It will be the showdown of the year in Kansas so far, yet it’s only going to take place in the semifinals of the Hillsboro Trojan Classic.
With the Hesston girls’ 51-18 rout of Goodland on Tuesday, the Swathers — the No. 1-ranked team in Class 3A — will tangle with defending Class 4A state champion and No. 1-ranked Wamego at 6 p.m. Thursday, with the winner advancing to the championship game.
The Swathers certainly look like they’re ready. They overwhelmed Goodland in the middle two quarters, piling up a 29-3 advantage.
No Hesston player hit for double figures, with Kelsey Unruh and Jessanna Nebel leading the way with nine points apiece.
• Little River boys 76, Inman 74 — In a whale of an opener at Burrton, the Little River boys outlasted Inman in double-overtime to deny the Teutons the chance to repeat as tourney champion.
Inman got off to an amazing start, socking the Redskins with a 30-12 first quarter. But Little River chipped away, chipped away and chipped away, getting the game into extra basketball. After the teams scored seven points apiece in the first OT, the Redskins outscored the Teutons 7-5 in the second OT.
Tevin Renken’s 25 points led the Redskins, who also received 18 from Chord Zeller, 13 from Zack Konen and 11 from Trevor Smyres.
The Redskins will play Berean at 8 p.m. Thursday in the semifinals.
Inman, which has lost some really heart-breaking games, was led by Justin Friesen with 20 points, Barkley Williams with 19 and Tyler Cottam with 16. The Teutons play Pretty Prairie at 4:45 p.m. Thursday.
• Elyria Christian School girls 54, Solomon 34 — The surging Eagles won their third straight game to kick off the Centre Classic in style.
The Adamyk sisters were on fire, Rachel with 18 and Anna with 16. ECS exploded for 21 third-quarter points for one of their best stretches of the year.
“Our girls played pretty good defense most of the game until we started fouling in the fourth quarter,” ECS coach Greg Fields said. “We attacked the basket in the second half to get over a slow offensive first half. The Adamyk sisters provided a good offensive attack for us tonight.”
The Eagles play No. 1 seed Centre on Friday.
• Rural Vista boys 59, Elyria Christian 16 — Powerful Rural Vista took command early to send in the Eagles into the consolation bracket.
The Eagles play Solomon on Friday. No Eagle scoring was available.
• Concordia boys 69, Smoky Valley 38 — The Holmes boys, Cooper and Grant, outscored the Vikings by themselves in the first round of the Salina Invitational.
The sophomore Cooper scored 23 and senior Grant added 22.
Smoky Valley hung tough for a quarter, trailing just 12-10. But the Panthers outscored the Vikings 36-18 over the next two periods.
The Schneiders, Trey and Alec, led the Vikings with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Smoky Valley plays Andover at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Bicentennial Center.