Moundridge boys make tourney finals

By Steve Sell
January 25, 2014

Father knows best.

You can’t blame Moundridge boys coach Vance Unrau for feeling a little bittersweet Friday night.

While he was happy his Wildcats were able to advance to tonight’s finals of the Adolph Rupp Classic in Halstead, it came at the expense of his son Ty, who coaches Douglass.

The Wildcats jumped out to a 16-3 first-quarter lead and never relented in a 56-35 victory over the Bulldogs.

“Defense and rebounding won it for us,” said Unrau, whose team plays Cheney at 8:00 tonight for the championship.

Garrett Higgins and Anthony Otte were a 1-2 punch for the Wildcats, with Higgins scoring 16 and Otte adding 15. 

Also playing for a championship tonight will be the Hesston boys, who advanced to the finals of the Hillsboro Trojan Classic Friday with a 59-45 victory over Wamego. The Swathers, ranked No. 1 in Class 3A, play Holcomb at 7:30 for the championship.

Hesston’s defense was splendid for the first three quarters. It led 14-6 after a quarter, 28-17 at the half and 46-29 after three quarters.

Hesston limited Wamego to 13-of-36 shooting.

Offensively, Tyler McCartney led Hesston with 16 points, Grant Raleigh scored 14 and Wyatt McKinney chipped in with 10. A 19-of-27 performance at the foul line was another factor.

Elsewhere:

• Solomon boys 77, Elyria Christian School 35 — Solomon unloaded for a pair of 27-point quarters for 54 first-half points in the consolation bracket of the Centre Classic.

Ethan Price had a nice game in defeat for the Eagles with 11 points. Elyria is playing Wakefield in today’s consolation round.

• Centre girls 59, Elyria Christian School 30 — Powerful Centre denied the Eagles a  chance to play in the championship game as ECS coach Greg Fields said the Cougars are among the best teams his team has played. Centre led 33-17 at the half. Rachel Adamyk had a nice game by making 8 of 13 shots for 16 points. 

ECS plays Rural Vista for third place today.

• Moundridge girls 60, Goessel 21 — Moundridge coach Vicky Kessler was able to play everybody considerable minutes as the Wildcats were all over the Bluebirds.

MHS was up 27-6 at the half.

MacKenzie Suderman unloaded for 24 points to lead the Wildcats and Michelle Schrag added 11. Nine Wildcats in all scored.

• Clay Center boys 47, Smoky Valley 30 — The Vikings looked to be in good position at halftime of the seventh-place game of the Salina Invitational, but then their offense dried up.

Up 26-25 at recess, the Vikings were held scoreless in the third quarter and managed just four points in the final period.

Cole Norberg continues to be a bright spot for the Vikings, as he scored a team-high 13 points.

• Concordia girls 47, Smoky Valley 33 — Hannah McBride scored 15 points for the Vikings, who lost in the fifth-place game of the Salina Invitational.

The Vikes got off to a great start, up 15-9 after a quarter, and still led 24-23 at the half. But the Panthers applied the defense in the second half, limiting the Vikings to nine points. It was still a close game before the Panthers scored the final 12 points to close it out.

• C-G ALL-TOURNEY TEAM ANNOUNCED — Bennington’s B.J. Glanton was named the MVP of the Canton-Galva Invitational Friday, while the Eagles’ Connor Farnham was the host team’s selection.

Other members were Josh Fief of Bennington, Matthew LeBeague and Nolan McClure of the Wichita Warriors, Ryan Schneider of Rock Creek, Caleb Davis of the Derby Invasion, Brylie Ware of Sedgwick, Brandon Clark of Ell-Saline and Jake Whitting of St. John’s Military.

Bennington was a 48-38 winner over the Wichita Warriors for the title. Rock Creek was 10 points better, 69-59, over the Derby Invaders for third and Sedgwick nipped Ell-Saline 52-49 for fifth.


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