WELLINGTON -- The Marshall boys' basketball team began defense of its Wellington-Napoleon Tournament title Monday with a 68-44 first-round victory over Lexington.
The Owls had more trouble than might have been expected in disposing of a one-win opponent. Actually, it was only one Minuteman who gave Marshall fits: junior Jevon Williams, who knocked down seven three-pointers -- six in the first three quarters to keep his team with two points.
However, the Owls had their own bombardier locked and loaded down the stretch -- sophomore Conner Cooley unloading four of his career-high eight treys during a 27-5 fourth-period spree.
Williams wound up with 33 points for Lexington (1-13).
Cooley had 26 points and junior Zach Glassmaker added 16 for Marshall (4-8), which advanced to Wednesday's semifinal round to play Wellington in a rematch of last year's championship tilt. The top-seeded Tigers demolished Kingsville in their opener, 101-14.
MALTA BEND -- Sweet Springs got on top 20-2 by the end of the first quarter Monday and pulled its starters by halftime of its 71-17 non-conference win at Malta Bend.
Freshman Larry Edde tallied 10 points for the Tigers (1-11), who play at Tina-Avalon today.
Junior Jeffery Hall led the Greyhounds (8-5) with 18 points, junior Matt Harris chalked up 13 points and senior Adam Martin pulled down 13 rebounds. Sweet Springs plays today at Otterville.
WELLINGTON -- The second-seeded Marshall girls unloaded on hapless Kingsville from the start Monday with a 25-0 first quarter en route to a 71-14 rout in their first pool game in the Wellington-Napoleon Tournament.
Although the Lady Tigers (1-8) roused slightly with 10 points during the second period, they only scored four after halftime. The Lady Owls regained complete command with a 16-1 third frame.
Sophomore Molly Evans scored 18 points, eight in the opening stanza, and junior Payton Beeler added 14 off the bench for Marshall -- which saw 11 of its 12 players make baskets while shooting 58.0 percent from the field and converting 10 of 13 free-throw attempts.
The Lady Owls (8-4), who reached the tourney finals last year, will close out pool play Wednesday against Concordia.
MALTA BEND -- Sweet Springs relied mainly on its junior varsity Monday during a 42-22 non-conference victory at Malta Bend.
The Lady Greyhounds used only one starter and two more players off their varsity bench, but still took a 14-3 first-quarter lead and were up by 17 points at halftime.
Junior Danielle Kiser and sophomore Kayla Kiehl each scored seven points for the Lady Tigers (0-10).
Sweet Springs got 14 points from sophomore Ashleigh Bright, with senior Rebecca Tyler and freshman Miranda Tyler contributing 10 points apiece.