Lady 'Hounds upset by Sacred Heart in first round
Second-seeded and host Sweet Springs started slowly and never recovered, losing its first-round matchup to the No. 7-seeded Sacred Heart Lady Gremlins, 61-38, Saturday in the first round of the Class 2, District 14 Tournament.
The other three first-round games, two of them close battles to the wire, aligned with the seeds.
Top-seeded Windsor hammered the No. 8-seeded La Monte Lady Vikings, 53-21.
Third-seeded Crest Ridge fended off a challenge from the No. 6-seeded Concordia Lady Orioles, 49-46.
The fourth-seeded Santa Fe Lady Chiefs outscored No. 5-seeded Green Ridge, 66-58.
(3) Crest Ridge 49,
(6) Concordia 46
The Lady Orioles started fast, Kayla Brackman pumping in eight points and Hailee Langkrahr seven in a 17-11 first-quarter run.
The Lady Cougars responded in the second quarter, Breanna Wonderly scoring five points, Crest Ridge pulling within 22-21 at the break.
Langkrahr scored five points and Katlin Murray four, the Lady Orioles overcoming six points from Wonderly to tie the game, 33-33, heading to the fourth quarter.
Down the stretch, the game was tied 42-42, 44-44 and 46-46.
Kaitlyn Francy hit the front end of a one-and-one opportunity to give the Lady Cougars a one-point lead with 40 seconds to go.
The Lady Orioles turned over the ball, Melodi Branscum eventually getting fouled and making both ends of a one-and-one, extending the CRHS lead to 49-46.
Concordia used a timeout with just under 10 seconds left.
A shot from well inside the three-point arc by Brackman didn't fall, the Lady Cougars grabbed the rebound.
Although Whitney Hutcherson missed the front end of a one-and-one with two seconds left, the Lady Orioles couldn't manage to get off a last-second heave toward the basket.
Langkrahr, who fouled out with over two minutes left, finished her career with a 16-point performance. Brackman, also a senior, added 12 points. Katlin Murray, another senior, wound up with 10.
The Lady Orioles, 12-14, also will lose Britlin Murray and Staci Schlueter to graduation.
Wonderly, who surpassed the 1,000-point scoring mark for her career, led the Lady Cougars with 19 points, including five of six from the free-throw line.
(4) Santa Fe 66,
(5) Green Ridge 58
The Lady Tigers' 6-foot-2 Libby Dove scored 30 points, but Santa Fe placed four players in double-figure scoring to claim the win.
The Lady Chiefs, who had dropped a 74-60 decision at Green Ridge only two nights before, led the game 32-24 at the half after being tied 13-13 through one quarter.
Kourtney Chiddix came off the bench to spark the second-quarter Santa Fe rally with eight points.
The Lady Chiefs led 45-38 after three quarters and hit enough free throws -- seven for 16 -- down the stretch to stay ahead.
Brooke Barnett paced the lady Chiefs with 15 points, including two three-pointers. Chiddix added five points in the fourth quarter and wound up with 13. Lexi Smith scored seven fourth-quarter points to finish with 11. Kylie Limback also added 11 points.
Claressa Chamberlin added 16 points for Green Ridge.
(7) Sacred Heart 61,
(2) Sweet Springs 38
Were the Lady Gremlins sand-bagging all regular season? Who knows?
They certainly came up with a top-notch performance at the proper time.
The Lady Gremlins were in control from start to finish, never letting Sweet Springs in the game.
Sacred Heart started the game with a 9-0 run and led 22-7 after the first quarter. Sydney Smith accounted for eight points and Gabbi Ebers seven, including a three-pointer.
The Lady Greyhounds, who got six second-quarter points from Christina Higgins, put together points on back-to-back trips down the floor only once in the first half.
Smith scored 10 more second-quarter points, including a three-point bomb and an old-fashioned three-point play, the Lady Gremlins leading 38-16 at the break.
Sweet Springs trimmed the Lady Gremlins' lead to as little as 17 points on five different occasions in the third quarter.
But the Lady Gremlins finished off the third stanza with an 8-0 run for a 53-28 advantage.
That only meant the Lady Greyhounds' 8-0 spree-- two free throws and a basket from Higgins, a basket by Olivia Loges and two free throws from Nicole Bright -- to begin the fourth quarter only pulled them as close as 17 again.
Smith paced all scorers with 24 points. Ebers had two threes and 16 points. Claudia Cox scored six fourth-quarter points to wind up with 11.
Higgins paced the Lady 'Hounds with 13 points. Nicole Bright added 10 points and 11 rebounds.
The Lady Greyhounds lose Rebecca Tyler, Ashlyn Schlatweiler and Mikalah Vogelsmeier to graduation.