CARROLLTON -- A second-quarter shutout was indicative of the strong defensive performance turned in Monday by the Slater girls' basketball team, which notched its fourth win in a row with a 53-30 non-conference victory at Carrollton.
The Lady Wildcats, thanks to a pair of three-pointers apiece from senior Rachel Gonzalez and sophomore Saria Leimkuehler, were already leading by 11 points heading into the frame. Although limited to seven points during the second period, Slater went on a 15-6 run during the third stanza to put the game out of reach.
Junior Kylie Watts scored seven points for the Lady Trojans (1-5).
Gonzalez wound up with 15 points and junior Niki Kruger had 13 points, five steals and five assists for the Lady 'Cats (4-1) -- who are scheduled to host Lewis and Clark Conference foe Paris today.
GREEN RIDGE -- Senior Stephanie Krause paced Sweet Springs with 16 points and six steals Monday during a 45-39 non-conference decision at Green Ridge.
The Lady Greyhounds led most of the way, but were unable to shake the home team -- eventually making 10 of 16 free throws during the fourth quarter to secure the win.
The Lady Tigers (2-3) were topped by senior Emmaly Harrison's 19 points.
Sweet Springs got seven points and 11 rebounds from junior Rachel Thornton. The Lady 'Hounds expect to play Thursday at LaMonte.
ALMA -- Lexington broke open a tight game by coming out of the break with a 20-10 spurt behind senior Karmen Swartz' nine points to beat host Santa Fe in a non-conference contest, 65-46.
The Minutewomen led by only three points at halftime, after trailing by three at the end of the first period -- when senior Dani Heimsoth scored 10 of her game-high 20 points for the Lady Chiefs.
Swartz and sophomore Ashley Swafford each tallied 17 points for Lexington (2-3).
Santa Fe (2-4), which hosts Carrollton on Thursday, for 11 points from junior Lauren Aversman.
CARROLLTON -- The run-and-gun Grinnell System of hoops being played by Sweet Springs has now been adopted by the Carrollton boys, who used it to great advantage Monday against a young Slater club for a 66-29 non-conference win.
The Trojans (4-2) rolled out to an 18-6 first-quarter lead and didn't slow down until subbing out late in the game, draining eight three-pointers during the contest -- two by senior Andrew Molloy, who led all 10 of his team's scorers with 13 points.
The Wildcats (0-4) were topped by sophomore Zach Sullivan's nine points and nine rebounds off the bench.
GREEN RIDGE -- Sweet Springs tried to rally from a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit, but senior Brett Shoop and the Green Ridge Tigers held off the visitors Monday for a 73-67 non-conference victory.
Shoop scored eight of his team-high 33 points during the final frame, making all four free throws. Green Ridge (4-2) was eight-for-eight from the charity stripe down the stretch.
The loss spoiled another fine performance from junior Nick Peeples, with a career-best 35 points and 14 rebounds to pace the 'Hounds (3-3).
ALMA -- Santa Fe threw a 17-0 first-quarter shutout Monday en route to an easy 60-30 non-conference home win over Lexington.
The Minutemen (1-3) didn't get much going until the third period, when senior Phoenix Harrison drained three bombs on his way to a game-high 11 points.
Three members of the Chiefs (6-0) also scored 11 points: seniors Ben Catlett and Luke Brandt and junior Matt Lovercamp.