Area roundup: Sweep for Hesston

By Steve Sell
January 18, 2017

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.