FULTON -- The Marshall boys' basketball team avoided a third straight NCMC road loss Tuesday with a 55-49 decision at Fulton.
The Owls took control with a 22-12 second quarter as sophomore Conner Cooley knocked down three long-range jumpers and junior Zach Glassmaker made a pair of buckets for a 12-point halftime lead.
Marshall took a 46-32 lead into the fourth period, but the Hornets -- who had only one starter back from last year's squad -- made a small run behind six pints from junior Joe Schlemeier.
The Owls missed six of 10 free throws down the stretch, but were able to maintain a two-possession lead.
Sophomore Sam Christensen scored 13 points and Schlemeier had 12 for Fulton (5-15, 1-7 NCMC).
Glassmaker finished with 17 points and Cooley's five bombs gave him 15 points to pace Marshall (9-11, 3-5), which will host Boonville for Courtwarming on Friday.
SWEET SPRINGS -- Tuesday was Senior Night at Sweet Springs, but the biggest cheers during the Greyhounds' 88-50 I-70 Conference win over Orrick were rightfully for an underclassman.
Junior Jacob Schowengerdt scored 29 points to pass the 1,000-point career mark. He had 10 points during Sweet Springs' 20-7 first-quarter spurt. Senior Derrick Nelson hit four shots during the second frame to send the 'Hounds into the break with a 28-point lead.
Although his game more involves penetration than perimeter shooting, Schowengerdt knocked down four shots from outside the arc during the second half, tallying 16 points.
The Bearcats (1-19, 0-4 I-70) were topped by junior Mason Karnes' 17 points.
Junior Jeffery Hall had 16 points for Sweet Springs (16-7, 2-3), which made 13 of 25 three-point attempts. Nelson and senior Spencer Thomas combined for 22 points, nine rebounds and five steals.
The 'Hounds will be on the road Friday to face I-70 Tournament champion St. Paul.
WELLINGTON -- Santa Fe's attempt to defend its I-70 Conference title was struck a fatal blow Tuesday with a 70-59 loss at league-leading Wellington-Napoleon.
Senior Christian Bryant racked up 29 points for the Tigers, including 11 during a 24-10 second-quarter run which gave them an 11-point halftime lead. The Chiefs sliced into that cushion by five points during the third period, junior Keaton Graf providing 12 points, but Wellington (16-6, 5-0 I-70) held off the challenge by sinking 10 of 14 free throws down the stretch.
Graf had 17 points and sophomore Truman Sleeper contributed 15 points for Santa Fe (12-9, 3-2), which plays Friday at Concordia.
SWEET SPRINGS -- Junior Madison Winters' 21 points led Orrick to a 37-31 I-70 Conference road win over the Sweet Springs girls.
The teams were tied heading into the fourth quarter, where the Lady Bearcats won it from the free-throw line. While Orrick (9-10, 3-1 I-70) made only nine of 20 attempts from the stripe, the Lady Greyhounds converted only twice in eight tries.
Sweet Springs was held to its third-lowest scoring total of the season and 16 points below its average, making no three-pointers and committing 17 turnovers.
The Lady 'Hounds (15-8, 2-3), who got 13 points from junior Christina Higgins, host Father Tolton Catholic of Columbia on Thursday.
WELLINGTON -- Third-ranked Wellington-Napoleon raced out to a 30-12 halftime lead and didn't let Santa Fe challenge Tuesday during a 50-24 I-70 Conference home win.
Although the Lady Tigers didn't make a field goal during the third period, they took an 11-point lead into the final frame and closed with an 18-3 spree.
Sophomore Mikayla Lohsandt scored 13 points off the bench and senior Katie Kropp had a dozen for Wellington (19-3, 4-1 I-70).
The Lady Chiefs (12-9, 2-3) were topped by freshman Kylie Limback's seven points.