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Thursday, January 3, 2013

The 'Cats got seven points off the bench from junior Tyler Buglovsky to reach the third-place game of the Otterville Holiday Tournament.
(Chris Allen/Democrat-News)
NEW FRANKLIN -- Junior Jacob Schowengerdt knocked down nine shots Wednesday for the Sweet Springs boys' basketball team, his last one the biggest.

Senior Spencer Thomas came up with a steal as the clock was winding down and got the ball to Schowengerdt, who unleashed a mid-court jumper to snap a tie to give the sixth-seeded Greyhounds a 50-47 victory over No. 3 Fayette in the first round of the 84th annual New Franklin Tournament.

Schowengerdt's 29 points fueled Sweet Springs' comeback from an early double-digit deficit. Junior Raejaun "Rudy" Williams scored eight of his team-high 11 points during the first period to put the Falcons in front, 21-8.

Schowengerdt converted seven of eight free throws during the second quarter and senior Matt Harris buried a pair of three-pointers during the middle frames to bring the 'Hounds to within five points heading into the final stanza.

The Falcons (7-3) managed only a field goal and free throw from Williams down the stretch, while Schowengerdt and Harris combined for all 11 Sweet Springs points.

Harris finished with 10 points for the 'Hounds (7-1), who will meet No. 2 seed Tipton in today's semifinal round.

Higginsville 61, Santa Fe 52

HIGGINSVILLE -- Higginsville was able to hold off a second-half charge by Santa Fe for a 61-52 decision in the first round of the Lafayette County Tournament on its home court.

Junior Landon Figg hit a pair of three-pointers as the Huskers opened with a 19-12 first period and led by 12 at halftime. However, senior Chad Tieman scored seven points during the third quarter as the Chiefs fought back to within three points.

Higginsville got seven points from senior Tyrell Thirkield and sank five of nine charity shots down the stretch to stay in front. Thirkield wound up with 20 points and junior Brett Nolte added 14 for the Huskers (9-0).

Tieman recorded a game-high 24 points and junior Keaton Graf contributed 10 points for Santa Fe (7-4), which plays Carrollton -- which lost to Wellington-Napoleon, 63-57 -- in today's consolation semifinal.

Slater 48, Lincoln 32

OTTERVILLE -- Junior Drew Weiker scored eight of his team-high 18 points during the fourth quarter Wednesday as Slater won the consolation semifinal of the Otterville Holiday Tournament, 48-32 over Lincoln.

The Cardinals (1-7) allowed 18 first-quarter points, but limited the Purple to 12 points during the middle two periods to stay in contention -- until Weiker got going with four goals in the fourth quarter.

Junior Mat Curren chipped in nine points for the Wildcats (4-8), who play in Saturday's third-place game against the loser of today's clash between Russellville and Green Ridge.

Chilhowee 58, Malta Bend 17

SEDALIA -- Seniors Dillon Anstine and Nick Dallas both recorded double-doubles Friday during Chilhowee's 58-17 win over Malta Bend in the W-K Chevrolet/State Fair Community College Shoot-out at Sedalia.

Anstine had five buckets during the Indians' 22-5 first-quarter spree and finished the contest with 18 points 10 rebounds and seven steals. Dallas added 12 points and 11 boards for Chilhowee (8-3).

The Tigers (1-7) were led by senior Danny Kiehl's eight points. They play today at Lathrop.

The Malta Bend girls were also scheduled at the Shoot-out, but with two players sick had to withdraw. Boys' coach Omar Lovercamp has now taken over as the Lady Tigers' court boss.


Slater 44, Lincoln 26

OTTERVILLE -- The Slater girls used their defensive pressure to prevent Lincoln from gaining any traction Wednesday to win their first pool contest in the Otterville Holiday Tournament, 44-26.

The Lady Wildcats allowed only eight first-half points to pull out to a 14-point lead. They forced the Lady Cardinals into 21 turnovers and again controlled the boards, junior Mary Anne Boston collecting 10 rebounds, to allow only 28 field-goal attempts.

Seniors Meghan Cooke and Morgan Renno each had nine points for Lincoln (1-8).

Junior Mary Rose Gonzalez scored 18 points for Slater, which got a combined 15 points from junior Shay Babcock and senior Olivia Knox. The third-seeded Lady 'Cats (7-5), who have won six of their last seven games, take on No. Green Ridge today.

Higginsville 44, Santa Fe 36

HIGGINSVILLE -- Host Higginsville began the Lafayette County Tournament on Wednesday with a 44-36 victory over Santa Fe.

The Lady Huskers added to their one-point halftime lead with a 13-8 third period, junior Sam Davis providing seven points. Higginsville might have put the Lady Chiefs away, but missed six of eight free-throw tries during the fourth quarter.

Davis and junior Emma Dyer each scored 17 points for the Lady Huskers (6-3).

Santa Fe got 12 points from sophomore Lexi Smith and 11 from junior Brooke Barnett. The Lady Chiefs (6-5) play in the consolation semifinal today against Carrollton, which lost to St. Paul, 54-41.

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