Sweep for Canton-Galva cagers

By Steve Sell
February 22, 2014

It was a clean sweep Friday for Canton-Galva’s basketball teams.

Long-range bomber Nick Bray drained 7 of 11 from beyond the arc as the Eagles overcame a slow start for a 50-44 victory over Goessel.

Bray finished with 24 points, including four of his treys in the second quarter.

C-G scored just three points in the first quarter, then caught fire with 21 in the second.

Tanner Klingensmith, who had yet another double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds, nailed it down for C-G by making 4 of 4 free throws late.

“It was a great game to be a part of,” C-G coach Shane Duncan said. “Goessel played very well on their Senior Night, we were just able to make plays down the stretch. It was great to see our defensive intensity pick up in the fourth quarter. Although we scored well in the fourth, it was our defensive pressure that won the game for us.”

• Canton-Galva girls 40, Goessel 19 — The Eagles held the Bluebirds scoreless in the first quarter and were never seriously challenged.

Cassidy Enns kick-started the C-G offense with 10 first-quarter points and she finished with a game-high 16. Erika Smith chipped in with 13.

• Flint Hills Christian boys 34, Elyria Christian 31 — Had it not been for a scoreless third quarter, the Eagles would have recorded their first win of the year.

Elyria led 19-17 at the half, but was outscored 8-0 in that fatal third quarter.

Matthew Gemmer led the Eagles with 10 points, one more than Spencer Kaufman.

• Elyria Christian girls 31, Flint Hills Christian 10 — Elyria moved past the .500 mark again (10-9) as it dominated on the defensive end.

Coach Greg Fields said it was a somewhat “ugly” game, but said the team would take it and look forward to next week.

Camille Anderson erupted with a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Emily Thiessen also worked the boards to come up with 12 rebounds.

“I was glad to see our seniors go out with some double-digit scores and/or rebounds on their last home game,” Fields said.

• Inman boys 51, Little River 34 — Inman unleashed a 20-3 fourth quarter to hand the Redskins only their fourth loss of the year.

Hard to believe the game was tied after three quarters when you consider the score. Tyler Cottam scored 15 points for the Teutons, one more than Justin Friesen.

Tevin Renken led the Redskins with 14.

• Little River girls 32, Inman 23 — It was the usual formula for the Redskins — tough defense and a big scoring night from Skylar Johnston.

She scored 13 points as Little River had to overcome both a 10-7 first-quarter deficit and scoring just one point in the third quarter. It took a 13-3 final quarter to vault the Redskins to the win.

Kaitlynn Goalden led Inman with eight points.

• Moundridge boys 57, Peabody 30 — The Wildcats ho-hummed their way to another victory, jumping on Peabody in the first half for a 33-18 lead.

“We weathered some foul trouble tonight,” Wildcat coach Vance Unrau said. “We had some defensive breakdowns and continue to struggle finishing in the paint.”

Colton Frazer scored 19 points and hauled in nine rebounds to lead the Wildcats. Anthony Otte (13) and Hunter Enyart (12) also hit for double digits.

• Moundridge girls 48, Peabody 17 — The Wildcats continue to steam toward a top seed for the upcoming sub-state, as MacKenzie Suderman lit it up for 15 points.

MHS led 17-6 after a quarter and 30-11 at the half.

“The girls played hard with a lot of different combinations of teammates on the floor,” Wildcat coach Vicky Kessler said. “It was great to see them working together, seniors through freshman. Eight of 11 players scored and everyone saw a lot of court action.”

• Hesston boys 71, Smoky Valley 33 — The Swathers continued their drive toward perfection, leading 19-4 after a quarter and 37-14 at the half.

Eleven Swathers scored, led by Ryan Schadler and Wyatt McKinney with 13 points apiece. Grant Raleigh and Tyler McCartney tallied 12 apiece.

Cole Norberg’s 10 points, eight in the third quarter, led the Vikings. Alec Schneider added nine.

• Hesston girls 69, Smoky Valley 27 — Cami Richardson funneled in 20 points, and Caylee Richardson and Kelsey Unruh chipped in with a dozen each as Hesston raced to a 40-7 halftime lead.

Nine Swathers in all scored.

Hannah McBride continued to be a shining light for the Vikes with 15.