Miracle rally for Moundridge boys

By Steve Sell
January 11, 2014
Kevin Case

Add another chapter to the legend that is Moundridge-Inman boys basketball.

It appeared Friday the Teutons were going to avenge an earlier loss to the Wildcats, up by 11 points with 3 minutes to play.

But Moundridge started to rain 3-pointers. And just when Inman was about to experience its finest hour this season, the Wildcats snatched it away.

Moundridge was able to tie the game at the end at 56-all and the stunned Teutons were not able to stop the avalanche in overtime as the Wildcats came away with a 71-61 victory.

"We were beat," Moundridge coach Vance Unrau said. "We just never gave up."

Garrett Higgins hit two big treys in the rally and Kyle Stucky added another.

In the OT, the Wildcats kept hitting treys, with Higgins and Anthony Otte nailing bombs to open up the margin.

Colton Frazer was a handful with 25 points to lead MHS, while Higgins scored 18 and Hunter Enyart added 10. Barkley Williams was outstanding in defeat with 21 points, 18 of those coming in the second half and overtime. Tyler Cottam added 16.

Inman had taken control of the game with a 19-13 third quarter and continued to add to the margin before Moundridge began its miracle rally

• Moundridge girls 57, Inman 23 — The Wildcats dominated the Teutons for the second time this season, scoring an amazing 27 points in the second quarter to break the game wide open.

Ashley Holler was on fire in the period with 10 points and finished with 13, one point behind team leader Brooke Holloway. MacKenzie Suderman just missed double figures with nine.

Moundridge coach Vicky Kessler was excited that so many players were able to contribute to the victory as nine Wildcats scored.

Abby Ropp led the Teutons with six points.

• Little River boys 49, Ellinwood 41 — The once-beaten Redskins did most of their damage in the second quarter as they erased an early deficit by exploding for 21 points.

Tevin Renken was again brilliant for the Redskins by pouring in 30 points, making 10 of 16 floor shots and 9 of 10 at the foul line. He completed his double-double with 10 rebounds. Chord Zeller added 10 points and was all over the glass with 12 rebounds as the Redskins dominated in the paint.

• Ellinwood girls 47, Little River 37 — Skylar Johnston hit for 17 points for the Redskins, but it wasn’t enough.

The first quarter set the tone as the Eagles came out and took a 13-5 lead and the Redskins could never make a run to overtake them.

Emily Baldwin just missed double figures with nine points.

• Sedgwick boys 63, Canton-Galva 35 — It was thought the Eagles would give the Cardinals a competitive game, but Sedgwick came out on fire to take all the suspense out of it.

The Cardinals chalked up 22 first-quarter points and led 37-19 at halftime.

Connor Farnham led C-G with nine points.

"We didn't come out with the effort and intensity we needed to and unfortunately Sedgwick did," C-G coach Shane Duncan said. "They jumped on us early and we were not able to recover."

The Eagles also went most of the way without top scorer Nick Bray, who was sidelined with a back injury and saw only limited minutes.

• Sedgwick girls 41, Canton-Galva 30 — Cassidy Enns scored 18 points for C-G, but her effort went for naught.

The Eagles had two quarters where they scored only four points in each. 

• Hesston boys 59, Haven 45 — The Swathers stayed unbeaten and solidified their No. 2 ranking in Class 3A.

It was a competitive game through three quarters before Hesston outscored Haven 14-6 to seal the deal.

Grant Raleigh bounced back with a 20-point game to lead Hesston, while Ryan Schadler and Tyler McCartney furnished 13 and 10 points, respectively.

• Hesston girls 52, Haven 19 — Caylee Richardson scored 16 of her 18 points in the first half, as the Swathers, ranked No. 1 in Class 3A, opened up a 30-12 lead.

Richardson finished with six field goals and was 6 of 6 at the line. 

Sister Cami Richardson contributed 10 points to the win. The Swathers were sharp at the line by making 12 of 16.

• Halstead boys 52, Smoky Valley 35 — After a 12-12 tie in the first quarter, the Dragons started to methodically pull away, including a 12-4 spurt in the third quarter.

Cole Norberg did all he could to keep the Vikings afloat by knocking down 19 points, including 8 of 15 from the field. No other Viking had more than five.

• Halstead girls 44, Smoky Valley 30 — Halstead zipped to a 27-16 halftime lead, but the Vikings did play much better defensively in the second half by giving up only 17 points.

Hannah McBride got back on track to lead the Vikings with 13 points. No other Viking had more than three.

• Elyria Christian School girls 39, Wakefield 28 — ECS coach Greg Fields said it was a victory his Eagles desperately needed.

After a string of tough losses after a solid start, the Eagles got back on the right side of the ledger by taking control with a 15-6 second quarter.

Anna Adamyk continued her recent scoring surge with 13 points to lead the Eagles. Camille Anderson had one of her best games with 10 points to aid the cause.

"I was very happy with senior Camille Anderson tonight," Fields said. "She had her best game of the season, shooting 4 of 5 from the field and ending with 10 points.  All the girls fought hard on defense tonight and played a much more consistent game."

• Wakefield boys 58, Elyria Christian School 28 — Scoring was not available.