Teutons pull away for win

INMAN – It wasn’t the best performance of the season, but the Inman boys basketball team pulled away in the second half from a feisty Ell-Saline squad and score yet another win on the season at 56-39 at home on Tuesday.

After holding a two-point advantage at the end of the first quarter and a five-point advantage of 21-16 going into the halftime break, the Teutons finally put some distance between the two teams by outscoring Ell-Saline 20-14 in the third before cruising on in for the 17-point victory.

The number one team in Class 2A, the Teutons are now 13-1 for the season with the win. Inman will be back on the hardwood Friday when they travel to Sedgwick.

Mason Thiessen and Payton Froese led the offense with 22 and 12 points each.

“Not a good performance by us tonight at all,” noted Teuton Head Coach Brett Froese during his post-game reflections. “I don’t want to take anything away from Ell-Saline as they showed up and played really hard, but we decided we were going to just cruise tonight instead of show up and play the game our way. When you decide to do that, and it don’t work – then the game becomes a grind and did it ever. We were bad on both ends of the floor tonight, which is very untypical for us. I thought we had the three best practices of the year this week and then after tonight, I’m not sure what to make of it. I know for a fact that if any voters would have seen us tonight we don’t deserve to by anywhere close to being the number one team in 2A. We have to regroup for Friday. I have to a job of preparing my kids, that’s on me. The sky isn’t falling, we’re still 13-1 and we have some really nice pieces, we just got to bring it every single day.”

Lady Teutons race past Ell-Saline

INMAN – The Inman girls basketball team held Ell-Saline to just seven first half points as they raced out to an early lead and scored a decisive 52-25 victory at home on Tuesday. The victory gives the Lady Teutons a 12-2 mark for the season as they ready to go on the road on Friday for a battle with Sedgwick.

Outscoring Ell-Saline 14-3 and 10-4 in the first two quarters of play, the Inman girls held a 24-7 advantage when they headed to the halftime break before cruising in the second half for the 27-point win.

Eleven Lady Teutons put points in the scorebook by their names, with Claire Thiessen leading the way by scoring 11. Rachel Harmon also hit double-digits with 10 while Lauren Maurer just missed with nine.

Little River boys roll past Herington

LITTLE RIVER – A huge first half offensively propelled the Little River boys basketball team past Herington at home on Tuesday and score a decisive 69-35 victory.

The Redskins scored 21 and 23 points in the first two quarters of play while holding Herington to just 14 points to take a commanding 44-14 lead into the halftime break. While Herington managed to put 16 points on the board in the third quarter, Little River responded with another 22 as they cruised in the second half to record the 34-point win.

Jayden Garrison was most of the offense for Little River as he connected for 32 points thanks to shooting 81-percent from the field for the game, including five three pointers. Trey Rolfs also hit for double-figures with 10. Graham Stephens led the Redskins with seven of the teams 28 rebounds compared to just 10 for Herington. Little River also had 17 assists on offense and 15 steals on defense.

“It was nice for the kids to get back on the court after a week off,” noted Redskin Head Coach Chad Lafferty. “The team really pushed the tempo offensively in the first half with some aggressive defense and quick outlets off missed shots. Defensively we limited them possession wise by doing a good job of blocking out and attacking on the break.”

The Little River boys are now 11-4 with the victory and will return to the hardwood on Friday on the road at Goessel.

Ladyskins handle Herington at home

LITTLE RIVER – When you hold a team to less than 10 points per quarter you should win and that is exactly what the Little River girls basketball team did on Tuesday at home against Herington in scoring a solid 48-27 win.

The LadySkins jumped out to a 15-6 first quarter lead and took a 20-10 advantage into the halftime break before coming back out and outscoring Herington 28-17 in the second half to earn the 21-point victory.

While Little River managed the victory while only shooting 38-percent overall from the field, it helped that the LadySkin defense held Herington to shooting only 25-percent, while also holding a commanding 40-19 advantage in rebounds.

Kaylee Zimmerman and Emma McBride led the Little River offense with 16 and 13 points respectively, while Lily Boughfman dominated in the paint with 14 rebounds, 10 of which came on defense.

“Very proud of the girls tonight,” commented LadySkin Head Coach Trey Look during his post-game reflections. “We had a tough last week in tournament play and it was great to see the girls bounce back with intensity and excitement against a good Herington team. We talked before the game how defense and rebounding was key for us to win and they did exactly that. Our team defense was one of the best all season, when we work together like that it’s fun for them and fun to coach. Lily (Boughfman) was huge on the boards tonight in getting her first start. Offensively we moved th ball much better which gave the girls good looks to knock down some shots.”

The victory gives the Little River girls a 10-5 mark for the season as they prep for a tough road trip on Friday at Goessel.

Wildcats get win over Sterling

MOUNDRIDGE – A strong first half and a consistent four quarters on offense helped push the Moundridge boys basketball team to a 60-40 victory over Sterling at home on Tuesday.

Once the Wildcats took a 15-6 lead after the first quarter, they never relinquished the advantage by pulling out to a commanding 20-point, 36-16 lead heading into the halftime break before cruising in the second half to gain the 20-point win.

While offense was the main key to the victory, defense did its part by pushing Sterling into 16 turnovers and making 10 steals.

Dillon Vogts was the leader on offense by hitting for 24 points which was helped by nailing six three-pointers. Brady Helms joined Vogts in double digits by scoring 13 while leading the Wildcats in rebounding with seven.

“Defense continues to ignite runs for us,” explained Wildcat Head Coach Vance Unrau. “Mid first-quarter until halftime we had steals which led to having numbers in transition. I keep using the word ‘relentless’ as how I describe I want these guys to play defensively. We may finally be seeing what this mentality generates and how team members feed off of each other and want to join in. We weren’t as sharp offensively tonight so we will get back to fine tuning some things in practice.”

The victory gives the Wildcats an 11-4 record for the season as they prep to host Bennington on Friday.

Lady Wildcats suffer loss to Sterling

MOUNDRIDGE – Despite holding a small first quarter advantage, the Moundridge girls basketball team could not keep up with Sterling in the second and third quarters as they took a 55-40 defeat at home on Tuesday.

The Lady Wildcats held a slim two-point, 13-11 lead after one quarter of action before Sterling pulled ahead at 23-17 before the halftime break. Sterling then started pulling away in the third quarter and held a 37-23 advantage heading into the fourth quarter where they held off the Lady Wildcats for the 15-point win.

Kourtney Kaufman was the Lady Wildcat leader on offense with 14 points after hitting for four three-pointers.

The loss drops the Lady Wildcats to 10-5 for the season as they ready to host Bennington on Friday.

Elyria boys pick up one-point victory

From the opening tip, the Elyria Christian boys basketball team battled shot for shot with Goessel before pulling away in the third quarter and holding on in the fourth to gain a slim, one-point, 44-43 victory at home on Tuesday.

Goessel held a three-point advantage at 13-10 after the first quarter Elyria pulled even and the two teams went into the halftime break knotted at 20-20. The Eagles put a little distance between the two teams in the third by outscoring Goessel 14-8 and taking a seemingly comfortable 34-28 lead heading into the final quarter of play where Goessel fought back while Elyria was able to hang on for the one-point win.

While eight Eagles put points on the scoreboard, Caleb Froese had a huge night by getting a double-double by leading the team in points with 12 and pulling down a team high 12 rebounds, 10 of which came on the defensive boards. Tyler Huxman just missed hitting double digits with nine points.

“We had to grind this one out tonight and we made enough plays at the end to come away with the win,” noted Eagle Head Coach Zach Goodrich. “Goessel coach Guhr does a fantastic job with his team and it was a good contest between two teams playing hard. We had some brilliant moments during this game, and then we had some moments when we did not play very crisp. Our focus is learning to play solid basketball for 32 minutes and I believe this game helped us learn that we have to be sharp for all four quarters on all levels of the game as we continue to grow the rest of the season.”

Coach Goodrich concluded his post-game reflections with some individual recognitions by saying, “Caleb (Froese) had a big night with a double-double and we look forward to him finding more rhythm on the offensive end the next couple of games. Tyler (Huxman) hit some big shots for us and had a steal at the end to seal the game. Zach (Stucky) continues to be steady for us on both ends of the floor.”

The win puts the Eagle mark at 10-5 for the season as they ready to host Peabody-Burns on Friday.

Elyria girls drop heartbreaker

It was a heartbreaking loss for the Elyria Christian girls basketball team on Tuesday when Goessel came to the Lady Eagles home court and used a huge third quarter and then withstood an Elyria fourth quarter comeback to score a one point, 33-32, win over the Lady Eagles.

While it was low scoring, the first half was as close as it could get when Goessel took a one point, 9-8, lead over the Elyria girls going into the halftime break. Coming out in the third quarter, Goessel jumped ahead by seven and held a 27-20 advantage going into the final quarter when the Lady Eagles outscored the visitors by six, only to come up one-point short to get a win.

Seven Lady Eagles scored in a balanced offensive attack with Claire Adamyk leading the way with nine points while Kylee Penner hit for eight and KiLynn Starburg had seven. Olivia Peters led the work in the paint with eight rebounds.

“It was a fun game to be a part of tonight and a great atmosphere,” said Lady Eagle Head Coach Greg Fields. “I was really proud of the way our girls competed. This is a very young team that is just beginning to realize what they are capable of. I started to see some confidence on the offensive side during the second half and that attack mentality is what we have been trying to encourage. It was really exciting to see them do some things that we have seen in practice.”

Coach Fields concluded his post-game reflections by adding, “We had some bad break downs in our defense during the third quarter. The girls did a great job of making some adjustments and staying focused on what we were asking them to do. They battled back and had an opportunity for a game winning shot on an inbounds play. The girls did a great job of executing the play and got a shot off that was just short. Claire (Adamyk) and Kylee (Penner) were both solid tonight on both ends of the court where they played with a lot of strength. KiLynn Starburg played outstanding defense tonight and hit a couple of big three’s for us, she is going to be an outstanding shooter as she continues to develop.”

The heartbreaking loss dropped the Lady Eagles to just 2-13 for the season as they prepare to host Peabody-Burns on Friday.

Canton-Galva girls score big win over Solomon

SOLOMON – A huge first half was the key as the Canton-Galva girls basketball team needed to hold off a big comeback in the final quarter in order to score a nine-point, 52-43 victory over Solomon on the road on Tuesday.

Scoring 38 points in the first two quarters while holding Solomon to just 18 gave the Lady Eagles a commanding 20-point advantage heading into the halftime break. Canton-Galva extended their lead by four points in the third quarter which provide to be a good thing as Solomon tried to roar back with a huge 19-point final eight minutes, but the Lady Eagles were able to hold on for their win.

In the stat sheet the game appears to be near dead even as the Lady Eagles had just a two-rebound advantage, had nine steals to five for Solomon while each team committed 13 fouls.

Individually, Tia Moddelmog had the lead on offense with 20 points, while Alexa Bell hit for 16 and Kaysha Unruh just missed double digits with nine. Bell had six rebounds while Moddelmog, Unruh and Jayci Mastre each had five as the Lady Eagles made it a team effort in the paint.

“In the first three quarters we executed very well on both ends,” noted Lady Eagle Head Coach Shelby Hoppes. “For the second game in a row, we won the rebounding battle which is so important for our success. We also finally shot the ball well from the free throw line which is good to see. Our schedule hasn’t done us any favors this past week as this was our fourth game in just six days and that showed some in the fourth quarter when we let them cut into our big lead. We got out of there with a win though and now have to prepare for the best team record wise in our league on Friday.”

The victory ups the Canton-Galva girls record to 9-5 for the season as prep for a road trip to the league leaders in Rural Vista.

Canton-Galva boys overcome illness for victory

SOLOMON – Considering they were playing without three starters due to illness and injuries, plus having two others miss practice because of illness, it was a wonder how they did it but they did as the Canton-Galva boys basketball team scored a hair thin close, one-point 37-36 victory over Solomon on the road on Tuesday.

The Eagles jumped out to an early 13-4 lead in the first quarter before extending that to an 11-point, 23-12 halftime advantage. While Solomon closed the gap to just one in the third by outscoring the Eagles 15-5, both teams played even up with nine points each in the final eight minutes of play as the Canton-Galva boys hung on by a thread for the win.

Tyson Struber and Kinser Colgin led the Eagles on offense with 10 points each while Struber added eight rebounds and Colgin pulled down six. Struber also had a solid night on defense by getting two steals and three blocks.

Eagle Head Coach Shane Duncan explained why the victory was a near wonder by explaining that, “We were without Nick Pearson, Landon Everett and Conner Koehn tonight due to illness and injury. They were three starters from our last game. Plus (Tyson) Struber and (Kinser) Colgin missed practice on Thursday due to being ill.”

Coach Duncan concluded his brief post-game reflections by pointing out two key moments in the game saying, “Morgan Becker, a freshman that hasn’t seen much varsity time hit two free throws to put us up by three with just 27 seconds left in the game. Solomon then hit a three to tie it before (Tyson) Struber got fouled and hit the first free throw with just 1.8 seconds left to give us the final lead.”

The victory brings the Eagle boys season mark to 5-9 as they prepare to travel to Rural Vista on Friday.

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