There was no Haven Classic hangover for the Moundridge girls Friday night.
The Wildcats, coming off their uber-impressive performance in winning the Haven title, went on the road to turn back the challenge of a very good Ell-Saline team, 45-31.
The Wildcats led 23-16 at the half and Ell-Saline continued to hang around until MHS put the game away in the fourth quarter with a 13-5 run.
Anna Stucky led the balanced attack with 11 points, while Brooke Holloway pulled down 11 rebounds.
“The team fought hard for this win against a very physical, athletic Ell-Saline team,” MHS coach Vicky Kessler said. “Statistically, we did a lot of things right. We outrebounded them, which was one of goals before the game. We shot 43 percent from the field and held them to 14 percent from 3-point. This is an outside-oriented team, so we pressured them from the outside and they were 3 for 21 behind the arc. It was exciting to see Anna Stucky hit double digits with 11 points. This was a great road win for the team.”
• Moundridge boys 50, Ell-Saline 31 — The first half was a slog for both teams, as it was 18-all at the break.
But Moundridge threw off the shackles for a 21-7 third-quarter explosion and it was game, set and match.
MHS had nice balance, as Colton Frazer led the way with 15 points, Hunter Enyart scored 13 and Garrett Higgins added 12.
“We got the ball where we wanted early, but had some tough shooting luck at the rim,” Moundridge coach Vance Unrau said. “We turned up the defensive pressure in the second half and got some runouts. I was pleased with the balance and overall effort.”
• Inman girls 48, Marion 43 — Naomi Williams’ 15 points and 10 by Abby Ropp propelled the Teutons to the win, as they’re starting to put together a bit of a run as the season heads into the final month.
Marion led 23-20 at the half, but the Teutons swung the game in the third quarter by outscoring the Warriors, 14-8.
• Inman boys 48, Marion 43 — This just might be the kick-start the Inman boys need.
“We finally came out on the good side of a close game,” Inman coach Brett Froese said. “We clawed tonight, Justin (Friesen) shot the ball like he can. Good team win for us. I’m proud of our effort.”
Friesen knocked down six treys on his way to 19 points, while Barkley Williams also scored 19 as the Teutons finally climbed back to the .500 mark.
• Little River girls 39, Wakefield 29 — It was another stout defensive effort for the Little River girls, who held Wakefield to seven first-half points.
Eight Redskins scored, led by Skylar Johnston with 10 points. Kasey Zeller was immense on the boards with 13 rebounds.
• Little River boys 56, Wakefield 46 — Little River made it 11 victories in 14 games, with a 17-8 third quarter swinging the game in the Redskins’ favor.
Little River led only 27-25 at the half.
Tevin Renken and Zack Konen were a 1-2 punch with 18 and 17 points, respectively. Konen was on fire from 3-point, making 5 of 7.
Chord Zeller furnished 11 points and nine rebounds. Renken finished with 13 rebounds.
• Remington girls 59, Canton-Galva 47 — Remington outscored C-G 21-15 in the fourth quarter to pull away.
Erika Smith had a big game for the Eagles in defeat with 19 points, while Cassidy Enns furnished 11.
• Remington boys 63, Canton-Galva 59 — It was a disappointing night for the Eagles, as the Broncos had entered the game winless.
C-G could never recover from the second quarter when the Broncos lit it up for 19 points, while the Eagles managed only nine.
Cody Savage scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half. Tanner Klingensmith chipped in with 11 and completed a double-double with 10 rebounds.
“We started the game strong, but the second quarter was a killer,” C-G coach Shane Duncan said. “We committed silly fouls, didn't box out and didn't run our offense. Remington gained a lot of confidence in that quarter and continued to play with it. I was pleased with the fight we showed to get back in the game in the second half, but we never should've put ourselves in that situation. When you go 7 of 17 from the foul line, you don't deserve to win a close game. That's two games now that free throws have cost us a victory. We simply have to be more consistent at the line.”
• Hesston girls 52, Sterling 43 — In a matchup of two highly ranked teams, the Swathers finished strong to secure the victory.
Hesston outscored Sterling 16-9 in the final period after the first three quarters lived up to all expectations.
Caylee Richardson scored 16 points to lead Hesston, but a real key was 14 off the bench by Kelsey Unruh, who is just like a sixth starter.
Hesston coach Matt Richardson said he was pleased with the effort, as this was another tough game to get the Swathers ready for postseason play.
• Hesston boys 68, Sterling 36 — The Black Bears surprised Hesston early by leading by five points after a quarter, but the Swathers regrouped and crushed Sterling the rest of the way.
Hesston had its trademark balance, led by Tyler McCartney with 14 points. Grant Raleigh scored 13, and Wyatt McKinney and Scott Duerksen tallied 11 apiece.
• Smoky Valley girls 41, Halstead 30 — The youthful Vikings continue to show promise as they put together a solid defensive effort for the victory.
Hannah McBride overcame an injury to finish with 18 points to lead the Vikes, who held Halstead to just 11 first-half points. Hannah Hattabaugh chipped in with 11 points and McBride had a terrific defensive game with nine steals and four deflections.
• Halstead boys 59, Smoky Valley 34 — The Vikings trailed only 22-17 at the half, but it was all Dragons after that.
Halstead outscored Smoky 20-10 in the third quarter. Cole Norberg’s 11 points led the Vikes.
Elyria had the night off.