Brett Froese said his Inman boys were desperate for a win.
The Teutons, who had lost six straight after a season-opening victory, did indeed secure that Band-Aid for their season on Friday by straining past Canton-Galva 36-25 in a defensive slugfest.
The Teutons dominated the middle two quarters 19-9, which was the difference in the game.
Inman rode the 3-point barrage of Blayne Konrade to the win, as he buried six bombs and scored 20 points. In each of the first three quarters he made two 3-pointers.
Canton-Galva was playing without two starters, Conner Farnham and Trey Moddelmog. That allowed the Teutons to concentrate on shutting down streak-shooting Nick Bray.
Travis Unruh led C-G with 10 points, while Tanner Klingensmith pulled down 11 rebounds. It was the Eagles’ second straight January loss after going 5-1 in December.
“Inman did a great job at denying Nick Bray the ball,” C-G coach Shane Duncan said. “When he did get the ball, they were really good at crowding him and not allowing him to get many shots off. We hit a couple shots early in the first quarter, then went ice cold. It didn't matter who took the shot, we couldn't get anything to fall. We got good looks and still couldn't make any buckets. I was proud of how well we rebounded. We played tough on the defensive side of the court. Unfortunately, it was just a night to forget offensively.”
• Canton-Galva girls 34, Inman 29 — In another defensive battle, the Eagles came up with just enough stops to come away with the win.
The Eagles outscored the Teutons 12-6 in the third quarter to send them on their way. Cassidy Enns scored all 14 of her points in the second half the lead the Eagles. Jewell Croley led Inman with nine.
• Berean boys 39, Moundridge 33 — It was the typical defensive battle between these two old rivals.
Berean led 19-15 at the half, as the Wildcats could score only four points in the second quarter. The Warriors then took command with a 13-8 third quarter.
Alejandro Jimenez led the Wildcats with nine points, while Berean did a nice job of limiting Colton Frazer to eight.
“We played with energy and purpose tonight,” Moundridge coach Vance Unrau said. “Much better than Tuesday. Especially defensively. But we had trouble finishing at the offensive end. I thought we took good shots, but connected on only 37 percent from the field.”
• Moundridge girls 33, Berean 29 — The Wildcats picked up their second high-profile victory of the week as they fended off a fourth-quarter rally by the Warriors.
Moundridge led 28-17 after three rugged defensive quarters. It had just enough left in the tank to overcome a five-point fourth quarter.
Michelle Schrag and Ashley Holler scored 10 points apiece for MHS.
• Smoky Valley boys 43, Lyons 40 — The Vikings are off the schneid.
In a tight game all the way, the Vikings scored 16 fourth-quarter points for their first win of the year. Greg Elvin's two free throws with 6 seconds left proved to be clutch.
Trey Schneider led three Vikings in double figures with 13 points. Trapper Bellah scored 11 and Cole Norberg added 10. The Vikes were up 19-17 at the half, 27-26 after three quarters.
• Lyons girls 58, Smoky Valley 26 — Lyons, last year’s Class 3A runner-up, isn’t too shabby again this year.
The Lions outscored Smoky Valley 19-1 in the second quarter after the Vikings had been competitive in a 15-10 first quarter.
Hannah Hattabaugh led the Vikings with seven points.
• Hesston boys 64, Halstead 42 — In a battle of old rivals, Grant Raleigh fired in 20 points to pace the Swathers to the win, 12 of those in the decisive 23-12 second quarter.
That put the Swathers up 39-19 at the half before the teams traded baskets in the second half.
Scott Duerksen and Justin Smith added 10 points apiece. The Swathers were dynamite at the foul line, making 21 of 24, 9 of 10 by Raleigh.
• Hesston girls 58, Halstead 27 — The Swathers stayed undefeated and untested, blazing to leads of 20-3 after a quarter and 39-8 at the half.
The No. 1-ranked Swathers had nice balance, as Kelsey Unruh scored 13 points, Jessanna Nebel added 12 and Caylee Richardson scored 11.
• Rural Vista boys 57, Elyria Christian 41 — A slow start doomed the Eagles, as they actually played well over the final three periods.
ECS started out with just four first-quarter points, but scored 37 over the final three.
Matthew Gemmer led Elyria with 12 points and Ethan Price furnished 10.
• Rural Vista girls 39, Elyria Christian girls 30 — The Eagles were held to two points in the third quarter, which turned the tide in Rural Vista’s favor.
Addison Fields fired in 12 points for the Eagles and Anna Adamyk added 11. Rural Vista was able to hold Rachel Adamyk to four.
“I was extremely proud of the way our girls battled back from a large deficit in the first half,” Elyria coach Greg Fields said. “We were down 21-8 with about 3 minutes left in the second quarter, and we changed up our defense to hold them while we went on a 10-0 run to get it within three. We kept it close throughout the second half, but our shots weren't falling and they hit their free throws down the stretch. Addison Fields gave us life in the first half with her outside shots, and she and Anna played great defense to give us a chance in the second.”
• Wakefield boys 54, Little River 28 — Wakefield piled up a 21-5 advantage in the second quarter and also outscored the Redskins 19-6 over the final period.
Only four players scored for Little River, led by Grant Harvey with nine points.
No game information was available on the Little River girls.