Smith-Cotton out-scored the Marshall girls' basketball team 32-20 during the second half Monday to win a first-round contest in the MHS Shoot-out, 46-35.
Sophomore Molly Evans tallied five points and junior Payton Beeler hit a pair of three-pointers to send the Lady Owls into halftime with a two-point lead. However, the Lady Tigers began the second half with a 9-0 run, limiting Marshall to one missed shot on each of its first five possessions of the second half.
The Lady Owls closed the within two points at 33-31 when Beeler scored with under five minutes remaining in the contest, but Smith-Cotton converted 11 of 14 free-throw attempts down the stretch to salt away the victory.
Senior Jack Greer had 16 points and Sharp finished with 11 for the Lady Tigers (1-0), who were 22 of 30 from the charity stripe and held a shooting edge of 30.6 to 24.1 percent.
Evans and Beeler combined for 19 points, more than half of Marshall's total. Sophomore Makala Colbert collected seven rebounds off the bench.
The Lady Owls (0-1) will play two games in the consolation pool later this week, including Thursday's tilt against Warrensburg, which lost a 55-32 decision to Kirksville -- slated to meet Windsor in a semifinal today. Smith-Cotton moved into the semifinal round, with a Thursday match against Grain Valley -- which defeated Sacred Heart, 51-30.
SWEET SPRINGS -- Four starters scored in double figures Monday for Sweet Springs, which opened its season at home with a 56-29 non-conference victory over Northwest of Hughesville.
The Lady Greyhounds opened with a 16-5 first quarter and went into halftime with a 19-point lead, junior Kati Viets tallying 10 of her game-high 16 points.
Senior Mikalah Vogelsmeier hit three buckets during the third period as the margin extended to 44-20.
The Lady Mustangs (0-2) were led by senior Paige Norfleet's 13 points.
Sophomore Nicole Bright provided 13 points and nine rebounds, junior Christina Higgins added 11 points and Vogelsmeier wound up with 10 points, eight boards, four assists and three steals for Sweet Springs (1-0) -- which hosts Leeton on Friday.
HARDIN -- The host team had no problem starting round-robin play in the four-team Hardin-Central Tournament with Monday's 93-4 romp over Malta Bend.
Junior Olivia Ellis racked up 24 points and sophomore Marla Powell added 16 for the Lady Bulldogs (2-0).
The Lady Tigers' field goals were made by sophomores Kayla Kiehl and Laci Warner.
Malta Bend (0-1) will take on Norborne, in both boys' and girls' action, Wednesday.
SWEET SPRINGS -- Junior Jacob Schowengerdt scored 21 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out four assists Monday to lead the Sweet Springs boys to a 49-32 non-conference home win over Northwest of Hughesville.
The Greyhounds went into the break with a 25-12 cushion and pulled away during the second half behind four Schowengerdt bombs.
Seniors Quincey Wicker and Cody Wicker combined for 17 points to pace the Mustangs (0-2).
Sweet Springs (1-0) also got 11 points and three steals from junior Jeffery Hall.
HARDIN -- Hardin-Central raced out to a 32-7 first-quarter lead to open its round-robin tournament Monday with a 96-23 victory over Malta Bend.
Freshman Clif Kugler came off the bench to score 22 points for the Bulldogs (1-1), who had four players in double figures.
The Tigers (0-1) got 11 points from sophomore Tyler Jenkins.