SLATER -- It was hard to determine whether father or daughter were prouder Tuesday during the Slater girls' basketball team's 54-44 Lewis and Clark Conference home win over Fayette.
Junior Mary Rose Gonzalez had 20 points and 19 rebounds to lead the Lady Wildcats, who produced the 500th career victory for head coach Bob Gonzalez during his 27th year at the school.
Although three long jumpers by junior Kenzie Smentkowski kept the Lady Falcons close, Slater took an 11-point lead into halftime. After Fayette narrowed the margin to four points heading into the fourth quarter, the Lady 'Cats closed with a 13-4 run behind a pair of buckets from both Gonzalez and junior Mary Anne Boston.
Senior Caitlin Wells had 14 points for the Lady Falcons (4-9, 2-2 L&C).
Boston contributed 16 points for Slater (8-7, 3-2), which heads to Brunswick on Thursday.
WELLINGTON -- Wellington-Napoleon used an 18-8 second quarter to take control Tuesday, spoiling Sweet Springs' I-70 Conference opener with a 49-33 road loss.
Senior Rhiannon Welch sparked the Lady Tigers (10-2, 1-0 I-70) with seven points during that stretch, with junior Kayla Thompson scoring eight of her game-high 19 third-period points to extend the margin to 39-22 heading into the final frame.
Junior Christina Higgins and sophomore Nicole Bright each scored 11 points for the Lady Greyhounds (7-4, 0-1), who host Santa Fe on Friday.
HIGBEE -- Senior Alex Legrand had 14 points, nine steals, nine blocked shots and six rebounds Tuesday during Higbee's 56-13 non-conference home win over Malta Bend.
Sophomore Hope Clark also scored 14 points for Higbee (3-7), which led 33-6 at halftime.
The Lady Tigers (0-7), who host Pilot Grove on Thursday, got seven points from sophomore Kayla Kiehl.
KIRKSVILLE -- The Marshall boys battled Kirksville down to the wire in their first game without senior Alex Maupin, dropping Tuesday's NCMC road tilt, 53-50.
After the Owls lost Maupin -- the team's leading scorer (13.9 points per game) -- to injury during the final game before the Christmas break, senior forward Zach Bishop returned to the fold. A three-year letterman, Bishop had considered skipping the hoops campaign after hurting his knee during the football season.
The Tigers led 38-33 going into the fourth quarter, but three-pointers from sophomores Conner Cooley, Lance Thomas and Logan Harris pulled Marshall to within a point. The Owls fouled with 6.5 seconds left, but senior Kevin Hennke made both free throws and Cooley's potential game-tying jumper at the buzzer wouldn't drop.
Senior Tyson Grgurich led all scorers with 20 points for Kirksville (8-6, 3-2 NCMC).
Cooley had 11 points and Harris added 10 for Marshall (2-7, 1-3), which will try to snap a six-game losing streak at home Thursday against Oak Grove.
SLATER -- Junior Reajaun "Rudy" Williams' 24 points led Fayette to a 64-44 Lewis and Clark Conference victory Tuesday at Slater.
The league-leading Falcons (10-4, 4-0 L&C) jumped out to a 16-4 lead by the end of the first quarter and never looked back. Senior Rashad Jackson helped them with 17 points.
The Wildcats (4-10, 1-4) got 12 points off the bench from junior Tyler Buglovsky and 11 from junior Drew Weiker.
WELLINGTON -- Wellington-Napoleon limited Sweet Springs to 26.0-percent shooting from the field and closed with a 21-8 fourth quarter Tuesday for a 59-33 I-70 Conference home win.
Seniors Brandon Niendick and Christian Bryant led four Tigers (8-4, 1-0 I-70) in doubled figures with 13 points apiece.
Junior Jeffery Hall had a game-high 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Greyhounds (7-4, 0-1).
HIGBEE -- Freshman Jacob Beal chalked up 19 points and 10 rebounds Tuesday as Higbee got a 70-30 non-conference home win over Malta Bend.
Higbee (4-7) led by 20 points at the break and closed out the victory with an 18-3 fourth quarter.
The Tigers (1-8) were topped by sophomore Tyler Jenkins' 13 points.