The second-seeded Lady Greyhounds began play in the second Battle on the Hardwood with a 52-11 romp over the host school Monday. It was a lot easier for Sweet Springs than last year's two-point semifinal victory over the Lady Bulldogs, or the double-overtime rematch two weeks later.
The Lady 'Hounds carved out a 10-4 first-quarter lead, then put the pedal to the metal during the second period. Junior Christina Higgins scored12 points during an 18-2 spree which sent Sweet Springs into halftime with a 22-point advantage.
An 11-0 final frame put an exclamation point on the Lady 'Hounds' victory, the first step in an effort to return to the finals they lost to Smithton a year ago.
Junior Courtney Fleming scored seven points for Leeton (6-11).
Higgins finished with 19 points and eight rebounds to pace Sweet Springs (10-7), which got nine points and seven boards from sophomore Nicole Bright and a nice performance off the bench from sophomore Olivia Loges with six points, seven rebounds and four assists.
The Lady 'Hounds will meet No. 3 seed LaMonte in Wednesday's semifinal.
SLATER -- Fourth seed Santa Fe opened both halves solidly Monday en route to a 49-33 victory over No. 5 Slater in the first round of the 32nd Wildcat Classic.
On the same court a month earlier, the Lady Chiefs eked out a three-point decision. However, with a chance to put the Lady Wildcats away late in the game, Santa Fe closed out the win.
Taking a nine-point lead into the fourth quarter, the Lady Chiefs finished with a 17-10 run as both teams emptied their benches.
Slater (8-10) was led by junior Mary Rose Gonzalez' 10 points and eight rebounds. Santa Fe (9-7) got 14 points each from junior Brooke Barnett and sophomore Lexi Smith.
The Lady 'Cats will meet Pilot Grove in the consolation semifinal round Wednesday, while the Lady Chiefs' semifinal opponent will be top-seeded Glasgow -- ranked seventh in the MBCA Class 1 poll.
BUNCETON -- Senior Hannah Stone exploded for 26 points Monday to pace second-seed Otterville to a 65-7 victory over No. 6 Malta Bend in the first pool contest of the CCAA Tournament at Bunceton.
Stone hit six shots as the Lady Eagles opened up a 28-0 lead in the first quarter. Otterville (10-5) eased up after that, but still got 22 points from its bench.
Freshman Abby Gass had five points for the Lady Tigers (0-13), who meet Jamestown on Thursday.
SLATER -- Top-seeded Higginsville used a balanced attack Monday to put away Slater, 70-35, in the first round of the 32nd Wildcat Classic.
The Huskers led 22-7 after the first quarter and by 30 points by halftime. Seniors Tyrell Thirkield and Mark Fine, along with junior Landon Figg, each tallied 11 points for Higginsville (16-0), Class 3's fifth-ranked team.
Junior Drew Weiker scored nine of his game-high 15 points in the fourth quarter for the Wildcats (4-13), who take on Pilot Grove in Wednesday's consolation semifinal.
BUNCETON -- Freshman Wyatt Hunziker scored 25 points off the bench Monday during second-seeded Jamestown's 86-38 victory over No. 6 Malta Bend in CCAA Tournament pool play.
Hunziker and junior Alden Rohrbach each sank four shots for the Eagles in the opening period, in which they took a 28-5 lead. The margin grew to 34 points by halftime and 48 points going into the fourth quarter.
Sophomore Trevor Barbour added 22 points for Jamestown (5-8).
Sophomore Tyler Jenkins knocked down five three-pointers on his way to 18-points for the Tigers (1-14), who will take on host Bunceton during Thursday pool finale.