ALMA -- First-year Tina-Avalon head coach Tyler Bredehoeft seemed intent on inflicting the kind of pain on the Santa Fe boys' basketball team he did as a player Tuesday.
The former St. Paul and Central Methodist standout had his team ahead by 14 points at halftime before the Chiefs rallied for a 53-47 non-conference home win.
Junior Dylan Rucker racked up 14 of his game-high 21 points to pace the Dragons (0-2) to a 28-14 lead at the break, limiting Santa Fe to one field goal during the second period. However, the Chiefs began to find their strokes during the third frame, senior Andrew Curry burying a pair of three-pointers and junior Keaton Graf coming off the bench for two buckets to whittle the margin to one point heading into fourth quarter.
Freshman Ben Hinz made his first significant contribution with three goals, including a trey, down the stretch and Curry made two more shots to put Santa Fe in front. Although they missed four of nine free throws during the period, that was enough for the victory.
Curry finished with 17 points and senior Chad Tieman had 14 for the Chiefs (2-0), who open play Tuesday in the I-70 Conference Tournament at Lone Jack.
GLASGOW -- Cairo had too much firepower for Slater during Tuesday's opening round of the 82nd Glasgow Tournament, cruising to a 78-47 victory.
The second-seeded Bearcats, who returned four starters from a Class 2 state quarterfinalist, recovered from an early 3-2 deficit with an 18-0 run during the first quarter. With all-state seniors Brad Roberts -- son of veteran coach Bob Roberts -- and Aaron Barnett splitting 31 points, Cairo took a 26-point lead into the break.
Roberts and Barnett both wound up scoring 25 points for the Bearcats (2-0).
The Wildcats shot a respectable 53.9 percent from the field, but 23 turnovers limited them to only 39 attempts. Junior Caleb Pemberton had 14 points and junior Drew Weiker added 10.
Slater (0-2) will meet Westran in the consolation semifinal round Thursday.
ALMA -- Junior Brooke Barnett scored a career-high 22 points Tuesday to lead the Santa Fe girls to a comfortable 68-35 non-conference home win over Tina-Avalon.
Barnett connected three times during the first period and freshman Kylie Limback tallied seven points in the second to send the Lady Chiefs into intermission with an 11-point lead. They added six points to that cushion during the third quarter, Barnett providing 11 of the team's 17 points, then closed with a 23-7 run as senior Brandy Beasley sank three shots.
Junior Kelsey Garber scored 19 points for the Lady Dragons (0-2).
Beasley and Limback combined for 21 points for Santa Fe (1-1), which hosts Kingsville on Friday.
GLASGOW -- Senior Trisha McMillian knocked down five long-range jumpers on her way to 19 points Tuesday to pace second-seeded Glasgow to a 59-20 victory over Slater in the first round of the Glasgow Tournament.
Both McMillian and junior Peyton Davis connected three times from outside to give the Lady Yellowjackets (2-0) a 41-14 halftime lead. Senior Nicki Fuemmeler was one of four Glasgow players to reach double figures with 12 points.
The Lady Wildcats, who committed 33 turnovers, got 12 points and six rebounds from junior Mary Rose Gonzalez.
Slater will take on Fayette in Thursday's consolation semifinal.