Surging C-G boys improve to 5-1

By Steve Sell
December 20, 2014

It’s been a turnaround season so far for the Canton-Galva boys.

The Eagles, two years removed from a 1-20 season and 6-15 a year ago, improved to 5-1 on Friday by outscoring Burrton, 74-68.

The Eagles had it going in the middle two quarters, piling up 47 points. But it took a 17-9 fourth quarter for them to secure the win.

C-G had tremendous balance. Nick Bray led the way with 21 points, while Trey Moddelmog scored 13, Zach Snow 12, and Travis Unruh and Connor Farnham 11 apiece. Bray, who had nine 3-pointers in a game earlier this year, burned the Chargers for five.

Bray and Snow pulled down eight and seven rebounds, respectively.

The Eagles put the game away in the fourth quarter at the foul line, making 13 of 17.

• Canton-Galva girls 50, Burrton 29 — The Eagles upped their record to 4-2 as they outscored the Chargers in each of the four quarters as it added up to a lopsided win.

Kelli Nightingale had the hot hand with 14 points, while Cassidy Enns supplied 10. Eight Eagles in all scored.

• Moundridge boys 48, Pretty Prairie 46 — Colton Frazer saved the Wildcats by making a pair of free throws with 2 seconds left in the game after they had led by 11 points after a quarter.

Frazer finished with 14 points, the lone Wildcat in double figures. 

After leading 20-9 after a quarter, the Wildcats saw the Bulldogs charge back to tie the game at half, 25-25.

MHS coach Vance Unrau said he was pleased to escape with the win, noting Pretty Prairie is a tough place to play. 

The Wildcats go into Christmas with a 4-1 record.

• Moundridge girls 61, Pretty Prairie 24 — The Wildcats take a 4-1 record into the holiday after the rout of Pretty Prairie.

Ashley Holler continues to put together a season worthy of high postseason honors as she scored 21 points. Michelle Schrag was a strong complement with 16.

• Central Christian boys 61, Inman 48 — Central Christian remained undefeated, while the Teutons’ struggles continued as they have now lost five straight after opening the season with a win.

The Teutons had no answer for 6-10 Cougar center Noah Starkey, who scored 18 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and blocked eight shots.

Inman hung tough until the third quarter when the Cougars unfurled a 14-5 run.

Blayne Konrade led Inman with 17 points.

• Inman girls 49, Central Christian 34 — The Teutons continued their recent surge to move to .500 for the season at 3-3.

Inman outscored the Cougars 27-12 in the second half.

Abby Ropp was on fire for Inman with 21 points, which included 5 for 5 from 3-point. Naomi Williams furnished 12 points and 10 rebounds.

• Hesston boys 72, Kingman 45 — The Swathers outscored the Eagles by 10 points in both the first and last quarters.

Hesston, No. 1 in Class 3A, is now 5-1.

Grant Raleigh scored 19 points, one more than Scott Duerksen. Tyler McCartney chipped in with 11.

• Hesston girls 43, Kingman 31 — Nineteen points by Caylee Richardson and 11 more by sister Cami helped the Swathers remain unbeaten.

Hesston coach Matt Richardson said the Eagles were improved, as it was still a nine-point game going into the fourth quarter.

Hesston takes a 6-0 record into the break.

• Ell-Saline boys 51, Little River 49 — The Redskins dropped to 2-4 on the year with a tough loss to the Cardinals.

Little River was down by five going into the fourth quarter before making a charge.

Chord Zeller had a huge game in defeat with 21 points.

• Ell-Saline girls 50, Little River 24 — The 0-6 Redskins continued to have trouble putting points on the board.

A 21-4 second-quarter explosion was the difference and sent the Cardinals on their way.

Melanie Renken topped Little River with eight points.

• Smoky Valley girls 35, Halstead 28 — The Vikings recorded their first win of the year as they broke away after being tied at halftime.

The Vikings outscored the Dragons 20-13 after the break.

Hannah Hattabaugh was outstanding for the 1-3 Vikings with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

• Halstead boys 53, Smoky Valley 39 — The Vikings are still looking for their first victory of the year.

Game information was not available. The Vikings are 0-4.

• Solomon boys 52, Elyria Christian School 25 — The Eagles’ freshman center Tyler Thiessen scored nine points and grabbed seven rebounds to highlight Elyria’s effort, as it goes into Christmas still looking for their first win.

Solomon, a very athletic team according to ECS coach Ben Starburg, jumped out to a 19-8 first-quarter lead.

Starburg added the Eagles have played the tougher teams on their schedule and could match up well with teams after the break.

• Elyria Christian School girls 40, Solomon 23 — The Eagles are now 3-2 after a tremendous performance on the defensive end in the first half. 

ECS was up 20-5 at the break, giving up just a free throw in the first quarter and four points in the second quarter.

Anna Adamyk scored 15 points for the Eagles and Moriah Redenbaugh tallied 11.