Prep Hoops Round-up: Lady 'Cats win rematch with Sweet Springs
SLATER -- The Sweet Springs girls' basketball team went from playing what head coach Boyd Jones considered its "worst game of the year" against Slater a month ago to a point where "our physical game ... improved" during Tuesday's rematch.
Still, the Lady Greyhounds were unable to contain red-hot redhead Niki Kruger, or avoid committing 31 turnovers against Slater's smothering defense. Following her 25-point performance to lead the Purple to the Wildcat Classic title Saturday, the senior guard poured 26 points on Sweet Springs for a 65-53 non-conference home win.
The key was the third period, where Kruger's nine points spurred a 20-6 run -- and pushed the Lady 'Cats' lead from two points to 16 heading into the final frame.
Junior Saria Leimkuehler had 12 points and junior Ana Jackson added 10 points and 11 rebounds for Slater (13-5), which returns to Lewis and Clark Conference action Friday at Marceline.
Senior Kathleen Tyler's 15 points led the Lady 'Hounds (12-6), with sophomore Brittany Higgins scoring 11 points. Sweet Springs plays Friday at I-70 Conference rival Concordia.
Windsor 57, Santa Fe 54 (3ot)
WINDSOR -- Windsor came from behind in each of the three overtime periods Tuesday to pull out a 57-54 I-70 Conference decision from visiting Santa Fe.
The Lady Chiefs were down by a deuce heading into the fourth quarter, but senior Lauren Aversman struck for eight points down the stretch -- including a big long-range jumper -- to keep their chances alive.
Junior Lindsay Sheffield had six overtime points for the Lady Greyhounds (2-12, 1-1 I-70), who got 12 points each during the game from senior Carly Houts and freshman Taylor Eberling.
Aversman scored 16 points and freshman Callie Gieselman contributed a dozen for Santa Fe (3-15, 0-3), which heads to Crest ridge for a league tilt Friday.
Higbee 42, Malta Bend 21
MALTA BEND -- Higbee came out the locker room solidly both halves Tuesday to double up host Malta Bend in a CCAA contest, 42-21.
The visiting Lady Tigers (4-16, 1-6 CCAA) began the game with an 8-2 run, then started the second half with an 11-2 spree. Sophomore Cayla Parsons had eight points off the bench for Higbee.
Malta Bend (0-16, 0-6) had only five players available and finished short-handed when junior Kelsey Forqueran, who had a game-high 10 points, fouled out. The Lady Tigers will play Friday at Otterville.
Sweet Springs 68, Slater 29
SLATER -- Sweet Springs' 32-point first quarter was all it needed Tuesday for a 68-29 non-conference win at Slater.
Five Greyhounds scored nine points for more, led by 11 points from junior Kyle Fuehring. Seniors Zach Thomas and Kyle Hollrah, who also collected 11 rebounds, each tallied 10 points for Sweet Springs (10-8).
Senior Cody Skinner buried three bombs on his way to a game-high 17 points for the Wildcats (1-14).
Santa Fe 71, Windsor 54
WINDSOR -- Santa Fe recovered from a one-point halftime deficit with a 20-5 third quarter outburst Thursday for a 71-54 I-70 Conference victory at Windsor.
Junior Daniel Sanders scored 13 of his 22 points during the first half for the Greyhounds (6-10, 0-2 I-70), but was blanked during the third period. So was junior Ryan Hamilton, who had 10 of his 13 points during the fourth quarter.
Senior Matt Lovercamp drained five three-pointers for the Chiefs (11-6, 3-0), finishing with 22 points. Santa Fe got three buckets each during the decisive third stanza from senior Jeff Knipmeyer and sophomore Jeff Kuntz, who wound up with a career-high 18 points.
Higbee 68, Malta Bend 48
MALTA BEND -- Reigning CCAA Tournament champion Higbee roared out to a 28-8 first-quarter lead Tuesday for a 68-48 league win at Malta Bend.
Seniors Travis Holtzclaw and Byron Bartolacci scored 20 points between them during the opening period for the visiting Tigers (13-5, 5-2 CCAA). Holtzclaw shared game-high scoring honors with Malta Bend senior Tim Trelow, both tallying 17 points, while Bartolacci finished with 14 points.
The host Tigers (1-15, 1-5) also got 14 points from senior Dillon Edde and 13 points from senior Tyler Armstrong.