The Hesston boys continued their stampede toward perfection Monday night.
The Swathers crushed Sedgwick 71-40 in the opening round of the Class 3A boys sub-state basketball tournament that will continue Thursday in Marion.
The Swathers held the Cardinals scoreless in the first period in racing to a 19-0 lead and it was 41-16 by halftime.
Hesston coach Greg Raleigh was able to clear his bench in the second half as the Swathers are now 21-0.
Hesston had its trademark balance, as Tyler McCartney led the way with 15 points. Wyatt McKinney tallied 12, Ryan Schadler added 11 and Grant Raleigh furnished 10.
Hesston will take on host Marion at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Sacred Heart and Southeast of Saline are matched in the other game.
• Moundridge girls 46, Inman 19 — Moundridge coach Vicky Kessler knows the Wildcats are in the toughest of all 2A sub-states.
The Wildcats took care of business on Monday by easing past rival Inman to set up a 7:30 p.m. showdown Thursday against 18-3 Remington in Elbing.
MHS jumped out to an 11-4 lead and it was 24-10 at the half. Ashley Holler led the balanced Wildcats with 11 points, while MacKenzie Suderman and Brooke Holloway tallied eight apiece.
“This is a tough sub-state, so it was great to get our first win against a feisty Inman team,” said Kessler, whose team is now 19-2. “It was exciting to see everyone participate and contribute. We had a balanced offensive attack with eight players scoring.”
Inman, which finished 7-14 in Bill Maurer’s first year, was led by Abby Ropp with eight points.
• Sterling girls 60, Canton-Galva 28 — Sterling, the top seed in the Elbing sub-state, ended Canton-Galva’s season at 6-16.
Erika Smith was fantastic in defeat for the Eagles by scoring 21 points, including three 3-pointers, but she didn’t get much help. Sterling did a nice defensive job on top Eagle scorer Cassidy Enns, limiting her to just two points.
Sterling will play Hillsboro at 6 p.m. Thursday in what should be a dandy.
• Hillsboro girls 48, Little River 28 — Hillsboro, which was ranked No. 1 in 2A at the halfway point of the season only to lose five games from then on, reverted to that form in ending Little River’s season at 15-6.
Hillsboro led only 18-16 at the half, but a 16-5 third quarter turned the tide. The Trojans are now 16-5.
Skylar Johnston and Emily Baldwin were nearly the entire Little River offense with 14 and 12 points, respectively.