The Hesston boys pulled away from Holcomb in the fourth quarter to capture the championship of the Hillsboro Trojan Classic on Saturday to stay unbeaten on the season.
The Swathers, ranked No. 1 in Class 3A, took control of the game early with a 14-6 first quarter, but the Longhorns stayed right with them until the fourth quarter, when Hesston gradually eased away for a 57-51 victory.
Wyatt McKinney powered his way to 20 points to lead the Swathers, while Grant Raleigh added 17. McKinney was 8 of 13 from the field and also pulled down eight rebounds. Hesston had only 12 turnovers in the game and won the battle of the boards, 26-21.
• Hesston girls 57, Hillsboro 42 — What's the difference between the No. 1 team in Class 3A and No. 1 team in Class 2A?
Apparently 12 points.
The two titans met Saturday in the Hillsboro Trojan Classic, though it was only for third place. Yet, it was state championship atmosphere.
After Hesston jumped out to a 17-10 first-quarter lead, the Trojans exploded to go up 26-23 at the half.
But the wild momentum swings continued in the third quarter, with Hesston unfurling a 16-7 stretch and then closed the game strong.
The night belonged to the Richardson sisters, Caylee and Cami, who scored 19 points apiece to lead the Swathers. Caylee also had a big game on the boards with 14 rebounds.
• Cheney boys 42, Moundridge 32 —The Wildcats were very good at the outset of the championship game of the Adolph Rupp Classic in Halstead with a 15-14 first-quarter lead, but foul trouble and an injury to All-Tourney selection Colton Frazer sent the Wildcats to defeat.
MHS scored only 17 points over the final three quarters. The Wildcats lost Hunter Enyart and Kyle Huxman to five fouls and with Frazer injured, they just didn't have enough firepower.
All-Tourney Garrett Higgins led MHS with 13 points.
• Little River boys 63, Goessel 42 — The Redskins captured third place at Burrton, blowing out the Bluebirds early as they were up 32-17 at the half.
The Redskins had nice balance, as three players scored in double figures — Tevin Renken (19), Chord Zeller (11) and Zack Konen (10).
Zeller was a force on the boards with 15 rebounds, while Renken pulled down 10.
• Inman boys 56, Central Christian 43 — Inman won its final two games of the Burrton tournament to take fifth and perhaps build momentum for another second-half-of-the-season run like last year.
A big fourth quarter propelled the Teutons, who were up just three going into the final period.
Tyler Cottam had his best game of the year for the Teutons with 22 points and Barkley Williams added 11.
• Rural Vista girls 47, Elyria Christian School 31 — The Eagles wound up taking fourth place in the Centre Classic, though they gave Rural Vista a good game for a half.
The Eagles trailed only 18-16, but couldn't get a lot of offense going in the second half, including just five points in the fourth quarter.
Anna Adamyk led the Eagles with 12 points.
ECS coach Greg Fields said that turnovers were the difference, as they swung the momentum in Rural Vista's favor.
• Wakefield boys 45, Elyria Christian School 38 — The Eagles played one of their best games of the year, as they jumped out to a 12-2 lead and had Wakefield on the ropes for a half before giving up 20 third-quarter points.
Ethan Price led ECS with nine points.