Area roundup: Smoky boys stay hot

By Steve Sell
February 18, 2017

Smoky Valley boys basketball coach Doug Schneider said he knew early it was going to be the Vikings’ night on Friday.

Schneider said some of his players came up to him and said they had a good feeling before the Vikes’ road game with Larned.

Smoky Valley came out and rained 5 3-pointers in the first quarter alone and went on for a 75-58 victory to complete a 2-0 week.

Jacob Adams and Brett Heitschmidt were a 1-2 punch with 21 and 20 points, respectively, and Nick Reinert added 17.

Schneider said in the third quarter alone the Vikes lit it up for 29 points as they are closing in on the No. 1 seed for their sub-state. They are attempting to go back-to-back for state.

• Larned girls 51, Smoky Valley 50, OT — It was a game of missed opportunities, Smoky Valley coach John Bellah said.

The Vikings had numerous chances to pick up their second win of the week, but Larned  made the game-winner. 

The loss spoiled a career-high 21 points by Kate Deterding.

• Moundridge boys 66, Canton-Galva 21 — It was a night where everything went right for the Wildcats and wrong for the Eagles.

A 22-2 second quarter tore the game open for the ‘Cats. Noah Eichelberger and Dillon Vogts scored 18 apiece for Moundridge. Reed Wiens led the Eagles with 7.

“We shot it pretty well tonight and C-G struggled from the floor,” Moundridge coach Vance Unrau said. “Defensively we got in the passing lanes and got fastbreak opportunities. We also shared the ball well with each other. That's fun to watch.  I know that C-G can play better than we saw tonight because they are well-coached and have competed hard against some good teams.” 

“Moundridge did a great job of getting out in transition, hitting shots from the perimeter  and attacking the offensive glass,” C-G coach Shane Duncan said. “They got us in an uncomfortable pace and that really hurt us all night long.”

• Moundridge girls 60, Canton-Galva 29 — Lexi Lorimor poured in 29 points and Kassidy Kaufman made 6 3-pointers for 18 points as the Wildcats dominated from start to finish.

Lorimor had 4 treys and the Wildcats as a team made 11.

Emma Ruddle was terrific in defeat for C-G with 19 points, 11 in the first half.

• Little River boys 50, Inman 49, OT — In the big upset of the night, the Redskins stunned the Teutons as Inman coach Brett Froese was left shaking his head.

“We did about everything possible we could tonight to lose the game,” he said. “Five straight front ends of 1-and-1, a turnover, only three team fouls and we never got anybody fouled. We foul the kid shooting a halfcourt shot in regulation, he makes two and we go to overtime. Then in overtime we blow it again. I think the kids will learn from this loss tonight.  Give (Little River) coach (Chad) Lafferty credit, his kids played super hard tonight. Very disappointing for us tonight. We will come back though, I believe in them.”

Jace Garrison had his best game of the year with 18 points, all coming on 3-pointers. Clay Zeller scored 16 and Levi Swenson added 11.

Payton Froese scored 22 for the Teutons and Lucas Barlow added 16.

• Inman girls 40, Little River 36 — Inman held off a fourth-quarter Little River rally to prevail.

Inman led 28-21 heading into the final quarter.

Macy DeWitt had her best game of the year for Inman with 16 points. Emma McBride scored 13 and Melanie Renken 10 for the Redskins.

• Hesston boys 51, Hillsboro 44 — In a matchup of touted teams, the No. 1-ranked Swathers were involved in a two-point game until the fourth quarter.

The “Zack Attack” led the Swathers as Zach Esau tossed in 19 points and Zach Vogt had 17. Hesston still has only one loss this year, that to Smoky Valley.

• Hesston girls 57, Hillsboro 22 — The Swathers played outstanding defense all night, including the fourth quarter as the Trojans managed a single free throw.

Hesston coach Matt Richardson said he continues to get contributions from many different players as he never knows from game to game who is going to step up.

Kailey Jo Ince led Hesston with 16 points, one more than Celbi Richardson. Abby Weber and Elise Kaiser scored 10 apiece to give the Swathers four players in dubs.

• Elyria Christian School boys 63, Marion 42 — Tyler Thiessen’s double-double led the Eagles to yet another victory as he furnished 20 points and 10 rebounds, making 7 of 8 floor shots.

Fellow inside presence Caleb Froese chipped in with 14 points. Elyria’s big quarter was the third when it scored 22 points.

“We are still learning to be disciplined, but tonight was one of our better nights on the offensive and defensive end,” ECS coach Zach Goodrich said. “We were able to hold Marion to 4 points in the first quarter with good closeouts and not falling on drives, which we have been working hard on.”

• Marion girls 67, Elyria Christian 30 — After a nice run of performances, the Eagles hit a pothole.

Marion sprinted to a 40-18 lead and ECS coach Greg Fields said it was the first game in a long time where he knew his team didn’t have a chance entering the fourth quarter. Christin Vetter led the Eagles with 8.

“This was a game that I will gladly forget,” Fields said. “I know that Marion is a better team than us, but we made them look a lot better than we should have. We could not really get anything going offensively, and we struggled to handle a simple press.  I will give it to them for shooting lights out.  Even over our bigs, they found ways to score.”