Little River advances to championship with win over Canton-Galva

GOESSEL — The Canton-Galva girls basketball had its best game of the young season Tuesday night at the Goessel Bluebird Classic, but Little River picked up the 40-35 win to move to 3-0 on the year and advance to the championship game on Saturday.

Canton-Galva held a lead for most of the first three quarters, but Little River finished strong and finished the fourth quarter on a 12-5 run.

For Canton-Galva, Tia Moddelmog had a game-high 22 points to go along with eights rebounds, five assists, and three steals. Mimi Craig had a game-high 12 rebounds.

“Loved our energy tonight,” Canton-Galva head coach Shelby Hoppes said. “We did a lot things well enough to win tonight against a really good Little River team, just came up short in the end.”

Little River was led by Emma McBride’s 15 points, seven rebounds, and four steals. Little River won its second game in as many days after closely defeating Elyria the previous night.

“Two games in two nights is always tough,” Little River head coach Trey Look said. “We showed some toughness in battling back when things weren’t going right. Proud of the girls and we prepare for Saturday.”

Little River will play for the championship on Saturday against Central Christian at 6 p.m.

Little River bounces back with win against Canton-Galva

GOESSEL — After suffering a setback against Elyria on Monday, second-ranked Little River bounced back with a 58-20 win over Canton-Galva on Tuesday at the Goessel Bluebird Classic.

The Little River offense and defense was outstanding in the first half, as the ‘Skins led 42-8 at halftime. Jayden Garrison had another big night, finishing with 29 points on 55 percent shooting with 11 rebounds, all in just three quarters. Braxton Lafferty also continued a hot start to his freshman season, finishing with 12 points.

Tyson Struber and Kinser Colgin each had six points to lead Canton-Galva.

“Little River was very good tonight, we struggled hitting open shots,” Canton-Galva head coach Shane Duncan said. “The key was getting outrebounded 42-20. All credit to Little River tonight. We will get better the more practice and game time we have.”

Little River will play for third place on Saturday against Central Christian at 6:30.

Smoky Valley girls go 2-0 on the week

LINDSBORG — The Smoky Valley girls basketball team responded from a heartbreaking loss to Abilene last Friday with a 55-47 win over Southeast of Saline on Tuesday.

Breanna Priddy and Kerington Haxton each 15 points for the Vikings. Priddy finished with 10 rebounds for a double-double.

The Vikings led by one at halftime. Up by five entering the fourth quarter, the Vikings scored 18 points in the final eight minutes.

“Our defense took a big step up tonight and that made the difference,” Smoky Valley head coach Larry Van Der Wege said. “I was really proud of our effort on both ends of the court.”

On Friday, the Vikings won their second straight game of the season with a 50-41 win over Concordia. Again, it was Haxton and Priddy leading the way. Haxton finished with 16 points and seven assists while Priddy had 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Up by two at halftime, Smoky Valley outscored Concordia 28-21 in the second half.

“All in all, I feel we took another step forward and that's all we can hope for at this point,” Van Der Wege said.

The Vikings return home on Tuesday to face Hesston.

Third quarter is dagger as Vikings fall to SES

LINDSBORG — The Smoky Valley boys basketball team dropped to 0-2 on the season with a 65-58 loss to Southeast of Saline on Tuesday.

The Vikings led by two after the first quarter but went into halftime trailing by three. Southeast of Saline outscored Smoky Valley 20-9 in the third quarter, Although Smoky Valley won the fourth quarter 24-17, it wasn’t enough as SES held on for the win.

Cade Schneider was much of the offense as he finished with 22 points. Schneider also made three 3-pointers and was 9 of 9 from the free-throw line.

Smoky Valley defeated Concordia on Friday to move its record to 1-2 on the season. Stats and scores were not available by press time. The Vikings are back home on Tuesday against Hesston.

Teutons edge Moundridge at Classic

MOUNDRIDGE — It was a big night for both Inman High School basketball teams as the girls and boys both picked up wins over rival Moundridge at the Moundridge Preseason Classic on Tuesday.

The Inman boys picked up a 40-36 win despite a game-high 22 points from Moundridge’s Brady Helms. Inman had no response for Helms, who scored 14 points in the second half.

“Helms was able to have his way a few times but I was also impressed by the way he stepped out and hit some jumpers,” Inman head coach Brett Froese said.

Inman was led by Jace Doerksen’s 10 points and 10 rebounds. Kolby Blank led the way with 11 points.

Leading by one entering the fourth quarter, Inman outscored Moundridge 12-9.

“Just a great overall effort by a really young team,” Froese said. “So proud of them.”

Moundridge falls short against Hillsboro

MOUNDRIDGE — Despite 13 points from Brady Helms and 10 from Jon Schlosser, the Moundridge boys basketball fell decisively to Hillsboro 63-37 on Friday at the Moundridge Classic.

The Wildcats played their third game in four days, and head coach Vance Unrau believes his team was low on energy.

“Been a tough week. Competed hard in our first two games but tonight it seemed we didn't have much left in the tank,” Unrau said. “We allowed fatigue to affect us physically and mentally.”

Unrau also gave credit to a Hillsboro team that is currently ranked ninth in the latest Kansas Basketball Coaches Association poll.

“Hillsboro is a very athletic, quick, and good shooting team,” Unrau said. “We didn't handle their pressure well tonight and it affected our offensive flow.”

Moundridge returns home on Tuesday to face Little River.

“Lots to work on but all can be fixed and improved,” Unrau said. “Love these guys because they work hard and they are coachable.”

Moundridge girls fall to Hillsboro

MOUNDRIDGE — The Moundridge girls kept it close for most of the night, but the Wildcats fell to Hillsboro in the final game of the Moundridge Classic.

Down by one entering the second half, Hillsboro outscored Moundridge by seven in the third quarter and by five in the fourth for the 51-38 victory.

Erin Durst led Moundridge with 15 points, while Kourtney Kaufman and Kate Eichelberger had 10 and nine points respectively.

“Hillsboro made some great offensive plays and we couldn't get our offense ignited,” Moundridge head coach Vicky Kessler said. “Hillsboro went 17 for 18 at the freethrow line, while we were 6 for 12 and that was the difference in the ball game.” I was pleased with our effort and the growth we made as a team throughout the tournament.”

Moundridge returns home on Tuesday to face Little River.

Inman now 3-1 after comeback win against Lyons

MOUNDRIDGE — The Inman boys basketball team picked up wins against Moundridge and Lyons, while falling to a solid Hillsboro team, this week at the Moundridge Classic.

The Teutons defeated Lyons 49-48 thanks to 16 points from Jace Doerksen. The Teutons trailed by 14 points at halftime and were down 16 to start the fourth.

“What a great effort this week, super, super proud of them,” Inman head coach Brett Froese said. “So many guys made some great plays late.”

Inman is back in action on Friday against Kingman in the Heart of America-Central Plains League Challenge.