Area teams go 5-1 on Tuesday

By Steve Sell
March 01, 2017

For the second straight day, McPherson’s area basketball teams went 5-1 in sub-state action.

The five teams that won Tuesday move on to sub-state semifinal play on Friday.

• Elyria Christian School boys 85, Tescott 17 — It was the perfect storm for the Eagles, who crushed Tescott under an avalanche of points.

ECS scored 54 points over the middle two quarters after leading just 14-8 after the first period.

Tyler Thiessen led the way with 22 points. Aidan Fields scored 17 and Caleb Froese chipped in with 12. The Eagles were 37 of 62 from the field.

“The nerves were there early tonight because playing in a sub-state game is a little bit different of a feel when you know your season is on the line,” ECS coach Zach Goodrich said. “I felt this was a great first game for us, and we were able to get those jitters out and ended up playing really well. We played hard and even though the game wasn't close, I thought we continued to execute at a high level.”

Now 14-7, ECS plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday against Sylvan-Lucas Unified in Sylvan Grove.

 • Canton-Galva girls 61, Northern Heights 54 — After scoring just 10 points in the first quarter, the Eagles ripped it up offensively over the final three.

Kelli Nightingale had a career night by pouring in 27 points to lead the Eagles. Emma Ruddle added 18 and they combined for 5 3-pointers.

The Eagles will host No. 1 seed Moundridge on Friday, with game time 7:30 p.m.

• Hesston boys 49, Kingman 23 — The No. 2-ranked Swathers opened 3A sub-state play by strafing the Kingman offense, as the Eagles scored only 5 points over the middle two quarters.

Zach Vogt scored 16 points for the Swathers and Cole McCreary added 15.

The Swathers, who improved to 19-2, play Cheney at 6 p.m. Friday in Garden Plain.

• Little River boys 58, Goessel 45 — Playing on the Bluebirds’ home court was no problem for Little River. 

The Redskins sprinted to an 18-7 first-quarter lead  and put the game away with a 17-point third quarter.

Clay Zeller could not be stopped as he funneled in 23 points to lead Little River. Jace Garrison and Levi Swenson were in doubles as well with 13 and 11 points, respectively.

Little River, now 12-9, tangles with top-seed Centre at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Goessel.

• Moundridge girls 46, Hillsboro 25 — In their final game at home, it was nothing more than a formality for the Wildcats.

Moundridge jumped out to a 15-4 first-quarter lead and continued to add to the margin the rest of the way.

Bethany Stucky had her way with 23 points and Lexi Lorimor scored 14, making 4 3-pointers.

Moundridge, 17-4, takes on Canton-Galva at 7:30 Friday on the Eagles home floor.

• Herington girls 36, Inman 34 — It was another heart-breaking loss for the Teutons and this one ended their season at 7-14.

Inman was down 11-3 after a quarter, but pulled within a point by halftime and it was tight all the way.

Lauren Maurer led Inman with 9 points.