There will be no back-to-back perfect seasons for the Hesston boys.
The Swathers suffered their first defeat since the finals of the Abilene sub-state in 2013 as they dropped a 57-50 decision to Emporia in the Garden Plain Round-Robin.
It was tight until the fourth quarter when the Spartans outscored the Swathers, 14-8.
Hesston had no answer for Emporia’s John Williams, who powered his way to 26 points.
Tyler McCartney led Hesston with 19 points. The Spartans clamped down on Swather All-Stater Grant Raleigh, as he could make only 2 of 10 shots and scored six points.
Hesston, 2-1, continues play today taking on host Garden Plain.
• Hesston girls 36, Emporia 30 — The Swather girls also faced a tough opponent, as they needed an 11-2 final-quarter spurt to move to 3-0 on the year.
Kelsey Unruh’s nine points led the balanced Hesston scoring.
The Swathers play Garden Plain today.
• Hillsboro boys 45, Moundridge 43 — Micah Allen broke the Moundridge boys’ hearts.
Allen’s buzzer-beater gave Hillsboro the victory over Moundridge in the final night of the Moundridge Classic, handing the Wildcats their first loss of the season after three wins.
The Wildcats found themselves down and finally tied the game with 28 seconds left on an old-fashioned 3-point play by Anthony Otte. MHS’ Noah Eichelberger then came up with a steal and was fouled, but missed the front end of the 1-and-1. The Trojans then worked for the winner and Allen scored.
“We played disconnected in the first half, then allowed them to score the first six points of the second half,” MHS coach Vance Unrau said. “Some things need to be corrected and that will be my job to see that it happens.”
Colton Frazer was immense in defeat, scoring 16 points and yanking down 12 rebounds. Alejandro Jimenez added 11 points. Otte dished out four assists.
• Moundridge girls 41, Hillsboro 36 — The Wildcats finished their own classic with a 2-1 record, holding off the Trojans in the final quarter.
Ashley Holler continued her terrific play for Moundridge, pouring in 21 points. Michelle Schrag was a nice complement with 12 points. Alex Ratzlaff was a one-girl wrecking crew in defeat with 25 points.
Moundridge is now 3-1.
• Hillsboro boys 35, Inman 30 — Also at Moundridge, Inman coach Brett Froese said if his team could have executed at all on offense during the three-game event, it would have won a game or two.
Instead, the Teutons went 0-3 despite the fact the defense played well. Walker Strange and Hank Thiessen both scored 10 points for the Teutons, who actually had the lead in the third quarter, but the Lions used a 13-6 final quarter to secure the win.
Inman is now 1-3.
• Lyons girls 69, Inman 32 — The Teutons closed play at Moundridge by going 1-2, as they were overwhelmed by last year’s Class 3A runner-up.
Lyons whipsawed the Teutons with a 19-2 first-quarter blitz and it was 40-9 by the half.
Krystan Miller’s 11 points topped Inman.
• Little River boys 49, Canton-Galva 27 — In the Goessel Bluebird Classic, it started well for the Eagles, up 12-9 after the first quarter.
But they visited the desert the next two quarters, being blanked in the second quarter and held to two points in the third.
Zach Galyon and Chord Zeller delivered a 1-2 punch for the Redskins with 15 and 14 points, respectively.
Trey Moddelmog scored seven to lead the Eagles.
The tourney wraps up today. Both teams are now 2-1.
Canton-Galva girls 46, Little River 18 — Also at Goessel, Canton-Galva’s defense was stifling, holding the Redskins to two first-quarter points and one in the third.
There was no stopping Cassidy Enns as the C-G standout fired in 18 points. C-G plays for third place today.
Little River, which plays for fifth, was led by Allie Peters with six.
C-G is 2-1 on the year, Little River is 0-3.
• Concordia boys 65, Smoky Valley 41 — Smoky Valley’s top two players were in early foul trouble, which led to the Panther sprinting to a 32-15 halftime lead.
Viking star Cooper Holmes fired in 29 points. Smoky Valley was led by Cole Norberg with 14.
The Vikings are now 0-2.
• Concordia girls 62, Smoky Valley 52 — A 22-10 third quarter by the Panthers turned the game their way as the Vikings showed a lot of improvement over their season opener.
The Vikings surged in the fourth quarter by scoring 19 points, but it was too little, too late.
Kelsie Anderson scored 14 for the Vikes and Katie Bellah added 12. Smoky is now 0-2.
Elyria Christian School had the night off. It plays today at Goessel.