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Chiefs get sweep of Carrollton

Friday, December 14, 2012

ALMA -- The Santa Fe boys' basketball team fought off a couple of Carrollton rallies Thursday for its fourth straight victory, a 39-37 non-conference decision.

The Chiefs committed three turnovers during the final 40 seconds of the game, but held on to a slim lead thanks to a pair of big buckets from sophomore Truman Sleeper.

Senior Andrew Curry scored 13 points to put Santa Fe up 28-18 during the third quarter, but he was blanked the rest of the way and the Trojans closed the period with eight straight points.

Sleeper knocked down a three-pointer for a five-point edge with two and a half minutes remaining, but junior Mark Hundley converted a takeaway into a bucket to cut the margin to three points.

A Sleeper layup with 20 seconds left made it 39-34 before junior Jarrod Elliott converted a conventional three-point play.

Freshman Ben Hinz missed the front end of a one-and-one from the free-throw line with six seconds to go, but senior Brandon Eschenbach's potential game-winning 30-footer at the buzzer clanked off the rim.

Eschenbach led Carrollton (2-3) with 14 points.

Senior Chad Tieman scored eight points for the Chiefs (5-1), who will take on Sacred Heart during the State Fair Shoot-out at Sedalia on Saturday.

Earlier, the Santa Fe girls won back-to-back games for the first time this season by a 53-28 tally over the Lady Trojans.

Sophomore Lexi Smith scored nine of her game-high 13 points during the first half, the Lady Chiefs heading into the break with a 28-14 cushion -- which may have been greater had they not missed eight of 11 charity shots.

It didn't matter, though, as Carrollton was unable to make a run. A 14-6 third quarter sent Santa Fe into the final frame with a comfortable lead.

Junior Erin Thoeni paced the Lady Trojans (1-4) with eight points.

The Lady Chiefs (4-4), who got 12 points off the bench from junior Brooke Barnett, play Monday at Slater.

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