Lady Owls suffer first loss
Chillicothe led from wire to wire Monday to hand the visiting Marshall girls' basketball team its first loss of the season, 62-48.
Junior Hunter Keithley opened the non-conference contest with a three-pointer, the Lady Hornets opening up a six-point first-quarter lead, stretching the margin to 10 points by halftime and going into the final frame with a 15-point cushion.
Junior Jordan Hibner sank seven threes to tally 25 points and junior Kennedie Kiefer had 18 points for Chillicothe (5-2).
The Lady Owls (8-1) got 23 points from senior Kassidy Heying, but no more than eight points from anyone else. Marshall is off until hosting Battle of Columbia on Jan. 4.
The Marshall boys also lost Monday at Chillicothe, 76-58, which widened a four-point halftime advantage with a 22-15 third-quarter surge and pulled away down the stretch.
Junior C.J. Pfaff scored 26 points and junior Wesley Brandsgaard had 23 for the Hornets (5-2).
The Owls got 39 points from junior Jace Lance, but - as in the girls' game - little scoring elsewhere, with all-NCMC senior Jaylen Varner blanked before fouling out.
Marshall got more offensive balance Tuesday during a 69-40 non-conference home romp over Higginsville.
Lance provided 10 of his game-high 23 points during the Owls' 18-9 first period. With a 44-18 halftime advantage, they were able to cruise the rest of the way.
Freshman Mason Rumsey led the Huskers (2-5) with 18 points.
Varner scored 14 points for Marshall (7-3), which ended a three-game skid. The Owls will be back in action Jan. 11 at Kirksville.
SLATER -- The sixth-ranked Slater boys finally shook off pesky Keytesville during the fourth quarter Monday for an 81-62 non-conference home win.
The Wildcats led by only one point at halftime and were only up by six going into the final period. That's when they pounded the ball inside to senior Latrell Johnson and sophomore Jakobie Breshears, who combined for 14 of Slater's 29 fourth-quarter points.
Junior Austin McKinstry kept the Tigers (6-3) in contention until late with a game-high 32 points.
Sophomore Keegan Zdybel scored 20 points while Johnson added 15 and Breshears and junior Chandler Zdybel each contributed 14 points for the 'Cats (8-1).
It was the easiest game of the year for the Slater girls, who allowed only four field goals while trouncing Keytesville, 57-15.
Juniors Emilee Grimes and Abby Uhlich split 16 first-quarter points as the Lady Wildcats blew out to a 20-5 lead. The Lady Tigers (1-7) didn't score more than five points in any period.
Grimes and Uhlich both ended up with 15 points as Slater emptied the bench, getting 10 points from freshman Amaya Cortez. The Lady 'Cats (4-5) have won three of their last four games.
Slater will take part in the Otterville Holiday Classic, beginning Dec. 29.
The Sweet Springs boys turned on the jets during the fourth quarter Monday to end Smithton's three-game win streak with a 63-47 non-conference home decision.
The Greyhounds led by only five points after three stanzas, but closed with a 22-11 run as seniors Nock Ortzian and Colton Robb combined for 17 points.
The Tigers (7-3) were led by senior Riley Green's 12 points.
Robb finished with 20 points and Ortzian had 15 for Sweet Springs.
The 'Hounds weren't as fortunate Tuesday against Glasgow, losing 74-47 in a return to the Malta Bend gym where some of their players -- like Ortzian -- attend school before heading down Highway 127 for hoops.
The Yellowjackets came out firing and shut out Sweet Springs 20-0 during the first quarter, seniors Adris Hamilton and Briar Boss scoring 10 points apiece. The last eight minutes were mainly played under the "turboclock."
Hamilton wound up with 20 points for Glasgow (5-2).
The 'Hounds (2-4) were again led by Ortzian (14 points) and Robb (11).
The Smithton girls came back from a 14-7 first-quarter deficit Monday to win a 47-38 non-conference decision at Sweet Springs.
The Lady Tigers took a two-point lead into the final frame, putting the victory on ice with a 15-8 run behind senior Haleigh Ferguson's eight points off the bench.
Senior Jenna Snapp and sophomore Lynnae DeHaven each scored 12 points for Smithton (6-4).
The Lady 'Hounds got 15 points from sophomore Michaela Malter.
Glasgow ended a four-game losing streak Tuesday with a 65-55 non-conference decision over Sweet Springs at Malta Bend.
Freshman Benna Hubbard's 23 points paced the Lady Yellowjackets (4-4), who also got 16 points from senior Madisyn Parks.
Scoring for the Lady 'Hounds (2-4) was unavailable at press time.
Sweet Springs will close out the pre-holiday schedule at home Thursday against Hogan Prep of Kansas City.
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