The Hesston basketball teams more than validated their state rankings Tuesday night in a home sweep of Pratt.
The Swather girls, ranked No. 1 in Class 3A in the latest KBCA poll, stormed to a 61-42 victory, buoyed by a 30-14 first-half advantage.
Kelsey Unruh scored all of her team-leading 12 points in the first half, including 6 of 6 at the foul line where Hesston made 18 of 24 as a team. Caylee Richardson chipped in with 11 points, and Megan Voth and Cami Richardson just missed doubles with nine each.
The Hesston boys blazed to an 18-5 first-quarter lead over Pratt, pushed it to 31-16 at the half and went on to a 62-43 triumph to show their No. 2 ranking is legitimate.
Ryan Schadler scored 20 points to pace the Swathers, who also received 16 points from big man Wyatt McKinney, while Tyler McCartney scored 10. Grant Raleigh nearly broke into double figures with nine.
• Solomon boys 57, Inman 47 — The Teutons lost their fourth game in a row after a season-opening victory.
“We just can’t quite get it going, it’s always something different,” said Inman coach Brett Froese, who last year saw his team lose five in a row early in the season only to reel off a 13-game winning streak.
Barkley Williams topped the Teutons with 15 points and Tyler Cottam just missed double figures with nine.
• Inman girls 40, Solomon 34 — After a tough 0-3 go in the Moundridge Tournament, the Teutons got back on track to improve to 2-3 on the season.
It was a close game throughout, but the Teutons outscored the Gorillas 14-9 in the final period to secure the victory.
Inman had nice balance as Abby Ropp and Naomi Williams scored 10 points apiece and Kaitlynn Goalden contributed nine.
• Canton-Galva boys 51, Ell-Saline 46 — The Eagles went over the .500 mark for the season at 3-2 as they roared back in the fourth quarter for the emotional victory.
C-G outscored the Cardinals 12-2 in the fourth quarter. The Eagles were down 28-20 at the half. Free throws were a key as C-G made 7 of 8 in the final period.
“I didn't feel we came out of the gate with the defensive intensity we needed,” C-G coach Shane Duncan said. “Ell-Saline made us pay for every defensive mistake. We definitely picked it up halfway through the third quarter and we were able to force them into some bad decisions and capitalize off them. The fourth quarter was one of the best defensive efforts of any team I have had the privilege to coach. The boys showed a lot of mental toughness in the second half."
Cody Savage led the Eagles with 14 points, and Nick Bray and Tanner Klingensmith added 10 apiece. Klingensmith completed his double-double with 10 rebounds, while Savage had eight and Bray seven. Bray also had four assists and Savage had three steals.
• Ell-Saline girls 52, Canton-Galva 38 — The first quarter was the whole story, as the Cardinals jumped on the Eagles for a 20-2 lead. C-G actually scored 20 of its points in the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late.
Cassidy Enns continued her forceful season by pouring in 22 points, but no other Eagle tallied more than five.
• Centre boys 69, Elyria Christian School 34 — Centre rocketed out of the locker room for 27 first-quarter points and cruised from there.
Spencer Kaufman had his best game of the year for the Eagles with 12 points and Matthew Gemmer furnished 10.
• Centre girls 51, Elyria Christian School 30 — Despite having all hands back on deck after some illness, the Eagles’ slow start doomed them against the Cougars.
Centre sped to a 14-2 first-quarter lead and upped it to 30-7 at the half before Elyria settled down.
Micah Redenbaugh led Elyria with nine points, Rachel Adamyk added eight and Anna Adamyk scored seven.
• Little River boys 56, Central Christian 48 — Back-to-back 18-point quarters helped the Redskins overcome a strong Cougar team.
In winning a fourth straight game, the Redskins rode the hot hand of Tevin Renken, who poured in 30 points. He was 10 of 16 from the field and 9 of 9 at the line. He also had 10 rebounds for a double-double.
Trevor Smyres added 12 points.
• Little River girls 49, Central Christian 17 — It was a lockdown defensive effort by the Redskins, who streaked to their fourth win in a row.
Little River held the Cougars scoreless in sprinting to a 17-0 first-quarter lead.
Emily Baldwin and Skylar Johnston scored 15 and 12 points, respectively. Baldwin made 6 of 9 floor shots and she also had a team-leading three assists.
• Lyons boys 45, Smoky Valley 24 — In a low-scoring game, the Lions led 17-4 at the half before business started to pick up.
The Vikings struggled from the field, making 7 of 38 floor shots. No player had more than five points.
• Lyons girls 63, Smoky Valley 40 — Like so many games on Tuesday, it was a case of a team coming out white-hot. The Lions poured in 29 first-quarter points, but it was relatively close the rest of the way.
Baily Bolden led the balanced Vikings with eight points.
• Moundridge had the night off.