Prep Hoops Round-up: Chiefs back on top of I-70
SWEET SPRINGS -- The Santa Fe boys' basketball game recovered from back-to-back losses to Class 3 Higginsville by demolishing Sweet Springs in an I-70 Conference road game Friday, 60-30.
Seniors Clay Michael and Cody Smith each scored six points during the Chiefs' 19-6 first-quarter romp. Smith swished four three-pointers during the first half, tallying 14 points to give Santa Fe a 17-point lead at the break.
Michael went on a 12-point tear during the third period as the margin grew to 32 points. He finished with 22 points, Smith had 16 and senior Zach Brown added 12 points for the Chiefs (9-3, 2-0 I-70) -- now tied for the league lead with Concordia heading into Tuesday's home tilt against St. Paul.
Sophomore Andrew Kueker's 21 points, seven rebounds, six steals and four blocked shots paced the Greyhounds (1-8, 0-1).
Sweet Springs 42, Pilot Grove 37
NEW FRANKLIN -- Kueker exploded for 30 points Saturday as Sweet Springs defeated Pilot Grove, 42-37, for the consolation trophy in the New Franklin Tournament.
Kueker scored all 16 of the Greyhounds' points in the first and third quarters, but freshman Jacob Meisenheimer's eight points during the third period kept the Tigers within 28-20 going into the final frame. Sweet Springs sealed the victory at the free-throw line, sinking 10 of 13 attempts -- Kueker making eight of 10.
Meisenheimer led Pilot Grove (4-8) with 12 points.
Senior Clay Steinkuhler and freshman Travis Hinck combined for nine rebounds and six assists, but it was Kueker who dominated with 14 boards, five steals and four blocks. The 'Hounds (2-8) and Tigers hook up again today in Sweet Springs.
Sweet Springs 40, Santa Fe 38
SWEET SPRINGS -- Senior Leslie Keesaer fed junior Andrea Greer in the post for the game-winning basket Friday as defending champion Sweet Springs opened I-70 Conference play with a 40-38 decision over visiting Santa Fe.
It was a defense-dominated contest until the fourth quarter, which the Lady Greyhounds entered holding a 10-point advantage. However, paced by sophomore Paula Tieman's nine points, the Lady Chiefs scored a season-high 18 points during the frame to catch up -- helped by Sweet Springs missing five of nine free-throw attempts.
Tieman wound up with 14 points and Ashton Smith had 10 for Santa Fe (2-8, 0-2 I-70), which has dropped four straight games.
Keesaer and senior Jaime Vickrey each scored 13 points and sophomore Jennifer Vogelsmeier grabbed 10 rebounds for the Lady 'Hounds (4-6, 1-0).
Pilot Grove 47, Sweet Springs 34
NEW FRANKLIN -- Pilot Grove pulled away from Sweet Springs during the third quarter and hit five of six free-throw tries down the stretch Saturday to claim fifth place in the New Franklin Tournament, 47-34.
Junior Andrea Schuster led a balanced attack with 16 points for the Lady Tigers (4-7), with juniors Amber Wesselman and Stacia Twenter combining for 21 points.
Senior Leslie Keesaer's 12 points was tops for the Lady Greyhounds (4-7), who shot 17.7 percent from the field. The two teams play each other again today at Sweet Springs.
Malta Bend 54, Prairie Home 39
MALTA BEND -- Junior Jordan Gorrell went on a 34-point tear to surpass the 1,000 career point mark Friday during Malta Bend's 54-39 CCAA victory over visiting Prairie Home.
Gorrell scored seven points and senior Amanda Baker made a pair of shots as the Lady Tigers opened up a 13-5 lead in the first quarter. They kept adding to it, in small bits, throughout the contest -- Gorrell draining a pair of three-pointers on her way to 12 third-period points.
Sophomore Codi Davis scored eight of her team-high 11 points during the final frame for the Lady Panthers (1-10, 0-4 CCAA).
Baker ended up with 11 points and junior Alex Trelow collected six rebounds for Malta Bend (4-5, 2-3), which goes to Sweet Springs Thursday.