Elyria Christian School girls basketball coach Greg Fields has waited all season to see a complete performance like the one his team turned in on Tuesday.
The Eagles dominated from start to finish for a 48-19 thrashing of Peabody.
“We finally played more than just one solid quarter,” Fields said. “Abbey Rush played the best I've seen both offensively and defensively. She came alive in the second half shooting 4 of 6 for 3's. Melea Redenbaugh was also very strong for us tonight on the boards as well as scoring. We needed a confidence-boosting game as we go into a tough stretch for the next couple of weeks.”
Rush scored 13 points, one more than Melea Redenbaugh. Misha Redenbaugh added 10 for the best balance ECS has had all year.
The red-hot Elyria boys completed the evening sweep with a 53-23 rout.
“I was pleased with our effort tonight against Peabody,” Eagles coach Zach Goodrich said. “We came out and paid attention to detail on the defensive end, and we were able to get up and down the court for easy looks, which was a key advantage we had in the game.”
Tyler Thiessen’s 18 points and 9 rebounds paced the Eagles. Kobe Neufeldt, Jaden Starburg and Caleb Froese all had 7.
• Little River boys 42, Goessel 39, OT — Little River outscored Goessel 8-5 in the overtime to come away with a hard-fought victory.
The Redskins had led 17-9 at the half, but Goessel erased the deficit and tied the game by the end of the third quarter.
Clay Zeller once again led Little River with 19 points and Jace Garrison added 10.
• Goessel girls 49, Little River 37 — State-ranked Goessel methodically pulled away from Little River as the Redskins put up a good battle against an athletic team.
It was only 23-16 at the half and the Bluebirds still had a single-digit lead going into the fourth quarter.
Emma Wright, Madison Loder and Emma McBride all had 8 points for Little River, while top scorer Melanie Renken was held to 6 by good Goessel defense.
• Rural Vista boys 40, Canton-Galva 36 — Canton-Galva held the Heat to just 13 points in the second half, but again C-G had trouble putting enough points on the board.
Jonah Sargent scored 13 to lead C-G, while Hunter Pearson and Reed Wiens were all over the boards with 9 rebounds apiece. When the teams met earlier this year, the Eagles lost by 19.
“Jonah Sargent played his best game of the year,” C-G coach Shane Duncan said. “Great defense and only missed one shot. We played well tonight. Kept our composure against their pressure and controlled the tempo. We had an opportunity at the end to tie it, but it didn't pan out. We showed a lot of improvement from the first game of the year. Rural Vista is a very good and experienced team (11 seniors). Proud of the effort tonight.”
• Rural Vista girls 47, Canton-Galva 40 — No game scoring available.
• Smoky Valley boys 65, Hoisington 52 — The Vikings were not caught looking ahead to Friday’s monster showdown with Hesston as they were focused from start to finish.
The Vikings had quarters of 22 and 20 points as they had one of their best offensive games of the year.
Brett Heitschmidt had a career night with 28 points. Ross Schrag scored 13 and Jacob Adams chipped in with 11.
• Hoisington girls 46, Smoky Valley 41, OT — The Vikings were held scoreless in the overtime after making a 17-10 charge in the fourth quarter to force bonus basketball.
A 2-point second quarter actually decided the game as the Vikings were outscored by 13 in the period.
Kate Deterding scored 15 points for the Vikings and Katie Bellah added 13.
• Moundridge boys 58, Marion 44 — Moundridge coach Vance Unrau said he wants his Wildcats playing their best basketball at the end of the year.
They might just be doing that.
The Wildcats socked Marion with back-to-back 17-point quarters to start the game and then held the Warriors to just 4 points in the third quarter.
Dillon Vogts had a career night for MHS by making 8 of 9 shots — 4 of 5 from 3-point — and scored a career-high 20. Anthony Otte scored 13 and Noah Eichelberger added 10.
“We got off to a good start, with defensive pressure creating some transition opportunities and got some offensive help from the bench tonight,” Unrau said. “Dillon Vogts shot the ball well for us from the perimeter and that opened up the zone inside for our other guys to find gaps. Defensively we didn't move as well as I would like to see. Didn't come up with as many loose balls as we should've and certainly didn't block out on the boards the way we need to as we gave up way too many second-chance points.”
• Moundridge girls 39, Marion 26 — The Wildcats are the No. 8-ranked team in Class 2A and did nothing Tuesday to hurt that ranking.
The Wildcats held the Warriors to a single point in the first quarter as their defense set the tone for the night.
Bethany Stucky continued her recent hot streak by scoring 17 points and Lexi Lorimor chipped in with 11.
• Hesston boys 49, Haven 41 — The Swathers had to knock off the rust as they hadn’t played since the Hillsboro Classic.
Class 3A’s No. 1-ranked team found itself down 24-22 at the half, but started its comeback by outscoring the Wildcats 13-7 in the third quarter.
Zach Vogt was smoking-hot with 25 points and Reece Nebel chipped in with 11.
• Hesston girls 48, Haven 34 — It was a crawl of a first half, as Hesston led just 13-9.
But the Swathers caught fire in the third quarter with a 17-9 advantage.
Alaina Dunlavy, who normally is the player who sets up the scorers, led the way with 15 points, while Kylie Klassen and Elise Kaiser tallied 12 apiece.
• Inman boys 51, Sterling 47— It was one of the best performances of the year for the Teutons.
“A huge win for us tonight over at Sterling,” Inman coach Brett Froese said. “Kids played great tonight, complete team effort. Sterling is really fast and really likes to get up and down. Kids really manned up tonight. Very proud of this team and their toughness tonight.”
Mason Thiessen fired in 23 points and Ethan DeWitt added 10.
“Attacked when we needed and ran offense when we needed,” Froese said. “Lucas Barlow and Ethan DeWitt were huge on the boards for us and Mason Thiessen really shot the ball well. I thought Payton (Froese) did a great job controlling the pace tonight.”
• No game information reported for the Inman girls.