The Bunceton boys and girls basketball teams fell on the road Thursday night against the Sweet Springs Greyhounds, losing by the scores of 68-49 and 55-39, respectively.
The Lady Dragons, dropping to 6-6 on the season, trailed Sweet Springs 13-9 after first period’s end, 32-15 at the half and 49-29 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, Boonville outscored Sweet Springs 10-6.
Bunceton coach Mitch Hurt said the girls got off to a very slow start on both ends of the floors.  
“We were undersized in the post which caused problems in the first half,” Hurt said.  “We were able to keep pace with them in the second half but couldn’t climb out of the hole we put ourselves in.  I was very proud of our effort in the second half.  We will learn from this and move forward.”
Harper led all scorers in the game for Sweet Springs with 24 points.
For Bunceton, Rachel Lenz finished the game with 11 points, eight rebounds, two steals and one assist.
Lauren Wieland chipped in nine points, four rebounds, two steals and one assist while Cara Bishop added six points, two rebounds and one assist, Skyler Shuffield with six points and one assist, Taylor Burnett with five points, two rebounds, two steals and two assists, Emily Clevenger with two points, two steals and two assists, Chloe Moser with four rebounds and Jenna Kahle with one rebound.
The Lady Dragons also finished the game by hitting 15 of 48 shots from the field for 31 percent and 7 of 12 from the foul line for 58 percent.
As for the Bunceton boys, they trailed Sweet Springs 16-8 after one, 32-23 at the half and 47-35 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, Sweet Springs outscored Bunceton 21-14.
Bunceton coach Mitch Hurt said for being smaller at every position this was perhaps their best rebounding game.   
“Pulled down 24 defensive rebounds but only four offensive,” Hurt said. “We got to the line 15 times hitting on 13 which was our best effort yet.  We will have to get much better defensively if we expect to improve over all.”
Eberting had the game-high for Sweet Springs with 29 points.
For Bunceton, who dropped to 1-11 on the season, Blake Petsel and Brayden Doyle each had 14 points.
Petsel also had five rebounds and four assists in the game while Doyle added eight rebounds, one steal and one assist. Jordon Angermayer had eight points, six rebounds, one steal and one assist while Rylee Knapheide chipped in eight points and four rebounds, Riley Layne and Eli Pearcy each with three points and two rebounds, Dakota Rose with two rebounds and David Knipp with one rebound.
The Dragons also shot 29 percent from the field and 87 percent from the foul line.