Area roundup: Little River sweeps Peabody

By Steve Sell
December 16, 2017

Early on this season, it’s been freshman Jayden Garrison who has paced the Little River boys’ offense.

But Friday night it was big brother Jace’s turn.

Jace Garrison fired in 22 points to lead Little River to a 69-43 victory over Peabody. He also had 10 rebounds to complete a double-double.

Jayden still did his part with 15 points and Graham Stephens scored 13. Levi Swenson, the Redskins’ football quarterback during the fall, directed the offense with 6 assists.

Little River jumped ahead 21-9 after a quarter and it was 37-18 at half as the Redskins dominated from start to finish.

• Little River girls 53, Peabody 23 — The Redskins were all over the Warriors for a 25-4 first-quarter lead and from there it was just a matter of how big the margin was going to be.

Emma McBride tallied 11 points, one more than Morgan Koehn, to pace the offense. Jaylie Bergkamp pulled down 6 rebounds.

• Elyria Christian School boys 52, Herington 18 — There's runs and then there's a 46-1 run.

The Elyria boys were down 17-6 early against Herington, but once the Eagles found their focus they reeled off perhaps the most amazing run seen in Kansas basketball in recent years, scoring 46 of the game's final 47 points.

Aidan Fields led a balanced Eagle offense with 15 points, while Tyler Thiessen and Caleb Froese scored 13 apiece. Thiessen also pulled down 7 rebounds.

"It was a teachable moment for us tonight, we came out flat and it showed in the first half," ECS coach Zach Goodrich said. "We were not ready to go and I need to do a better job of having us focused during these contests right before break. I believe we were down 10-4 after the first quarter, we were not executing in the halfcourt, missing layups and not being crisp with the ball. I felt our younger players came in midway through the first quarter and really showed some fight. I thought that helped our starters understand that every game is important, and we have to get better every night."

Goodrich said things changed dramatically after the break.

"We made some adjustments, tried to pick up fullcourt some and speed the game up a little after the first quarter," he said. "That definitely allowed us to get more opportunities on the offensive end after a slow first quarter. Aidan Fields found his mid-range jumper and it definitely lifted some of our guys confidence on the offense end. It was like we saw the ball go in, and everyone was able to relax and find their rhythm on the offensive end. I was excited for Aidan, he did a good job picking his spots and it really help open the floor up for the other guys. Tyler Thiessen and Caleb Froese were controlling the boards in the second half, allowing us to limit Herington to one shot. Jaden Starburg showed some great hustle on the defensive and offensive end of the floor, he really brought some good energy for us during that second-half run."

• Elyria Christian girls 45, Herington 31 — A 13-4 third quarter gave the Eagles much-needed breathing room as the Railers were pesky for a half.

Christin Vetter and Bailey Unruh tallied 14 points apiece for the Eagles, who outscored the Railers 24-16 in the second half. Vetter had a double-double as she picked off 11 rebounds.

"I was happy with the defensive effort for most of the game tonight," ECS coach Greg Fields said. "Our girls are learning to get in the passing lanes and be a little more aggressive in forcing turnovers. Christin was a great leader for us tonight with another double-double and Bailey was consistent on offense with 14 points."

Fields said Brekken Anderson provided a spark with a key 3-pointer that kick-started the offense and added that Makenzie Archer had her best game of the year with 7 points.

• Centre boys 55, Canton-Galva 33 — Shane Duncan couldn't imagine a 22-point deficit at the end of the game.

Not when his team was tied with Centre at the half, 28-28.

But C-G was held scoreless in the third quarter while Centre scored 15 points.

"Best half of the year. Worst half of the year," Duncan said. "Our margin for error is extremely small. We have to put four quarters together if we expect to win games this season."

Jonah Sargent had a nice game for the Eagles with 12 points and 8 rebounds.

• Canton-Galva girls 44, Centre 38, OT — After watching the Cougars storm back in the fourth quarter to force overtime, the Eagle reasserted themselves by outscoring Centre 9-3 in the extra session.

Tia Moddelmog was a force for the Eagles with 22 points and Alexa Bell chipped in with 10.

• Hesston boys 41, Kingman 13 — Talk about lockdown mode, the Swather boys were suffocating.

Hesston held Kingman scoreless in the second quarter and to just 2 points in the fourth quarter in a sensational defensive effort.

Lantonio Unruh topped a balanced Swather attack with 14 points.

• Kingman girls 44, Hesston 29 — The Eagles and Swathers renewed their girls athletic rivalry, which started in volleyball and continued on the hardcourt.

Hesston could never get going offensively, scoring just 15 first-half points. It did outscore the Eagles 13-7 in the third, but Kingman totally shut down the Swathers in the final period as they had a lone free throw.

Kailey Jo Ince led Hesston with 15 and Elise Kaiser added 8 as they accounted for most of the Hesston offense.

• Smoky Valley boys 49, Halstead 48 — Down 8 points after three quarters, the Vikings stormed back with a huge fourth quarter to pull it out, with the game-winner coming on a free throw with 10 seconds left by Nick Reinert.

Halstead was up 26-22 at the half and improved its lead to 38-30 going into the final period.

But Reinert led a Viking charge and he finished with 24 points, sinking 9 of 13 shots from the field, 7 of 8 from inside the arc.

Jacob Adams provided the inside muscle with 17 points. Smoky Valley is still without sharpshooting senior Brett Heitschmidt, out with a knee injury.

• Halstead girls 57, Smoky Valley 28 — Things started well enough for the Vikings as it was 10-10 after a quarter, but the Dragons outscored the Vikes 44-12 over the middle two quarters.

Keira Haxton led Smoky Valley with 7 points.

• Inman girls 46, Bluestem 30 — As part of the Heart of America-Central Plains League challenge, the Teutons found the McPherson College Sport Center to their liking.

It was a game for a half as it was tied, but it was all Inman in the second half, using a 14-3 run to put some separation between the teams.

Macy DeWitt scored 12 points to lead Inman, one more than Lauren Maurer.

• Note — Moundridge's teams were idle and Inman's boys play today, all in McPherson.