C-G girls win OT thriller from Inman

By Steve Sell
January 25, 2017

Brittany Nordstrom’s last-second layup gave Canton-Galva’s girls a 47-45 overtime victory over county rival Inman on Tuesday in the first round of the Sedgwick Invitational.

The victory advanced the Eagles to Thursday’s 6 p.m. semifinals, where they will take on No. 1 seed Fairfield in the Main Gym. Inman goes up against Belle Plaine in the consolation round at 6 p.m. in the Auxiliary Gym.

Inman was in control of the game as it used a 13-3 third-quarter spurt to open up a seemingly impossible 13-point lead to overcome.

But C-G, after scoring just 20 points through three quarters, exploded for 19 in the final period and held the Teutons to 6 to get the game into OT.

C-G freshman Emma Ruddle continued to impress with 18 points while leading scorer on the season Kelli Nightingale was right behind her with 16.

MaKayla Michael led Inman with 14, one more than Lauren Mauer.

• Trinity Catholic boys 54, Smoky Valley 46 — Trinity broke open a close game with Smoky Valley by outscoring the Vikings 19-12 in the final quarter.

Smoky Valley’s top scorer Nick Reinert was out, but Ryan Weldy stepped up to lead the way for the Vikings with 19 points. Brett Heitschmidt added 15.

• Trinity Catholic girls 40, Smoky Valley 29 — The Vikings held the slow-starting Celtics to a single point in the first quarter.

But after leading 18-16 at the half, the Vikings were outscored 14-6 in the third quarter and that turned the tide.

Kate Deterding led the Vikings with 8 points.

• Moundridge girls 57, Ell-Saline 40 — Moundridge began play in the Hilltop Class at Great Bend with one of its best offensive performances of the season.

The Wildcats led 26-17 at the half and continued to charge toward the finish line after the break.

Bethany Stucky made 9 of 12 shots and scored 19 points to lead the Wildcats. Lexi Lorimor knocked down three 3-pointers and scored 15 points.

Moundridge will play at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the semfinals.

• Ness City girls 56, Little River 44 — Little River is now 0-2 in the Hilltop Classic as Ness City jumped out to a 20-9 first-quarter lead and never looked back.

Melanie Renken had her second straight big game for Little River with a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds. Emma McBride added 10 points.

Little River will play for seventh place at 3 p.m. Friday against an opponent to be determined.