The Inman boys were just hoping to survive December without expected standouts Keaton Case and Walker Strange, both out with injuries.
Survive they have.
The Teutons improved to 5-1 on Friday at McPherson College with a 46-25 rout of Douglass as part of the HOA-CPL Challenge.
Payton Froese found the McPherson College rims to his liking as he drained five 3-pointers and scored 23 points. Inman clamped down early with a 16-4 first quarter.
“We played very well defensively again tonight.,” Inman coach Brett Froese said. “We really locked in to the scouting report. The Turner twins were averaging almost 40 points between them and we held them to 7. (Lucas) Barlow, (Ethan) DeWitt, (Taiten) Winkel and (Jaxon) Eddy were really good on those two tonight. Payton Froese really shot the ball well tonight and kind of took the game over in the first half. He had 21 in the first half. He was a problem for them. We rebounded the ball well tonight and really played unselfishly. Great preseason start for us. They play for each other and and just a great group of kids to coach.”
Froese believes Strange should be able to return by the next game after the break, while he’s hoping to have Case back sometime in January.
• Inman girls 33, Douglass 27 — After starting 0-3, the Teutons take a hot streak into the Christmas break as they are now 3-3.
The Teutons did not allow a point in the first quarter as both teams could never get going. The Bulldogs were up 11-10 at the half.
Inman came alive with 15 points in the third quarter.
Scoring for the Teutons was not available.
• Centre boys 59, Canton-Galva 47 — Reed Wiens had a big night for the Eagles with 20 points, but it wasn’t enough to produce C-G’s first win of the year. Wiens scored 18 of his points on six 3-pointers.
C-G trailed only 42-41 going into the final quarter, but was outscored 17-6 over the final 8 minutes.
“We played hard,” C-G coach Shane Duncan said. “We just lost composure in the final 5 minutes. We bailed them out on way too many possessions and gave them easy points at the free throw line. We’re a young team will get better from this game. We need experience playing close games in the fourth quarter.”
Dylan Wood hauled in 11 rebounds and Hunter Pearson had 9 for the Eagles.
• Centre girls 43, Canton-Galva 40 — What a tough week for the Eagles.
After losing by two points on Tuesday to Inman, the Eagles lost by three to the Cougars as the game was close all the way, including a tie after three quarters.
Freshman Emma Ruddle is really starting to emerge for C-G as she followed up her 19-point game on Tuesday with a team-high 15. Kelli Nightingale scored 12, 11 of those in the second half.
• Little River boys 36, Peabody 25 — Little River continues to play stifling defense, including quarters Friday where it allowed 4 and 2 points.
The lid wouldn’t come off the basket in the first quarter, which ended with Peabody up 4-3.
Clay Zeller had his usual big game for Little River with 17 and received good support from Levi Swenson, who had 10.
• Little River girls 44, Peabody 22 — Little River has now equaled its record for wins from last season.
It was a no-doubter as Little River led all the way.
Emma McBride had her second big game of the week as she scored 14 points to lead the Redskins, who now have four wins.
• Elyria Christian School boys 53, Herington 32 — The Eagles stayed hot as they blew by Herington.
Caleb Froese topped the Eagles with 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Tyler Thiessen chipped in with 11 points. Kobe Neufeldt had a fine game with 8 points and 6 steals and Aidan Fields scored 8.
“We are still learning how to be discipline on the offensive and defensive side of the ball,” ECS coach Zach Goodrich said. “Offensively, we did a better job of getting the ball inside and limiting our turnovers, Defensively, we had some foul trouble early. As the season continues, we will have to be better at playing with our feet and not with our hands.”
• Herington girls 40, Elyria Christian 32 — ECS coach Greg Fields is hoping his team’s offense can catch up to its defense.
The Eagles played good defense, but struggled shooting the ball.
“Our girls made some good adjustments defensively tonight,” Fields said. “We only allowed three field goals in the second half, but it's hard to win games when you shoot 15 out of 53 attempts. Melea Redenbaugh had another strong game for us and Bailey Unruh played a nice all-around game. She did a great job taking care of the ball and running the offense.”
Both Unruh and Redenbaugh scored 12 points to share team honors.
• Smoky Valley boys 44, Halstead 38 — The Vikings had no letdown from their big win over No. 1-ranked Hesston on Tuesday as they outscored the Dragons 17-4 in the third quarter.
Steady Nick Reinert scored 15 points to pace the Vikings and Brett Heitschmidt added 12.
• Halstead girls 34, Smoky Valley 23 — Offense continues to be a problem for the Vikings, who were held to a single free throw in the final quarter that opened up the game for the Dragons.
Katie Bellah’s 8 points led Smoky Valley.
• Kingman girls 39, Hesston 34 — The Eagles outscored the Swathers by 10 points over the middle two quarters, which decided the game.
Olivia Brubacher’s 12 points were tops.
• Hesston boys 60, Kingman 31 — No game information was available.
• Moundridge was idle.