By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
The Liberty girls basketball team realized how important it is to have Madelyn Hyer on the floor.
The Lady Eagles' sophomore was forced to sit on the bench with foul trouble for the final 10 minutes of the first half Tuesday night against Western.
Once Hyer returned to the court, Liberty turned things around to beat the Wildcats 60-55 in Liberty, Ill., and repeat as the Pike County Conference Tournament champion.
The Lady Eagles (5-0) trailed 32-26 at halftime.
"Madelyn sitting didn't help much, but Western played well and scored some points in the second quarter," Liberty coach Brad Bergman said. "We got back in the flow of things in the second half. We made some adjustments at halftime to some things we didn't like and we really competed in the second half."
Hyer scored 10 of her game-high 22 points in the third quarter to help the Lady Eagles take a 47-43 lead. She scored 18 points in the second half.
Michaela Leapley finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds for Liberty, while Ashley Lefringhouse added 10 rebounds.
Western (3-2) was led by Alexis Bellovich with 18 points and Loren Melton with 10.
Earlier, Griggsville-Perry shut out Payson Seymour in the second quarter of a 50-12 victory.
The Lady Tornadoes outscored the Lady Indians 17-0 in that period to take a 23-5 halftime advantage.
Allyson Bingham and Frankee Craven led Griggsville (1-4) with 16 points apiece. Keylee Gregg led Payson (0-4) with five points.
Monmouth-Roseville 56, West Hancock 54: West Hancock couldn't get a potential game-tying shot to fall late in the game as they suffered a West Central Conference North Division loss in Hamilton, Ill.
West Hancock led early, grabbing a 17-9 lead after the first quarter. Monmouth-Roseville held West Hancock to just eight points in the third quarter to cut West Hancock's lead to 42-40 heading in to the final quarter.
Carly Runge led West Hancock with 18 points, including three 3-pointers. Shelby Koehler added 13 points for West Hancock.
Central-Southeastern 40, Unity 35: The Lady Panthers came up with enough defensive stops in the fourth quarter to win their season opener at Camp Point, Ill.
Central trailed 18-17 at halftime before taking a 29-27 lead after the third quarter.
Madison Steinkamp scored 13 points to lead the Lady Panthers and Erin Flesner added 10. Claire Rabe led Unity (1-1) with 10 points.
North Shelby 50, Bevier 31: Kaylee Smith scored 14 points, including eight in the first quarter, to lead North Shelby to a victory in Shelbyville, Mo.
Brianna Cochenour added 11 points for the Raiders and Mercedes Nute chipped in 10.
Canton 58, Atlanta 31: Brittney Berhorst scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Tigers to a season-opening victory at home.
Kailee Gaither finished with 12 points and four steals for the Lady Tigers and Emma McKinstry added six assists.
Schuyler County 48, South Shelby 47: Aimee Ellyson's last-second shot didn't fall as the Lady Birds lost in Queen City, Mo.
Cassidy Johnston finished with a game-high 18 points for South Shelby (0-1). Johnston added 10 rebounds, three steals and two blocks for the Lady Birds.
Ellyson finished with 11 points for South Shelby.
Palmyra 56, Bowling Green 42: Katee Hinkle and Allie Dietrich combined for 29 points to lead the Panthers to a victory in Palmyra, Mo.
Hinkle scored 15 points, including three 3-pointers, and Dietrich added 14 with two 3-pointers for Palmyra.
Palmyra led 23-20 at halftime and went on a 12-2 run midway through the third quarter.
Lexie Losson chipped in 11 points for Palmyra.
Mark Twain 49, Paris 29: The Tigers placed three players in double figures en route to a win in Paris, Mo.
Michelle Epperson led Mark Twain with 13 points and Kenzie Grossman added 12. Kaelee Ogle chipped in 11.
Clark County 35, Scotland County 33: Megan Oilar poured in 12 points for the Lady Indians as they outlasted the Lady Tigers in Kahoka, Mo.
Chelsea Wood led the Lady Tigers (0-1) with 13 points.
Truman State 82, Hannibal-LaGrange 54: The Bulldogs raced to a large lead early in a non-conference victory at Kirksville, Mo. A 22-2 run over a five-minute span midway through the first half put Truman State ahead 34-11 .
Morgan Winkler and Anna Bucher scored 11 points apiece to lead HLGU (0-7).
John Wood 65, Black Hawk East 57: Amanda Scott scored a game-high 24 points to lead the Lady Blazers to a non-conference victory at Kewanee, Ill.
Scott scored 17 points in the first half as JWCC led 40-29 at halftime.