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Warrensburg wins rematch with Lady Owls

Friday, January 6, 2012

Freshman Molly Evans (right) led the Lady Owls with eight points during a 51-36 loss to Warrensburg.
(Chris Allen/Democrat-News)
The Marshall girls' basketball team's Thursday rematch with visiting Warrensburg couldn't have gone much differently than the one which gave it fifth place in the MHS Shoot-out a month earlier.

In the previous meeting, the Lady Owls played nearly flawlessly down the stretch. The second time around, the Lady Tigers didn't give the home team the chance during a 51-36 non-conference decision.

Marshall once again had a slim lead, 21-19, at halftime, but was left in the dust the rest of the way. Warrensburg got a pair of three-pointers from senior Maggie Slifer during a 17-7 third period and sank eight of 11 free throws during the final frame -- while the Lady Owls missed the front end of three one-and-one attempts from line.

Junior Taylor Geis, held to four points before fouling out in the previous tilt, racked up 24 points for the Lady Tigers (2-4) -- 10 in the fourth quarter, including five of six from the charity stripe.

Marshall got a combined 15 points from freshman Molly Evans and sophomore Karson Heying. The Lady Owls (2-8) will host Smith-Cotton in a non-conference contest Monday.

New Franklin 47, Sweet Springs 43

NEW FRANKLIN -- Senior Brittany Higgins' double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds Thursday wasn't enough to prevent Sweet Springs from dropping its semifinal contest in the 83rd New Franklin Tournament, 47-43 to the host Lady Bulldogs.

The teams were tied heading into the second half, but New Franklin carved out a small lead during the third quarter behind sophomore Jasmyne Boggs' nine points. While the Lady Greyhounds wouldn't go away, turnovers -- eventually totaling 28 -- and the defending tourney champion's five of eight performance from the free-throw line during the fourth quarter kept them behind.

Boggs finished with 13 points and freshman Aislinn Himmelberg added 11 for the Lady 'Dogs (6-2), who will play No. 1 seed Sturgeon -- a 51-35 winner over Fayette -- Saturday in search of their 15th championship and seventh title since 2003.

Sophomore Christian Higgins scored eight points, equaling that of the rest of the starters other than her sister, for Sweet Springs (2-5) -- which plays the Lady Falcons for third place Saturday.

Santa Fe 45, Lexington 28

ALMA -- Freshman Kourtney Chiddix scored a career-high 12 points Thursday to lead Santa Fe to a 45-28 victory over Lexington in the consolation semifinals of the Lafayette County Tournament at Alma.

The Lady Minutemen started strong, senior Alex Summers making three shots to forge a 12-5 first-quarter lead. However, Chiddix got hot during the next two frames, with five buckets to pace the Lady Chiefs' 27-8 run which sent them into the final stanza with a comfortable 12-point cushion.

Summers and senior Brittany Maze each tallied 10 points for Lexington (0-8).

Santa Fe got 10 points from junior Brandy Beasley, with junior Callie Gieselman and freshman Lexi Smith combining for a dozen. The Lady Chiefs (5-5) will play for the consolation trophy today against Knob Noster, which beat Carrollton, 24-20.


Fayette 63, Sweet Springs 31

NEW FRANKLIN -- The Sweet Springs boys have fairly well handled opponents' bigs so far this season, but Missouri State recruit Bruce Marshall proved to be too much for them Thursday during a 63-31 loss to Fayette in the semifinal round of the New Franklin Tournament.

The 6-foot-10 senior scored 31 points for the Falcons, who went on a 40-17 tear during the middle two frames after emerging from the first period with a three-point lead.

Senior Krey Cowans and sophomore Rudy Williams each had 10 points for Fayette (7-3), which will play fifth-ranked Sturgeon for the title Saturday. The Bulldogs beat Pilot Grove, 56-34, in the quest for their fourth straight crown.

Sophomore Jacob Schowengerdt had 12 points to top the Greyhounds (4-3), who will look for their second win of the season against Pilot Grove following its 57-46 decision last month in the State Fair Shoot-out.

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