SEDGWICK – It was almost an all McPherson final in the Steve Shepherd Sedgwick Invitational after semifinal play on Friday, but we said almost as the Inman girls basketball team scored a win over Chaparral to make the invitational finals while the Canton/Galva girls lost to host Sedgwick and will now play for third.
Lady Teutons make invitational finals
The third best team in Class 2A, the Inman Lady Teutons fought their way into the finals of the invitational on Friday with an eight-point, 42-34, victory over Chaparral. With the victory, the Lady Teutons will take a sparkling 11-1 season mark into the invitational finals on Saturday against host tournament host Sedgwick.
In the once-delayed round one of the Invitational on Thursday, the Inman girls scored a resounding 48-34 victory over Clearwater with consistent offense throughout the game. While Clearwater took a one-point 13-12 lead after one quarter of play, the Lady Teutons turned the offensive up in the second quarter and not only took the lead back, but charged out to an eight-point, 26-18 halftime advantage. Though both teams played even up with 11 points each in the third quarter, Inman pulled away in the fourth fort the final 14-point victory.
Nine players put a point or more in the scorebook for Inman, with sophomore Dantlie Raney leading the way with 21.
Lady Eagles playing for third at Sedgwick
After scoring a solid, though delayed first round victory on Thursday, the Canton-Galva girls basketball team were edged out by invitational host Sedgwick on Friday as the Lady Eagles suffered a nine-point, 45-36 loss and will now play for third-place Saturday against Chaparral.
With the loss on Friday, the Lady Eagles will enter their matchup on Saturday with a 7-5 mark for the season.
In the loss to Sedgwick, Canton-Galva fell behind 17-12 after one quarter of play and were still trailing 23-19 going into the halftime break. While the Lady Eagles tried hared to out score Sedgwick in any quarter, they fell short again in both the third and fourth quarters in taking the nine-point loss.
Alexa Bell and Tia Moddelmog led the Lady Eagles with 14 and 13 points respectively, with Moddelmog leading the team in rebounds with six and assists with five. Both Bell and Moddelmog had four steals each on defense.
“I learned a lot about our team tonight and I couldn’t be more proud of the way we battled and continued to compete after we got down 15-2 to start the game,” noted Lady Eagle Head Coach Shelby Hoppes in his post-game reflections. “It would have been really easy for the girls to mail it in, but we continued to fight and climbed all the way back to tie it at 19 at one point. Like all teams, we put a lot of emphasis on four things – limiting turnovers, winning the rebounds, 50-50 balls, and limiting free throw attempts by the other team. They beat us in three of four of those things tonight and in a close game that is the difference.”
On Thursday evening, Canton-Galva scored a 12-point, 44-32 win over Wichita Independent in the first round of the invitational.
A big difference in the game came in the first and fourth quarters as Canton-Galva took a 10-point, 14-4 lead in the first quarter and then finished the game with a solid and strong 13-6 fourth quarter.
Alexa Bell had another solid game by leading the Lady Eagle offense on Thursday with 14 points while also pulling down six rebounds. Kaysha Unruh also scored in double digits with 11 points while Tia Moddelmog led the team in rebounds with nine.
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