3 area teams win on Friday

By Steve Sell
March 04, 2017

Look out for the Little River boys.

The Redskins pulled off one of the week’s biggest stunners on Friday as they manhandled No. 1-seed Centre 61-44 in the semifinals of the Goessel sub-state.

The Redskins, now 13-9, will play Rural Vista at 7:30 tonight for the right to move on to state.

After a 12-12 first-quarter deadlock, the Redskins had perhaps their most explosive quarter of the year when they outscored the Cougars 20-11 and continued to pile it on in the third quarter with a 14-9 run.

Clay Zeller scored 19 points to pace Little River, while Levi Swenson added 14 and Bronson Rains had his best game of the year with 10.

• Moundridge girls 52, Canton-Galva 48 — Moundridge coach Brian Holloway had been saying for a week that the team he thought could be a sleeper in the Canton-Galva sub-state was the host Eagles.

He was right.

Canton-Galva, spurred on by a rousing home crowd, took the top-seeded Wildcats right down to the wire, but C-G had no answer for Bethany Stucky.

The Wildcats’ lone inside presence poured in 22 points as they will move on to tonight’s 6:00 championship game against Chase County.

Long-range bomber Lexi Lorimor was her usual sharpshooting self by draining 5 treys and scoring 15 points.

Freshman Emma Ruddle was magnificent in defeat with 19 points and Kelli Nightingale chipped in with 13.

Moundridge, now 18-4, led only 26-25 at the half and while it did get up 41-35 going into the fourth quarter, it couldn’t put the Eagles away.

Canton-Galva finished the year 10-12.

• Elyria Christian School boys 52, Sylvan Lucas Unified 44 — The No. 3 seed Eagles are one victory away from playing in the state tournament.

The Eagles knocked off No. 2 Sylvan Lucas Unified for the right to play Central Christian in tonight’s 7:30 title game. The teams met last week with the Cougars winning a thrilling down-to-the-wire contest.

“Tonight was a fun one,” ECS coach Zach Goodrich said. “We battled throughout all four quarters and came out on top against a tough Sylvan-Lucas team. They made their runs, but we always seemed to match them.  I knew we would have some adversity since it was on their home court, but I thought we overcame that and did what we needed to do down the stretch to continue our season. I'm proud of all our guys, and the effort, desire and focus they showed tonight. Looking forward to tomorrow.”

The Eagles had to shake off a slow start, up just 20-19 at the half, but the third quarter swung the game their way and they played solid down the stretch.

Elyria, now 15-7, was led by Tyler Thiessen with 21 points and he was a titan on the boards with 13 rebounds. Aidan Fields knocked down 3 3-pointers and added 17.

• Cheney boys 49, Hesston 36 — In the shocker of the night, the No. 2-ranked Hesston boys will be staying home from state after being stunned by Cheney.

Nothing seemed out of the ordinary early as Hesston got out to a 12-4 lead and it was still 19-12 at the half.

But the Cardinals exploded for 37 second-half points and the Swathers, who finished the year 19-3, didn’t have an answer in the fourth quarter as they were outscored 19-9.

Zach Vogt scored 15 points in his final game as a Swather. 

• Concordia girls 62, Smoky Valley 44 — The Vikings’ season came to an end with a 7-14 record as Concordia broke open a tight game in the second half with a pair of 18-point quarters.

Smoky Valley was right there at recess, trailing only 26-25. But the Panthers struck for an 18-8 third period to take control.

Kate Deterding’s 13 points led the Vikings.