Boerger’s big shot not enough to push Eagles past Rural Vista
LOST SPRINGS — Despite a heroic effort from Audra Boerger, the Elyria Christian School girls basketball team ran out of gas, and players, down the stretch in Tuesday’s 44-41 loss to Rural Vista in the first round of the Centre Classic. The Eagles will face Peabody on Friday.
Down by three with time dwindling down, Boerger nailed a clutch 3-pointer to send the Eagles to overtime. But as four players fouled out, the odds began to heavily sway in the favor of Rural Vista, who were able to hang on for a gusty win.
ECS is probably wishing to have the second quarter back, when they were outscored 14-4.
Boerger finished with eight points, while Bailey Unruh scored 12. Christin Vetter also had a nice game with 10 points.
Pearson scores 13 as Canton-Galva falls in home tournament
CANTON — The numbers just did not add up for Shane Duncan and his Canton-Galva High School boys basketball team.
CGHS owned a rebounding advantage and held Wichita Classical to just 29 percent shooting, but a shaky third quarter was the difference in a 41-33 loss in the opening round of the Canton-Galva Boys Basketball Invitational Tuesday night.
“[We] should win games with those numbers,” Duncan said. “We just missed too many open looks again.”
The Eagles led 19-16 at halftime, but were outscored 15-2 in the third quarter to shell shock the home crowd. Foul trouble was a problem for the Eagles, who were aleady missing point guard Jonah Sargent at the start of the game due to illness.
Nick Pearson led Canton-Galva with 13 points. Dylan Wood had a team high eight rebounds.
The Eagles are back in action on Wednesday against Sedgwick.
Second half comeback falls short for Moundridge
HALSTEAD — The Moundridge High School boys basketball team was able to erase a double digit halftime deficit, but was unable to seal the deal as the Wildcats fell 40-37 to Halstead in the opening round of the Adolph Rupp Classic.
Halstead stormed out of the gates to take a 14-6 lead into the second quarter, and went into halftime up 25-15.
The Wildcats outscored Halstead 16-6 in the third quarter, but came up just short in the fourth.
“A sluggish start really didn’t help our cause tonight,” head coach Vance Unrau said. “Halstead was much more aggressive and played with more purpose of the gate. I will give our kids credit for battling back, but it’s disappointing that we didn’t show enough resolve to close the game out. We made some costly turnovers and missed scoring opportunities late. We will keep working hard to get better at these things.”
Anthony Otte led all scorers with 14 points while Noah Eichelberger pitched in with 11.
Moundridge takes on Rose Hill at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.