The Little River boys were locked in on the defensive end Friday night.
Herington had a 3-point first quarter and just a single free throw in the fourth as even with a cold-shooting night Little River came away with a 31-19 victory.
Little River has been playing some tremendous defense in recent games and it will need that when it plays Inman on Monday in the Burrton Invitational.
As has been the case often this year, the Redskins rode the scoring of Clay Zeller, who finished with 20 points.
• Little River girls 34, Herington 29 — Much-improved Little River held off Herington as it clamped down defensively in the second quarter by allowing only 2 points.
Mariah Renken shouldered much of the offensive load by scoring 17 points. She was remarkably consistent throughout the game, scoring 8 in the first half and 9 in the second. Little River hit four clutch free throws in the final quarter to preserve the win.
• Inman boys 40, Trinity Catholic 34 — After a couple of tough losses, the Inman boys gutted out a win over Trinity Catholic to move to 7-3 on the year.
Inman played sensational defense all night, especially the first half when it allowed only 14 points.
Mason Thiessen came up big for the Teutons with 16 points and the 6-6 big man showed his range with a couple of 3-pointers.
• Trinity Catholic girls 46, Inman 40 — The Teutons, after scoring just 20 points through three quarters, exploded for 20 in the fourth but it wasn’t enough to prevent the loss.
Ashtyn Schroeder and Olivia Clark tallied 11 points apiece to lead the Teutons.
• Moundridge boys 51, Sedgwick 48 — The Wildcats are starting to become the team that coach Vance Unrau expected them to be.
The Wildcats have played well since the calendar flipped over as it was a hard-earned win over always-tough Sedgwick. The Cardinals made a big run at MHS in the fourth quarter, but the Wildcats were able to seal the deal.
“A comfortable lead again turned into having to make free throws down the stretch to preserve the win,” Unrau said. “We had to go zone late in the game because we couldn't stop dribble penetration. We sent them to the line way too much and they cashed in shooting 73 percent from the line. Too many turnovers late didn't help ourselves any, either. But we did battle through a lot of sickness. I think everyone on the team has been sick and still not feeling up to par or played tonight a little under the weather. But we will take the win and get healthy. Big week at the Rupp ahead.”
Anthony Otte found his shooting eye with 25 points and Noah Eichelberger added 10.
• Moundridge girls 54, Sedgwick 41 — A pair of Moundridge grads squared off on the sidelines as Brian Holloway’s Wildcats got the better of Aaron Stucky’s Cardinals.
After leading just 25-21 at the half, the Wildcats steadily pulled away, with Kassidy Kaufman putting the game away at the foul line by making 6 of 7 in the final quarter. She finished with 14 points, one of three Moundridge players in double figuures. Lexi Lorimor added 11 and Natalie Kaufman scored 10, making 6 of 6 free throws including all four in the final quarter. MHS as a team shot 18 of 21 at the line.
• Hesston girls 46, Halstead 29 — Kailey Jo Ince’s 14 points led the Swathers to the win as their defense never allowed the Dragons to get untracked.
Celbi Richardson scored 9 points, and Alaina Dunlavy and Olivia Brubacher added 8 apiece as the Swathers had good balance.
• Hesston boys 44, Halstead 32 — Tough Hessont defense enabled it to pull away from the Dragons.
Zach Vogt topped the Swathers with 14 points and Cole McCreary added 12.
A 13-2 second-quarter advantage allowed Hesston to take control of the game.
• Elyria Christian School boys 57, Goessel 28 — In what easily was the Eagles' best game of the year, they jumped on the Bluebirds 12-3 in the first quarter and upped the lead to 35-10 at the half.
Caleb Froese led a balanced offense with 13 points, while Kobe Neufeldt and Jackson Stone furnished 11 apiece in what were their best games of the year.
"We had a great start tonight against Goessel that was much needed after two slow starts in the previous games," ECS coach Zach Goodrich said. "Our defensive energy was good and we got our hands on a lot of balls and rebounded well. We had contribution from a lot of different guys tonight."
• Goessel girls 39, Elyria Christian School 16 — Athletic Goessel never allowed the Eagles to get into any offensive flow.
“Very tough night for us offensively,” ECS coach Greg Fields said. “Our girls started the game with confidence, but as the game went on we refused to do the little things in order to avoid turnovers. If we played with as much energy and confidence on the offensive side as we do on the defensive side of the ball, we would be just fine right now.”
Misha Redenbaugh led the Eagles by scoring half their points with 8.
• Solomon boys 50, Canton-Galva 31 — The Gorillas outscored the Eagles 30-15 over the middle two quarters as C-G again struggled offensively.
Reed Wiens had a nice game with 15 points and 5 rebounds, while Hunter Pearson scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
"Hunter and Reed played well tonight," C-G coach Shane Duncan said. "They combined for 8 of 14 from the field and 5 of 6 from the line. We needed some complementary players tonight. The rest of the team was 2 of 20. Solomon is the top team in our league. Long, tall and athletic. Their best player missed the first six games of the year. They haven't lost since his return."
• Solomon girls 49, Canton-Galva 47 — Canton-Galva took a 21-18 lead into the locker room at halftime, but the Gorillas came back for the narrow win.
Solomon led by a point going into the fourth quarter.
Kelli Nightingale continued her solid season with 15 points. Bailey Nordstrom had her best game of the year with 12 points.
• Smoky Valley's games at Kingman were postponed to a later date.