The No. 1-ranked Class 3A Hesston boys are still unbeaten.
But just barely.
Grant Raleigh’s buzzer-beating basket, after an incredible pass from Ryan Schadler, saved the Swathers’ perfect season Friday night as they edged Hillsboro 45-43 in the battle of the H-powers.
The Swathers’ “Big Four” scored all of their points. Wyatt McKinney and Tyler McCartney scored 13 points apiece, Schadler scored 11 and Raleigh finished with eight.
Hesston coach Greg Raleigh said it was a quality win for his team as it continues its march toward perfection. The Swathers were down three points going into the final quarter, but outscored the Trojans 16-11 to secure the win.
• Hesston girls 47, Hillsboro 28 — The expected drama between these two state powers never developed once the Swathers outscored the Trojans 16-6 in the second quarter.
The Swathers are ranked No. 1 in Class 3A while the Trojans were at one point ranked No. 1 in Class 2A. But the gap between the teams appears wide.
Caylee Richardson scored 12 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the balanced Swathers, who had a 16-rebound advantage.
• Berean boys 57, Moundridge 50 — Down 18-4 after a quarter, the Wildcats charged back with a 17-5 second quarter to make a game of it.
But Berean responded with a 20-8 third quarter before fending off another MHS comeback in the up-and-down game.
Garrett Higgins poured in 22 points for the Wildcats, 12 of those coming in the second quarter, and Anthony Otte furnished 12.
• Moundridge girls 31, Berean Academy 27 — The Wildcats survived a defensive slugfest as it was a close game all the way.
“It was great to come out on top of this great defensive battle,” MHS coach Vicky Kessler said. “Berean is a well-coached, disciplined team, so we had to persevere. We shot 26 percent while Berean shot 50 percent. We had a one more rebound than Berean, but we had 11 offensive boards to their four. Another difference in the game was at the free throw line. We were 8 of 12 while Berean was 1 of 1. I was so proud of the team and how hard they fought on a night when the ball just didn't want to go in the basket.”
Ashley Holler led MHS with 10 points and three steals. Brooke Holloway added nine.
• Kingman boys 50, Smoky Valley 42, OT — The Vikings came close to their first win, but were outscored 11-3 in overtime.
Alec Schneider led the Vikings with 12 points.
• Kingman girls 36, Smoky Valley 32 — The injury-ravaged Vikings again played a team close, but couldn’t get over the hump.
A 15-10 second quarter was the difference.
Hannah McBride fired in 17 points, including 6 of 6 free throws, to pace the Vikings.
• Elyria Christian School girls 45, Solomon 29 — Elyria exploded for a 17-5 burst in the third quarter to get back over the .500 mark for the season.
“I was thrilled with the way our girls played tonight after a very tough week,” ECS coach Greg Fields said. “I've been looking at this week with three away games, and was hoping we could come away 2-1. They were pretty tired after the win Monday night and then a one-point overtime loss in a very emotional game Tuesday night. Our girls responded by wearing down a very physical Solomon team in the second half tonight. We've talked a lot about mental toughness this year, and that was the key to this win and the success we've had all week.”
Anna Adamyk was a tower of power with 21 points, including 12 of 17 at the foul line. She also had eight rebounds. Rachel Adamyk added 11 points.
• Solomon boys 57, Elyria Christian School 11 — The Gorillas outscored the Eagles 20-0 in the first quarter and that basically decided the outcome.
Ethan Price tallied six points to lead ECS.
• Marion boys 65, Canton-Galva 43 — Physical Marion muscled its way to a 20-5 first-quarter lead and it was all uphill for the Eagles the rest of the way.
The loss spoiled an outstanding effort by C-G’s Nick Bray, who drained seven 3-pointers for 21 points, 18 of them in the second half. Tanner Klingensmith had another double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds as he continues to put up big numbers for a 5-9 post player.
• Marion girls 47, Canton-Galva 36 — C-G started strong, up 9-4, but was outscored 31-14 over the middle two quarters.
Erika Smith scored 11 points to lead C-G, which made four 3-pointers in the contest.
• Inman boys 51, Ell-Saline 47 — The Inman boys stayed hot as they made some clutch free throws down the stretch.
Tyler Cottam had a huge game with 21 points. The game was tied going into the fourth quarter.
• Ell-Saline girls 59, Inman 34 — Inman was up 29-25 at the half, then the bottom fell out.
The Cardinals outscored the Teutons 17-1 in the third quarter and 17-4 in the fourth.
Naomi Williams scored 12 points for Inman and Abby Ropp added 10.
Little River had the night off.