Lady 'Cats cruise to L&C win
SLATER -- Tuesday night was a bittersweet one for Slater's Phelecia Knox.
The junior guard displayed a standout performance on the court during a 48-23 home victory over Lewis and Clark Conference girls' basketball rival Fayette. Afterwards, she found out her older sister -- 2013 Slater graduate Olivia Knox -- had been struck by a hit-and-run driver in front of the gym moments before the game started and taken by helicopter to a Columbia hospital.
Unaware of the injury to her sister, Knox scored 11 of her game-high 18 points in the second half to secure a win that had been all-but-assured when the Lady Wildcats opened the contest with a 13-0 run.
The Lady Falcons (1-11, 0-3 L&C) were topped by junior Haleigh Strodtman with eight points.
Junior Breanna Wright tallied 10 of her 12 points in the first half for Slater (8-6, 3-2), which travels to Paris on Friday.
Wellington 33, Sweet Springs 16
WELLINGTON -- The lids were clamped down tight over the rims at Wellington-Napoleon on Tuesday, where Sweet Springs began its I-70 Conference campaign with a 33-16 loss.
The Lady Tigers (9-3, 1-0 I-70) controlled each half early, with a 9-4 first quarter and 10-0 shutout in the third. Junior Jaime Ruskey was the game's high scorer with 12 points, all in the second half.
The Lady Greyhounds (6-6, 0-1) got seven points from junior Kortnee Vaught. They host Bunceton on Thursday.
Santa Fe 64, Lexington 20
LEXINGTON -- Freshman Sadie Limback poured in a career-high 24 points, 10 in a 17-4 first quarter, to propel Santa Fe to its ninth straight win Tuesday, a 64-20 non-conference rout at Lexington.
Sophomore Rachel Allen scored 11 points for the Lady Minutemen (1-13).
Senior Lexi Smith contributed 13 points for the Lady Chiefs (12-1), coming off Saturday's championship of the MRVC East/I-70 Conference Challenge. They open league play Friday at Sweet Springs.
Fayette 62, Slater 43
SLATER -- The Fayette boys used balanced scoring, with four players in double figures, during Tuesday's 62-43 Lewis and Clark Conference win at Slater.
The highlight for the Wildcats was taking a 4-0 lead on freshman Keshawn White's steal and transition bucket with 5:19 left in the first quarter. The Falcons out-scored the Purple, 16-2, the remainder of the period.
Slater at least kept fighting, eventually reducing what had been a 31-point spread early in the final period.
Freshman Blake Dawson had 12 points for Fayette (5-8, 2-1 L&C).
The 'Cats (0-13, 0-5) got a game-high 18 points from senior Cole Skinner.
California 56, Marshall 55
CALIFORNIA --Marshall threatened to pull off an upset Tuesday at the California Tournament, but ultimately fell short.
The eight-seeded Owls took No. 1 California down to the wire, only to be nipped, 56-55.
Marshall trailed by five points after the first quarter, but had the margin down to two points by halftime after senior Jared Armstrong made five buckets. The Pintos led by only three points heading into the final frame, but was able to hold off the visitors -- aided by efficiency at the free-throw line, making 10 of 14 attempts down the stretch.
Senior Jaden Barr scored 26 points and senior Drew Norton added 14 for the Tigers (8-1).
Armstrong finished with 27 points and eight rebounds to lead the Owls (4-6), who will play Southern Boone -- which lost to Fatima, 68-36 -- in Thursday's consolation semifinal round.
Wellington 74, Sweet Springs 33
WELLINGTON -- Junior Tristan Green's 20 points led Wellington-Napoleon to a 74-33 I-70 Conference home win over Sweet Springs on Tuesday.
Green hit five shots from the field as the Tigers (9-3, 1-0 I-70) raced out to a 27-11 lead after one period, taking a 19-point lead into halftime.
The Greyhounds (4-8, 0-1) were paced by junior Justin Mitchell's 13 points, with senior Andrew Krause adding 12.
Santa Fe 52, Lexington 45
LEXINGTON -- Junior Ben Hinz tallied 18 points Tuesday as Santa Fe claimed a 53-45 non-conference decision at Lexington.
The Chiefs held a small lead throughout the contest, sealing the victory by making 13 of 14 shots from the charity stripe during the fourth quarter.
Senior Tommie Smith's 16 points led the Minutemen (5-8).
Senior Truman Sleeper, sophomore Dobber Burton and freshman Andrew Edwards each had 10 points for Santa Fe (8-5).