Wamego girls nip Hesston in showdown of No. 1 teams

By Steve Sell
January 24, 2014

It was everything it was supposed to be.

You probably won’t find any other semifinal matchups in the state where two teams were ranked No. 1 in their respective classes.

Class 4A Division I’s top girls’ team, Wamego, rallied in the fourth quarter to hand Class 3A’s No. 1 team, Hesston, a 47-45 loss Thursday in the Hillsboro Trojan Classic semifinals.

It was a colossal game, as Hesston used a 16-9 second-quarter blitz to grab a 27-21 halftime lead. But Wamego, behind Kaylee Page, roared back and outscored the Swathers 13-7 in the final period for the comeback win.

“We played solid defense,” Hesston coach Matt Richardson said. “Great atmosphere to play in and to see how we stack up this early in the season. This game gave us some feedback that we will be able to use and learn from.”

Kelsey Unruh was nails for Hesston with 19 points and Caylee Richardson scored 11. Page powered her way to 24 points, while her sister Lanie was held to eight.

Riley County knocked off top-seed and Class 2A’s top-ranked team Hillsboro in the other semi, 47-37, which means Hesston plays Hillsboro for third place at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Elsewhere:

• Berean boys 71, Little River 48 — In the semifinals at Burrton, Berean turned in a remarkable first half to build up a 45-27 lead and the Redskins could never recover.

Zack Konen led the Redskins with 12 points. Berean did a great defensive job on Little River top scorer Tevin Renken, holding him to nine, well under his average.

Little River plays Goessel at 6:15 p.m. Saturday.

• Inman boys 60, Pretty Prairie 41 — Also at Burrton, defending tourney champion Inman can take fifth place Saturday if it can knock off Central Christian in the 4:45 game.

The Teutons led Pretty Prairie only 24-21 at the half, but responded with a 36-point second half to take control.

Justin Friesen fired in 18 points for Inman and Barkley Williams scored 14.

• Andover boys 66, Smoky Valley 37 — At Salina, the Vikings play at 4:45 today against Clay Center for seventh place.

The Vikings were right there after a quarter, trailing 9-7, but the plug was pulled in the second quarter as the Trojans pitched an 18-0 shutout.

Cole Norberg was a bright spot for the Vikes with 19 points.

• Sedgwick boys 63, Canton-Galva 59 — In the second round of the Canton-Galva Invitational, Sedgwick, which crushed C-G 63-35 two weeks ago, found themselves in a dogfight as the Eagles obviously have made much improvement.

The Eagles were in it all the way, as they canned 9 of 18 3-pointers. 

“I was extremely proud of our team tonight,” C-G coach Shane Duncan said. “We showed a lot of toughness tonight against a physical Sedgwick team.  After struggling on Monday, we came out and knocked some shots down. Unfortunately, we just couldn't hit the uncontested 15 footer."

Connor Farnham scored 19 points for the Eagles, Nick Bray added 14 and Travis Unruh furnished 12. Farnham and Bray both drilled four 3-pointers. Tanner Klingensmith continued to be a warrior on the boards with 11 rebounds, while Unruh dished for six assists.

C-G is playing St. John’s Military at 3 p.m. today for seventh. In other games, it’s Ell-Saline against Sedgwick for fifth, Rock Creek plays the Derby Invaders for third and the Wichita Warriors take on Bennington for the championship.


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