'Cats open title defense with win
TINA -- The Slater boys' basketball team began defense of its Class 1, District 11 Tournament title Monday by cruising to a 56-36 victory over Brunswick.
After emerging from the first quarter with a 13-10 lead, the third-seeded Wildcats took over the rest of the way -- out-scoring Brunswick 29-8 during the next two periods.
Brunswick (11-12) was led by senior Michael Watts with 13 points.
Slater got 14 points from sophomore Jakobie Breshears and 12 from sophomore Keegan Zdybel. The 'Cats will play second-seeded Northwestern of Mendon, a 64-52 winner over Hale, in Thursday's semifinal round.
Green Ridge 67, Santa Fe 44
GREEN RIDGE -- Senior Dallin Townsend's 25 points led fourth-seeded Green Ridge to victory on its home court Tuesday with a 67-44 victory over Santa Fe in the first round of the Class 1, District 8 Tournament.
The Tigers led 18-2 after the first quarter and had a 19-point cushion at halftime.
Senior Tanner Begemann's 12 points topped the Chiefs (6-20).
Green Ridge (12-13) also got 21 points from junior Aleksandr Rebikh. The Tigers will meet No. 1 seed Concordia, a 72-33 winner over Kingsville, in the semifinals Thursday.
Santa Fe 47, Northwest 25
GREEN RIDGE -- The Santa Fe girls began their quest for a fifth straight playoff appearance Monday with a 47-25 decision over Northwest of Hughesville in the Class 1, District 8 opener at Green Ridge.
The Lady Chiefs went into halftime with a 12-point lead, but were unable to extend the margin until finishing with a 12-1 fourth period.
The Lady Mustangs (3-20) were paced by senior Caitlyn Slaughter with 10 points.
Senior Josey Burton tallied 14 points, with junior Carrigan Smith and freshman Bella Limback combining for 16 points for Santa Fe (18-8). The second-seeded Lady Chiefs' semifinal opponent Wednesday in No. 3 seed Kingsville, which beat LaMonte, 54-33.
Smithton 46, Sweet Springs 41
STOVER -- What had been a fine season for Sweet Springs ended in disappointment Monday with a 46-41 overtime loss to No. 3 seed Smithton in the first round of the Class 2, District 14 Tournament at Stover.
The Lady Greyhounds led after each of the first three periods, but the Lady Tigers went in front with a 12-7 run. Sweet Springs forced the extra period with sophomore Michaela Malter's lay-up with three seconds remaining.
Unfortunately for Sweet Springs, it was unable to make a shot during OT, managing only a free throw. Smithton got buckets from seniors Jenna Snapp and Madison Brown to pull out the win.
Malter had 13 points, with 10 each from senior Sydney Vaught and junior Emma Sims, for the Lady
'Hounds (15-9), who nearly reversed their 7-19 record from a year ago.
Snapp finished with 17 points for the Lady Tigers (15-9), who play in the semifinals Thursday against second seed Cole Camp -- a 50-19 winner over New Franklin.
Meadville 55, Slater 45
TINA -- Fourth seed Meadville took ownership of the fourth quarter Tuesday to survive an upset bid by Slater for a 58-45 win in the first round of the Class 1, District 11 Tournament at Tina.
After trailing by seven points at halftime, the Lady Wildcats whittled the margin to three points heading into the final stanza. However, sophomore Kiera Holcer scored 15 of her game-high 21 points, sinking 13 of 16 free throws, as the Lady Eagles closed with a 28-15 run.
Freshman Maggie McLain contributed to the Meadville (12-11) victory with 16 points.
Junior Abby Uhlich had 19 points and junior Emilee Grimes added 15 for Slater (7-17), which improved from three wins a year ago.
The Lady Eagles will meet No. 1 seed Tina-Avalon, a 57-29 winner over Keytesville, in Thursday's semifinal.
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