St. John’s Military was just what the doctor ordered for the Canton-Galva boys Tuesday night in the Eagles’ annual invitational tournament.
C-G, which was 5-1 at the Christmas break but had lost four straight in 2015, exploded for 28 second-quarter points to key a 71-37 rout of the Muleskinners.
The Eagles will play the Wichita Warriors at 7:30 p.m. in the second round of the round-robin on Thursday. If C-G wins, it will play for the championship on Friday.
“We came out a little flat in the first quarter and missed some shots we usually hit,” said C-G coach Shane Duncan, whose team’s sixth win equals its victory total from all of last year. “After forcing numerous turnovers in the second quarter, we were able to push the tempo and make St. John's play at an uncomfortable pace for them.”
Tanner Klingensmith and Trey Moddelmog led a balanced Eagle attack with 13 points and Klingensmith had a double-double with 10 rebounds.
“Tanner Klingensmith played very inspired tonight against their 6-5 center,” Duncan said. “His effort on the glass and defensive intensity sparked our second- and third-quarter run.”
The Eagles were dynamite on defense, coming up with 23 steals.
Ell-Saline edged the Derby Invaders 40-37 in Tuesday’s other game.
• Hesston boys 67, Republic County 20 — At Hillsboro, the Swathers didn’t have to break a sweat, rolling to leads of 22-8 after a quarter and 50-10 at the half.
Coach Greg Raleigh emptied the bench early. Tyler McCartney poured in 22 points to lead the Swathers and Grant Raleigh furnished 14 points.
The Swathers will play Bennington at 4:45 p.m. on Friday.
• Hesston girls 78, Flint Hills Job Corps 2 — Don’t adjust your computer. That score is right.
The Swathers held overmatched Flint Hills without a point over the final three quarters.
Coach Matt Richardson basically had his bench in early and he was able to rest the injured Cami Richardson.
Kirsten Heibert led Hesston with 13 points. Caylee Richardson scored 11 and Ally Short scored 10. Twelve Swathers scored.
Hesston plays Riley County at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
• Elyria Christian School girls 38, Sacred Heart 30 — In the opening day of the Centre Cougar Classic, the Eagles advanced to the semifinals on the strength of a 16-6 fourth-quarter burst.
Elyria, now 7-3, had nice balance as Rachel Adamyk (13), Anna Adamyk (11) and Moriah Redenbaugh (10) all scored in double figures. Redenbaugh completed a double-double with 11 rebounds.
“Ours girls showed a lot of heart in the fourth quarter tonight,” ECS coach Greg Fields said. “We were down by five, and they could have gotten frustrated and given up. They executed a plan perfectly and kept their cool as a team. Moriah Redenbaugh was huge for us on the boards, as well as hitting her free throws at the end of the game. Sacred Heart is better than their record shows. They play in a very competitive league, so it was a great challenge for us.”
The Eagles will play again on Friday.
• Wakefield boys 72, Elyria Christian 29 — Wakefield blitzed the Eagles with 21 first-quarter points and never looked back.
Freshman Tyler Thiessen, who showed that he’s going to be a future force, led Elyria with 10 points. The Eagles play again on Friday against Marion.