The Smoky Valley boys did it to Concordia again.
After stunning the heavily favored Panthers in the sub-state championship game last March, the Vikings doubled down on Friday with a 48-40 victory, their first of the year.
The Vikings had played well in their first two games, but had nothing to show for it. This time they found themselves down 12-7 after the first quarter, but outscored the Panthers in each of the final three quarters, including 15-7 in the final period.
Ryan Weldy’s 13 points led a balanced Viking scoring attack. Nick Reinert scored 12 and Jacob Adams provided a post presence with 11.
• Concordia girls 47, Smoky Valley 41 — Viking coach John Bellah said he couldn’t have been more pleased at halftime.
His Vikings were controlling the game with a 25-20 lead. But Concordia charged back and outscored them 27-16 in the second half.
Katie Bellah’s 16 points led the Vikings, now 1-2.
• Elyria Christian School boys 43, Little River 31 — The Eagles came up with the first victory of the Zach Goodrich era by batting down the hatches.
After giving up 78 points on Monday, the Eagles were in lockdown mode as Goodrich said his team was much more intense on the defensive end.
Tyler Thiessen led Elyria with 10 points. Clay Zeller was much of the Little River offense with 18 points.
“It was great to get our first win tonight against a solid Little River squad,” Goodrich said. “I thought we played much better team defense and saw a huge improvement from Monday night. There are still a lot of areas we want to get better in and we hope to continue to build on tonight's win.”
• Little River girls 39, Elyria Christian School 36 — The Little River girls are the early surprise of the season. After winning just four games last year, they are now 3-0.
“Turnovers really hurt us tonight,” Elyria coach Greg Fields said. “Little River is very quick and they do a great job of jumping into the passing lanes, but we need to be patient on offense and not force so many passes.”
Madison Loder’s 9 points led a balanced Little River offense. Melea Redenbaugh had a terrific game in defeat with 14 points and 11 rebounds. “She was so strong on the boards and she played solid defense as well,” Fields said.
Elyria is now 1-1.
• Hillsboro boys 47, Moundridge 44 —Moundridge got off to a great start offensively with 22 points in the first quarter.
But the Trojans tightened up and gave up just 4 points in the fourth quarter to rally for the win.
“The kids played their tails off tonight against a quality team,” said MHS coach Vance Unrau, whose team is now 2-2. “We competed hard, but some untimely turnovers at various times of the game and tough shooting luck late were too much to overcome. I'm not disappointed in the effort, only the outcome. We got better tonight in spite of the loss. We will continue to work hard to improve.”
Anthony Otte, who had to miss some of the second half due to a cut, and Noah Eichelberger scored 15 apiece for the Wildcats.
• Moundridge girls 42, Hillsboro 24 — Brian Holloway said it was nice for his Wildcats to win their own tournament after coming up short in the past. The game turned in the third quarter when Moundridge held Hillsboro without a point.
Holloway said his team is overcoming its lack of height with solid execution. Lexi Lorimor, who had seven 3s on Tuesday, knocked down three more and scored 15 points to lead the Wildcats. Kassidy Kaufman added 10.
MHS is now 4-0.
• Goessel boys 49, Canton-Galva 42 — The Eagles are 0-3, but continue to be highly competitive in every game.
“Tale of two halves,” C-G coach Shane Duncan said. “We played our best half of the year in the first, our worst half of the year in the second. Our margin for error is very small. We can't make the mental mistakes we did the final 16 minutes.”
C-G was up 25-15 at the break, but was outscored 34-17 in the second half.
Jonah Sargent and Jordan Gagnebin scored 10 points apiece for C-G. Nick Pearson pulled down 8 rebounds. The Eagles were without starter Dylan Wood and Nick Pearson hurt an ankle in the fourth quarter.
• Goessel girls 45, Canton-Galva 34 — The Eagles are now 1-2 on the year. No game information was reported.
• Hesston boys 55, Chanute 27 — Hesston coach Greg Raleigh said he would like for his team to have some practice time since most of his players have only had a handful of practices because of the late football season.
But the Swathers are now 4-0 despite the minimal practice and they’ve dominated most of the games.
Zach Esau scored 14 points and Zach Vogt tallied 10 as this one was basically over after the first quarter as the Swathers gave up only 3 points and later led 30-13 at the half.
• Hesston girls 56, Chanute 20 — The Swathers bounced back from their first loss by racing to a 16-3 first-quarter lead.
Kailey Jo Ince tossed in 15 points and freshman Elise Kaiser is fitting in nicely as she tallied 12. Alaina Dunlavy just missed doubles with 9.
• Inman boys 60, Lyons 25 — The Teutons buried the Lions under a first-half avalanche of points, leading 39-10 at the break.
Ethan DeWitt topped the Teutons with 16 points, while Mason Thiessen added 13 and Payton Froese tallied 11.
“We played pretty well tonight,” Inman coach Brett Froese said. “We really moved the ball well on offense. Defensively we were good again. I really liked our effort all week, played really hard. I wasn't sure how we would play tonight after tough loss last night. Responded really well. DeWitt and (Lucas) Barlow were good tonight. They really caused problems on the glass for Lyons.”
• Inman girls 49, Lyons 36 — No game information was available.