It's been a long time coming for the Smoky Valley boys.
After 19 straight losses to open the season, the Vikings will enter sub-state on an emotional high.
The Vikings stunned Sterling 55-48 Tuesday night, which featured a 20-point fourth quarter.
"It was a big win for our boys," said Smoky Valley coach Doug Schneider, who has always kept a positive attitude throughout the season. "It was nice to send our seniors out on a high note, but more than that it was a great team effort to get the win. Our guys have stuck together all year and that was exemplified by the effort we put into last night's game."
Alec Schneider was the pinwheel of the offense with 19 points. The Vikings led 26-18 at the half, then held on the rest of the way for the cherished win.
• Sterling girls 60, Smoky Valley 33 — The highly touted Black Bears roared out to a 23-10 lead and then struck for 19 more points in the second quarter.
Hannah McBride had another nice game for the Vikings with 19 points.
• Little River boys 52, Canton-Galva 49 — The game brought back memories of the 1980s, as the upstart Eagles had upset on their minds before the Redskins escaped with the victory.
It was extremely tight all the way, as the Redskins were up just two points at the half and going into the fourth quarter.
Chord Zeller took advantage of his size advantage to power his way to 22 points and a staggering 17 rebounds. C-G did a good job on Little River star Tevin Renken, holding him to eight points.
Three Eagles scored in double figures, led by Cody Savage with 17. Nick Bray scored 11 and Travis Unruh furnished 10.
“I felt Cody Savage played a great game tonight,” C-G coach Shane Duncan said. “He played in the flow of the offense and took what Little River gave him. He went 3 of 4 from beyond the arc and attacked the rim when they crowded him. Tanner Klingensmith had another good game in the post having to shadow a 6-5 post player (Zeller). I felt the boys from both sides played very well. Unfortunately we came up short. We had a shot at the end to tie it, but we were not able to knock it down. Credit to (Little River) coach (Chad) Lafferty. He does a great job preparing his team and they were able to come out with a ‘W’ tonight.”
• Little River girls 34, Canton-Galva 27 — The Little River girls were pushed as well, as they rallied in the fourth quarter to stave off the Eagles’ upset attempt. C-G was up 21-17 going into the final period, but the Redskins scored 17 points in the last eight minutes.
Skylar Johnston had a monster game for Little River with 24 points and Cassidy Enns led the Eagles with eight.
• Moundridge boys 61, Ellinwood 35 — It was a no-stress finale for the Wildcats, who were up 15-4 after a quarter and that was a signal of things to come.
Colton Frazer had his way on the inside with 20 points to lead MHS. Garrett Higgins, who made four 3-pointers, was right behind with 18 and Hunter Enyart tallied 13.
• Moundridge girls 37, Ellinwood 36 — A fourth-quarter rally enabled the Wildcats to avoid the upset.
The Wildcats were down by seven going into the last quarter, but then outscored the Eagles 14-6 for their 18th win in 20 games.
MacKenzie Suderman led MHS with 15 points.
• Inman boys 66, Herington 22 — The Teutons will go into sub-state play with a chip on their shoulder.
Tyler Cottam scored all 18 of his points in the first half to lead the Teutons.
"We're playing about as good as we are capable right now," said Inman coach Brett Froese, whose team has drawn Little River in next week's sub-state opener.
• Herington girls 39, Inman 29 — The Teutons charged back with 18 fourth-quarter points, but it was too little, too late.
Herington was up 24-9 at the half and 33-11 after three quarters.
Abby Ropp’s 13 points led the Teutons and Naomi Williams tallied 10.
• Hesston boys 52, Pratt 40 — The Swathers are one victory away from a perfect regular season.
An 18-5 third quarter broke open a close game as Hesston received one of its tougher challenges of the year.
Tyler McCartney led Hesston with 15 points, while Grant Raleigh scored 12 and Wyatt McKinney chipped in with 11.
Hesston can finish 20-0 with a win Thursday against Haven.
• Hesston girls 35, Pratt 27 — The Greenbacks put a scare into the Swathers, as Pratt led 18-12 at the half.
Hesston finally got it going by outscoring Pratt 13-3 in the third quarter, then closed the game out at the line in the fourth quarter, led by Cami Richardson going 5 for 5. She finished with 11 points, one behind sister Caylee.
The Swathers can cap a 19-1 regular season Thursday against Haven.
• Elyria had the night off.