NEW FRANKLIN -- Tipton ended a four-game win streak by the Sweet Springs boys' basketball team during Thursday's semifinal round of the 84th New Franklin Tournament with a 60-41 decision.
The Cardinals contained junior Jacob Schowengerdt, holding him to half his 20-point-per-game scoring average. The previous night, Schowengerdt's mid-court jumper at the buzzer gave the sixth-seeded Greyhounds a 50-47 upset of No. 3 Fayette.
Tipton, the No. 2 seed, took a seven-point lead into halftime and then broke away with a 21-11 third quarter behind a combined 13 points from senior Ethan Koechner and sophomore Dylan Cooper. The Cardinals limited Sweet Springs to 25.0 percent shooting from the field during the contest.
Koechner had a game-high 17 points for Tipton (8-3), which will meet top-seeded Sturgeon -- a 60-50 winner over Pilot Grove -- for the title Saturday.
Schowengerdt and junior Jeffery Hall each tallied 10 points for the 'Hounds (7-2), who play for third place Saturday against Pilot Grove.
HIGGINSVILLE -- Santa Fe was held to a season-low in scoring Thursday during the consolation semifinal round of the Lafayette County Tournament at Higginsville, a 38-30 loss to Carrollton.
The Chiefs only managed eight first-half points to fall behind by eight points and were unable to make up ground during the final two stanzas.
Junior Ridge Mathis had 12 points and senior Brandon Eschenbach 11 for the Trojans (5-4).
Santa Fe (7-5) got eight points from sophomore Truman Sleeper. The Chiefs, who have dropped four of their last five games, will play Concordia for seventh place today.
LATHROP -- Lathrop broke out to a 29-6 first-quarter lead to subdue visiting Malta Bend for a 78-18 non-conference win Thursday.
The Mules (6-7), a Class 3 program, had little trouble with one of the state's smallest schools. Senior Trey Bennett scored 11 points off the bench and three teammates each added 10 points.
The Tigers (1-8) got a combined 11 points from sophomore Tyler Jenkins and senior Danny Kiehl. They will head to Higbee on Tuesday.
NEW FRANKLIN -- The Sweet Springs girls caught a rare turnover bug Thursday to see their four-game win streak snapped by the host team in the semifinal round of the New Franklin Tournament.
New Franklin took the ball away from the Lady Greyhounds 33 times during a 43-26 victory. Junior Aly Hundley connected from outside three times while scoring all of her game-high 15 points during the first half to put the Lady Bulldogs in front 25-10 at the break.
Junior Jasmyne Boggs added 10 points for second-seeded New Franklin (9-1), which will meet No. 1 Sturgeon for the championship Saturday.
Sophomore Nicole Bright topped Sweet Springs with seven points, with senior Mikalah Vogelsmeier recording six rebounds and four steals. The third-seeded Lady 'Hounds (7-2) will take on Tipton, which fell to Sturgeon, 60-25, for third place Saturday.
OTTERVILLE -- Green Ridge had a strong fourth quarter Thursday to close out a spot in the Otterville Holiday Tournament finals with a 51-44 decision over Slater.
The game was close throughout, after the Lady Wildcats recovered from an early six-point deficit. Trailing by only a point heading into the final frame, Slater got four buckets from junior Mary Rose Gonzalez -- but the Lady Tigers held off the challenge by sinking 10 of 16 free throws.
Senior Ragin Dillon scored 12 points and sophomore Libby Dove had 11 for Green Ridge (9-2), which will meet Tuscumbia for the title Saturday.
Gonzalez finished with a game-high 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, with junior Mary Anne Boston providing eight points and 12 boards. The Lady 'Cats (7-6) play Otterville for third place Saturday.
HIGGINSVILLE -- Freshman Kylie Limback scored 18 points off the bench Thursday to lead Santa Fe to a 40-19 win over Carrollton in the consolation semifinals of the Lafayette County Tournament at Higginsville.
Limback hit three shots during the second quarter to send the Lady Chiefs into intermission with a 22-9 lead.
The Lady Trojans (1-8) were topped by junior Caitlin Ehlert's 13 points.
Junior Brooke Barnett added 13 points for Santa Fe (7-5), which meets Knob Noster for the consolation trophy today.