LONE JACK -- The I-70 Conference Basketball Tournament is only one day old, and already there's been a major upset.
That came during Monday's opening round of girls' play, as seventh-seeded Sweet Springs bumped off No. 2 Concordia, 55-50, behind junior Christina Higgins' double-double.
"Christina had a big game, the best of her career" remarked Lady Greyhounds head coach Ben Hays after watching Higgins score 26 points and grab 10 rebounds.
Higgins made six shots during the first quarter to stake Sweet Springs to a 20-14 lead, while two goals and a free-throw by sophomore Nicole Bright during the second period helped expand the margin to seven points.
The Lady Orioles tried to cut into their eight-point deficit during the final frame, but weren't able to catch up. The Lady 'Hounds opened the door, though, by missing seven of 10 free-throw attempts.
"It was not the prettiest of games, but the ladies gutted it out for a big victory," Hays said. Sweet Springs' 28 "[t]urnovers hurt us some, but our shooting bailed us out when we got the opportunities."
Senior Katlin Murray had 15 points to pace Concordia (2-1).
Bright finished with 11 points and senior Rebecca Tyler had six assists and three steals for the Lady 'Hounds (3-1), who will play third seed Crest Ridge -- a 48-43 winner over St. Paul -- in Wednesday's semifinal round.
Meanwhile, eighth seed Santa Fe fell to No. 1 Wellington-Napoleon (2-0), 72-48.
The Lady Chiefs (2-2) will meet Lone Jack, which pulled out a 49-48 overtime thriller against Orrick, in the consolation semifinal Thursday.
Senior Brooke Costley tallied 18 points for Mexico, which began NCMC play Monday with a 51-30 victory at Marshall.
Costley hit three outside jumpers during her 11-point first quarter, the Lady Bulldogs pulling out to a 21-7 lead. The margin grew to 17 points by halftime and 22 points heading into the final period.
The Lady Owls shot a mere 22.9 percent from the field for the game.
Junior Remington Greenwell added 12 points for Mexico (3-1, 1-0 NCMC), which placed third in the Montgomery County Tournament last week.
Sophomore Molly Evans topped Marshall with eight points, while sophomore Makala Colbert and senior Katie Wansing combined for 11 rebounds. The Lady Owls (2-2, 0-1) will be at home Thursday for a league tilt with Fulton.
HUGHESVILLE -- With four senior starters back from a year ago, Otterville had too much experience for Malta Bend and rolled to an 84-17 victory Monday in the first round of the Northwest Tournament at Hughesville.
Senior Hannah Stone scored 17 of her 20 points during the Lady Eagles' 28-2 second-quarter spree, staking them to a 42-point cushion at halftime. Senior Paige Fry provided 14 points for Otterville (1-1).
The Lady Tigers (0-4) got 10 points from sophomore Kayla Kiehl. They will meet Northwest in the consolation semifinals Thursday.