Smoky Valley’s boys completed a perfect nine-game run through the Central Kansas League Tuesday with a 54-45 victory over Hesston.
The Vikings moved to 16-3 overall for their best season since their state championship year in 1982. They host Sterling Friday to wrap up.
Hesston gave the Vikings all they wanted, as Smoky led just 27-25 at the half and 39-36 going into the fourth quarter before putting the game away.
There was no stopping Smoky’s Seth Nelson, as the big senior powered his way to 27 points, including four 3-pointers. He had 14 points in the first half and 13 in the second.
Hesston girls 50, Smoky Valley 46 -- Smoky Valley made a furious charge in the fourth quarter, but fell short. Hesston was up 40-28 going into the final period before the Vikes put up 18 points, eight by Rachel Norberg. Lori Dauer scored 18 for Smoky, while Norberg and Taylor Whittaker added 10 apiece.
Moundridge boys 58, Ellinwood 37 -- The Wildcats bounced back from a loss on Monday, blazing to leads of 20-8 after a quarter and 36-17 at the half.
Daniel Ratzlaff scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half to lead MHS, while Trey Unrau chipped in with 16 and Alex Otte scored 10. The Wildcats drained six 3-pointers in the game.
Moundridge girls 61, Ellinwood 31 -- Like the boys, the Wildcat girls also bounced back from a loss and did it in a big way. Up 23-12 at the half, they doubled the Eagles 38-19 in the last 16 minutes. MHS’ Taylor Schrag poured in 23 points, while freshman MacKenzie Suderman added 17, including four 3-pointers.
Little River boys 51, Canton-Galva 39 -- Little River gave up just 13 first-half points and used their 10-point lead at intermission as the springboard to the victory. Skylar Hill scored 11 of his 18 points in the second half to lead Little River, with Chet Cordell furnishing 10. Taylor Myers made three 3-pointers and scored 14 for the Eagles, while Nick Vogts added 12.
Little River girls 57, Canton-Galva 30 -- Class 1A state title contender Little River led 29-14 at the half and as usual played terrific defense. Megan Stagner erupted for 26 points to lead Little River, with Annie Galyon next with eight. Erika Smith’s 13 points led C-G.
Inman boys 68, Herington 58 -- It was 25-all at the half, but Inman turned on the jets in the third quarter with 24 points. It was a three-pronged attack for the winners, as Luke Ropp scored 21 points, Jason Friesen tallied 18 and Devan Wenthe contributed 11. Bryce Case just missed doubles with nine.
Inman girls 47, Herington 44 -- Down 22-16 at the half, the Teutons turned the tide with a 16-7 third quarter and then held off the Railers in the final period. Kaitlynn Golden had a big game for Inman with 15 points.