bulldogs win on the road.
Kyle Martin added 14 points for Louisiana (16-10).
Clark County 65, Brookfield 52: Kyle Kovar led the way with his 22 points as the Indians cruised to a victory over visiting Brookfield (2-19).
Rye Hunziker added 11 points as Clark County (11-14) never trailed.
Knox County 56, Scotland County 41: The Eagles were in control the entire way, jumping out to a 23-6 edge by the end of the first quarter. Royce Poore led Knox County with a double-double, scoring 15 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Andrew Hunolt and Donovan Edwards both added 11 points for the Eagles.
Jacob Blessing led Scotland County with 13 points. Lucas Howard added 11 points for the Tigers.