Centre was the perfect opponent for the Canton-Galva boys to pick to dedicate their new gym on Tuesday.
The Eagles gave the home faithful plenty to cheer about in a 72-22 rout as they are off to a flying 4-1 start.
“The nerves and emotion of opening night in the new gym were very apparent,” C-G coach Shane Duncan said. “Needless to say, the boys composed themselves and played a heck of game.”
The Eagles outscored Centre 29-14 in a wild second quarter and then held the Cougars to just two points in the second half while scoring 29 themselves.
Travis Unruh scored 19 points and Trey Moddelmog had 12 and in all, 11 Eagles scored. Tanner Klingenemsmith pulled down 15 rebounds.
“Travis Unruh did a great job getting us out in transition tonight,” Duncan said. “We got a lot of open looks from him pushing the ball off of misses. Tanner Klingensmith dominated the glass tonight with 15 rebounds through three quarters. I felt his toughness and tenacity really frustrated Centre tonight. It seemed as though every rebound and loose ball wound up in his hands.”
C-G again torched it from beyond the arc, making seven 3-pointers.
• Centre girls 58, Canton-Galva 33 — The Eagle girls weren’t quite as fortunate as they are now 3-2 on the year.
C-G struggled out of the gate with only 10 first-half points as they trailed by 18.
Cassidy Enns and Kelli Nightingale led the Eagles with eight points.
• Solomon boys 58, Inman 35 — For once, the Teutons’ defense didn’t keep them in the game.
Solomon scored at least 17 points in three of the four quarters to deal Inman its fourth loss in five games.
Hank Thiessen had a good game on the inside with 14 points, but no other Teuton scored more than six.
• Inman girls 55, Solomon 16 — The Teutons blazed in the second quarter, outscoring the Gorillas by a 21-2 count to lead 36-8 at the half.
Inman improved to 2-3 behind 14 points by Krystal Miller, 11 by Abby Ropp and 10 by Naomi Williams.
• Hesston boys 61, Smoky Valley 26 — The Swathers, still the No. 1 team in Class 3A, improved to 4-1 as a 21-8 second-quarter burst opened up what had been a one-point game after eight minutes.
Grant Raleigh fired in 16 points to lead the Swathers, while Tyler McCartney scored 13 and Scott Duerksen added 11.
The Vikes, now 0-3, were paced by Cole Norberg’s nine points.
• Hesston girls 51, Smoky Valley 16 — Hesston showed why it’s the No. 1-ranked team in Class 3A.
The Swathers jumped on the Vikings early and often for a 32-9 halftime lead.
Kelsey Unruh and Caylee Richardson were a handful on the inside with 18 and 17 points, respectively. Cami Richardson had a nice floor game with six assists.
Hesston is now 5-0.
Smoky Valley, now 0-3, was paced by Hannah Hattabaugh, who scored half of its points with eight.
• Little River’s boys lost 43-36 to Central Christian and the girls were defeated 31-16. No game information was available.
The boys are now 2-3, the girls 0-5.
Moundridge and Elyria Christian School had the night off.