Lady 'Hounds improve to 4-1
SWEET SPRINGS -- Sweet Springs' power inside and quickness outset were a lethal combination for the visiting LaMonte girls' basketball team Thursday during a 56-40 non-conference loss.
The Lady Greyhounds produced 16 second-chance points and forced 42 turnovers, 26 on steals during the game. They took an 18-point lead into halftime thanks to 24 takeaways and 53.3-percent shooting from the field.
Sweet Springs started slowly, but built momentum as the opening half progressed. Sophomore Rachel Thornton posted up inside for a deuce and then stuck back a missed shot to begin a 20-5, seven-minute run midway through the half.
Sophomore Katie Davidson and senior Laura Keesaer buried three-pointers and junior Stephanie Krause finished a fast break off her own steal -- during the binge scoring eight points, including six in a row at the end of the spree to push the Lady 'Hounds advantage to 24-9.
The only effective offensive option for the Lady Vikings was senior Chanté Holcombe, whose 20 points accounted for half her team's total -- an even higher percentage during the first half, when her nine points was the bulk of the scoring as LaMonte fell behind, 33-15.
The Lady Vikings (2-3) stopped the bleeding after the break, but were unable to get traction because of 13 third-quarter turnovers -- coughing the ball up on their first five possessions.
Thornton made three shots during the third frame, but neither team had much continuity as the clock wound down. Sweet Springs' energy level was unable to sustain itself coming out of intermission with a comfortable lead and the visitors just didn't have the firepower to mount a comeback -- getting no closer than 15 points.
The Lady 'Hounds were led by Thornton's 17 points, a combined 23 points from Krause and Keesaer, and Davidson's eight steals. Sweet Springs (4-1) will take on a strong Pilot Grove club, the defending CCAA champions, today during the State Fair Community College/W-K Holiday Shoot-out.