It wasn't easy for the Greyhounds, who had averaged 59.7 points per game coming into the contest, but they got it done with a 41-36 decision over Pilot Grove.
The Tigers were intent on containing Sweet Springs' dynamic duo of juniors Jacob Schowengerdt and Jeffery Hall, who had each scored 20 points in the previous two games. They combined for 19 points, but the 'Hounds led for all but the opening two minutes.
Freshmen Mason Schlotzhauer and Ragan Meisenheimer nailed three-pointers during the fourth quarter to cut the margin to 34-32 with under three minutes remaining, but senior Matt Harris ended Pilot Grove's momentum with a steal and perimeter jumper.
The Tigers (6-1) got nine points off the bench from Meisenheimer.
Sweet Springs (6-1) has won three games in a row and will face Fayette in Thursday's first round of the 84th New Franklin Tournament.
Slater took a 10-point lead into the fourth quarter Saturday and held off a furious comeback charge by Smithton for its third win in a row, 67-62.
Junior Drew Weiker scored 11 of his 16 points through the first three periods, the Wildcats narrowly winning each one. However, the Tigers -- coached by Slater grad Rich Pond -- exploded for 27 points during the final frame, the Purple holding on by converted nine of 18 free throws.
Junior Dane Apsher had a game-high 23 points for Smithton (2-7).
The 'Cats were paced by junior Caleb Pemberton's 17 points, seven down the stretch, while junior Mat Curren contributed 12 points and a dominating 22 rebounds.
Slater (3-5) will be at home today for a non-conference contest against Santa Fe.
Junior Dakota Brown's three-pointer with under three seconds remaining broke the fourth tie of the fourth quarter, giving Smith-Cotton a 61-58 decision over Marshall in Saturday's finale.
The Owls held a four-point lead with two minutes to go, but Brown and senior Brady Ritzert turned steals into transition buckets to allow the Tigers to catch up.
Marshall trailed by eight points at halftime, but senior Alex Maupin led a comeback with 12 points during the third period -- twice converting conventional three-point plays -- to close the deficit to one point. Sophomore Logan Harris scored seven points during the final frame to put the Owls in front.
Senior Dalton Christian had 13 points and Ritzert added 12 for Smith-Cotton (2-3).
Maupin wound up with 21 points, eight rebounds and three assists and Harris had 13 points for Marshall (2-5), which made only two of 17 three-point attempts.
The Owls will be at home Tuesday for a non-conference meeting with Warrensburg.
Sacred Heart maintained its perfect record Saturday by ending Santa Fe's four-game win streak, 60-34.
The Gremlins broke out to a 10-point first-quarter lead and pushed it to 30-15 at intermission. Junior Clint Spangler's three goals during the 15-8 third period put the game out of reach.
Sacred Heart (7-0) had 11 players score, six with at least six points, topped by 10 off the bench from freshman Chance Spangler.
Senior Chad Tieman had a game-high 13 points for the Chiefs (6-2), who play at Slater today.
Sophomore Nicole Bright scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds Friday to lead the Sweet Springs girls to their third straight win, 57-29 over Pilot Grove.
The Lady Greyhounds led by six points after the first quarter, but twin sister Ashleigh Bright came off the bench to tally seven points during a 17-3 second-period spree. Although the Lady Tigers chipped into the deficit coming out of the break, Sweet Springs closed with a 17-4 run.
Junior McKenzi Schuster led Pilot Grove (3-4) with 13 points.
The Lady 'Hounds (6-1) also got a double-double from junior Christina Higgins with 15 points and 17 boards, while senior Rebecca Tyler dished out five assists and controlled the ball for a club which committed only five turnovers during the contest.
These same two teams will meet against Friday in the first round of the New Franklin Tournament.
Slater has enjoyed most of its success this season pounding the ball into the paint, but Saturday it was bombs away during a 52-27 victory over Smithton.
Junior Shay Babcock buried three outside jumpers and hit another from inside the arc as the Lady Wildcats rolled to a 21-8 first-quarter lead. The Purple added to its 16-point halftime lead with a 17-5 third quarter behind a pair of treys from senior Olivia Knox.
Only four players scored for the Lady Tigers (2-7), who shot only 20.5 percent from the field.
Babcock finished with 14 points and Knox had 11 for Slater, which also got the job done inside with a 45-16 rebounding edge -- led by junior Mary Rose Gonzalez' 11.
The Lady 'Cats (5-4) take a four-game win streak into today's home tilt against Santa Fe.