Lady Owls dominate season opener
The Marshall girls' basketball team did just what it wanted to open the season Monday with a 70-40 non-conference win over visiting Smith-Cotton.
The Lady Owls, who began last year's campaign with a five-point loss to the Sedalia club, blew out to a 20-4 first-quarter lead and never looked back. Senior Taylor Crawford hit a pair of three-pointers, with senior Lyssa Agcalon and junior Kassidy Heying also pumping in outside jumpers, during the frame.
By halftime, Marshall's lead was 26 points, although the Lady Tigers chipped into it with a 13-3 third period. By then, the Lady Owls had brought in almost all of their bench, and the final stanza went their way by a 29-15 margin.
Sophomore Haley Wiskur led Smith-Cotton (0-1) with 16 points.
Heying had a complete all-around game with 27 points, six rebounds, five steals and three assists. Agcalon added 16 points and Marshall's forward combo of Crawford and junior Keyanna Terrill produced 17 points, 11 boards and four blocked shots between them.
The Lady Owls (1-0) open the MHS Tournament on Monday with a pool contest against Warrensburg.
ALMA -- Santa Fe had little trouble sweeping a season-opening home doubleheader against non-conference foe LaMonte.
Senior Andrew Edwards took control of the Chiefs' 77-44 victory from the start. The 6-foot-6 center scored 13 of his game-high 34 points during the first quarter as Santa Fe took a 17-12 lead.
Edwards hit four more buckets and junior Noah Blomberg drained three perimeter jumpers during the Chiefs' 22-12 second period. They extended the 15-point halftime margin with 30 points during the third quarter.
Senior Antonio Villagomez scored 13 points to pace the Vikings (0-1).
Blomberg hit five threes for 15 points for Santa Fe (1-0).
The Lady Chiefs also had a dominating performance from the post, as senior Sadie Limback tallied 26 points during a 58-34 victory.
Limback and sophomore Maddi Schuette each made three baskets during the 20-7 first frame. After the Lady Vikings closed the gap to 29-21 at the break, Santa Fe added three points to its lead during the third period and pulled away in the fourth, 16-3.
Freshman Rocio Rodriguez led LaMonte (0-1) with 11 points.
Schuette finished with nine points for the Lady Chiefs (1-0), who join the boys Tuesday for a twinbill at Tina-Avalon.
SLATER -- The Slater boys lost to Glasgow three times last year, by an average of 40 points per game, but went down to the wire at home against their CAC rival Tuesday before dropping a 75-73 contest.
That is how the tenure began for new Wildcats head coach Dillon Yung, a Glasgow native who spent the last thee years on Mick Cropp's staff.
The Yellowjackets led by three points after one period, but Slater stormed back and went into intermission with a 41-36 edge. The 'Cats fell behind again, going into the final frame down by seven points, but senior Keshawn White led another comeback with 10 fourth-quarter points -- but saw a potential game-tying bucket go in and out after his team stole an inbounds pass with six seconds remaining.
Junior Adris Hamilton racked up 30 points and senior Kabyl McMillan added 29 points for Glasgow (1-0).
White led a balanced Purple attack with 25 points. Slater (0-1) also got 19 points from freshman Keegan Zdybel and 15 points from senior Dillon Stoneking.
The Lady 'Cats (0-1) opened the campaign with a 62-24 loss to Glasgow (1-0).
Slater will play in the Glasgow Tournament next week.
SWEET SPRINGS -- The Sweet Springs boys began their season with a pair of non-conference home wins. The games reflected the Greyhounds' new-found emphasis on defense, holding both opponents under 40 points -- a feat they accomplished just once a year ago.
Sweet Springs started Monday with a 58-34 victory over Otterville behind senior Zach Malter's 21 points. The 'Hounds led by eight points at halftime and stretched the margin to 20 points going into the final frame.
Sophomore Spencer Saltsgaver's 17 points topped the Eagles (1-1).
Senior Zack Giffen, who scored 10 points in the first outing, tallied 16 points Tuesday to help beat Carrollton, 44-32. Sweet Springs took an 11-point lead into the break and sealed the win by sinking seven of 12 free throws during the fourth period.
The Trojans (0-1) were paced by senior Brett Pierson with 15 points.
Malter provided 16 points for the 'Hounds (2-0).
The Sweet Springs girls split their first two games, losing to Otterville, 52-44, in their debut.
Senior Dalaney Stone scored 11 of her game-high 20 points in the first half to send the Lady Eagles into the locker room with a 30-15 cushion. The Lady 'Hounds would slice four points into that during the third stanza and take three more points off the deficit before the game ended.
Otterville (2-0) also got 19 points from junior Abby Nichols.
Freshman Michaela Malter had 13 points and sophomore Emma Sims added 11 for Sweet Springs, which defeated Carrollton on Tuesday, 42-35.
The Lady 'Hounds (1-1) will play Monday at California and will join the boys at home Tuesday against Green Ridge.
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