LR boys, ECS girls lose in tourney finals

By Steve Sell
December 15, 2014

The Goessel Bluebird Invitational’s final night resulted in two McPherson area schools losing in championship games.

Central Christian’s boys outscored Little River 11-8 in overtime Saturday for a 56-53 victory in the title contest.

The Redskins, now 2-2, trailed much of the game before rallying in the fourth quarter to force the extra session.

Little River had nice balance as Grant Harvey (16), Zach Galyon (12) and Cordell Moore (10) all scored in double figures.

In the girls’ championship game, Elyria Christian School was outlasted 39-31 by Goessel despite 10 points by Addison Fields.

“Goessel has some outstanding athletes who can really run the floor,” ECS coach Greg Fields said. “Our turnovers hurt us and we had a difficult time getting good looks at the basket.  Addison kept us in it in the second half with some contested 3s, but she was our only offensive threat tonight. We were thrilled to go up against a quality team tonight, and know that if we continue to work hard and improve, we can compete with anyone.”

Elyria is now 2-2 on the year.

Also at Goessel:

• Canton-Galva boys 55, Burrton 53 — The Eagles completed a 2-1 week with a pulsating win in the third-place game to move to 3-1 overall.

C-G found itself down 18-8 after a quarter before surging. It outscored Burrton 32-23 over the middle two quarters, then held off a Charger rally.

“It was a well-played game by both teams,” C-G coach Shane Duncan said. “Very enjoyable to be a part of.  After the first quarter, the lead went back and forth.  They did a great job of taking (Nick) Bray out of the offense, but (Tanner) Klingensmith countered that with a phenomenal effort and post play.”

Klingensmith continues to defie logic as despite giving up size to every player he goes up against, he had a monster game with 18 points and 17 rebounds. Bray added 10 points, while Travis Unruh and Trey Moddelmog just missed doubles with nine apiece.

• Canton-Galva girls 45, Burrton 31 — The Eagle girls also came away with a third-place finish behind another tremendous performance by Cassidy Enns.

After scoring just two points in the first quarter, Enns got it going with 10 points in the second quarter and she went on to finish with 24, including 8 of 8 at the foul line.

C-G's defense was airtight, giving up just eight points in the first half.

The Eagles are now 3-1 on the year.

• Goessel boys 48, Elyria Christian 36 — The Eagles continue to play better, but still are looking for their first win after falling to 0-4.

Matthew Gemmer led the Eagles' scoring cause with 13 points.

• Central Christian girls 27, Little River 25 — The Redskins were outlasted in the fifth-place game.

No scoring was available. Little River is now 0-4 on the season.


• Hesston boys 58, Garden Plain 48 — A night after losing their first game since the 2013  sub-state finals, the Swathers got right back on the victory horse.

They sped to a 37-23 halftime lead before holding off the Owls’ comeback attempt.

Tyler McCartney had 18 points for the second night in a row and Grant Raleigh added 11. Hesston is now 3-1.

• Hesston girls 42, Garden Plain 22 — The Swathers finished the round-robin 3-0 with another lockdown defensive effort.

After leading just 9-8 after a quarter, Hesston held the Owls scoreless in the second period. For the game, Garden Plain shot just 22 percent.

Cami Richardson and Kelsey Unruh tag-teamed for 12 and 11 points, respectively. Caylee Richardson came up with 11 rebounds.

The Swathers are now 4-0.