Lady Wildcats run by Ell-Saline

MOUNDRIDGE – From the opening tip on Tuesday, the Moundridge High School girls basketball team had command over visiting Ell-Saline on their way to a 54-38 victory.

The win gives the Lady Wildcats a 12-7 mark for the season as they prep to close out their regular season schedule on Friday when they take to the road to battle Sedgwick.

Moundridge opened up the first quarter by taking an 18-6 lead before stretching it out to 31-14 heading into the halftime break. While Ell-Saline played the Lady Wildcats basically even in the second half, the lead was too much to play catch up on as Moundridge scored their 16-point win.

Hailey Unruh led the Lady Wildcats with 13, while Kate Eichelberger hit for 11 and both Kourtney Kaufman and Erin Durst finished one basket short of double digits with eight each.

19-0 Opening Run Propels Wildcats to Victory

MOUNDRIDGE – The Moundridge High School boys basketball team used a 32-point first quarter to propel them to a 77-49 handling of visiting Ell-Saline in the final home game of the regular season on Tuesday.

With the victory the Wildcats are now 13-6 heading into their final regular season battle on Friday at Sedgwick.

Taking a 32-7 advantage in the first quarter put Moundridge in command and even as Ell-Saline tried to keep up in the second quarter, the Wildcats took a huge 30-point, 53-23 advantage into the halftime break before cruising in the final 16 minutes of play for the final 28-point win.

“The boys came out with a bit of a chip tonight after last week,” noted Wildcat Head Coach Vance Unrau. “I told the kids I wanted ‘what we are’ to show up tonight and they did that with a 19-0 run to start the game after steals and live ball turnover layups.”

The Wildcats shot a sparkling 60-percent from the field for the game while dominated the boards 35-25 and causing 11 steals on defense while making an amazing 24 assists on offense.

Four Wildcats hit for double digits in the scorebook, led by Dillon Vogts with 22, while Brady Helms Remington Creed each dropped in 14 and Kevin Vivanco scored 11. Vogts had an overall strong game by also leading the Wildcats in assists with nine and rebounds with seven.

Looking ahead to the regular season finale, Coach Unrau concluded his post-game reflections by saying, “Good to right the ship tonight as we head to Sedgwick to end the regular season and get ready for regionals. It will be a physical game against Sedgwick and we will have to adjust to the defense that they will play.”

Big third quarter pushes Lady Skins to Victory

LITTLE RIVER – A big third quarter pushed the Little River High School girls basketball team out to the lead they needed to gain a 61-39 victory at home on Senior Night Tuesday against Pawnee Heights.

With the win the LadySkins are now 14-5 for the season as they ready to close out the regular season schedule on the road against always tough Inman on Friday.

It was razor thin close in the first half as Pawnee Heights took a one-point, 25-24, lead into the halftime break before the Little River girls turned up the heat on offense and clamped down all the locks on defense in the third quarter when they ran away on the scoreboard by outscoring Pawnee Heights 26-3 to take a commanding 50-28 advantage into the final eight minutes of play.

While nine LadySkins put scores in the scorebook, it was Kaylee Zimmerman with 18 and Emma McBride with 16 that lead the way on offense. Lily Boughfman led the team in rebounds with seven while Morgan Konen had six to go along with her six assists.

“This was a tale of two halfs,” noted LadySkin Head Coach Trey Look. “We came out slow and with no fire in the first half, but talked about being tougher on defense while also being tougher when driving to the basket and making stronger passes.”

Jayden Garrison propels Little River Boys to Victory

LITTLE RIVER - It was a model of offensive consistency and an unstoppable Jayden Garrison for all four quarters on Tuesday as the Little River High School boys basketball team closed out the regular season home schedule with Senior Night and a 74-46 victory over visiting Pawnee Heights.

With the win the Redskins are now 15-4 for the season as they ready for a trip to Inman on Friday to close out their regular season part of the schedule.

With the game tied at 18-18 after the first quarter, Little River out gunned Pawnee Heights 22-6 in the second stanza to take a 40-24 advantage into the halftime break. The Redskins then scored 18 in the third and 16 in the fourth while holding the visitors to 18 in the third and only 4 in the fourth to finish the game with their 28-point win.

Jayden Garrison was unstoppable for the night as hit connected on 15-of-25 shots from the field, including six-for-eleven from beyond the three-point arc, plus seven-of-eleven from the charity stripe to score a whopping 43 points. Joining him in double digits were Trey Rolfs with 12 and Graham Stephens with 10.

“Tonight the boys came out aggressively against a very good Pawnee Heights team,” said Redskin Head Coach Chad Lafferty in his post-game reflections. “In the second quarter the defense really picked up the pressure and we were able to extend the lead. Jayden (Garrison) had another excellent night shooting and everyone worked hard defensively and got after loose balls.”

Elyria girls get a win

PEABODY – It was a feel good night for the Elyria Christian girls basketball team as they scored a big road win on Tuesday when they traveled to Peabody and scored a 46-15 victory over Peabody-Burns.

The win gives the Lady Eagles a season mark of 5-14 as they prep to close out their regular season on Friday on the road at Marion.

Elyria shutout the host team 6-0 in the first quarter and held a 20-10 lead at the halftime break before putting the defensive clamps down in the second half by holding Peabody-Burns to just five points on their way to a 31-point win.

Kylee Penner had a huge game for the Lady Eagles with 20 points, the first of her Elyria career.

“We had a lot of things to feel good about tonight,” noted Lady Eagle Head Coach Greg Fields. “I was exited about how well we shared the ball as we had 14 assists.”

Elyria boys hold on for win

PEABODY – A consistent offense in the final three quarters helped earn the Elyria Christian boys basketball team a, 54-40, road win on Tuesday at Peabody-Burns.

After the victory the Elyria boys are now 14-5 for the season as they prepare for the final game of the regular season schedule on Friday on the road at Marion.

Leading by just one in the first quarter, the Eagles doubled up the score for Peabody-Burns in the second to take a 27-16 advantage into the halftime break. From that point on Elyria scored 12 and 15 points in the final two quarters to hang on for the 14-point victory.

Eight Eagles put points in the scorebook, but only Caleb Froese and Aidan Fields hit for double-digits with 15 and 11 points respectively, though Zach Stucky with nine and Jacob Nelson with eight came close. Froese also scored a double-double as he had 11 rebounds while Fields also had a solid night in the paint, but just missed a double-double with nine.

“This was one of those grind it out games,” commented Elyria Head Coach Zach Goodrich in his post-game reflections. “If we do some things better we probably have a different feel about the game. It’s good for us to have contributions offensively from different players because it opens the floor for everyone. We play a good Marion team on Friday and will have to be a lot sharper if we plan on staying in the game.”

Second Half Costs Lady Vikings

LINDSBORG – For one half the Smoky Valley girls basketball team hung with Nickerson before they were outgunned in the final 16 minutes of play on Tuesday and handed a 68-44 defeat.

The loss gives the Smoky Valley girls a 4-14 record for the season as they get ready to travel to Halstead on Friday for their final regular season battle.

After trailing by four points at the end of the first quarter, the Lady Vikings pulled to within one at 23-22 heading into halftime. Unfortunately, the Nickerson defense caused ball handling issues for Smoky Valley in the second half and the visitors took advantage of it to outscore the Lady Vikings 45-22 in the final 16 minutes of play.

While nine Lady Vikings put points in the scorebook, only Ellie Brumbaugh hit for double-digits as she had nearly half the team points with 20. Kerington Haxton had a solid game with seven points and seven rebounds.

“Our girls battled with Nickerson for more than a half before fading in the third quarter,” noted Lady Viking Head Coach Larry Van Der Wege in his post-game reflections. “Nickerson’s defensive pressure caused turnovers which led to baskets in the second half, and while we scored at least 10 points in each quarter, it wasn’t enough to keep pace.”

Offense struggles in Viking Loss

LINDSBORG – It was real struggle offensively on Tuesday for the Smoky Valley boys basketball team as they could not keep up with visiting Nickerson, losing 63-30.

With the loss, the Vikings head into the final regular season battle at Halstead on Friday with a record of 7-11.

Nickerson jumped out to a commanding 17-6 first quarter and 27-11 halftime advantage and never looked back, outscoring Smoky Valley 36-19 in the second half to gain the 33-point victory.

Smoky Valley’s offense just never got off the ground as they hit just 26-percent of their first half shots from the field and finished the game hitting on but 31-percent while Nickerson shot a hot 71-percent for the game.

While seven Vikings were able to put points on the scoreboard, none reached double digits with Cade Schneider leading the way with eight while Lane Schrag and Chris Mullen each scored seven.

Canton-Galva girls lose at Centre

LOST SPRINGS—The Canton-Galva girls basketball team ran up against a consistent Centre team on the road Tuesday and combined that with a disaster of a third quarter, came home with a 60-48 loss.

While the Lady Eagles led by six at 17-11 after the first quarter of play and hung on to a three-point, 28-25 halftime advantage, they were unable to capitalize on it when they scored just four third quarter points while host Centre continued showing a consistent offense and put up 18 points to take a 43-32 lead into the final quarter of play where Canton-Galva fought them even, but were unable to make a dent in the Centre lead and took the 12-point loss.

With the loss, the Canton-Galva girls are now 11-7 for the season as they prepare for a tough road game on Friday against the Wichita Warriors Homeschool team to finish out the regular season.

At press time there was no score or information available on the Canton-Galva boys game at Centre.

Teutons split at Sterling

STERLING—While the Inman High School boys basketball team were victorious with 49-45 win over Sterling High School, the Lady Teutons were not so lucky as fall to Black Bears 37-20 on the road Tuesday.

Jaxson Eddy came up big for Inman as he led with 23 points for the Teuton boys and the Teutons improved to 16-2.

For the Inman girls they drop to 15-3 of the season as they prep for their final regular season scheduled game on Friday when they host Little River. No other information was available at press time.

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