'Hounds, 'Cats pick up consolation wins
NEW FRANKLIN -- The Sweet Springs boys' basketball team out-scored its opponents by a combined margin of 168-151 during the 87th New Franklin Tournament.
Of course, that edge was due to one game, the Greyhounds picking up their lone win of the meet Friday with a 75-31 blowout of Bunceton in the seventh-place contest.
The tilt didn't begin as a runaway, with the lead changing hands three times before sophomore Zack Giffen snapped an 8-8 tie with a three-pointer to ignite a 12-point run. He knocked down two more bombs during the first quarter, which ended with a 27-14 Sweet Springs lead.
The 'Hounds extended the cushion to 40-19 at halftime behind senior Larry Edde's seven second-period points. Sweet Springs would lead by as many as 25 points during the third quarter and closed with an 18-0 final frame.
Sophomore Rylee Knapheide had a game-high 17 points for the Dragons (0-12).
The 'Hounds were paced by sophomore Zach Malter's 14 points off the bench, plus had three other players reach double figures: senior Austin Knipmeyer (12 points), junior Lucas Eberting (11) and Edde (11).
Sweet Springs (3-8) begins the I-70 Conference campaign Tuesday at home versus sixth-ranked Wellington-Napoleon.
Slater 53, Northwest 34
OTTERVILLE -- Slater closed each half well Saturday to win the fifth place game of the Otterville Holiday Classic, 53-34 over Otterville.
The Wildcats went into intermission with a 10-point lead following an 11-2 second quarter. They out-scored the Mustangs (1-11) 18-7 during the final stanza as sophomore Kreighton Tyler hit three shots.
Tyler finished with 15 points and sophomore Keshawn White had 10 for Slater (3-9), which returns to CAC action Tuesday at Cairo.
Knob Noster 64, Santa Fe 61
CONCORDIA -- Junior Lucas Rincker's two free throws with 12.6 seconds left helped Knob Noster hold on to a tenuous lead during a 64-61 decision over Santa Fe in Saturday's third-place game of the I-70/MRVC East Challenge.
The Panthers took a seven-point advantage into the fourth quarter, but junior Dobber Burton dropped three bombs and sophomore Andrew Edwards also tallied nine points during the frame to close the gap to one point with 14.4 seconds to go.
Rincker wound up with 18 points for Knob Noster (5-8).
Burton led all scorers with 18 points and Edwards had 18 for the Chiefs (5-6), who meet Orrick in their I-70 Conference opener Monday.
Pilot Grove 54, Sweet Springs 38
NEW FRANKLIN -- Freshman Emily Schupp scored 17 points Friday as Pilot Grove beat the Sweet Springs girls for the second time in three weeks for the New Franklin Tournament consolation trophy, 54-38.
The game was tied four times before a surge late in the first half put the Lady Tigers up by seven points at the break.
However, senior Kortnee Vaught led a third-quarter comeback for the Lady Greyhounds. She converted a conventional three-point play and made two jumpers, one from long range, to close the margin to one point. Sweet Springs pulled even at 24-24 on freshman Kylee Winfrey's three-pointer with three minutes remaining in the period.
Pilot Grove (5-6) closed the frame with seven straight points and didn't lead by fewer than five points the rest of the way.
Vaught finished with 19 points for the Lady 'Hounds (5-6), who host Wellington to open I-70 Conference play Tuesday.
Lincoln 52, Slater 49
OTTERVILLE -- Solid free-throwing shooting down the stretch helped Lincoln hold off Slater in the third-place game of the Otterville Holiday Classic on Saturday, 52-49.
No team led by more than a point at the end of any period, but the Lady Cardinals carved a small edge and sank 13 of 21 charity shots during the final frame. That allowed them to withstand a pair of three-pointers from senior Breanna Wright.
Junior Paige Bybee paced Lincoln (4-9) with 19 points.
Wright had 19 points to top the Lady Wildcats (4-8), who travel to Cairo on Tuesday.
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