Chiefs close I-70 Conference schedule with sweep
ALMA -- Senior Night in Alma saw the Santa Fe boys' and girls' basketball games finish the I-70 Conference campaign Monday by beating Orrick.
Junior Ben Hinz racked up 27 points during the Chiefs' victory in the nightcap. Senior Truman Sleeper's four first-quarter buckets got Santa Fe off to an 18-8 start and Hinz tallied 13 points during the third period to stretch a 19-point halftime lead to 35.
Senior Tanner Werle led the Bearcats (5-17, 1-5 I-70) with 14 points.
Sleeper wound up with 13 points for the Chiefs, who got a combined 17 points from senior Tim Nienhueser and sophomore Dobber Burton.
The eighth-ranked Santa Fe girls cruised to their 20th win of the season, 66-36.
Seniors Lexi Smith and Katey Peters each knocked down three-pointers for the Lady Chiefs during an 18-7 first quarter. Although the Lady Bearcats (8-14, 1-5) cut the deficit to 10 points by halftime, freshman Karson Werle scoring six of her team-high 10 points during the second frame, Santa Fe's 13-4 run during the third period put the game away.
Freshman Sadie Limback tallied 13 points and junior Kylie Limback had 10 for the Lady Chiefs.
The Santa Fe boys were unable to follow up one victory with another, losing Tuesday's non-conference contest at Harrisburg, 83-67.
The Bulldogs trailed by a point after the opening period, but controlled the middle two frames, 48-29, as senior Drew Ewens knocked down four of his six bombs and senior Bryan Bolton scored 18 of his 22 points.
Ewens finished with 25 points for Harrisburg (10-12).
Sleeper had a game-high 28 points and Hinz added 18 for the Chiefs (14-10, 5-2).
Santa Fe raced out to a 43-26 halftime lead and wound up with its season-high scoring total during an 84-71 decision over the Lady Bulldogs.
Harrisburg (14-10) got 24 points from senior Kirsten Southerland, but the Lady Chiefs (21-3, 5-3) had two 20-point scorers: senior Lexi Smith (27) and Sadie Limback (21).
Santa Fe closes the regular season Thursday at Green Ridge.
SALISBURY -- Second-ranked Salisbury clinched a share of the Lewis and Clark Conference championship Tuesday with a 74-32 win over visiting Slater.
Senior Lane Springer scored 10 of his game-high 19 points to help send the Panthers into intermission with a 27-point lead.
Sophomore Garrett Francis also had 12 points for Salisbury (24-0, 9-0 L&C).
The Wildcats (1-22, 0-10) were paced by freshman Keshawn White with 10 points.
The girls' game was closer, but not much more competitive as Slater tied for its season low in scoring during a 40-17 loss to the Lady Panthers.
Senior Hayley Kendrick and sophomore Marchya Jackson each had 12 points for Salisbury (11-11, 7-2), which held the Lady 'Cats to six points or fewer each quarter.
Junior Breanna Wright logged 10 points for Slater (9-15, 3-7), set to conclude the regular season at home Thursday against Northwest.
CENTERVIEW -- Crest Ridge avenged two previous losses to the Sweet Springs girls, including last month's championship game of Leeton's Battle on the Hardwood, with a 47-36 home win.
Junior Megan VanHarn secured the victory, and second place in the I-70 Conference standings, with eight fourth-quarter points for the Lady Cougars (16-8, 5-2 I-70) -- who got 13 points each from juniors Jamie Windholz and Lily Hunter.
Four starters fouled out for the Lady Greyhounds (16-9, 3-4), with seniors Megan Evans and Nicole Bright evenly splitting 18 points. They are the second seed in the Class 2, District 7 Tournament at Salisbury, starting with Monday's tilt against Fayette.
Crest Ridge broke away with a 34-23 second half to claim its only league victory of the season, 58-43.
Senior Brendon Gosnell scored 23 points for the Cougars (9-15, 1-6).
Sweet Springs (8-17, 2-5) got 22 points from senior Andrew Krause. The 'Hounds are seeded seventh in the district and will face New Franklin on Tuesday.
MALTA BEND -- Sophomore Will Clark went off for 35 points as Higbee won at former CCAA rival Malta Bend on Tuesday, 78-52.
Seniors Jacob and Jesse Beal shared 30 points for the visiting Tigers (12-11), who used a 19-6 second-quarter spree to take control.
Three players scored in double figures for the host Tigers (8-12), topped by junior Larry Edde's 12 points.
Senior Hope Clark reached the 1,000 career point mark by scoring 20 during the Higbee girls' 78-46 win. The game was tied at halftime, but Higbee (18-6) forged a 10-point lead during the third quarter and closed with a 26-4 spree.
Freshman Lynzie Miller's 24 points propelled Malta Bend (9-11), which concludes the regular season at home Thursday against Wentworth Military Academy.
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