SLATER -- Three-game win streaks for the Slater boys' and girls' basketball teams came to end on their home court Monday during a pair of non-conference losses to Santa Fe.
The Lady Wildcats seemed poise to extend their string after building a 12-point halftime lead, but couldn't hold on during a 45-42 loss.
Junior Mary Rose Gonzalez scored eight points and senior Olivia Knox hit a pair of three-pointers to put Slater in front, 27-15, but freshman Kylie Limback came off the bench to make three buckets as the Lady Chiefs turned momentum in their favor with a 13-4 third-quarter run.
The Lady 'Cats tried to hang on down the stretch, but missed six of nine free throws to open the door to Santa Fe's comeback. Held scoreless through three periods, sophomore Lexi Smith connected three times and senior Brandy Beasley made two baskets and sank a pair of free throws to nail down the Lady Chiefs' third straight win.
Gonzalez finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds for Slater (5-5).
Beasley had 12 points and Limback added 11 to pace Santa Fe (5-4), which will play Winston on Saturday during the North Central Missouri College Shoot-out at Trenton.
The nightcap appeared to follow the same pattern, only in reverse -- with Santa Fe rolling out to a big halftime lead. However, the Chiefs recovered from a brief slump for a 57-40 victory.
Santa Fe took command during a 28-6 second quarter, as freshman Ben Hinz buried three bombs and sophomore Truman Sleeper contributed seven points. Senior Andrew Curry, blanked during Saturday's 60-34 loss to unbeaten Sacred Heart, scored eight of his game-high 12 points in the first half -- the chiefs leading, 43-17.
The Wildcats knocked 12 points off the deficit during the third period, juniors Caleb Pemberton and Drew Weiker combining for 10 points, but Santa Fe recovered with a 12-7 surge during the final frame.
Hinz, junior Keaton Graf and senior Chad Tieman each scored 10 points for the Chiefs (7-2) -- who take on Putnam County during Saturday's NCMC Shoot-out.
Pemberton led Slater (3-6) with 11 points. The 'Cats will be at host Pilot Grove for a non-conference twinbill Wednesday.