Greyhounds hold off Pilot Grove
In their lowest scoring output of the season, the Sweet Springs Greyhounds still found a way to stave off the comeback attempt of the Pilot Grove Tigers, winning the non-conference contest 41-36 at the W-K Shootout at State Fair Community College in Sedalia Friday.
The Tigers trimmed the Sweet Springs lead to 34-32 with four minutes to play in the game, but Nick Harris, who had been unable to hit any field goals through the first three quarters, came through at the most crucial time, nailing a three-point shot from the left wing, spearheading a 7-1 Sweet Springs run to end the game.
The Greyhounds led almost throughout, only trailing brief-ly, 3-2, in the early stages of the first quarter.
The Greyhounds held a 15-13 lead after the first quarter and 24-21 at the halftime break.
The Greyhounds seemed to take control in the first half of the third quarter, going on a 6-0 run to open the second half.
Spencer Thomas hit two free throws and a field goal off an offensive rebound. Derrick Nelson's basket gave the Grey-hounds a 30-21 lead.
They led 32-25 after three quarters.
Jacob Schowengerdt paced the Greyhounds with 10 points, including six in the first quarter and two clutch free throws with just under a min-ute to play. Jeffery Hall added nine points.
This was Tim Smith's 200th career victory as Greyhounds' head coach.
Sweet Springs 66,
at Green Ridge 58
The Greyhounds steadily pulled away through three quarters and then withstood a Green Ridge comeback in the fourth quarter.
Schowengerdt converted an old-fashioned three-point play and scored seven points as the Greyhounds opened a 15-11 lead through the first quarter.
Hall nailed a three-pointer and scored 11 points in the second quarter, helping Sweet Springs to a 33-22 lead at the half.
The lead was 53-41 going to the fourth quarter, Scho-wengerdt pouring in 11 points, including a three, in the third quarter.
The Greyhounds, 6-1, kept Green Ridge at arm's length down the stretch by netting seven of nine free-throw at-tempts in the fourth quarter.
Schowengerdt finished with a game-high 24 points. Hall added 22 points, including eight for eight from the stripe. Hall also had 10 rebounds and Schowengerdt seven. Scho-wengerdt also registered four assists and four steals.
Axton Harding had 14 points, including two threes, to pace four Tigers in double-figure scoring.