Lady Chiefs capture Challenge title No. 5
ALMA -- The Santa Fe girls' basketball team lost the I-70 Conference Tournament championship game by two points to St. Paul on the first Saturday in December, but a month later won the rematch, 48-37, for its fifth straight I-70/MRVC East Challenge title at Alma.
The Lady Chiefs got out to an early lead, but senior Carson Troth's nine second-quarter points helped put the Lady Saints pull ahead until sophomore Kara Hollingsworth came off the bench to hit three straight buckets -- one from long range -- to give the hosts a 19-18 halftime edge.
Santa Fe took over after the break, spurred by senior Josey Burton -- who scored 10 points during the third quarter for a six-point advantage. The Lady Chiefs added to the lead during the final frame, especially after Troth fouled out -- a double-whammy for St. Paul after losing senior Lynda Bennett to injury during Friday's semifinal round contest.
Troth topped the Lady Saints (6-2) with 11 points.
Burton hit three shots from long range on her way to 22 points for Santa Fe (9-3), which has won six of its last seven contests. The Lady Chiefs host Prairie Home for a non-conference tilt Tuesday.
Marshall 71, Battle 46
The Marshall girls washed the sour taste of their first loss of the season from their mouths Friday by returning to action for the first time since the holiday break with a convincing 71-46 non-conference home win over Battle of Columbia.
The Lady Owls opened with 17-10 scores in each of the first two periods, then really got serious -- spearing the Lady Spartans with 25 points during the third period to take an insurmountable 59-32 cushion into the final frame.
Marshall feasted at the free-throw line, making 30 of 43 attempts, compared to 11 freebies shot in by Battle (5-6) -- who was led by sophomore Annabelle Sisson's 13 points.
Four Lady Owls struck for double digits: senior Kassidy Heying (16 points), sophomore Kate Donnell (14), freshman Leah Weaver (10) and senior Keyanna Terrill (10) -- who also collected 10 rebounds. Heying also tormented the Lady Spartans with seven steals.
Marshall (9-1) is back in the California Tournament after several years' absence, as the No. 2 seed opening Monday against NCMC rival Fulton.
Slater 49, Bruceton 46
OTTERVILLE -- The G Factor seems to be taking hold for the Slater girls.
A year after the return of veteran head coach Bob "G" Gonzalez to the sidelines, the Lady Wildcats have won five of the last seven games -- including the third-place clash Saturday against Bruceton, 49-46, in the Otterville Holiday Classic -- after opening the season with four straight losses.
The teams traded leads until the fourth quarter, when Slater tallied 20 points -- six each for juniors Madisyn Beeler and Abby Uhlich -- for the comeback decision.
The Lady Dragons (3-8), with a good finish after starting as the sixth seed, were topped by sophomore Madelyn Myers with 13 points.
The Purple was paced by junior Emilee Grimes' 18 points. The Lady 'Cats (6-6) play Monday at Fayette.
Sweet Springs 52, New Franklin 43
NEW FRANKLIN -- Sweet Springs found its sweet spot from outside the arc Friday, knocking down nine three-pointers for a 52-43 victory over the host team for the New Franklin Tournament consolation trophy.
The Lady 'Hounds were clinging to a one-point lead at the break, but reeled off 20 third-quarter points to open up enough of a gap to carry them down the stretch.
The Lady Bulldogs (3-9) got 13 points from senior Shelby Breshears.
Sophomore Michael Malter scored 22 points and senior Sydney Vaught had 14, both dropping in four treys, for Sweet Springs (6-5) -- which begins its I-70 Conference campaign Tuesday at Wellington-Napoleon.
Lincoln 53, Slater 45
OTTERVILLE -- The pixie dust that propelled the Slater boys to a come-from-behind overtime victory for the Glasgow Tournament championship last month was missing Saturday during the finals of the Otterville Holiday Classic.
Juniors Bo Koneke and Jackson Beam an each tallied 19 points for the third-seeded Cardinals (6-5), who led by 10 points after one period and maintained the advantage through the final frame for a 53-45 upset of the top-seeded Wildcats -- ranked eighth in the latest Class 1 poll.
Slater had no players score in double figures, junior Aden Campbell's nine points at the top of the list. The loss snapped a four-game win streak for the 'Cats (10-2), facing a rematch of that Glasgow tourney tilt Monday at Fayette.
Carrollton 58, Santa Fe 42
ALMA -- Santa Fe was hoping it could salvage something from the I-70/MRVC East Challenge played on its home court during Saturday's seventh-place contest, but Carrollton would have nothing of it.
The Chiefs could find no answer to the shooting of sophomore Gavin Claude, who drained seven bombs on his way to 26 points to give the Trojans a 58-42 win. Carrollton (4-7) were up by 11 points at halftime and then stuffed Santa Fe's offense during the third period, allowing only one field goal.
Senior Noah Blomberg and junior Alex Edwards each tallied 10 points for the Chiefs (3-9), who host Prairie Home on Tuesday.
Prairie Home 57, Sweet Springs 42
NEW FRANKLIN -- Junior Clayton Ethan scored 17 points to send Prairie Home home with a 57-42 victory over Sweet Springs in the seventh-place game of the New Franklin Tournament.
The Panthers got on top early and maintained the lead to the end, closing with a 13-5 run. Juniors Kassen Lock and senior Blaine Petsel added 13 points apiece for Prairie Home (9-4).
The Greyhounds (2-7) were topped by senior Colton Robb's 17 points. They play Tuesday at Wellington-Napoleon.
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