Wildcats get finals rematch with Fayette
SLATER -- The first time the Slater and Fayette boys' basketball teams met, the Wildcats claimed the Glasgow Tournament championship with an emotionally-charged one-point overtime victory.
Purple fans should be out in force Saturday for the title rematch in the 38th Wildcat Classic, which Slater last won in 2005. The top-seeded 'Cats did their part Wednesday with a 59-50 semifinal victory over Glasgow in what is the first of three, and possibly four, meetings between the neighboring schools.
Junior Chandler Zdybel scored 14 of his game-high 22 points as Slater took a 39-24 halftime lead and was able to hold off the Yellowjackets during a lower-scoring second half.
Senior Adris Hamilton tallied 21 points for Glasgow (9-7).
The 'Cats (14-3) got a combined 23 points from junior Aden Campbell and sophomore Keegan Zdybel.
The No. 2 Falcons (13-4) punched their ticket Thursday with a 71-54 win over Sweet Springs, the sixth seed, as sophomore Kyle Schleeter scored 17 points.
The 'Hounds (3-12), who lost to Fayette by 32 points in the first round of the New Franklin Tournament, were paced by senior Colton Robb's 19 points. They will meet Glasgow for third place Saturday.
Eight-seeded Santa Fe will vie for the consolation trophy by virtue of Wednesday's 61-58 second-round upset of No. 4 Pilot Grove.
Senior Noah Blomberg drained five three-pointers during the Chiefs' 26-point second quarter, which allowed them to take a three-point halftime lead after being out-scored 12-4 to start the game.
However, Santa Fe missed five of its first six free throws down the stretch and was clinging to a two-point lead when freshman Drew Schmidt made a lay-up with 30 seconds left and followed that with a pair of freebies.
The Tigers (7-9) were led by senior Gavin Shepherd's 17 points.
Blomberg finished with 20 points and senior Tanner Begemann added 16 for the Chiefs (4-13), who play Sacred Heart on Friday.
The top-seeded Marshall girls' road to their third straight crown wasn't impeded Wednesday by Fayette, the Lady Owls rolling to a 68-34 win after a 30-point second quarter in which seven different players scored propelled them to a 44-20 cushion at the break.
The Lady Falcons (9-8) were topped by senior Madison Reed's 12 points.
Senior Kassidy Heying had 17 points and seven steals for Marshall (13-1), which shot 53.7 percent from the field. Sophomores Kate Donnell (13 points) and Sky Walton (12) both reached double digits.
This time around, the Lady Owls will not face Santa Fe for the title. The Lady Chiefs' string of four straight finals appearances was stopped Thursday by second seed Pilot Grove, which pulled out a 49-45 semifinal decision.
With senior Josey Burton -- Santa Fe's scoring leader -- out of action, Santa Fe was unable to keep pace with the Lady Tigers in the first half. Senior Emily Schupp scored 19 of her game-high 22 points, sinking all nine charity shots, to give Pilot Grove a 31-18 halftime lead.
The Lady Chiefs fought back, but couldn't make enough shots down the stretch to catch up.
Senior Aryn Lorenz had 11 points off the bench for the Lady Tigers (14-2), who lost to Marshall by 37 points the last time they played in the 2017 semifinals.
While it wasn't as lopsided as the 29-point win over Sacred Heart on Jan. 9, Sweet Springs was still able to clear its bench Thursday during the closing minutes of a 56-46 victory in the consolation semifinal.
Tied at halftime, the Lady Greyhounds pulled away after intermission behind the combined 21 points of sophomore Michaela Malter and senior Kylee Winfrey.
Junior Grace Goodwin had 22 points for the Lady Gremlins (3-13).
Winfrey and Malter both tallied 16 points and senior Sydney Vaught contributed 12 points for Sweet Springs (9-6), which takes on Glasgow for fifth place Friday.
Sacred Heart will play for seventh place Friday against Slater, which fell to Glasgow, 46-36. The game was tied at halftime, but the Lady Yellowjackets won the fourth quarter, 19-10, as freshman Brenna Hubbard scored 11 of her game-high 18 points.
Junior Emilee Grimes had 14 points for the Lady 'Cats (6-11).
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