Teuton boys surprise Bennington

By Steve Sell
February 12, 2014
Kevin Case

Could it be deja vu for the Inman boys?

Last year the Teutons made an amazing late-season run that culminated with a trip to the Class 2A State Basketball Tournament.

After struggling for the first six weeks of the season, the Teutons are starting to get it together and may be a team nobody wants to play come sub-state time.

The Teutons continued their late-season surge Tuesday with a 58-51 victory over highly touted Bennington.

“We played really well tonight,” Inman coach Brett Froese said. “We played much tougher than last night, got all the 50-50 balls. (Tyler) Cottam set the tone and everyone followed. Really proud of our effort against a really good team in Bennington.”

Barkley Williams led the scoring with 22 points, Justin Friesen chipped in with 16 and Cottam scored 13 while playing an outstanding floor game.

Froese added the Teutons are getting some good play from freshman guard Keaton Case, who is helping the team close out games.

• Inman girls 48, Bennington 40 — Like the boys, the Inman girls are making a late-season push as a 12-5 second quarter basically was the difference as little separated the teams in the other three quarters.

The Teutons had a three-pronged attack, led by Kaitlynn Goalden with 14 points, Abby Ropp with 12 and Naomi Williams with 11.


• Moundridge boys 63, Canton-Galva 42 — The Wildcats sprinted to a 39-20 halftime lead before the second half was played on near-even terms.

Garrett Higgins’ 16 points led the Wildcats, while Kyle Huxman and freshman Anthony Otte furnished 14 apiece. Higgins and Huxman also snared six rebounds.

Cody Savage tallied 18 points for the Eagles and Tanner Klingensmith chipped in with 14.

“Moundridge shot the ball extremely well in the first half,” C-G coach Shane Duncan said. “I felt we executed offensively, but our shots just weren't falling. Against a team of that caliber, you have to hit open looks to win the game. I felt our post players were very strong tonight.  (Cody) Savage and (Tanner) Klingensmith played very well.”

• Moundridge girls 42, Canton-Galva 21 — The Wildcats were in defensive lockdown mode.

Moundridge gave up just 10 first-half points to continue on their recent tear.

“We struggled from the field throughout most of the game, but persevered with tough defense,” Moundridge coach Vicky Kessler said. “In both the second and fourth quarter our defense created offense for us. Ashley Holler was very active and got her hands on passes and came up with the ball several times.”

Michelle Schrag fired in 16 points to lead the Wildcats and Holler added 10. 

Cassidy Enns led C-G with eight.

• Hesston boys 58, Nickerson 22 — The Swathers continued their Wichita State-type season as they remained unbeaten with an easy rout.

It was only 13-9 after a quarter, then the Swathers got interested on the offensive end by outscoring the Panthers 18-2 in the second quarter.

Hesston once again had wonderful balance, as Ryan Schadler scored 14, Grant Raleigh 13, Wyatt McKinney 12 and Tyler McCartney 10.

• Hesston girls 81, Nickerson 24 — A no-contest from the start.

The Swathers bolted to leads of 24-6 after a quarter and 49-13 at the half before coach Matt Richardson emptied the bench.

Kelsey Unruh and Cami Richardson poured in 19 points apiece, Jessanna Nebel had a career-high 16 and Caylee Richardson added 10 as the once-beaten Swathers faced little challenge.

• Little River boys 59, Solomon 43 — The Redskins continue to fly under the Class 2A radar.

They needed a 21-13 fourth quarter to do it, as the Gorillas hung tough for the most part.

Tevin Renken led three Redskins in double figures with 15 points, one more than Zack Konen. Grant Harvey added 11 points.

Renken completed his double-double with 10 rebounds, while Chrod Zeller and Trevor Smyres added eight apiece.

• Little River girls 42, Solomon 23 — Shane Cordell won his 599th career game as he moves ever close to the magical 600 number.

Little River slumbered through the first half, but caught fire after the break to outscore the Gorillas 25-12.

Skylar Johnston was en fuego with 21 points. 

• Centre boys 53, Elyria Christian School 47 —  The Eagles had a great chance at their first win of the year, but Centre scored 22 fourth-quarter points to fend off the upset bid.

Elyria trailed by just two points going into the fourth quarter, which proved to be wild with 40 total points.

Ethan Price led the Eagles with 13 points, Matthew Gemmer added 11 and Baxter Knackstedt tallied 10.

• Centre girls 55, Elyria Christian School 54 — A day after surpassing the .500 mark, the Eagles are back to break even, but not before an amazing turnaround.

“I was incredibly proud of our girls tonight,” ECS coach Greg Fields said. “Centre beat us by 29 a couple of weeks ago with a running clock throughout the fourth quarter. Our girls did not back down tonight. Everytime Centre would make a run, we had an answer.  It's playing well against a very high-quality opponent like this that is going to help us have confidence going into the postseason.”

The Adamyk girls were unstoppable, with Anna scoring 19 and Rachel 18. 

• Hillsboro boys 67, Smoky Valley 36 — The talented Trojans scored 41 first-half points and coasted from there.

Cole Norberg was again a bright spot for the Vikings with 15 points.

• Hillsboro girls 55, Smoky Valley 30 — Hillsboro, at one time ranked No. 1 in Class 2A, used a 15-2 second quarter to shake off the Vikings, who had kept it close for a period.

Hannah McBride tallied 10 points for the Vikes.