MOUNDRIDGE — It was actually a round-robin basketball tournament, but as it worked out Moundridge and Hillsboro met in two “championship games” Friday night in the Moundridge Preseason Tournament.
And both went the Trojans’ way after both schools had won during the first two nights of play.
Moundridge’s girls fell behind 15-6 after a quarter and while they did eventually get as close as four, the Trojans pulled away for a 51-43 victory.
“We had a tough first quarter, but continued to fight,” Wildcat coach Vicky Kessler said. “At one point in the third quarter Hillsboro went up by 12. I was proud of our girls because they could have quit, but they battled back. With 3 minutes to go, Ashley Holler hit a 3 and we were down by four. Hillsboro went into a delay and we had to foul. They were 8 for 11 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter.”
MacKenzie Suderman led the Wildcats with 12 points, while Michelle Schrag scored nine, and Holler and Brooke Holloway chipped in with eight as MHS had good balance. Addie Lackey scored 23 for the Trojans.
• Hillsboro boys 62, Moundridge 57 — Moundridge coach Vance Unrau said it best.
“Too much (Brett) Weinbrenner and (Christian) Ratzlaff.”
Indeed. Weinbrenner poured in 27 points and Ratzlaff added 26, as the Trojans won despite having two players score all put nine of their points.
Weinbrenner scored 12 in the first quarter as the Trojans led 19-15, while Ratzlaff scored 15 of his points in the second half. The Trojans could never shake the Wildcats as Hunter Enyart continued his stellar play with 26 points, 13 in each half.
Colton Frazer added 14 and Garrett Higgins scored 10, as 50 of the Wildcats’ 55 points came from three players.
The Wildcats lost for the first time after three wins.
• Lyons boys 37, Inman 34 — Ryan McClure’s 3-pointer decided the game as the Teutons lost their third straight.
Treyton DeVore and Justin Friesen scored 12 points apiece for the Teutons, who held a solid lead much of the game.
• Lyons girls 71, Inman 38 — The Teutons’ offensive troubles in the Moundridge Tournament continued.
The Teutons started well enough with 13 first-quarter points and had 25 at the half, only to score just 13 in the second half.
Kaitlynn Goalden scored 12 points and Naomi Williams chipped in with 10 for the Teutons.
• Little River boys 48, Canton-Galva 39 — At the Goessel Bluebird Classic, Little River’s 29-12 halftime lead propelled it to the victory.
The Eagles played much better in the second half, but the early deficit was too much to overcome.
Little River was led by Grant Harvey and Chord Zeller with 11 points apiece. Tanner Klingensmith had a double-double for C-G with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Travis Unruh also scored 11 and Nick Bray added 10.
C-G coach Shane Duncan said he was perplexed by his team’s flatness at the outset, but thought it played much better in the second half.
“We showed a lot of fight after getting down 19 in the third quarter,” he said.
• Little River girls 44, Canton-Galva 28 — Skylar Johnston (15) and Emily Baldwin (13) combined for 28 points to equal the Eagles’ output as it was a typical Shane Cordell defensive-minded game for his Redskins.
Little River led only 13-11 at the half, but turned on the jets with 31 second-half points.
Lauren Ballantyne and Cassidy Enns tallied six points apiece for the Eagles.
• Concordia boys 69, Smoky Valley 41 — The Vikings started strong as they stayed right with the powerful Panthers for a quarter, down 16-15.
But Concordia outscored the Vikes 39-15 over the next two quarters.
Alec Schneider led the Vikings with 11 points. The Vikes shot it well from 2-point (17 of 33), but misfired on 13 of their 14 3-balls.
• Concordia girls 42, Smoky Valley 40 — No game information was available.
• Goessel boys 65, Elyria Christian School 34 — Goessel started quickly with 24 first-quarter points and finished strong as well with 21 fourth-quarter points.
“We played better in the first half,” ECS coach Ben Starburg said. “We were down 30-21 at halftime. We are reducing our turnovers and getting better on the boards. The kids played hard. We were missing two starters, one to ankle injury and one to illness.”
Matthew Gemmer’s 13 points led the Eagles. Quentin Pease ripped down six rebounds.
• Goessel girls 45, Elyria Christian School 24 — No Anna Adamyk (illness) meant big problems for the Eagles.
Without one of their big-time mainstays, the Eagles struggled, down 22-9 at halftime.
Rachel Adamyk missed her sister, as she was held to eight points. ECS was just 9 of 45 from the floor in losing for the first time in three games.
“We had some girls step up to cover for Anna Adamyk, as she was sick,” ECS coach Greg Fields said. “Micah Redenbaugh and Moriah Redenbaugh worked together on the boards and seemed to come up with a lot of loose balls. Addison (Fields) stepped up as a point guard for the first time. She hit a couple of 3s and only had four turnovers. Katherine Ropp saw her first real varsity time and did a good job handling some pressure.”
• Hesston boys 55, Emporia 28 — The Swathers were hardly intimidated by big-school Emporia in the second round of the Garden Plain Classic.
The Swathers jumped out to an 18-2 lead and continued to bury the Spartans from there. Ryan Schadler led Hesston with 14 points and Grant Raleigh scored 10.
• Hesston girls 55, Emporia 11 — It’s not a misprint.
The Swathers, the No. 1 team in Class 3A, were all over the Spartans, who were overwhelmed from the outset.
Emporia led 3-1 early, but then did not make a field goal — amazingly – for the next 26 minutes.
Hesston led 21-4 at the half as its defense was suffocating.
Caylee Richardson led the balanced Swathers with 10 points.