Boys Basketball

Pinckneyville beats Nashville in close game

Boys basketball

Free throw lifts Pinckneyville past Nashville

Pinckneyville beat Nashville 52-51 on Saturday.

The game was close all night, with the Panthers only leading by 2 at the half.

Pinckneyville expanded its lead to 36-31 by the end of the third quarter, but Nashville bounced back and tied the game at 51 with 2.3 seconds to go in the game.

The Panthers were fouled, and Grant Jausel made 1 of 2 shots at the line to avoid overtime and give Pinckneyville the win.

Nashville will play DuQuoin on Friday. Pinckeyville will begin play at its home regional Tuesday, Feb. 20.

Centralia tops Mater Dei

Centralia beat Mater Dei 50-40 on Saturday for its fifth consecutive win.

Centralia (20-4) will play Cahokia on Friday. Mater Dei (12-13) will travel to Civic Memorial on Tuesday.

Metro East Lutheran falls to Warrensburg

Metro East Luthern lost 53-45 to Warrensburg on Saturday.

Metro East Lutheran (11-15) will play Wood River on Tuesday.

Girls basketball

Freeburg cruises past Waterloo

In the final game of the regular season for both teams Saturday, Freeburg beat Waterloo 51-24.

Freeburg (19-6) and Waterloo (4-20) will play each other again Monday in the opening game of the Class 3A Freeburg Regional.