CANTON — It was Senior Night at Canton-Galva High School and with sub-state around the corner, Little River High School swept the Eagles and will have momentum going into the sub-state tournament.
Girls basketball: Little River 44 Canton-Galva 42
The game went back and forth for both teams, and it came down to the last second of the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, the Lady Eagles ran out of time as they had the final possession.
"It was a battle for both teams. I thought our girls fought hard. We really focused and battled when we needed to. Turnovers were the key point that kept them in the game," Redskins head coach Trey Look said.
The defense was key for the Lady Redskins as they ran a half-court trap throughout the night. Little River took advantage of the missed opportunities the Eagles had due to their ball-handling and missing easy layups. It all came to an effect once the game reached the fourth quarter.
"We made some crucial mistakes there at the end. Either we could've tied it or gone ahead. That's what hurt us the most," Eagles head coach Dean Scott said.
Melanie Renken was the leading scorer for the Lady Redskins with 12 points. Tia Moddelmog led the Lady Eagles with 15 points. Both were the only two that finished in double-figures.
"This game was kind of a test and a precursor to sub-state. If we get this win here, it kind of gives us the momentum going in sub-state," Look said.
The Lady Redskins finished the season at 13-7. They hold the third seed in the Class 1A Division I and will face the sixth seed Mankato-Rock Hills on Tuesday at Sylvan High School at 6 p.m. As for the Lady Eagles, they end their season at 9-10. They hold the sixth seed and will face the third-seeded Goessel High School at Goessel.
Boys basketball: Little River 63 Canton-Galva 34
On the boys' side, the Eagles struggled offensively against Little River's fast-paced defense. The Redskins created more turnovers by setting up full-court traps, which the Eagles had trouble avoiding the last time they both faced each other on Jan. 5.
The Redskins had a 24-0 head start in the first quarter, while the Eagles were not able to get any looks from the basket. It took a minute in the second quarter to finally get the Eagles on the board.
"It's good to win for us heading to sub-state. We got our press going early on and were able to get some turnovers and quick points," Redskins head coach Chad Lafferty. "
Jayden Garrison led the Redskins with 21 points. He was the lone player to score double digit points for the Redskins.
Chase Klinkerman led the Eagles with 12 points.
The Eagles end their season at 3-16 and will hold the eighth seed in the sub-state in the class 2A division. They will face the top-seed Elbin-Berean Academy at Hillsboro High School Tuesday at 7 pm. The Redskins finished their season at 14-5 and hold the third seed in the Class 1A Division I. They will face the Kensington Thunder Ridge High School high school at 6 p.m. on Monday.
"Right now, everyone is 0-0 now. It doesn't matter if you head to sub-state with no wins or undefeated, everyone is 0-0. If you lose you go home. It's a matter of winning, and advance, " Lafferty said.
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