Area roundup: Little River sweeps C-G

By Steve Sell
February 22, 2017

With Canton-Galva now in the Wheat State League, its longtime rivalry with Little River is back on in full force.

The longtime McPherson area rivals hooked up Tuesday in Little River and it was the Redskins coming away with a sweep.

Little River’s boys continued their late-season surge with a 55-38 victory. Clay Zeller’s 17 points led the winners and Levi Swenson added a season-high 16. Jace Garrison tossed in 12 for good measure.

Reed Wiens and Nick Pearson topped C-G with 11 points apiece.

“Little River played very well and have been playing well lately,” C-G coach Shane Duncan said. “Coach (Chad) Lafferty has done a great job with his team. We hit a season-high 9 3s, but we struggled with anything inside the arc. It seemed like every time we went on a little run, they would answer immediately. We had to make adjustments late that we weren't comfortable with and the game got away from us.”

Little River’s girls had opened the night by outlasting C-G, 42-39. The teams were hardly ever separated as it as tied at the half and the Eagles led by a point heading into the fourth quarter.

Melanie Renken scored 19 points and Emma McBride knocked down 4 3-balls and finished with 14 points to lead the Little River attack. Emma Ruddle’s 14 points led Canton-Galva.

• Moundridge boys 47, Solomon 45 — The Gorillas made a late rush at the end, but they couldn’t quite overcome a 14-point deficit. Moundridge led 26-18 at the half.

Noah Eichelberger and Anthony Otte scored 13 and 12 points, respectively, to lead MHS.

“We were up by 14 points in the third, but turnovers and missed scoring opportunities around the basket made things more interesting than they should've been,” Wildcat coach Vance Unrau said. “I knew that Solomon was a very athletic and physical team. Well coached and champions of the Wheat State League.”

• Moundridge girls 61, Solomon 28 — It was a stroll in the park for the Wildcats, who showed nice balance.

Eight players scored, with Lexi Lorimor leading the way with 20, including 6 3-pointers. Kassidy Kaufman added 13 and Bethany Stucky scored 10.

MHS outscored Solomon 13-3 in the third quarter after leading 35-20 at the half.

• Central Christian boys 48, Elyria Christian 46 — The Eagles put up a great fight against the Cougars, but came up just short.

“Tonight was an exciting game to be a part of,” ECS coach Zach Goodrich said. “We competed toe-to-toe with one of the top teams in 1A and fell short at the buzzer. I was proud of our guys and the way they started the game. We didn't back down and our guys are looking forward to next week and hopefully getting a chance to play them again.”

Aidan Fields had a terrific game for Elyria with 21 points and Caleb Froese scored 13. Central honed in on top Eagle scorer Tyler Thiessen, who was held to 5.

• Central Christian girls 40, Elyria Christian 32 — Except for the second quarter, the Eagles were the better team.

Central had a 14-5 edge in that period. Melea Redenbaugh had 9 points and 7 rebounds for the Eagles.

“I was happy with the way our girls competed tonight in all but the second quarter,” ECS coach Greg Fields said.  “I thought that we ran our sets well and handled their press for the most part. We just need to finish our shots under the basket and make our free throws. Those are things that we can definitely control. Christin (Vetter) did a nice job on the boards tonight (12 rebounds)  and Bailey (Unruh) did a great job getting through their press. “

• Smoky Valley boys 70, Hillsboro 60, OT — What a night for Nick Reinert.

The Viking junior poured in a career-high 36 points, including 18 of 20 at the free throw line, as Smoky beat one of the better teams in 2A by scoring 14 points in the overtime, 9 of them at the foul line.

Brett Heitschmidt added 10 points.

• Smoky Valley girls 55, Hillsboro 48 — It was an amazing turnaround for the Vikings.

Down 22-14 at the half, Smoky Valley erupted for 41 points in the second half to come away with a nice win.

Katie Bellah fired in 22 points to lead the Vikings and Kate Deterding furnished 11.

• Inman boys 50, Herington 21 — The expected rout did indeed materialize.

The Teutons were in lockdown mode all night, while its offense came and went.

Payton Froese led Inman with 18 points and Lucas Barlow added 11.

• Inman girls 48, Herington 47, OT — Every win helps at this time of year with sub-states starting next week.

Inman outscored the Railers 4-3 in the overtime. The Teutons made a furious second-half comeback after being down 11 at the break.

Rapidly improving Lauren Maurer led Inman with 13 points and MaKayla Michael added 10.

• Sterling girls 52, Hesston 33 — Sterling jumped on Hesston for a 14-4 lead and doubled the Swathers by halftime, 28-14.

Kailey Jo Ince led Hesston with 12 points.

• Note -- No report from Hesston boys.