‘Cats’ title defense ruined by Lincoln

Friday, January 8, 2021

The Slater boys’ basketball team struck out for the second time this season in a tournament championship game Saturday.

The Wildcats were attempting to defend their Otterville Holiday Classic title, against the same opponent they beat by 14 points a year ago, but suffered a 52-42 loss to Lincoln. Slater took a 10-point lead into halftime, but junior Caden Smallwood and sophomore Kyle Eckhoff each tallied seven points during the Cardinals’ (7-4) decisive 21-4 third period.

Seniors Carson Knowles and Antwuan Herriford combined for 23 points for Slater.

The ‘Cats came back Thursday for a 65-46 non-conference home victory over Windsor, junior Ja’Korie Terrill scoring 18 points. Senior Camden Fowler had a game-high 21 points for the Greyhounds (3-5).

Herriford and senior Keegan Zdybel each had 17 points for Slater (8-2).

After dropping their first seven games of the season, the Lady ‘Cats have won three of their last four games — starting with Saturday’s 48-30 romp over Lincoln (1-5) for the Otterville Holiday Classic consolation trophy.

Sophomore Aubrey Meyer’s 12 points led Slater, with sophomore Allison Newman chipping in with 10 points.

The Lady ‘Cats were unable to win their home contest against Smithton (4-8) on Tuesday, senior Lynnae DeHaven burning them for the second week in a row with a 26-point performance. No Slater player scored more than seven points.

A 65-46 non-conference decision Thursday over visiting Windsor (1-8) gave the Lady ‘Cats (3-8) their third win of the season. They and the boys’ squad are set to host Bunceton-Prairie Home on Monday,

Sweet Springs

NEW FRANKLIN — Both the Sweet Springs boys’ and girls’ teams will play for third place Saturday in the 92nd New Franklin Tournament after splitting their first two games.

Seniors Grant Knipmeyer and Wade Phillips each made a pair of free throws down the stretch to help the Greyhounds stave off New Franklin (5-5), 44-36, in Tuesday’s first-round contest — Phillips winding up with 14 points.

Sweet Springs couldn’t hang with top-seeded Westran in Thursday’s semifinal, losing 62-39. Sophomore Langden Kitchen and senior Trey Marble combined for 30 points to pace the Hornets (9-2).

Senior Coleman Fogarty scored nine points for the ‘Hounds (4-5), who meet Fayette for the third place trophy.

The Sweet Springs girls also opened strong with a 66-41 victory over Sturgeon (0-4), senior Michaela Malter ringing up 30 points and sophomore Ryan Johnson adding 10.

However, third-seeded Bunceton upset the Lady ‘Hounds in the semifinals Wednesday, 53-52. Sweet Springs led 35-30 at halftime, but the Lady Dragons stormed back with a 14-4 third period and held on to the end.

Senior Margaret Wood had 17 points and sophomore Madison Brown 15 for Bunceton (9-2), with Malter scoring 26 for the Lady ‘Hounds (7-2), which meets New Franklin for third place Friday.

Santa Fe

CONCORDIA — Nothing much has gone right for the Santa Fe basketball teams in the I-70 Conference/MRVC East Challenge at Concordia this week.

The Chiefs began their meet Tuesday with a 71-43 loss to Knob Noster in the first round. Freshman Lucas Martin scored 20 points for the Panthers (1-2), while Santa Fe got 13 points from senior Drew Schmidt.

The Chiefs took it to the chin during Thursday’s 42-11 loss to Lexington (4-5) in the consolation round, for which no additional information was available at press time. Santa Fe (3-6) plays Concordia for seventh place Friday.

The Lady Chiefs also suffered a first-round pounding, at the hands of Tipton on Monday, 71-47, behind the 24 points of sophomore Myra Claas. Junior Bella Limback scored 15 points for Santa Fe, which then turned around and beat Knob Noster (2-5) in the consolation round Wednesday, 45-32. No data is available on that game, either.

The Lady Chiefs (6-3) take on Higginsville for fifth place Friday.

Contact Chris Allen at callen@marshallnews.com

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