'Hounds hit century mark

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

MALTA BEND -- It was bound to happen eventually. All the run-and-gun Sweet Springs boys' basketball team needed to break the 100-point barrier was an opponent that had enough firepower to stay close enough so that the "continuous clock" rule wouldn't be invoked during the fourth quarter.

The Greyhounds found such a foe Tuesday at Malta Bend, emerging with a 102-79 non-conference victory. Sweet Springs buried 12 three-pointers -- five by sophomore Billy Martin, who wound up with 27 points -- but the Tigers have shooters and wouldn't let the visitors completely run away from them.

What Malta Bend lacks, however, is warm bodies. With only seven players, two of whom fouled out during the third period, the Tigers wore down. The 'Hounds took command with a 61-38 binge during the middle two frames to turn a one-point advantage after one period into a 24-point cushion heading into the final one.

Junior Ryan Armstrong scored 26 points, breaking the 1,000-point career scoring mark, and sophomore Tim Trelow provided 20 points and eight rebounds for Malta Bend (1-4).

Like the Tigers, Sweet Springs (3-4) had four players reach double figures -- including 19 points from sophomore Zach Thomas and 15 for junior Craig Sims.

The up-tempo boys' contest followed a distaff snooze-fest, the Lady 'Hounds pounding Malta Bend (0-5), 60-15, for their sixth win in a row. Sweet Springs led 30-1 at halftime following a 17-0 second quarter.

Junior Emily Warner made three of the Lady Tigers' six field goals and all three free throws for nine points.

The Lady 'Hounds (6-1) were led by 17 points from junior Stephanie Krause and 15 by senior Laura Keesaer.

While Malta Bend is off until Jan. 4, when it travels to Higbee for a CCAA clash, Sweet Springs will play Jan. 29 in the New Franklin Tournament. The boys take on Westran in the first round, with the Lady 'Hounds facing Northwest of Hughesville.

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