Canton-Galva boys basketball coach Shane Duncan quipped that his Eagles made as many 3-pointers Friday in their season opener against Elyria Christian School as they did all of last season.
The Eagles, coming off a one-victory campaign in Duncan’s first year, were on fire from beyond the arc, making 9 of 21 to propel them to a 70-33 success.
Nick Bray and A.J. Medley both made three 3-pointers. C-G erupted for 21 points in both the third and fourth quarters.
Bray led a balanced attack with 15 points. Medley and Tanner Klingensmith scored 11 apiece and Cody Savage added 10. Travis Unruh just missed double figures with nine.
Duncan was pleased with the board work of Austin Bullinger, who powered his way to 12 rebounds. Klingensmith garnered eight.
Jordan Unruh led Elyria with eight points and John Prieb hauled down seven rebounds.
“I was pleased with the overall effort from our team, but we must focus on eliminating our turnovers,” Elyria coach Ben Starburg said.
• Elyria Christian School girls 52, Canton-Galva 47 — In one of the best games of the night, Elyria Christian held off a C-G charge to win its opener.
Anna Adamyk had a big night by scoring 23 points on 7-of-10 shooting to lead Elyria and she also came up with six rebounds, second on the team to the eight grabbed by Micah Redenbaugh.
Elyria led 26-15 at the half, but C-G roared back behind Cassidy Enns, who overcame some early foul trouble to pour in 26 points, 22 of those coming in the second half. Erika Smith just missed double figures with nine.
“We had a great start to our season tonight against a very athletic and physical Canton-Galva team,” Elyria coach Greg Fields said.
• Moundridge boys 70, Little River 59 — There were no early season jitters for the Moundridge boys.
The Wildcats exploded for 43 first-half points, but still had to play to the end as Little River would not go away.
“Little River was very aggressive and a better 3-point shooting team than I thought they would be,” Moundridge coach Vance Unrau said. “We gave up 15 offensive boards. But our young and inexperienced players passed their first test.”
Colton Frazer fired in 21 points to lead four MHS double-figure scorers. Garrett Higgins was right behind with 19, Anthony Otte added 12 and Hunter Enyart tallied 10. Frazer had eight rebounds, while Higgins and Kyle Huxman were tops in assists with three.
Tevin Renken was a handful for the MHS defense as he led Little River with 27 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Grant Harvey chipped in with 13.
• Moundridge girls 48, Little River 31 — Three Wildcats scored in double figures as they opened the season successfully.
Brooke Holloway scored 15 points, while Michelle Schrag and Anna Stucky chipped in with 10 apiece. Ashley Holler just missed doubles with nine. Moundridge was efficient in its offense, making 22 of 44 shots.
Skylar Johnston’s 12 points led Little River. The third quarter was the decider as the Wildcats scored 16 points to just four for the Redskins.
• Inman boys 55, Goessel 45 — Playing without mainstay Tyler Cottam because of an injury, the Teutons survived a foul-fest to capture their season opener.
Balance was a key, as eight Teutons chipped in on the offensive end. Barkley Williams was the only Inman player in double figures with 11 pints, but six players scored at least six or more points.
• Inman girls 51, Goessel 41 — The Teutons made new coach Bill Maurer’s debut a successful one with a steady performance.
The Teutons outscored the Bluebirds 14-7 in the second quarter and were in command in the second half.
Kaitlynn Goalden topped the Teutons with 14 points and Naomi Williams chipped in with 10.
• Abilene girls 48, Smoky Valley 40 — The youthful Vikings trailed only 34-30 going into the final quarter, but the Cowgirls eventually pulled away.
Hannah McBride scored 20 points to lead the Vikings. Kelsie Anderson had a nice game off the glass with nine rebounds.
Coach Bill Nelson was pleased with the effort, especially since he has such a young team that he expects to make great strides as the season progresses.
• Abilene boys 60, Smoky Valley 33 — The Cowboys unfurled 22 points in the second quarter to break the game open.
The Vikings had a tough time offensively against the Cowboys, who are coming off a Final Four season in Class 4A and still have a few key players off that team.
Alec Schneider topped the Vikings with 11 points.
• Hesston does not open until Tuesday.