Even though his team hadn’t won a game, Smoky Valley girls basketball coach Bill Nelson maintained a positive attitude and knew in time something good would happen.
It finally did Friday night.
The Vikings outlasted Pratt 47-42, as a 15-9 third quarter swung the game in their favor. The Greenbacks had led 20-18 at the half.
Rilee Carson stepped into the SV lineup and responded with 14 points, while Hannah McBride chipped in with 11. The Vikings’ defense was solid, coming up with 13 steals.
• Pratt boys 69, Smoky Valley 50 — The Vikings had one of their best offensive games of the year, but are still looking for their first win.
Cole Norberg had one of the best games for Smoky since the departure of Chase Dippel. He hit 10 of 18 floor shots and 9 of 15 free throws, totaling 30 points. Pratt led 27-26 at the half, but the Greenbacks’ 22-point third quarter broke the game open.
• Goessel boys 51, Elyria Christian School 18 — The Eagles never scored more than five points in any quarter, as the Bluebird defense was stingy.
ECS coach Ben Starburg said his team continues to play hard, but is just having trouble knocking down shots. Jordan Unruh’s five points led the way.
• Elyria Christian School girls 41, Goessel 22 — The Eagles made it two successes in a row, outscoring Goessel 17-1 in the first quarter before cruising the rest of the way.
“We had the best half of the season in the first half tonight,” ECS coach Greg Fields said. “Our girls played great defense throughout the game. Rachel Adamyk gave us a great spark offensively in the first quarter.”
Adamyk struck for 16 points, making 7 of 11 shots. Camille Anderson had a nice game off the glass with eight rebounds.
• Moundridge boys 53, Solomon 40 — It was all about defense for the Wildcats, who gave up only 14 first-half points.
Hunter Enyart drained 8 of 8 free throws on his way to 16 points. Colton Frazer added 13 and Garrett Higgins chipped in with 10. MHS canned 11 of 13 from the foul line, 6 of 6 in the last quarter. Frazer pulled down seven rebounds and Higgins handed out four assists.
• Moundridge girls 56, Solomon 15 — Speaking of Moundridge defense, the Wildcat girls did not permit a single point in the first quarter.
MHS then ripped the game open with 19 second-quarter points.
Nine Wildcats scored, led by MacKenzie Suderman with 16, 14 of those coming in the first half. Ashley Holler added 11.
• Canton-Galva boys 55, Ell-Saline 44 — Tanner Klingensmith gets a lot done for a 5-9 post man.
Klingensmith notched 19 points and nine rebounds, as the Eagles take some momentum into their tournament next week.
C-G held the Cardinals to just 11 first-half points and the Eagles sprinted to 33 second-half points.
Connor Farnham furnished 12 points and Travis Unruh added 10, along with six assists.
C-G coach Shane Duncan was pleased with his team’s performance, especially with the balance it displayed. The Eagles salted the game away by making 14 free throws in the final quarter.
• Ell-Saline girls 40 Canton-Galva 24 — The Cardinals scored 30 first-half points before the Eagles’ defense clamped down, but it was too late.
Erika Smith led C-G with eight points. Ell-Saline did a good job on top scorer Cassidy Enns, holding her to six. The Eagles scored only two points in the second quarter, which turned the game in Ell-Saline’s favor.
• Berean boys 53, Inman 31 — A 17-5 fourth quarter enabled Berean to pull away from the Teutons.
No Teuton hit for double figures. Treyton DeVore was the top scorer with nine.
• Berean girls 43, Inman 31 — The Teutons were right there with the Warriors for three quarters before Berean used a 12-5 fourth quarter to triumph.
It was 22-17 at the half and still a five-point game going into the final period.
Abby Ropp led Inman with 11 points. Free throws were the difference as the Warriors made 15 of 21.
• Rural Vista boys 58, LIttle River 49 — Little River scored 20 points in the second quarter to get back in the game, down 30-28, but Rural Vista had too much firepower.
Tevin Renken led LR with 14 points and Grant Harvey chipped in with 10. Renken pulled down 12 rebounds.
• Little River girls 33, Rural Vista 23 — The Redskins have always excelled in low-scoring games under coach Shane Cordell.
Little River’s defense took apart Rural Vista, holding it to eight first-half points.
Kasey Zeller and Skylar Johnston scored 11 and 10 points, respectively, to lead the win.
• Hesston had the night off.