Sophomore Nicole Bright scored 18 points and pulled down a career-high 20 rebounds to lead the Lady Greyhounds to their sixth win in a row. Bright racked up 15 points before the break, going seven for eight from the free-throw line.
The Lady Orioles closed the margin to eight points during the third period behind senior Hailee Langkrahr's seven points, but Sweet Springs got 10 points from junior Christina Higgins -- who made all eight of her charity shots -- down the stretch.
Langkrahr wound up with 17 points to top Concordia (11-11, 0-5 I-70).
Higgins contributed 16 points for the Lady 'Hounds (15-7, 2-2), scheduled to host league rival Orrick on Tuesday.
MEXICO -- Marshall hung around for a half, but a third-quarter dry spell doomed it Friday during a 55-36 NCMC loss at Mexico.
The Lady Bulldogs led by eight points at the break, then pulled away with a 15-2 run during the third period. While six Mexico players scored, the only points for the Lady Owls during that stretch was a field goal by junior Karson Heying.
Senior Brooke Costley tallied 15 points and junior Kelli Ingrum added 10 for the Lady 'Dogs (12-7, 5-2 NCMC).
Heying finished with 13 points for Marshall (12-7, 3-4), which managed only one steal while committing 17 turnovers. The Lady Owls travel to Fulton today.
ALMA -- Freshman Kylie Limback scored nine of her 15 points during the fourth quarter Friday as Santa Fe came back from a five-point deficit for a 49-47 I-70 Conference home decision over Crest Ridge.
Seniors Mel Branscum and Bre Wonderly combined for 30 points through the first three periods for the Lady Cougars (11-8, 2-3 I-70). Limback hit a pair of shots early in the period and the Lady Chiefs converted eight of 13 attempts from the free-throw line.
Senior Brandy Beasley scored a season-high 17 points for Santa Fe (12-8, 2-2), which visits Wellington-Napoleon on Tuesday.
SLATER -- Marceline out-scored Slater 15-3 during the first quarter and 14-7 in the second en route to a 56-33 Lewis and Clark Conference road win Friday.
Junior Morgan McCormick and senior Abby Gauthier each made four first-half buckets for the Lady Tigers (18-3, 6-1), who remain in first place in the league standings. McCormick totaled 14 points for the game.
The Lady Wildcats (9-13, 3-5) were paced by junior Mary Anne Boston's 15 points and 11 rebounds. Slater has a week off before hosting Westran on Friday.
MALTA BEND -- Otterville struck with a 35-2 first-quarter blitz Friday for an 80-22 CCAA victory at Malta Bend.
Senior Hannah Stone kick-started the Lady Eagles (13-6, 2-0 CCAA) with nine of her game-high 23 points in the opening period.
Sophomore Kayla Kiehl had eight points for the Lady Tigers (0-18, 0-3), who play at Jamestown today.
SWEET SPRINGS -- Junior Jacob Schowengerdt's fourth 30-point game of the season couldn't prevent the Sweet Springs boys from having their six-game win streak snapped Friday.
All five starters scored in double figures for visiting Concordia, which ruined the Greyhounds' Courtwarming with a 68-66 I-70 Conference decision. Junior Cass Heimsoth scored seven points and sophomore Trent McGinnis hit three shots as the Orioles broke a 31-all halftime tie with a 21-12 third period.
Schowengerdt scored 11 points during the final frame, but Sweet Springs was unable to climb out of its hole. Senior Brian Meyer hit a pair of clutch free throws in the final minute for Concordia (10-13, 3-2), which was led by junior Austin Beydler's 14 points.
Senior Matt Harris scored 13 points for the 'Hounds (15-7, 1-3), who also got 10 points, eight rebounds and three steals from junior Jeffery Hall.
MEXICO -- Senior Jake Willer exploded for 25 points Friday as sixth-ranked Mexico dominated visiting Marshall for a 63-20 NCMC victory.
Three of the Owls' starters were held without a field goal, the team only making a season-low one three-pointer -- by senior Ben Valencia during the third quarter. Willer had five for the Bulldogs, who began the game with a 19-5 sprint to take a 26-point lead into halftime.
Senior Jon Anderson had 15 points for Mexico (15-3, 7-0 NCMC), which remained unbeaten in league play.
Marshall (8-11, 2-5) was topped by sophomore Lance Thomas' six points off the bench. The Owls will head to Fulton on Tuesday.
ALMA -- Santa Fe got off to a 19-4 start and didn't let Crest Ridge get back in contention Friday for a 69-47 I-70 Conference win.
Junior Keaton Graf came off the pines to knock down six shots during the first half, three from outside the arc, for all of his 15 points as the Chiefs took a 40-24 lead into the break.
Senior Taylor Nagel and sophomore Justin Donald each had nine points for the Cougars (9-11, 1-4 I-70).
Santa Fe (12-8, 3-1) saw four players top double figures, including 16 points for senior Andrew Curry and 14 for senior Chad Tieman.
SLATER -- Slater carved a slim early lead Friday, but Marceline stormed back with a 37-13 blitz during the middle frames for a 51-36 Lewis and Clark Conference road win.
Senior Chase Hilsabeck scored 13 of his 15 points during the Tigers' mid-game spree. Senior Brett McClothlin had a game-high 16 points for Marceline (14-7, 4-3 L&C).
The Wildcats (4-17, 1-9), despite junior Caleb Pemberton's 13 points, dropped their ninth straight game.
MALTA BEND -- Senior Ryan Benny pumped in 25 points for Otterville during Friday's 84-22 CCAA romp at Malta Bend.
The Eagles opened with a 19-1 first-quarter spree and extended their cushion to 35 points at halftime. Senior Jake Gaskell contributed 16 points for Otterville (13-5, 2-0 CCAA).
The Tigers (1-19, 0-3) were topped by sophomore Blake Koss' seven points off the bench.