Lady Chiefs shut down Sweet Springs
ALMA -- It was only a matter of time before somebody began hitting shots Friday.
While the Santa Fe girls' basketball team didn't light up the nets, it converted enough attempts to dispose of Sweet Springs' struggling offense for a 37-22 I-70 Conference home win. The Lady Greyhounds didn't get much accomplished with the ball, shooting 20.5 percent from the field and committing 23 turnovers.
Sweet Springs went through long scoreless droughts on a couple of occasions. After opening with a 4-2 lead, the Lady 'Hounds didn't tally for the next nine minutes.
Juniors Michelle Aversman and Paula Tieman each made a couple of shots during that stretch, Tieman opening the second quarter with a pair of steals and knocking down a three-pointer, as the Lady Chiefs scored 11 straight points.
When junior Jennifer Vogelsmeier took a defensive rebound coast-to-coast for a lay-up to start the third period, Sweet Springs trailed only 17-11. However, the 'Hounds didn't make another field goal for nine minutes.
Aversman sank two more buckets, junior Ashton Smith and Tieman hit threes, and junior Holly Schmidt and freshman Danielle Heimsoth posted up inside to give Santa Fe a 32-12 cushion with 5:47 left in the game.
The Lady Greyhounds, who got eight points off the bench from junior Morgan Smith, scored only 11 points during the first three periods -- half of their season-low total coming in the final frame. The highlight for Sweet Springs was the rebounding of junior Kara Kreisel, who grabbed 11 boards.
Aversman finished with 13 points and Smith had 11 rebounds, six assists and five steals for the Lady Chiefs (9-4, 2-0).
Both teams are due to meet St. Paul this week, Santa Fe going to Concordia on Tuesday and the Saints coming to Sweet Springs Friday.