Little River boys keep on rolling

By Steve Sell
February 19, 2014

Nobody in Class 2A is talking about the Little River boys.

Maybe they should be. All they do is win.

The Redskins continued their outstanding season Tuesday with a 62-56 triumph over Peabody.

The Warriors, though, didn’t go down without a fight. It seemed to be a no-contest early, with Little River up 24-15, but Peabody made a game of it throughout.

Little River's Tevin Renken had yet another double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Grant Harvey scored 12 points and Zack Konen furnished 10.

• Little River girls 38, Peabody 9 — Little River coach Shane Cordell notched victory No. 601 as the Redskins’ defense was nothing short of sensational.

They gave up just four points in the first half and pitched a fourth-quarter shutout.

Skylar Johnston’s 14 points led the way.

• Moundridge boys 49, Remington 36 — It wasn’t the blowout that everybody expected, but the early 16-3 lead for the Wildcats perhaps caused them to relax.

It was 29-20 at the half and 43-24 after three quarters.

The Wildcats' Hunter Enyart had his way inside with 20 points, including 8 of 8 at the foul line. He also had four steals.

“We jumped on them early, but didn't sustain the energy,” Moundridge coach Vance Unrau said. “I’m  disappointed that we let them hang around.” 

• Moundridge girls 41, Remington 36, OT — The Wildcats continued their success against the best teams in the Heart of America.

But they needed overtime to do it.

Moundridge let a 32-21 lead after three quarters get away, but regrouped behind Brooke Holloway, who finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

“Remington is a very good team,” MHS coach Vicky Kessler said. “We were up by 12 early in the fourth quarter and when Remington was issued two technical fouls they played inspired.  They fought back from the 12-point deficit and tied the game. We scored early in the overtime and relaxed a little offensively. This was a great win for the team.”

• Hesston boys 58, Kingman 25 — The Swathers are closing in on a perfect regular season.

Hesston remained unbeaten with a week to go by blitzing Kingman, which never got anything going offensively.

Wyatt McKinney’s 15 points led the Swathers, while Tyler McCartney furnished 13.

• Hesston girls 59, Kingman 25 — The HHS girls almost duplicated the boys’ score.

It was 24-7 after a quarter as the Swathers came out unconscious.

Cami Richardson scored 16 points, while Kelsey Unruh tallied 14 and Caylei Richardson supplied 13.

• Trinity boys 47, Inman 35 — The Celtics cooled off the Teutons, who had been rolling in recent games.

Inman coach Brett Froese said it was just one of those nights where the ball would not go in the basket in the final three quarters as IHS managed just 20 points in those periods.

Justin Friesen’s 11 points led Inman.

• Trinity girls 48, Inman 19 — The Celtics’ defense stifled the Teutons from beginning to end, as Inman had no quarter of more than six points.

It was 25-10 at the half.

No Teuton had more than four points.

• Bennington boys 60, Canton-Galva 52 — The Eagles put up quite a battle against the highly touted Bulldogs, outscoring them 33-27 in the second half, but the first-half deficit was too much to overcome.

C-G was down 33-19 at the break, but roared back with its outside shooting, making 10 treys in the game.

Cody Savage led the Eagles with 11 points, while hard-working Tanner Klingensmith scrapped his way to another double-digit game, yanking down 11 rebounds.

“We played outstanding man-to-man defense against a much bigger team tonight (6-5, 6-3, 6-2 frontline),” C-G coach Shane Duncan said. “I felt our halfcourt game was solid on both ends.  We had way too many turnovers against their full-court pressure in the second quarter that led to easy layups. In the end, the second quarter (18-8 for the Bulldogs) decided the game.”

• Bennington girls 48, Canton-Galva 43 — Bennington charged back in the fourth quarter to deal the Eagles a heartbreaking loss.

C-G was up 36-33 going into the final period.

The loss spoiled a terrific game by Cassidy Enns, who torched the nets for 26 points.

• Lyons boys 51, Smoky Valley 33 — Lyons outscored the Vikings 28-15 in the middle two quarters, while the other two were close.

Cole Norberg fired in 17 points for the Vikes, who were down only 27-19 at the half. Alec Schneider furnished 12.

• Lyons girls 68, Smoky Valley 35 — Lyons was red-hot from the outset and never let up in dealing the Vikings the setback.

Hannah McBride’s nine points led Smoky, which was down 16-9 after a quarter and 33-24 at the half.

• Elyria Christian had the night off.