LONE JACK -- Crest Ridge dished out disappointment to the Sweet Springs boys' basketball team three times a year ago, including for the championship of the Leeton Tournament and a season-ending district loss.
The Greyhounds weren't about the suffer the same fate Tuesday in the first round of the I-70 Conference Tournament at Lone Jack, controlling the second half by a 34-18 margin for a 52-34 victory.
Sweet Springs led by only two points at halftime, but took command with a 17-7 third quarter behind three buckets from junior Nathan Vogelsmeier. The Cougars were unable to get close enough down the stretch to make perpetual fouling practical.
Junior Austin Bestgen had nine points to lead Crest Ridge (2-1).
Junior Jacob Schowengerdt paced the 'Hounds with 16 points, seven rebounds seven assists and four steals. Junior Jeffery Hall contributed 14 points and Vogelsmeier wound up with 11.
Fourth-seeded Sweet Springs (3-0) returns Thursday for a semifinal tilt against No. 1 Wellington-Napoleon, which smashed Orrick, 62-20.
LONE JACK -- The first upset of the I-70 Conference Tournament on the boys' side came Tuesday, when No. 6 Concordia defeated third seed Santa Fe, 57-52.
Junior Cass Heimsoth lit up the rim for the Orioles with 25 points, including 10 during the fourth quarter. The Chiefs trailed by seven points at halftime, but tried to make a charge down the stretch as senior Chad Tieman scored half of his team-high 16 points and senior Andrew Curry hit a pair of three-pointers.
Juniors Austin Hon and Cory Meineka each provided nine points for Concordia (3-0).
Curry finished with 12 points and junior Keaton Graf had 10 for Santa Fe (2-1), which will play Lone Jack -- which was beaten by St. Paul, 52-29 -- in Thursday's consolation semifinal.
Montgomery County Tournament champion Mexico opened NCMC play Tuesday with a 68-38 rout at Marshall.
The Bulldogs used a 20-5 second period to take a 23-point lead into halftime and were not challenged during the second half. The Owls scored on 15 points before the break, 13 by senior Alex Maupin.
Senior Jake Willer had a game-high 27 points for Mexico (4-0, 1-0 NCMC), hitting seven bombs, with senior Jon Anderson chipping in with 17 points.
Maupin ended up with 19 points and eight rebounds for Marshall (2-3, 1-1), which hosts Fulton on Friday.
FAYETTE -- Junior Raejuan "Rudy" Williams dropped 32 points on visiting Slater as Fayette began Lewis and Clark Conference play with a 77-55 victory Tuesday.
The Wildcats hung in for a half, juniors Caleb Pemberton and Mat Curren combining for 13 second-quarter points to take them into the break trailing by only eight. However, Williams tallied nine points and sophomores Davis Valencia and Coltin Lewis each struck twice from outside to extend the Falcons' cushion to 63-38 heading into the final frame.
Valencia contributed 17 points off the bench for Fayette (4-1, 1-0 L&C).
Pemberton had 15 points and five assists and Curren produced 12 points and six steals for Slater (0-4, 0-2), which heads to Westran on Friday.
HUGHESVILLE -- The host Mustangs broke out to a 41-9 halftime lead and shut out Malta Bend during the third quarter, 20-0, to win Tuesday's first-round contest in the Northwest Tournament at Hughesville, 65-16.
Senior Quincy Wicker scored 17 points and senior Cody Wicker added 16 for Northwest (1-2).
The Tigers (1-3) were topped by junior Danny Kiehl's six points. They play Bunceton in the consolation semifinal round Friday.
FAYETTE -- Fayette avenged last week's loss to the Slater girls in the Glasgow Tournament by taking Tuesday's Lewis and Clark Conference rematch at home, 48-40.
The Lady Falcons used a 13-4 second period to take a 14-point lead into halftime. The Lady Wildcats whittled the margin to six points heading into the fourth quarter, but Fayette got a pair of buckets from junior Kenzie Smentkowski and sank seven of 12 free throws to hold on.
Smentkowski and senior Kennzie Thornton each scored 13 points for the Lady Falcons (1-3, 1-0 L&C).
Slater (1-4, 0-2) got 10 points from Mary Anne Boston and eight points and 14 rebounds from junior Mary Rose Gonzalez.