‘Hounds play in NFT trophy games
by Chris Allen
The Sweet Springs basketball teams both reached the third-place round of the 90th New Franklin Tournament, with the girls’ taking home the trophy with a 57-51 decision over the host school.
The Lady Greyhounds (8-2) came in slightly short-handed, but senior Michaela Malter wasn’t among the missing and tormented New Franklin for 26 points. Junior Abby Maupin tried to lead the Lady Bulldogs (5-7) on a comeback, scoring seven of her game-high 28 points during the fourth quarter, but were held off by Malter’s three buckets and senior Caitlin Anderson’s four-for-four performance from the free-throw line.
Sweet Springs’ scheduled I-70 Conference opener against Wellington-Napoleon was postponed Tuesday.
The ‘Hounds lost the third-place boys’ contest against Fayette, 56-52. The Falcons came back from a five-point halftime deficit with a 17-8 third period.
Senior Kyle Schleeter led all scorers with 19 points for Fayette (5-4). Sweet Springs got 12 points each from senior Wade Phillips and junior Noah Fogarty.
The ‘Hounds did get to host Wellington on Tuesday, but were overwhelmed, 57-42. They trailed by 27 points after three quarters before the Tigers (10-2, 1-0 I-70), topped by junior Brady Hughes’ 23 points, sent in the bench. Fogarty’s 10 points topped Sweet Springs (4-6, 0-1).
The ‘Hounds are set to host I-70 foe Santa Fe on Friday.
Santa Fe was stuck in both the boys’ and girls’ consolation bracket to close the I-70/MRVC East Challenge at Concordia on Friday, the Lady Chiefs closing with a win.
It wasn’t hard. Santa Fe got an 18-2 jump and smothered Higginsville for the consolation trophy, 48-26, behind junior Bella Limback’s 17 points.
The Lady Chiefs got a more impressive victory at home Tuesday against Bunceton, which had reached both the Otterville and New Franklin Tournament finals. Santa Fe cruised after adding to a seven-point halftime led with a 21-8 third quarter.
Sophomore Madison Brown scored 14 points for the Lady Panthers (10-4). Limback had 13 points and freshman Molly Malter and senior Kameron Dankenbring tallied 21 points between them for the Lady Chiefs (7-3).
The Santa Fe boys played for seventh place Friday against Concordia, losing a 57-24 rout. No player scored more than five points for the Chiefs (3-7). Senior Austin Droege’s 18 points led three double-figure scorers as the Orioles (1-87) captured their first win of the season.
Santa Fe is scheduled to play Friday at Sweet Springs.
SLATER — After having Monday’s non-conference clash against Prairie Home cancelled, the Slater boys were primed and rested for a CAC showdown against visiting Pilot Grove.
Leading by only three points after one frame, the Wildcats went on a 28-8 second-quarter binge behind the 11 points of senior Antwuan Herriford, and continued to built the lead with an 18-12 third period.
Nine Tigers (4-7, 1-2 CAC) got into the scoring column, topped by senior Bailey Quint’s nine points. Herriford led all shooters with 20 points, with junior Ja’Korie Terrill adding 16 points and senior Jakobie Breshears 13 for Slater (9-2, 3-0).
Although the Lady ‘Cats had come alive recently by winning three of their previous four games after opening the season with seven straight losses, they haven’t had a good week. It started with a 48-18 home loss Monday against Bunceton (9-4).
Slater lost Tuesday to conference opponent Pilot Grove, 49-36, a 17-7 third period proving decisive. Freshman Emma Sleeper toted up 16 points for the Lady Tigers (8-3, 2-2). The Lady ‘Cats (3-9, 0-3) were paced by freshman Tanlea Grimes’ 11 points.
Slater is set to host CAC foe Sturgeon on Friday.
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