Lady Owls get started with slim win
For the third year in a row, the Marshall girls opened the high school basketball season with a non-conference win over Smith-Cotton.
Like the previous opener, it was narrow win for the Lady Owls. Unlike last year's 72-70 decision, Marshall had trouble scoring and won with its defense, 37-34.
The Lady Tigers were held to two first-quarter points, but came back during the second period with a 14-8 stretch to take a two-point lead into halftime. Marshall got a pair of buckets from junior Skylar Walton and three-pointers from junior Kate Donnell and sophomore Leah Weaver during the third frame, taking a 29-22 lead into the final stanza.
Smith-Cotton crept close, helped by the turnovers and poor free-throw shooting -- the Lady Owls missing all six attempts from the line -- but couldn't draw even.
Senior Haley Wiskur had a game-high 15 points for the Lady Tigers (0-1).
Marshall (1-0) got 12 points from Walton and eight each from Donnell and Weaver, with senior Hannah Pomerenke tallying five points and coming up with three steals.
The Lady Owls open play Monday in the MHS Tournament against NCMC rival Kirksville.
Santa Fe 69, LaMonte 23
ALMA -- Sophomore Bella Limback staked her claim to leadership with 21 points during Santa Fe's 69-23 non-conference home win Tuesday over LaMonte.
Limback made three shots during the Lady Chiefs' 24-6 first-quarter spree which saw eight different players make field goals. They added to a 26-point halftime cushion with a 26-2 third period, Limback adding 10 points to earn some rest time the remainder of the contest.
The Lady Vikings (0-1) got 11 points off the bench from freshman Aubrey Oehrke.
Senior Carrigan Smith and junior Lexi Lark combined for 17 points for Santa Fe (1-0), which plays Tuesday at Tina-Avalon.
Bunceton 57, Slater 37
PRAIRIE HOME -- It was a two-on-one fight for Slater to begin the season, losing a 57-37 non-conference decision on the road against the Bunceton-Prairie Home cooperative.
The Lady Wildcats led by two points at halftime, but the Lady Dragons used a 19-7 third period behind junior Maggie Woods' nine points to take a 10-point lead. Down the stretch, Bunceton sank nine of 11 free throws.
Woods finished with 15 points for the Lady Dragons (1-0), who benefitted from 25 Slater turnovers.
Senior Emilee Grimes tallied 10 points for the Lady 'Cats (0-1), with junior Kinley Smith adding seven points and seven rebounds.
Slater takes on Cairo in the first round of the Glasgow Tournament on Tuesday.
Slater 86, Prairie Home 57
PRAIRIE HOME -- The high-flying Slater boys began what they expect to be a fun season Friday with an 86-57 non-conference victory at Prairie Home-Bunceton.
The Panthers -- or so they're labeled by MSHSAA, with the girls being the Lady Dragons -- put up a fight, but lacked the firepower to keep pace with the Wildcats, who had four players score in double figures. Slater started with a 24-9 first quarter and extended the margin to 24 points by halftime.
Senior Clayton Pethan scored 16 of his game-high 20 points in the second half for Prairie Home (0-1).
The 'Cats got 19 points each from senior Aden Campbell and junior Keegan Zdybel, 14 points from junior Chandler Zdybel and 11 points off the bench from junior Jakorie Terrill.
Slater will attempt to defend their title in the Glasgow Tournament, installed as the No. 1 seed with a first-round match-up Monday against Marceline.
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