The Greyhounds created their own problems with four turnovers in the opening minutes to fall behind 8-0 as the Chiefs got a pair of three-pointers from sophomore Truman Sleeper and a short jumper by senior Chad Tieman.
Santa Fe gradually built its lead from there, reaching 43-18 early in the third quarter. However, Sweet Springs closed the period with an 11-2 run and kept coming down the stretch. Junior Jeffery Hall hit three shots and junior Jacob Schowengerdt sank six free throws, but junior Keaton Graf converted two from the line with 11.2 seconds left to make it a three-possession cushion for the Chiefs.
Schowengerdt finished with 18 points and Hall had 16 for the 'Hounds (7-5, 0-2 I-70), who dropped their fourth straight game. They play today at Malta Bend.
Tieman had 13 points and 12 rebounds and Sleeper provided 12 points to give Santa Fe (9-5, 1-0) a win in its league opener. The Chiefs will be at home Friday against St. Paul.
PARIS -- Slater came up short in its effort to gain a season sweep of Lewis and Clark Conference foe Paris, nipped on the road Friday, 45-41.
The Wildcats trailed by 10 points after one period, and were still behind by that margin entering the fourth quarter -- when they rallied to pull to within three on junior Nik Ferri's bomb with five seconds left. However, freshman Laine Forrest sealed the win for the Coyotes by making the front end of a one-and-one.
Sophomore Brant Francis stroked four treys to finish with 16 points for Paris (2-11, 1-3 L&C).
Slater (4-11, 1-5), which got 10 points from junior Caleb Pemberton, host ninth-ranked Salisbury on Tuesday.
SWEET SPRINGS -- The Sweet Springs girls took command during the first half Friday and coasted to a 44-29 I-70 Conference home win over Santa Fe.
After falling behind 6-4 to begin the contest, the Lady Greyhounds went on a 19-1 run as sophomore Ashleigh Bright came off the bench to hit four shots. They took a 15-point lead into halftime and scored the first five points of the third period.
Freshman Kylie Limback scored eight of her team-high 10 points during the second half, but the Lady Chiefs (8-6, 0-1 I-70) were unable to make up much ground.
Junior Christina Higgins tallied 12 points and senior Rebecca Tyler contributed seven points and five assists for Sweet Springs (8-4, 1-1).
PARIS -- Paris avenged its only Lewis and Clark Conference loss of the season Friday with a 53-25 win over visiting Slater.
The Lady Wildcats took the pre-holiday meeting by 10 points, but were suffocated in the rematch -- committing 24 turnovers and getting only 25 shots from the floor, less than half of the Lady Coyotes' total.
Paris broke out to a 17-4 lead and took a 23-point cushion into halftime. The Lady Coyotes (9-5, 3-1 L&C) got 16 points from senior Payton Gruber and 14 from senior Haley Fredrick.
Senior Sara Reynolds' seven points off the bench led Slater (8-8, 3-3).