'Hounds salvage win over Santa Fe
SLATER -- Two basketball teams badly in need of a win hooked up in the boys' seventh-place game of the 39th Wildcat Classic at Slater on Friday, with Sweet Springs coming out on top for only the second time in the last six outings with a 51-37 victory over Santa Fe.
The first half was close, with the Greyhounds taking a two-point lead into the break, but the outcome turned on the third quarter. Sweet Springs controlled the frame by a 14-3 margin, making eight of nine shots from the free-throw line, and closed solidly with junior Georgie Ortzian hitting a pair of buckets down the stretch.
Junior Drew Schmidt scored 10 points for the Chiefs (2-13), who seek to end a 12-game losing streak Tuesday at I-70 Conference rival Lone Jack.
The 'Hounds (4-9) got a game-high 14 points from junior Grant Knipmeyer.
Pilot Grove 32, Slater 31
The Slater girls took a three-point lead into halftime Friday, but were surpassed after the break by Pilot Grove for seventh place, 32-31.
Senior Emilee Grimes hit three shots during the Lady Wildcats' 12-8 first-quarter surge, but they wouldn't score more than 10 points in any subsequent period. The Lady Tigers led by a point going into the final frame after a 10-6 third period.
The result was ultimately decided at the free-throw line, where Pilot Grove went four of 14 during the fourth quarter while the Purple made only two of seven.
Sophomore Natalie Glenn led the Lady Tigers (4-10) with 12 points. Grimes had 12 points for the Lady 'Cats (5-10), who play Tuesday at Sweet Springs.
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