Canton-Galva Girls Earn Close Victory

CANTON – The Canton-Galva girls basketball team scored a hard-earned two-point, 50-48, victory at home against the Wichita Homeschool Warriors to close out their regular season campaign.

The win gives the Lady Eagles a regular season mark of 12-7 as they prep to host Goessel on Tuesday.

Trailing by three after the first quarter and by two at halftime, Canton-Galva continued to pick away until they retook the lead and in the fourth quarter gained the two-point win.

Neither team had a good night shooting as Wichita shot 28-percent while Canton-Galva hit just 29-percent of their shots.

Only five Lady Eagles put points on the scoreboard as Kaysha Unruh led the team with 16 and both Tia Moddelmog and Alexa Bell contributed double digits with 12 each. Unruh also led the team in the paint by pulling down eight rebounds.

“I am so proud of the girls tonight for the effort they played with,” explained Lady Eagles head coach Shelby Hoppes during his post-game reflections. “After Tuesday’s game where we had no energy and poor effort, we did a complete 180 tonight and the result was one of the bigger wins of the season. Our team defense tonight was really good as we put in a match-up zone this week and the girls executed it really well.”

Hoppes also acknowledged a big game for a senior, saying, “On senior night, Kaysha (Unruh) played her best game of the season as she battled against their two 6-foot post players all night on the boards and also knocked down two free throws to go up two with 16 seconds left.”

Canton-Galva boys stumble on Friday

CANTON – It was another rough night for the Canton-Galva boys basketball team as they were handed a very decisive, 71-33, loss on Friday at home against the Wichita Homeschool Warriors.

With the loss, the Eagles fall to 6-13 on the season and will be back on the hardwood on Tuesday when they play host to Goessel.

Wildcats Hammered by Sedgwick

SEDGWICK – It was not a good night for the Moundridge boys basketball team as they shot just 22-percent from the field and were humbled, 51-19, by Sedgwick on the road on Friday.

The loss drops the Wildcats to 13-7 as they finish their regular season schedule and prepare to battle at home on Tuesday with Flinthills in their opening game for Class 1A regionals.

Moundridge scored just two points in the first quarter and just three in the second to find themselves in the hole 24-5 at the halftime break. Sedgwick dropped in 19 in the third which put the game away on their way to the 32-point win over Moundridge.

You know it was a rough night when the leading scorers for Moundridge had just five points as did Collin Kohn and Dillon Vogts. The Wildcats were dominated in the paint as Sedgwick out rebounded them 28-14.

Lady Wildcats Dominate Sedgwick

SEDGWICK – The Moundridge girls basketball team closed out their regular season in strong fashion as they went on the road Friday and dominated host Sedgwick from the opening tip on their way to a 38-14 victory.

With the victory, the Lady Wildcats finish their regular season at 12-7 as they prep for a short turnaround and hit the hardwood again on Monday when they will host Burrton in the opening round of the Class 1A regionals.

Moundridge held a 9-2 first quarter lead and took a commanding 24-7 advantage into the halftime break before pulling away to a 34-10 lead after three and then cruising in for the 24-point win.

Kourtney Kaufman had the big night offensively for the Lady Wildcats as she led the team with 15 points, while Katie Eichelberger just missed double figures with eight.

Elyria grls lose heartbreaker in OT

MARION – Great battle with a heartbreaking ending for the Elyria Christian girls basketball team on Friday on the road at Marion as they fought through four quarters only to lose by a single basket, 34-32, in overtime.

After holding a slim, one-point advantage after the first quarter, the Lady Eagles put the defensive clamps down on Marion in the stanza by shutting them out on the scoreboard while scoring eight themselves to take the lead going into the halftime break.

Marion powered back by outscoring Elyria 25-16 in the final two quarters to tie the game at 30-30 and then scored just one extra basket in the overtime to get the win.

“I was very proud of the way our girls competed tonight,” said Elyria head coach Greg Fields. “The last couple of years we have been blown out by Marion and I thought that our defense really allowed us to have a chance of winning this game. We really came out aggressive in the first half, but we let their pressure get to us in the second half.”

Like most games the Lady Eagles were well balanced on offense with eight girls putting points in the scorebook, led by KiLynn Starburg with eight and Kylee Penner who had seven.

Now 5-15 at the end of the regular season, the Lady Eagles will return to the hardwood on Monday at Rosalia-Flinthills for their opening game of the Class 1A regionals.

Elyria Boys Lose in OT

MARION – Much like the Lady Eagles, it was a disappointing, but great way to end the regular season for the Elyria Christian boys basketball team as they fought a great fight on the road at Marion on Friday, only to lose 59-53 in overtime.

The loss drops the Eagles to 14-6 for the season as they turn around on Tuesday and host Peabody-Burns in the first round of the Class 1A regionals.

Up by one at the end of the first, Elyria was down by two heading into the halftime break before falling behind by six after three quarters of play. The Eagles then fought back in the fourth quarter to end the game in a 50-50 tie before Marion pulled away in overtime to take the six-point win.

Zach Stucky and Aidan Fields led the Eagles offense with 15 points each, while Tyler Huxman also hit double digits with 11. Stucky shot an amazing 71-percent from the field for the game, including three-of-four from beyond the three-point arc.

“It was a great way to end the regular season,” noted Eagles head coach Zach Goodrich. “We did not get the outcome we were looking for, but hopefully this will be a game that prepares us for a tough postseason.”

Lady Vikings Lose by 20 to Halstead

HALSTEAD – A rough third quarter cost the Smoky Valley girls basketball team as they went on the road on Friday and came home with a 59-39 loss to Halstead.

Trailing by just four at the end of the first, the Lady Vikings were only down by seven, 27-20, at the halftime break before Halstead took advantage of costly Smoky Valley turnovers in the third quarter to run out to a 21-point advantage before cruising in the fourth for the 20-point victory over the Lady Vikings.

One thing Smoky Valley did have was a team offense as nine Lady Vikings put at least two points by their name in the scorebook, though none reached double digits, Kerington Haxton and Ashlyn Bryant came close with nine points each.

“Our run continues through state-ranked league opponents,” noted Lady Vikings head coach Larry Van Der Wege in his post-game reflections. “Turnovers plagued us in teh third quarter as well as being unable to stop their big duo of Gerber and McClain who combined for 47 points. I was proud of our effort to try and contain their scorers, but turnovers and missed shots doomed us in the third quarter.”

The loss drops the Lady Vikings to 4-15 on the season as they close out their regular season schedule on Tuesday when they travel to Haven.

Vikings Lose Close Game to Halstead

HALSTEAD – The Smoky Valley boys basketball team dropped to 7-12 for the season on Friday when they battled close but lost a four-point, 61-57, game on the road at Halstead. Next up for the Vikings will be to close out their regular season on Tuesday with a road game at Haven.

No other information on the game against Halstead was available at press time.

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