Area roundup: Hesston cagers pushed by Lyons

By Steve Sell
January 08, 2014

The Lyons Lions apparently weren’t intimidated by the Hesston Swathers’ glossy state basketball rankings.

In both games Tuesday, the Lions put a scare into the Swathers, but Hesston still came away with key road wins.

The Hesston boys, ranked No. 2 in Class 3A, were down 26-23 at the half and still were down by that three-point margin heading into the final quarter before catching fire to outscore the Lions 15-6 for a 53-47 success.

The Swathers remained unbeaten thanks to a big night by big man Wyatt McKinney, who was unstoppable with 25 points. Tyler McCartney also scored in double figures with 12.

The Lyons girls also had a halftime lead, 25-24, but the No. 1-ranked Swathers started to cook in the third quarter by outscoring the Lions 10-4 and finished with a 44-35 triumph.

The Richardson sisters had big nights, with Caylee firing in 16 points and Cami contributing 11, all of those coming in the first half to keep the Swathers in it.


• Little River boys 46, Elyria Christian School 10 — The Redskins shackled the Eagles with airtight defense to continue their solid one-loss season.

The Redskins, now 6-1, received 19 points from Tevin Renken and 10 from Chord Zeller. Little River jumped out to a 16-6 first-quarter lead, then held the Eagles to a single point in the second quarter, as well as pitching a shutout in the fourth. Matthew Gemmer led Elyria Christian with four.

• Little River girls 44, Elyria Christian School 18 — Little River held the Eagles to a single point in the first quarter and just a deuce in the second for a 24-3 lead.

Skylar Johnston had her way with 20 points and Emily Baldwin chipped in with 12. Anna Adamyk did all she could for the Eagles by scoring 15 of their 18 points.

• Hutchinson Trinity boys 53, Canton-Galva 22 — The Eagles’ offense was stuck in neutral against the high-powered Celtics.

C-G trailed only 6-5 after a quarter, but a 19-5 second quarter propelled Trinity, which tacked on 22 more points in the third quarter.

Cody Savage, Trey Moddelmog and A.J. Medley all scored five points for lead the Eagles.

• Hutchinson Trinity girls 50, Canton-Galva 34 — A 12-5 third-quarter edge ignited the Celtics, who had led only 26-18 at halftime.

Erika Smith had her best game of the year with 10 points to lead the Eagles, all of that coming in the first half. Leading scorer Cassidy Enns, held scoreless in the first half, came alive with eight points after the break.

• Moundridge boys 56, Marion 49 — The final score was somewhat deceiving as the Wildcats led by as many as 22 points before watching the Warriors stage a furious rally.

Moundridge was up 43-21 going into the fourth quarter before Marion lit it up for 28 points over the final eight minutes.

Balance was the optimum word, as four Wildcats hit for twin digits. Freshman Anthony Otte and Colton Frazer scored 14 points apiece, Kyle Huxman provided 11 and Garrett Higgins tallied 10.

• Moundridge girls 46, Marion 26 — The Wildcats’ first-quarter defense set the tone, as Marion was held without a point while Moundridge was scoring 11. It was 22-7 at the half, but the Warriors did show some third-quarter grit to close within 12.

The Wildcats were money at the foul line, making 17 of 19, including 6 of 6 by Ashley Holler. Eight players scored.

• Inman boys 64, Remington 30 — Rust? What rust?

The Teutons lit it up in the first half to speed to a 44-15 lead and cruised from there.

Inman led only 18-12 after a quarter, but ripped the Broncos 26-3 in the second quarter.

Barkley Williams’ 16 points led the way, with Justin Friesen (13) and Hank Thiessen (10) also tallying in double figures.

• Remington girls 60, Inman 22 — The Broncos piled up 37 first-half points to cruise to the easy win. Kaitlynn Goalden scored 10 points to lead the Teutons.

• Hillsboro boys 63, Smoky Valley 29 — State-ranked Hillsboro jumped on the Vikings early, leading 39-14 at the half.

Alec Schneider led the Vikings with nine points.

• Hillsboro girls 53, Smoky Valley 22 — The Trojans, ranked No. 1 in 2A, raced to a 19-5 first-quarter lead and the Vikings could never stop them.

Hannah Hattabaugh and Emily Deterding scored nine and eight points, respectively, for the Vikings.