Owls come away from shoot-out empty
TRENTON -- When the basketball season began, it was hoped the Marshall girls would have a Class 4 playoff team.
As it stands, the Lady Owls aren't on a par with the top teams in Class 1, as second-ranked Southwest of Ludlow proved Saturday during the North Central Missouri College Shoot-out with an easy 54-31 victory.
The Lady Wildcats got11 first-quarter points from senior Kortlyn Rounkles to blow out to a 20-7 lead, and proceeded to win each subsequent period. Rounkles finished with 25 points and senior Kaylie Campbell had 19 for Southwest (7-1).
Junior Kassidy Heying's 12 points topped the Lady Owls (5-4), who made only nine field goals -- just one from beyond the arc. They head to Columbia on Friday for a non-conference contest at Battle.
The Marshall boys were slightly more competitive against Class 2 Penney of Hamilton later the same evening, losing 68-58.
The Hornets took an 18-9 lead in the opening period behind 10 points from senior Latroy Harper. The Owls gained ground over the next two frames s sophomore Jace Lance pumped in 12 points, but Hamilton closed with 21 points during the final stanza, sinking nine of 10 free throws.
Harper had 22 points and junior Cale Whitt added 21 for the Hornets (3-4).
Marshall (3-5) got 20 points from Lance and 16 from junior Jaylen Varner. The Owls resume NCMC play Friday at Boonville.
HIGGINSVILLE -- The Santa Fe girls' quest for a fourth straight Lafayette County Tournament championship got off to a solid start Tuesday with a 61-36 win over Carrollton.
Senior Sadie Limback scored at least six points in every quarter, eventually tallying 30 points, to pace the Lady Chiefs -- who used a 22-9 second period to take a 19-point advantage into intermission.
Senior Kayla Encisco led the Lady Trojans (1-9) with 12 points.
Junior Josey Burton had 15 points and sophomore Carrigan Smith 11 for Santa Fe (8-2), which meets Concordia in the semifinal round Wednesday.
The Santa Fe boys got by Knob Noster in the first round, 38-31. The Chiefs were leading by three points heading into the fourth quarter, when senior Andrew Edwards scored six of his 12 points to keep his team in front.
The Panthers (3-8) got 12 points from senior Matt Barton.
Senior Devin Breland had 13 points for Santa Fe (7-3), which takes on top-seeded host Higginsville in the semifinal round Thursday.
OTTERVILLE -- The Slater boys shook off scrappy LaMonte during the second half to win a first-round contest at the Otterville Holiday Classic going away with a 75-55 victory Friday.
The Wildcats led by only two points at halftime, but sophomore Chandler Zdybel came off the bench to score 10 of his game-high 20 points during a 24-10 third-quarter assault.
The Vikings (2-10) were paced by junior Cole Scott's 18 points.
Senior Keshawn White scored 19 points and sophomore Aden Campbell had 11 for second-seeded Slater (7-3), which has won six of its last seven games. The Purple will take on Smithton -- coached by Slater alum Rich Pond -- in the semifinals Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the Lady 'Cats lost their first two tournament games, 64-37 to Otterville to open the meet Friday and a 54-52 overtime decision to Kingsville in Saturday's consolation semifinal. Slater will face Lincoln for seventh place Friday.
NEW FRANKLIN -- Sweet Springs split its first-round games Tuesday at the 69th New Franklin Tournament, the boys beating Westran, 51-49, while the girls dropped a 38-31 contest against Pilot Grove.
The Lady Greyhounds were only down by five points at halftime, but managed just two points during the third period. They made a charge down the stretch, only to see junior Emily Schupp tally six of her game-high 17 points during the final frame for the Lady Tigers (7-2).
Junior Sydney Vaught had 15 points for Sweet Springs (3-7), which faces Westran in the consolation semi Wednesday.
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