Area teams go 5-1 on Monday

By Steve Sell
February 28, 2017

McPherson’s area basketball teams had a good night on Monday with a 5-1 record as sub-state action got under way around the state.

• Moundridge boys 58, Chase County 48 — It was a struggle for a half for the Wildcats as they were tied at 26-all.

But an 18-6 third-quarter surge propelled the Wildcats to the win and they’ll now play Hillsboro on Thursday at Canton-Galva.

Anthony Otte and Lantonio Unruh scored 15 points apiece to lead the Wildcats, now 13-8, and Dillon Vogts hustled to 7 rebounds.

“Survive and advance would be a description of tonight's game,” MHS coach Vance Unrau said. “Didn't defend or rebound well in the first half and missed too many easy looks.  The second half we went to a zone and that allowed us to get into the passing lanes and get some steals. Still, we had too many turnovers.”

Moundridge and Hillsboro clash at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Canton.

• Inman boys 57, Northern Heights 26 — A no-stress opener propelled the Teutons into the semifinals at Canton-Galva where they’ll take on Lyndon.

Inman jumped out to a 13-2 lead and it was 33-9 by half as it put the clamps down. 

Mason Thiessen led Inman with 13 points, while Payton Froese and Ethan DeWitt tallied 10 apiece.

“We played pretty well tonight, especially early,” said Inman coach Brett Froese, whose team improved to 15-6. “Kind of jumped on them right from the beginning. Defensively I thought we were really, really good all night. Rebounded the ball well and got out in transition in the first half. I thought all of our bigs with their length really bothered Northern Heights.”

There were some unsung heroes, Froese said. 

“Jaxon Eddy had a really nice game for us off the bench and Taiten Winkel not only was really good again defensively, but he also shot the ball well tonight, too,” he said. “Proud of our effort, but we have more work to do this work. Our level of competition will go up dramatically on Thursday night.”

The Teutons take on Lyndon at 6 p.m. Thursday in Canton.

• Elyria Christian School girls 49, Tescott 20 — The Eagles repeated their victory from Friday over Tescott as the teams met again.

This one was a no-doubter once the Eagles shook off a slumbering start.

“We got off to a very slow start,” ECS coach Greg Fields said. “This is the benefit of playing in that first round. There are a lot of nerves starting off postseason play. I thought our girls did a nice job coming out after halftime with more energy offensively. Misha (Redenbaugh) had a great game not only scoring, but distributing the ball effectively. I think 5 assists is probably a game high for her. Christin (Vetter) and Melea (Redenbaugh) both shot a good percentage inside. I would have like a few more shots from them, but overall we had very balanced scoring tonight.”

Misha Redenbaugh had 11 points, one more than Melea Redenbaugh. 

The Eagles, now 10-11, play No. 2 seed Central Christian at 6 p.m. Thursday in Sylvan Grove.

• Hesston girls 62, Sedgwick 34 — The Swathers were all over Sedgwick early and often.

It was 18-9 after a quarter and 36-17 by halftime.

The 16-5 Swathers were led by Kailey Jo Ince, who poured in 19 of her 21 points in the first half. Elise Kaiser added 12.

The Swathers play Cheney at 6 p.m. Thursday in Garden Plain.

• Little River girls 42, Burrton 28 — The Redskins charged out to a 13-4 lead and were up 25-11 at the half as they moved on in Class 1A action at Goessel.

Melanie Renken had another big game for the Redskins with 14 points.

Little River, now 8-13, goes up against No. 1 seed Goessel at 7:30 p.m. Thursday on the Bluebirds’ home court.

• Lyndon boys 60, Canton-Galva 34 — The Eagles’ 4-17 season came to an end as they couldn’t get much going against some tough Lyndon defense.

A 12-1 run to close out the first half was the difference as C-G had trailed only 19-16 mideay through the second quarter.

“Way too many turnovers (21) to be in the game,” Eagles coach Shane Duncan said. “It seemed as though every turnover would lead to 2 points.” 

Hunter Pearson scored 11 points and Nick Pearson added 10 to lead C-G.

Duncan said he’ll miss seniors Hunter Pearson, Reed Wiens and Jordan Gagnebin, as well as assistant coach Roger Trimmell, who is retiring. “The team, and school, will greatly miss him,” Duncan said.