At some point you’d think the Inman boys would capture the attention of the Class 2A pollsters.
The unranked Teutons continued their outstanding season on Tuesday by dominating Marion 52-29, even though coach Brett Froese didn’t think his team brought its “A-game.”
“We played OK tonight,” Froese said. “The energy level wasn't as good as it’s been lately, but the kids gutted it out and played through it. Marion has a young team with good, long athletes. We were really good defensively all night, I thought. Mason (Thiessen) was huge on boards, Payton (Froese) was really good in second half especially. He had 19 to go along with 6 assists and 5 steals. (Ethan) DeWitt was big again for us tonight as well on both sides of the ball. 8 of 20 from the line will not work as we move forward.”
DeWitt added 12 points for the Teutons, who have only five losses this season.
• Marion girls 34, Inman 31 — In a defensive battle, the teams were barely separated by more than a couple of points all night.
It was 14-all at the half and Marion crept ahead by a point after three quarters.
Lauren Maurer led the Teutons with 8 points, which included a couple of 3-pointers.
• Hesston boys 49, Hoisington 44 — The Swathers continue to get everyone’s best shot.
It took 17 points by Zach Vogt and 14 by the emerging Cameron Cox for the Swathers to secure the victory. The teams were tied at 24-all at the half, but Hesston started to take control with a 14-8 third quarter.
• Hesston girls 47, Hoisington 36 — The Swathers continue to battle for the highest seed they can as they are involved in a tremendous sub-state.
Hesston led from start to finish and had good balance as eight players scored, led by Kailey Jo Ince with 10.
• Elyria Christian School boys 54, Peabody 40 — Balance was the key for the Eagles, as Tyler Thiessen and Aidan Fields tallied 11 points apiece and reserve Tyler Huxman added 9.
“We put together a solid performance against Peabody tonight,” ECS coach Zach Goodrich said. “Peabody plays really hard and I thought we matched that through most of the game. We're trying to tune things up before sub-state and I thought we executed well and had great production both from our starters and our bench tonight.”
• Elyria Christian School girls 38, Peabody 21 — Elyria held the Warriors to just 2 points in both the second and third quarters as it is finishing the regular season with a rush.
Melea Redenbaugh continued her recent offensive surge by scoring 14 points, while Misha Redenbaugh yanked down 10 rebounds.
“This was a pretty solid night for everyone,” ECS coach Greg Fields said. “It took us a while to get going offensively, but the girls came out at halftime ready to be a little more aggressive on that side. Abbey Rush had another outstanding game. She has really relaxed on offense. You can tell in the way she is shooting and taking care of the ball. Misha did a good job rebounding for us, and Melea was consistent in making her shots under the basket.”
• Centre boys 54, Canton-Galva 43 — The Cougars ended the Eagles’ two-game winning streak as a meager 4-point third quarter did in C-G.
Jonah Sargent scored 14 points to lead Canton-Galva, while Hunter Pearson had 11, along with 8 rebounds. Nick Pearson furnished 10 points.
“I felt Jonah Sargent played a strong game for us, with 14 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals,” C-G coach Shane Duncan said. “We played great in the first quarter. Closed out on shooters and allowed only one shot per offensive possession. In the second quarter, we allowed their shooters to get open looks. Very frustrating the inconsistency we showed tonight.”
• Centre girls 44, Canton-Galva 34 — The Cougars ripped off a 17-4 burst in the third quarter that decided the game.
Kelli Nightingale tallied 14 points to lead the Eagles, one more than Emma Ruddle. C-G had trailed only 21-20 at the half.
• Smoky Valley boys 50, Lyons 43 — The Vikings played as if they were in quicksand in the first quarter, scoring just 2 points.
But they erupted for 20 in the second quarter and all was well in the world again.
Nick Reinert tossed in 17 points to lead the Vikings and Jacob Adams chipped in with 13.
• Smoky Valley girls 41, Lyons 40 — The Vikings were down after three quarters, but charged back for the victory.
Kate Deterding’s 11 points paced the Vikings, who led 17-14 at the half but trailed 31-28 going into the fourth quarter.
• Moundridge boys 53, Remington 30 — It was all Wildcats from the start as they led 13-4 after a quarter and 28-15 at the half.
“We came out with good energy tonight,” Wildcat coach Vance Unrau said. “Executed better in our halfcourt offense. Attacked the basket and got to the free throw line, which is something we hadn't been doing the last couple of games. Rebounded well, too.”
Noah Eichelberger was on his game scoring 24 points, including 9 of 11 at the free throw line. Lantonio Unruh had 8 points and 6 rebounds.
• Remington girls 50, Moundridge 37 — In the battle for Heart of America supremacy, the Broncos broke open a close game with an 18-6 explosion in the fourth quarter to hand the Wildcats a rare loss.
Bethany Stucky and Natalie Kaufman did their best to keep Moundridge in the game with 15 and 12 points, respectively.
• Little River boys 51, Goessel 44 — The Redskins had one of their better offensive nights of the season.
They led 34-22 after perhaps their best half of the season and it was enough of a cushion to fend off the Bluebirds.
Little River received a career night from Jordan Mofet, who had 14 points, which was matched by teammate Jace Garrison.
• Goessel girls 38, Little River 30 — Little River put up a good fight against the highly regarded Bluebirds.
Little River trailed just 30-24 going into the fourth quarter. Melanie Renken led the Redskins with 10 points.