Area roundup: Easy wins for Swathers

By Steve Sell
February 08, 2017

The Hesston boys just keep rolling right along.

Class 3A's No. 1-ranked basketball team had little trouble on Tuesday with a 63-41 rout of Nickerson.

A 24-4 run that covered the last part of the first half and the beginning of the third quarter was the difference.

Reese Nebel led the Swathers with 17 points while Zach Vogt chipped in with 15. Hesston has only one loss, that coming to Smoky Valley and it later avenged that by 31 points.

 • Hesston girls 52, Nickerson 32— A 19-7 eruption in the third quarter sparked the Swathers to the easy win.

Kailey Jo Ince and Elise Kaiser had big games for Hesston with 16 points apiece. Eight Swathers in all scored.

• Canton-Galva boys 43, Peabody 35 — The Eagles got back on the winning track as they held Peabody scoreless in the second quarter to key a 43-35 victory.

Hunter Pearson led the way with 17 points. Dylan Wood hustled to 8 rebounds and Pearson added 6.

“Our defense did a great job through three quarters shutting them down,” C-G coach Shane Duncan said. “We forced way too many silly shots in the fourth and allowed them to hang around. We also missed 10 free throws in the final quarter. We struggled playing with the lead.  Hopefully we can learn from this and finish a fourth quarter next time.”

• No report from the Canton-Galva girls.

• Elyria Christian School boys 40, Centre 35 — The Eagles are red hot.

Tyler Thiessen scored 21 points and pulled down 8 rebounds to lead the Eagles to yet another victory.

“I knew this would be a rough week for us, playing two of the top teams in our league back-to-back,” Elyria coach Zach Goodrich said. “I thought we came out a little tired, but were able to hit some shots in the first half to keep us in the game. Defensively we made some adjustments in the second half which helped propel us to the win.”

Caleb Froese just missed double figures with 9 points.

• Elyria Christian School girls 38, Centre 25 — After losing some recent heart-breaking games, the Eagles enjoyed a rare double-digit victory.

“This was a very good win for our girls,” Elyria coach Greg Fields said. “Centre can be a very dangerous team and I felt like we did a good job on them defensively. When they did get open looks, they missed shots that they typically will make. I think our girls never allowed them to get in a rhythm.”

Melea Redenbaugh scored 11 points to lead the Eagles, one more than Christin Vetter.

“Abbey Rush had a very solid game for us tonight,” Fields said. “She was very disruptive defensively and she did a great job taking care of the ball. Melea and Christin also played well inside tonight.”

• Solomon boys 45, Little River 39 — Solomon pulled away at the end in what another low-scoring defensive game.

Little River trailed 32-31 going into the fourth quarter after being down 23-16 at halftime.

Clay Zeller topped the Redskins with 16 points.

• Solomon girls 45, Little River 30 — The Redskins fell behind 12-5 after a quarter and could never recover as the Gorillas played solid defense all game.

No Little River player hit for double figures. Melanie Renken and Isabelle Eberle led the way with 7 points apiece.

• Remington boys 53, Inman 52 — A game that was tight right down to the end went Remington's way as the Broncos cooled off the Teutons, who had knocked off Sterling and Berean last week.

Inman led 15-11 after a quarter, but Remington tied it by half and it stayed that way heading into the fourth quarter.

Payton Froese led Inman with 22 points, Lucas Barlow scored 14 and Mason Thiessen added 10.

• Remington girls 61, Inman 38 — Remington raced to a 37-21 halftime lead and rolled from there.

MaKayla Michael was the lone Teuton in double figures with 11 points.

• Bennington boys 49, Moundridge 38 — The third quarter was the game.

The Bulldogs outscored the Wildcats 20-10 in that quarter after the teams had been tied at the half.

Amazingly, Bennington was called for just 3 fouls the entire game.

"The stats pretty much tell the story of the game," Moundridge coach Vance Unrau said. "Bennington was relentless on the glass. They out-rebounded us by 18 and we gave up 12 offensive boards. That cannot happen. It's flat-out embarrassing. It means we didn't block guys out and we had no desire to go and get a rebound.  Rebounding does not take skill. It takes effort. Bennington has a nice team, but this loss is disappointing. We also never got to the free throw line."

Lantonio Unruh led the Wildcats with 11 points.

• Moundridge girls 42, Bennington 24 — When the Wildcats win, it's usually because of their defense.

MHS was in lockdown mode all night as it simply didn't allow the Bulldogs to get on any kind of offensive run.

Bethany Stucky and Lexi Lorimor took care of the scoring with 14 points apiece.

• Note — Smoky Valley was idle.