'Hounds get past pesky Santa Fe
Host Santa Fe was right in the game at the half. The two-win Chiefs had stayed away from Sweet Springs putting together too much of a run that they couldn't respond, keeping the game within reach at the half.
But after the ball was thrown in to start the third quarter, the Greyhounds played their game, racing up and down the floor, hitting long-range jumpers and converting several fast-breaks, eventually pulling away to claim a 72-54 I-70 Conference triumph Friday.
The Chiefs kept on the heels of SSHS in the first half, Gavin Bargfrede hitting three times close to the basket and Dobber Burton and Keaton Graf each dialing in twice from long distance.
Still, the Greyhounds, who got a three-pointer and 13 points from Jacob Schowengerdt and two threes from Jeffery Hall, managed to hold a 31-25 edge.
The Greyhounds sprinted away to start the second half, scoring the first seven points in one minute, 40 seconds.
"We were a little mad at ourselves and came out with a lot of energy," Schowengerdt said. "When it was close at the half, we were ready to get back out there and get a big lead."
After Santa Fe answered with back-to-back baskets by Truman Sleeper and Ty Bell, the Chiefs never hit back-to-back baskets the rest of the stanza, trailing 59-38 with a quarter to play.
Schowengerdt showed off his skills in the third quarter, accounting for 19 points, including three three-point bombs and three fast-break baskets, all of them leading to old-fashioned three-point plays.
"I hit a few threes, but a lot of my game is attacking the basket," Schowengerdt said. "Being a four-year starter, it helps with ball-handling. I'm able to protect the ball -- get it to a teammate or keep it."
Sweet Springs cruised down the stretch, withstanding Burton's barrage (three) of three-pointers in the final stanza.
Schowengerdt added six points in the fourth quarter and finished with a game-high 38.
"A lot of what we do is get the rebound, get the ball out and attack," Schowengerdt said. "Transition is a big part of our game."
Hall added 14 points.
Burton, who connected five times from three-point land, led the Chiefs with 17 points. Sleeper and Graf each added 10 points.
"We needed a game where we came out and had that killer instinct," Schowengerdt said. "We needed to get our confidence back after not finishing the game Tuesday (a 61-58 home loss to Wellington)."
at Sweet Springs 58
With six minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Greyhounds held a 51-43 lead. But they were outscored 18-7 the rest of the way, losing the I-70 Conference game 61-58 last week Tuesday.
Schowengerdt scoring seven points and Andrew Krause six in the third quarter helped the 'Hounds gain a 49-43 lead through three quarters after trailing 35-31 at the break.
Levi Banner led the Tigers to the win by scoring seven of his team-high 20 points in the fourth quarter.
Schowengerdt led the Greyhounds with 26 points. Krause scored 13 points and Hall 12.
Drew Bunch added 14 points and Tristan Green 11 for the Tigers.
Sacred Heart 95,
Santa Fe 39
The unbeaten Gremlins put their stamp on the game early, speeding away to a 33-7 lead after one quarter and a 58-18 edge at the half. It was 86-29 with a quarter to go.
Stefan Cox paced the Gremlins with eight three-pointers and 34 points.
Burton had nine points and Graf eight for SFHS.