BEARDSTOWN, Ill. -- Despite losing to Jacksonville Routt by nine points during the Brown County Lady Hornet Classic in early December, Liberty girls basketball coach Brad Bergman liked the way the Eagles matched up with the Rockets.
Thursday, it showed why.
The Eagles locked in defensively and handed the second-seeded Rockets their first loss of the season, posting a 48-45 victory in the Beardstown Lady Tiger Classic. That came on the heels of opening the tournament with a 53-44 victory over North Greene.
Liberty (7-4) will face Havana at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the quarterfinals.
"The girls played really well," Bergman said. "They had to play well because Routt is a really good team."
The Eagles limited the Rockets to nine points in both the second and fourth quarters, and Routt had just five players score.
"We defended well," Bergman said. "We stayed in our lanes and executed defensively."
After falling behind by four points in the first quarter, the Eagles responded with 15 points in the second quarter despite three starters sitting several minutes with foul trouble.
"Our bench was incredible," Bergman said. "They stayed with what we wanted to do and executed."
Allison Coonrod led the Eagles with 12 points, while Kenzey Wagner added 11 as Liberty had nine players score.
"That's what this team is good about," Bergman said of the balanced scoring. "We have girls that really buy into that."
Against North Greene, Paige Knuffman scored 14 points, while Coonrod added 13 and Taryn Roe had 10 points.
Chargers reach milestone with win
The Illini West girls basketball team made history with its opening-round victory in the Lady Tiger Classic. The 46-33 victory over Brown County was the 1,000th victory in the history of the Illini West/Carthage program. The Chargers join Chicago Marshall, Teutopolis and Peoria Richwoods as the only programs in Illinois High School Association history to reach 1,000.
After scoring just six points in the first quarter, the Chargers got rolling offensively. Megan Harrell led Illini West with 19 points, while Caydee Kirkham added 14 points. Gabby McGath led Brown County with 10 points.
The fourth-seeded Chargers (11-2) will face Midwest Central at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the quarterfinals.
Brown County bounced back with a 71-50 victory over Macomb, holding the Bombers to 17 points in the second half. Belle Koch led the Hornets with 22 points, going 14 of 16 from the free-throw line. Katey Flynn added 16 points and McGath had 13.
Titans advance to quarterfinals
The 11th-seeded West Hancock girls basketball team held sixth-seeded Winchester West Central to single-digit scoring in the first and third quarters and earned a 58-47 victory to reach the quarterfinals of the Lady Tiger Classic.
The Titans will face third-seeded Illini Bluffs at 2 p.m. Friday.
Malarie Ross made five 3-pointers and scored a game-high 28 points for West Hancock, while Josi Radel added 17 points and Bailey Barber had 11 points.
West Hancock opened the tournament with a 46-26 victory over Beardstown in which it led 24-12 at halftime and held the Tigers to single digits in three quarters. Ross went 11 of 12 from the free-throw line and scored 23 points for the Titans, while Josi Radel added nine points.
Mustangs split games
The Unity girls basketball team split its first two games at the Lady Tiger Classic, beating Rushville-Industry 51-12 and losing to seventh-seeded Havana 42-33. The 10th-seeded Mustangs trailed Havana 14-10 at halftime and 30-20 after the third quarter. Addison Eger led Unity (9-6) with nine points, Kami Conry scored eight points and Ashlynn Arnsman grabbed 16 rebounds.
Unity outscored Rushville 21-4 during the second quarter to take a 34-6 halftime lead. Conry led the Mustangs (9-6) with 10 points.
Saukees fall into consolation bracket
Trailing by just four points going into the fourth quarter, the Pittsfield girls basketball team struggled to score down the stretch and was saddled with a 55-39 loss to Midwest Central in the Lady Tiger Classic. The Saukees were outscored 15-3 in the fourth quarter.
Katie Cox led Pittsfield with 11 points, while Chloe Lemons added nine points.
The Saukees opened the tournament with a 42-9 victory over Western. Cox scored a game-high 26 points.