The Elyria Christian School girls will be playing for the championship of the Cougar Classic on Saturday in Lost Springs.
The Eagles turned the tables on Rural Vista in Friday’s semifinals with a resounding 42-26 victory. Elyria had lost an earlier meeting between the teams.
Elyria plays the host Cougars for the title.
This game belonged to ECS from the start as it led 11-7 after a quarter, 22-15 at the half and 32-20 through three quarters.
Rachel Adamyk was tremendous for ECS with 19 points, while sister Anna tossed in 16.
“Ever since Wednesday, our girls have been so excited to get a second chance to play Rural Vista," ECS coach Greg Fields said. "They are an extremely physical team, but we came away from the loss to them a couple of weeks ago feeling like we let them take us out of our game. We set the tone early on tonight with aggressive defense and the Adamyk sisters both provided a consistent offensive presence throughout the game. We are thrilled to be in the second tournament championship game this season."
• Elyria Christian boys 52, Marion 42 — As Eagle coach Ben Starburg said, "the drought is over."
Elyria, which was winless last year as well as the first half of this season, finally broke through with an impressive performance.
"We started well and led 12-4 after the first (quarter)," Starburg said. "Marion shot well in the second scoring 20 with three 3s in the period. We came out strong in the third with Matthew Gemmer scoring 11 of his game-high 19 points.The fourth quarter we built the lead to 15 and did a great job of rebounding to finish the game. Tremendous team effort with all players contributing."
Freshman Tyler Thiessen added 11 points and Ethan Price scored 10.
• Canton-Galva boys 69, Sedgwick 59, 3 OTs — The Eagles exceeded last year's win total (six) in dramatic fashion in the third-place game of the Canton-Galva Invitational.
The 7-6 Eagles outscored the Cardinals 13-3 in the third overtime.
"We are disappointed that we didn't play in the championship, but this was a nice consolation prize," C-G coach Shane Duncan said. "The boys will remember this game for a long time."
Travis Unruh poured in 24 points to lead the Eagles. Tanner Klingensmith, who played all 44 minutes, just missed a double-double with 18 points and nine rebounds, while Nick Bray scored 11. Unruh also dished off for seven assists.
C-G was down as many as 12 points in the first half and still was down by 10 points with 3 minutes left in the third quarter.
"The boys played extremely hard tonight," Duncan said. "They were still disappointed we weren't playing in the championship, but didn't dwell on last night's game."
Unruh and Klingensmith made the All-Tourney Team. Levi Peffly of the Wichita Warriors was the MVP. The Warriors rolled past Ell-Saline 64-41 for the championship.
• Hesston boys 57, Bennington 28 — The Swathers basically walked into the finals as they jumped out to an 18-5 first-quarter lead and stretched it to 32-15 by halftime.
Grant Raleigh led the Swathers with 18 points, while Tyler McCartney scored 11 and Scott Duersken added 10.
Hesston will play Holcomb at 7:45 p.m. today for the championship.
• Hesston girls 54, Riley County 27 — The Swathers, who faced such tough competition last year at Hillsboro, are making it look easy this year.
It was basically over after a quarter as the Swathers led 17-6. Caylee Richardson's 16 points were tops, while Cami Richardson and Kelsey Unruh scored 11 apiece.
Hesston plays Clay Center at 6 p.m. today for the title.
• Concordia boys 60, Smoky Valley 56 — The Vikings played one of their best games of the year, but came up just short in the consolation round of the Salina Invitational.
Freshman Nick Reinert scored 16 points to lead the Vikings and Cole Norberg added 14. The Vikings were up 27-24 at the half, but the difference was a 16-9 Concordia run in the third quarter.
• Liberal girls 48, Smoky Valley 34 — The Vikings are now 0-2 at the Salina Invitational. An 11-2 first-quarter run by Liberal gave it a lead it wouldn't give up.
Hannah Hattabaugh scored 10 points for the Vikings.
• Moundridge girls 37, Goessel 28 — In a nontournament game, the Wildcats again applied terrific defense for the win.
Ashley Holler continued her outstanding play with 14 points to lead the Wildcats, who had to overcome a two-point second quarter. MHS scored 16 in the third, which turned the tide.
Michelle Schrag chipped in with 10.