Lady 'Cats win third straight
SLATER -- The inside strength of the Slater girls' basketball team was apparent again Tuesday during its first home game of the season, a 46-36 Lewis and Clark Conference victory over Paris.
Junior forwards Mary Rose Gonzalez and Mary Anne Boston both recorded double-doubles for the Lady Wildcats, who controlled the glass by a 36-22 margin and limited the visitors to 36 shots from the field for their third win in a row.
Senior Payton Gruber kept the Lady Coyotes in contention, though. She scored 14 of her game-high 19 points during the first half to keep her team within one point at the break. However, Slater used a 14-7 third period -- with junior Shay Babcock hitting a pair of shots, including her second three-pointer of the game -- to take an eight-point lead into the final frame.
The Lady 'Cats did enough to stay in front, holding Paris (2-4, 0-1 L&C) to three field goals and sinking four of seven free throws.
Gonzalez had 17 points and 16 rebounds and Boston provided 13 points and 10 boards. Babcock finished with 13 points and junior Sylvia Knox dished out six assists for Slater (4-4, 2-2), which will take on Smithton during Saturday's State Fair Shoot-out at Sedalia.
Santa Fe 39, Lexington 26
LEXINGTON -- Sophomore Lexi Smith scored a game-high 15 points Tuesday as Santa Fe snapped a three-game skid with a 39-26 non-conference win at Lexington.
Smith tallied nine points during the Lady Chiefs' 18-4 second-quarter blitz, allowing them to take a 20-point lead into halftime. Other than Smith's two buckets, Santa Fe shot free throws the rest of the way, making eight of 15 -- giving them margins over the Lady Minutemen of 37-7 in charity shots and 17-4 in scoring from the stripe.
Freshman Mikayla Lamphier topped Lexington (0-6) with eight points.
Junior Brooke Barnett and freshman Kylie Limback each scored seven points for the Lady Chiefs (3-4), who host Carrollton on Thursday.
Slater 54, Paris 46
SLATER -- One of the virtues of the Slater boys' team is that any given night, any player can hurt an opponent -- and in a variety of ways.
On Monday, junior Drew Weiker burned Brunswick for 25 points for the Wildcats' first win of the season. On Tuesday, the Purple beat a Lewis and Clark Conference foe -- 54-46 over Paris -- in its home opener behind junior Caleb Pemberton's 24 points, six rebounds and seven assists.
Slater carved out a 15-6 first-quarter lead as Weiker and Pemberton combined for 11 points, going into the break with a 12-point advantage. The Coyotes were unable to trim the deficit during the third period.
The 'Cats were sent to the free-throw line down the stretch, but converted seven of 10 attempts -- junior Tanner Fuemmeler going four for four -- to keep Paris an arm's length away.
The Coyotes (0-6, 0-1 L&C) were paced by sophomore Slater Stone's 15 points.
Junior Mat Curren contributed five points, seven boards and five blocked shots for Slater (2-6, 1-3).
Santa Fe 68, Lexington 51
LEXINGTON -- A career-high 31 points from senior Chad Tieman sparked Santa Fe to its third straight win Tuesday with a 68-51 non-conference victory at Lexington.
Tieman scored at least five points in every quarter, including 11 in the second to send the Chiefs into intermission with a 33-22 cushion. The Minutemen hung around until the final period, when Santa Fe put them away with a 28-point outburst.
Lexington (0-6) got 13 points from junior Jevon Williams.
Senior Andrew Curry and sophomore Truman Sleeper combined for 15 points for the Chiefs (5-1).