Inman’s boys started and finished strong on Friday to come up with an important 51-45 road victory over arch-rival Moundridge.
The Teutons outscored the Wildcats 33-19 in the first and fourth quarters, while the Wildcats had a 27-18 advantage over the middle two.
Moundridge coach Vance Unrau again bemoaned the fact his team barely got to the foul line, going 3 of 3, while Inman was a crisp 17 of 21.
“Second game in a row that the final score was affected by free throws,” Unrau said. “Purely a reflection of us settling for early possession jump shots and not attacking the basket. We did a much better job in the second half of dribble penetration and that's when we got back in the game. Untimely second-chance points in the final minutes of the game made it tough down the stretch. Hard-fought game. Have to give a lot of credit to Inman for hitting the offensive glass hard and getting to the rim when they needed a basket.”
Lucas Barlow and Payton Froese were a dynamic duo for Inman with 18 and 16 points, respectively. Anthony Otte led Moundridge with 12.
• Moundridge girls 37, Inman 22 — Moundridge girls coach Brian Holloway said he never has to worry about his team’s defensive effort.
The Wildcats held Inman under double digits in each of the four quarters to win convincingly over their county rival.
Moundridge gave up just 8 points in the second half.
Lexi Lorimor knocked down a quartet of 3-pointers and scored 15 points, while Bethany Stucky added 12 to lead Moundridge. MaKayla Michael led the Teutons with 6 points.
• Canton-Galva boys 38, Herington 36, OT — The Eagles have their first winning streak of the year.
They went 2-0 on the week by gutting out a tough game at home. Hunter Pearson led C-G with 13 points and pulled down 6 rebounds. Dylan Wood again played beyond his size as he led the team with 7 rebounds.
“We played well defensively, but struggled hitting shots in the second half,” C-G coach Shane Duncan said. “We executed our sets well, just couldn't knock shots down to put the game away. Great crowd with the little kids cheer clinic and the honoring of Lewis Morgan for his years of support. I felt the boys were able to feed off that energy. Credit to Jonah Sargent's defense late in the game. He really made it difficult for their shooters to get open looks. I thought our boys showed great composure in overtime.”
• Canton-Galva girls 63, Herington 30 — Keep an eye on Emma Ruddle.
The Eagle freshman is a star in the making after exploding for 27 points to lead the Eagles to a lopsided victory.
She had good help as Kelli Nightingale furnished 14 points and Autumn Colgin chipped in with 13.
• Pratt boys 70, Smoky Valley 54 — Nick Reinert, despite missing much of the week with illness, scored 20 points and was 12 of 12 at the foul line, but it wasn’t enough as the Vikings fell to the athletic Greenbacks.
Pratt was on fire all night, but especially in the second half when it erupted for 41 points.
Coach Doug Schneider said his team gave a good effort, but sickness that has hit his team sapped it of some of some of its strength,
• Smoky Valley girls 40, Pratt 27 — Smoky Valley coach John Bellah said he was pleased with his team’s lockdown intensity on defense.
Pratt led 11-9 after a quarter, but it was all Vikes after that. Katie Bellah tossed in 14 points to lead Smoky and Kate Deterding added 12.
• Solomon boys 39, Elyria Christian School 36 — The Eagles were held scoreless in the first quarter and did not make a field goal in the first half to trail 23-6, but finally caught fire to make a game of it.
A great 21-point, 8-rebound effort by Aidan Fields went for naught.
“It is hard to win games when you don't score a field goal in the first half,” ECS coach Zach Goodrich said. “We were on our heels at the start and felt we had some decent looks which some didn't fall. I felt we played solid defense throughout, and that allowed us to stay in the game.”
• Elyria Christian School girls 49, Solomon 32 — A 14-3 second quarter was the impetus to the victory as the Eagles had a 2-0 week.
There was no stopping Melea Redenbaugh as she powered her way to 23 points, making 11 of 15 floor shots. Christin Vetter also had a strong game on the inside with 10.
“I was thrilled with the way our girls played this game from start to finish,” ECS coach Greg Fields said. “Melea was outstanding tonight. That was one of the best performances I've seen from a high school girl this season. She was shooting with confidence away from the rim, and she was finishing under the basket whether she was being guarded or not. Christin had a solid game with a 10 points and 10 rebounds, but I was the most pleased with her passing. Bailey (Unruh) had a great game defensively as well as distributing the ball under pressure.”
•Hesston girls 54, Larned 22 — The first quarter set the tone as the Swathers came out blazing for a 17-3 lead.
It was 37-13 by half and coach Matt Richardson said it was one of those nights where all the Swathers contributed.
Elise Kaiser led the way with 12 points and Rylie Schilling added 10.
• Hesston boys 61, Larned 54 — Hesston coach Greg Raleigh didn’t feel like his team was as focused as it needed to be, but even without its A-game it continued its winning ways.
The No. 1-ranked Swathers were down 25-23 at the half and still trailed by a point after three quarters before finishing with a rush.
Zach Vogt’s 18 points led Hesston, while Cole McCreary added 15. Cameron Cox had one of his best games with 10.
• Rural Vista boys 50, Little River 35 — The Heat brought the heat early as they led 18-11 after a quarter before Little River settled down to make it competitive the rest of the way.
It was 29-19 at the half.
As always, Clay Zeller shouldered the scoring load for the Redskins with a team-high 18 points.
• Rural Vista girls 44, Little River 28 — Rural Vista used a big fourth quarter to pull away from Little River, which had trailed only 16-10 in a low-scoring first half.
Allie Peters led the Redskins with 11 points.