It was a pretty good night for a few of the McPherson area high school basketball teams as Smoky Valley, Canton-Galva and Little River each scored win from both their boys and girls teams, while both Elyria Christian teams struggled on offense and lost both of their contests.

The Smoky Valley girls won their second game in a row 32-27 over Hoisington, while the Viking boys evened their season mark at 4-4 with a 49-43 win over Hoisington. Canton-Galva sent both their teams to Goessel where the Lady Eagles played a very steady and consistent four quarters to gain a six-point win, while the Eagle boys used a strong second half to earn themselves a six-point victory as well.

Both the Elyria teams had rough nights shooting and lost a pair of games on the road to a powerful Rural Vista program.

The Little River girls used consistency to score a 14-point win on the road with Centre while the Little River boys buried Centre 70-58 as Jayden Garrison poured in 29 points, the only information we have at press time for the Redskins game.

Smoky Valley girls get second win

LINDSBORG – After opening the season with six straight losses, the Smoky Valley girls basketball team won their second game of the season and second game in a row on Friday with a 32-27 home court victory over Hoisington.

The Lady Vikings led 8-4 after the first quarter before falling behind in the second stanza and finding themselves trailing 18-14 at the halftime break. Turning the defense up, Smoky Valley held Hoisington to just one point in the third quarter before rolling in for the final five-point win.

“We went on an 18-0 run in the second half to open up an 11-point lead early on in the fourth quarter,” noted Lady Viking Head Coach Larry Van Der Wege. “The margin tightened a little in the last two-minutes, but we held on. We improved our handling of the ball, ending with 15 turnovers which is well below our game average.”

While none of the Lady Vikings hit for double digits, seven girls put at least two points in the scorebook with Ellie Brumbaugh, Lindsey Gerlach, Kaylie Ryan and Kennington Haxton leading the offense with six points each. Kennington Haxton also led the Lady Vikings in the paint by hauling down eight rebounds.

The Smoky Valley girls will now head to Sterling on Monday to begin play in the Sterling Basketball Tournament.

Vikings even season mark at 4-4

LINDSBORG – The Smoky Valley boys basketball team evened their season record at 4-4 on Friday by scoring a 49-43 win over Hoisington.

Trailing by two, 18-16, heading into the halftime break, the Vikings turned up the offense a notch in the third quarter and outscored the visitors 15-8 to take a 31-26 advantage going into the final quarter of action. From there Smoky Valley held up their lead to get the six-point victory.

Seven Vikings put points on the scoreboard with three hitting for double digits including Lane Schrag and Cade Schneider each scoring 12 while Blake Heble chipped in for 10.

Next up for the Vikings will be the Sterling Basketball Tournament beginning on Tuesday.

Canton-Galva girls hold on for win

GOESSEL – The Canton-Galva girls basketball team played a steady four quarters and held on to gain a six-point, 34-28 victory over Goessel on the road Friday. With the win, the Lady Eagles are now 6-4 for the season as they now take a week off before getting back on the court on Monday, Jan. 21 at the Sedgwick Basketball Tournament.

Canton-Galva scored 10 points in each of the first two quarters to take a one-point, 20-19 lead into the halftime break, then came out and played another two quarters of consistent basketball with seven points in each stanza while holding Goessel to just nine more points and gain the six-point victory.

Alexa Bell was the lone Lady Eagle to reach double digits with 13, while Tia Moddelmog and Kaysha Unruh each had seven. Unruh was the big factor on the boards by pulling down nine rebounds while also tying Bell for the team lead in steals with six.

“We didn’t play our best game tonight offensively and the girls know it, but I was happy with the outcome,” said Lady Eagle Head Coach Shelby Hoppes. “We were able to turn them over 20 times with our press which gave us some easy buckets. We also hit the boards, especially on the offensive end where we pulled down 15.”

Canton-Galva boys get late victory

GOESSEL – Thanks to a solid second half, the Canton-Galva boys basketball team improved their season mark to 3-7 with a six-point, 40-34 win on the road Friday at Goessel.

The Eagles got behind the eight ball early on and trailed 10-4 after the first quarter before pulling back within three at 20-17 heading into the halftime break. Shutdown defense by Canton-Galva in the third quarter limited Goessel to just a pair of points, giving the Eagles a chance to take a slim two-point, 24-22, advantage going into the final quarter of play. In the fourth quarter the Eagles kept Goessel at bay and took the six-point win.

Kinser Colgin led the Eagle offense with 13 points, while Nick Pearson had eight. Both Landon Everett and Tyson Struber had control in the paint as they both pulled down nine rebounds for the night.

“We played very well defensively,” noted Eagle Head Coach Shane Duncan in his post-game reflections. “Both Kinser (Colgin) and Conner (Koehn) did a great job on Goessel’s two leading scorers. Landon (Everett) gets credit for going four-for-four from the free throw line in the final minute of the game to seal the win for us.”

Next up for the Eagles will be to host the Canton-Galva Basketball Tournament next week, with the Eagles playing the Wichita Warriors in the tournaments opening round.

Little River girls get past Centre

CENTRE – A steady four quarters of play boosted the Little River girls basketball team to a 14-point, 54-40 victory Friday night on the road at Centre. The win gives the LadySkins an 8-3 mark for the season as they will now be off until Monday, January 21 when they return to the hardwood to play at the Hilltop Basketball Classic in Great Bend.

After the two teams played to a 12-12 tie in the first quarter, the LadySkins pushed themselves out to a seven-point, 23-16 advantage heading into the halftime break. While the third quarter saw a lot of offense as the two teams scored a total of 39 points, Centre was only able to pull back within six at 42-36 before Little River rolled forward to gain the 14-point victory with a powerful offensive fourth quarter.

Kaylee Zimmerman dropped in five three-pointers in the game to lead the Little River offense with 19 points, while Emma McBride also hit for double digits with 15. Part of the LadySkins domination came in the paint where they held a 48-21 advantage in rebounds, including 10 pulled down by Emma Wright, eight by McBride and another seven by Lily Boughfman. Twenty-eight of those rebounds came on the offensive end of play.

“We played pretty well tonight against a well-coached Centre team,” said Little River Head Coach Trey Look. “We did a great job on the boards which gave us some second chance shots. It was a close game the whole way. Kaylee (Zimmerman) shot well tonight and hit some big three-pointers in the second half to give us a little cushion. In the fourth we did a great job of getting the ball in the middle and post against their zone which helped us get the win.

Elyria boys get hammered by Rural Vista

WHITE CITY – It was a down right awful night shooting for the Elyria Christian boys basketball team on the road at Rural Vista which enabled the host team to put the hammer down on the scoreboard and hand the Eagles a 22-point, 47-25 loss on Friday. The loss drops the Eagles to 7-4 for the season as they prepare to begin play on Tuesday in the Centre Classic Basketball Tournament.

The Eagles had trouble from the opening jump ball as they fell behind 11-4 at the end of the first quarter and trailed 23-8 going into the halftime break. While Elyria Christian played Rural Vista within two points in the third, it was just not enough to gain a win.

“It was tough night to finish with the fourth game in just eight days,” commented Eagle Head Coach Zach Goodrich during his post-game reflections. “We did not play very well tonight, and I will take the blame for that. We did not execute the scout very well and I did not do a good job of preparing the boys for the size of Rural Vista. I have to give Rural Vista credit, they came out and punched us in the face early and we did not recover. It’s hard to win a game scoring just eight points in one half, and we had some looks but I think by this time we did not have much legs left.”

Zach Stucky and Jackson Stone led the Eagles offense with seven and six points respectively as Elyria shot just 22.5-percent from the field for the game, including just two of 19 attempts from beyond the three-point arc.

“I do believe we learned a lot about our team from this four-game stretch after the Christmas break,” added Coach Goodrich in concluding his reflections. “I do believe we can be a great team come February, we still have some areas that need to sharpen up during this tournament week, but I do look forward to getting back to a normal schedule.”

Elyria girls continue to struggle

WHITE CITY – The struggles on offense with getting the ball in the baskets and points on the board continued on Friday for the Elyria Christian girls basketball team as they lost their 10 game of the season on the road at Rural Vista in White City, 51-10. The Lady Eagles do have one win on the season.

KiLynn Starburg was the one star of hope on offense as she hit a couple of three-pointers to lead the Lady Eagles with six points. Beyond the shooting woes, Elyria also struggled in the paint as Rural Vista outrebounded the Lady Eagles 29-14 while also making 11 steals from Elyria when they did get the ball.

“This was a good opportunity for our girls to play against one of the best teams in the state at the Class 1A level,” noted Lady Eagle Head Coach Greg Fields after the game. “I was encouraged to see some glimpses of what our defense is capable of as we created several turnovers when we were being aggressive, and that was nice to see against such a high quality, disciplined team.”

Next up for the Lady Eagles will be on Tuesday when they take to the court against Herington in the first round of the Centre Basketball Classic Tournament.

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