Owls, Chiefs sweep league contests
ALMA -- There was no stopping Carrigan Smith.
The Santa Fe sophomore drained a career-high seven three-pointers en route to 26 points Friday during a 70-27 I-70 Conference girls' basketball win over visiting Sweet Springs.
Smith made her first four attempts from outside the arc, while also finishing in transition and hitting a short jumper, during a 14-point first quarter that saw the Lady Chiefs break out to a 25-4 lead. Senior Sadie Limback hit three shots during the frame and fed junior Josey Burton on a textbook fast break begun with Smith's defensive rebound.
Smith also sank bombs in each of the remaining three periods. Santa Fe took a 42-14 lead into halftime and then got 10 points during the third quarter from Limback, who wound up with 20 points.
Junior Lauren Eagle scored 10 points for Sweet Springs (5-9, 1-1 I-70).
Santa Fe (12-2, 1-1) also got 15 points from Burton.
The Chiefs also won the boys' game, 48-35, but had a more difficult time shaking the visitors.
The lead changed hands three times during the opening period, with Santa Fe emerging with a four-point advantage. The Chiefs pulled away during the second stanza, with senior Andrew Edwards making four buckets for a 25-17 halftime margin.
The Greyhounds chipped into the deficit, bringing it down to four points midway through the period, but Santa Fe was able to widen the gap behind senior Blake Schreiman's seven points.
Senior Zack Giffen had 15 points and senior Zach Malter added 13 for Sweet Springs (7-6, 1-1), which hosts Westran in a non-conference clash Tuesday.
Edwards finished with 19 points for the Chiefs (8-6, 2-0), who host Pilot Grove on Monday.
Marshall is perfect in the two occasions when the boys' and girls' teams played NCMC foes in home doubleheaders following Friday's sweep of Kirksville.
The Lady Owls battled through poor shooting for a 43-38 decision. Marshall shot only 24.6 percent from the field, including one of 12 from three-point range, which explains its 18-17 halftime deficit to the Lady Tigers.
Junior Kassidy Heying broke loose during the third period, scoring 10 of her game-high 23 points during the Lady Owls' 15-8 stretch. Marshall held its lead during the final frame, despite missing nine of 15 attempts from the free-throw line.
Junior Hannah Meyer and sophomore Kate Wollmering combined for 23 points to pace Kirksville (1-13, 0-5 NCMC).
Crawford tallied 10 points and Heying added seven rebounds, seven steals and four assists to her point total. The Lady Owls (7-4, 2-2) play Tuesday at Odessa.
Meanwhile, after a furious first half which saw Kirksville nearly recover from a double-digit deficit, the Owls tightened up its defense during the third period -- allowing only two points -- and added to their 11-point lead heading into the fourth quarter by sinking 14 of 22 charity shots down the stretch, for a 65-53 win.
The Tigers (4-11, 1-4) were topped by junior Austin Penick with 12 points.
Sophomore Jace Lance had 19 points, with senior Gage Lewis and junior Jaylen Varner 14 each, for Marshall (5-6, 2-2) -- which plays at Hannibal on Friday.
SLATER -- The Slater boys' put to rest the notion that they have a one-man team.
Sure, senior Keshawn White can be brilliant at times -- and he had a solid game Friday with 13 points -- but the Wildcats needed all hands on deck to hold off a hot-shooting Madison club for a 76-67 CAC home win.
Sophomore Aden Campbell scored 12 first-half points to send Slater into the break up by eight points. The Panthers whittled into the margin during the third period, but the Purple prevailed at the end by converting six of eight free throws.
Madison (3-10, 1-5 CAC) got 24 points from sophomore Dakota Lafferty.
Leading the charge for the 'Cats was Campbell with 22 points. Slater (9-6, 4-3) also got 16 points from senior Ty McDonald, who sat out the first semester after transferring from Marshall. Slater will also be aided by the return to action of hard-nose senior Johnny Johnson, who had been recovering from a football injury.
In the early game, Madison (12-2, 6-0) remained unbeaten in league play with a 50-25 decision over the Lady Wildcats (1-13, 0-7).
Slater will hit the road Tuesday to face next-door rival Glasgow, the third meeting of the season among the boys -- who split the first two contests.
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