By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Vanessa Markert is expected to put up big numbers night in and night out for the Brown County girls basketball team.
Monday night, she nearly put up a bigger number than the opponent.
Markert scored a game-high 24 points in a 54-25 victory over Griggsville-Perry for the Lady Hornets' first victory of the season.
Emily Kitchell added nine points for Brown County (1-3).
Allyson Bingham led the Lady Tornadoes with 10 points.
Unity 40, Bushnell-Prairie City/Avon 23: Maggie Bowles' complete effort gave the Lady Mustangs another victory. Bowles finished with 13 points, six rebounds and three steals in the road victory.
Kaylee Kuhn added nine points, including a pair of 3-pointers, for Unity (2-0).
Liberty 52, Triopia 28: The Lady Eagles remained unbeaten with the road victory. Madelyn Hyer Finished with a game-high 17 points and nine rebounds for Liberty (4-0), while Hope Rush added 11 points.
Marion County 46, Brashear 17: The Lady Mustangs' defense set the tone for the season-opening victory, limiting the Tigers to nine points through three quarters.
Devan Johnson led Marion County with 17 points, while Roxanne Tobias added 15 points.
Mark Twain 45, Van-Far 22: Kenzie Grossman finished with 15 points, eight blocked shots, seven rebounds and five steals as the Lady Tigers opened the season with a victory at home.
Mark Twain 56, Van Far 41: Ethan Anderson went 10 fo 10 from the free-throw line and finished with a game-high 25 points as the Tigers won their season opener at home.
Ethan Clark added 11 points for Mark Twain.
Elsberry 53, Highland 33: Trailing by 10 at halftime, the Cougars were unable to mount a rally, scoring just four points in the third quarter of the season-opening loss on the road.
Jack Neisen led Highland with 14 points.
Mount Mercy 73, Culver-Stockton College 45: The Wildcats were unable to extend their winning streak to three games as a 17-percent shooting effort in the first half proved costly on the road.
Jasmine Mathews led C-SC (3-5) with nine points.
Hope International 88, Hannibal-LaGrange University 59: The Trojans dropped their sixth straight game as the Royals closed the first half on a 35-11 run. The lead ballooned to as much as 33 points in the second half.
Daniel Piper came off the bench to lead the Trojans with 14 points, while Aaron Edwards and Brandon Eschenbach added 10 points apiece.