Photos from McPherson High’s JV girls basketball game here Tuesday against Newton have now been posted under our sports gallery tab.
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It was an easy night for Hesston High’s basketball teams in the first round of the Hillsboro Trojan Classic on Tuesday.
The Swather girls routed tourney host Hillsboro 55-21, jumping out to a 32-11 halftime lead.
Elise Kaiser had a big game for Hesston by scoring 16 points. The Swathers had nice balance as nine players broke into the scoring column.
The Swathers play Riley County at 6 p.m. Friday.
The Swather boys overwhelmed Riley County, 68-27. It was a no-contest from the start as Hesston sped to a 37-10 halftime lead.
Everybody got into the act as five players scored in double figures. Zach Vogt, Zach Esau and Reece Nebel all scored 12 points, Dylan Fry had 11 and Cole McCreary added 10.
Hesston plays Bennington at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
• Halstead 40, Moundridge 37 — A slow start did in the Wildcats in the first round of the Rupp Classic at Halstead.
The Dragons jumped out to leads of 14-6 after a quarter and 25-15 at the half before Moundridge got untracked.
Anthony Otte led Moundridge with 14 points and Noah Eichelberger chipped in with 11.
“A sluggish start really didn't help our cause tonight,” Moundridge coach Vance Unrau said. “Halstead was much more aggressive and played with more purpose out of the gate. I will give our kids credit for battling back, but it's disappointing that we didn't show enough resolve to close the game out. We made some costly turnovers and had missed scoring opportunities late. We will keep working hard to get better at these things.”
Moundridge plays 4A school Rose Hill at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the consolation bracket.
• Wichita Classical boys 41, Canton-Galva 33 — One bad quarter did in the Eagles in the first game of their own tournament.
After leading 19-16 at the half, C-G suffered through a third-quarter drought as it was outscored 15-2.
Nick Pearson had 13 points to lead the Eagles.
“A key point in the game occurred with 50 seconds left in the second quarter,” C-G coach Shane Duncan said. “We were up 19-12 and Hunter (Pearson) picked up his third foul. They scored a quick 4 points to close the half. That was a momentum killer. From that point, they outscored us 19-2 till the start of the fourth quarter.”
The Eagles take on Sedgwick on Thursday with game time 7:30.
The Wichita Warriors defeated Ell-Saline 65-55 in Tuesday’s other game.
• Elyria Christian School boys 61, Marion 58 — Elyria Christian’s boys held off a furious rally by Marion for a tremendous victory in the Centre Classic.
Elyria led 33-18 at the half, but Marion charged back with 40 second-half points, but it wasn’t enough. Caleb Froese had his best game of the year with 19 points, Aidan Fields scored 17 and Tyler Thiessen added 16.
“We executed well on offense and did well in our zone defense,” ECS coach Zach Goodrich said. “In the second half we let up a bit, but were able to do some little things to get away with a win. I was proud of how the guys competed and look forward to the semifinals Friday.”
Elyria will play Centre at 8:30 p.m.
• Rural Vista girls 44, Elyria Christian School 41 — Audra Boerger hit a 3-pointer to get the game into overtime for the Eagles, but foul trouble did the team in.
“The girls played much better offensively tonight,” ECS coach Greg Fields said. “Audra Boerger hit a 3 in the final seconds to send the game to overtime. But we ran out of players as four of our starters fouled out.”
Bailey Unruh led the Eagles with 12 points and Christin Vetter added 10. Elyria is matched against Peabody at 7 p.m. Friday.
• Trinity Catholic boys 66, Smoky Valley 58, OT — It was a tough loss for the Vikings, who scratched back from an eight-point halftime deficit to get the game into overtime.
Nick Reinert’s 25 points led the Vikings, who play Lyons today at 4 p.m. in the consolation bracket.
For one of the few times since I’ve covered the McPherson Invitational, with my first one in 1980, I really can’t see a convincing, clear-cut favorite.
It’s always been relatively easy in the past since McPherson High has had so many dominant teams or Wichita Heights was star-studded.
But this year it seems to be a tremendously balanced tournament with any team capable of knocking off the other. There’s no “super team.” It definitely adds a level of intrigue.
I’m also not sure I can ever remember a No. 1 seed having three losses, which Maize does. Fortunately for the Eagles when the pairings were made last week they were a one-loss team, but since have been bounced by Salina Central and Wichita Heights.
The actual best record belongs to Wichita Heights, which returns to the tournament after last losing in the finals to McPherson High in 2015. The Falcons are 7-2, having lost their first game of the season to 5A power Kapaun and later a one-pointer to 6A titan Wichita East.
The darkhorses are two Kansas City schools, Shawnee Mission East and Blue Valley West. They typically have good size and like to play a lot of zone, with low-scoring games the norm.
I’ll be honest, maybe I should just flip a coin. The teams are of such similar ilk I could be lucky to get half the order right.
1. Wichita Heights — The Falcons could very well be 9-0. They don’t have a Perry Ellis or Darnell Valentine or Antoine Carr, but I’m sure they’ll be as talented and athletic as any team in the field.
2. McPherson — I would feel better about the Bullpups had they knocked off Andale in their last game, but maybe the tournament is what they need to bring out the best in their game. MHS’ Ben Pyle is probably the best player in the tournament, so he’s going to draw a lot of attention from opposing teams, so the other players need to step up.
3. Manhattan — The Indians have a two-point loss to Hays and also lost to longtime 5A power Highland Park, but other than that their sheet is clean. They have scored at least 60 points in four of their seven games, so it’s a team that apparently likes to get up and down the floor.
4. Maize — Speaking of getting up and down the floor, the Eagles have scored at least 66 points in eight of their nine games. Conversely, they also have given up more than 60 points in nearly half their games. I’m hoping Manhattan and Maize hook up at some point because the scoreboard would get a workout.
5. Shawnee Mission East — Shawn Hair does a great job with the Lancers, who are only 3-3 because they’ve had three games postponed. They haven’t played since Jan. 10, so they may have to knock off some rust. They won’t be intimidated by the Roundhouse crowd as they play a big-time schedule.
6. Blue Valley West — Lyons native Donnie Campbell is another veteran coach of the Invitational. The Jags have been under 50 points in four of their seven games. They’ll just try to outphysical teams with their plodding style.
7. Mill Valley — Mill Valley is the No. 8 seed, but I have a feeling its schedule will prepare it well. It will be competitive against everybody it plays.
8. Hutchinson — The Salthawks are much better than last year, even if their record doesn’t reflect it. But when I look at the field, I just don’t see a team they can beat.
McPherson High’s girls have drawn Andale for the first round of next week’s Mid America Classic
• THURSDAY’S SCHEDULE •
3:00 — Manhattan (5-2) vs. Hutchinson (2-6)
4:45 — Wichita Heights (7-2)
EL DORADO — McPherson High’s boys bowling team is starting to put up some big numbers.
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