They’re not quite the glory days of the 1980s for the Canton-Galva basketball teams when they were a dominant force in Kansas, but the good times have been rolling recently for the Eagles.
Canton-Galva scored a pair of exciting road victories over Ell-Saline on Tuesday. Both C-G teams now have eight wins on the season and both already have exceeded last year’s victory totals.
The C-G boys were down 63-61 when 3-point specialist Nick Bray hit a 25-footer with 14 seconds left to give the Eagles a 64-63 lead. After forcing a turnover, the Eagles added a free throw for the final 65-63 score.
Canton-Galva, which at one point led by 10 points in the third quarter, made 10 of 20 3-pointers, but coach Shane Duncan said it was balance that sparked the win.
“We shot a great percentage beyond the arc tonight, but I really felt our post play was key to winning tonight's game,” Duncan said. “Zach Snow had his best game of the year and really showed a lot of toughness in the paint. To pick up a league win on the road is always huge in the HOA. Ell-Saline shot lights-out in the fourth quarter. I am extremely proud of the boys for gutting it out for this win. It showed a lot of mental toughness and poise to grind it out at the end.”
Bray drained six 3-pointers and finished with 18 points. Snow scored 14, and Tanner Klingensmith tallied 11 and just missed a double-double with nine rebounds.
• Canton-Galva girls 41, Ell-Saline 35, OT — The Eagles outscored the Cardinals 8-2 in overtime to continue their recent upswing.
It was a close game throughout. The Eagles led by a point going into the fourth quarter.
Cassidy Enns scored 11 points to lead C-G, five in the overtime.
• Little River boys 54, Goessel 19 — The Redskins put the defensive clamps on the Bluebirds, holding them to eight points in the first half.
Little River actually was up 41-8 at the half and played the bench much of the second half. The Redskins actually didn’t score in the fourth quarter.
Chord Zeller scored 17 of his 18 points in the first half to lead Little River. Grant Harvey knocked down three 3-pointers on his way to 13 points.
• Goessel girls 48, Little River 18 — Offense continues to be a problem for Little River, which was held to four points in three of the four quarters.
Kassandra Hernandez was much of the Little River offense with 10 points.
• Smoky Valley boys 54, Hoisington 41 — The streaking Vikings, who at one time were 1-9, have now won four in a row.
They had to overcome a slow start, scoring just two points in the first quarter and had only 14 at the half as they were down by eight.
But the Vikings were “en fuego” in the second half, scoring 40 points — 23 in the fourth quarter.
Freshman Nick Reinert continued his recent scoring binge with 23 points. Trey Schneider tallied 12 and Cole Norberg chipped in with 10.
• Hoisington girls 56, Smoky Valley 49 — It was a tied game going into the fourth quarter when Hoisington outscored the Vikes, 15-8.
Smoky Valley had exploded out of the gates with 21 first-quarter points and led led 32-25 at the half.
Hannah Hattabaugh poured in 18 points for the Vikings and Katie Bellah furnished 10.
• Bennington boys 58, Inman 40 — Inman outscored Bennington 12-4 in the final quarter, but it was too little, too late.
The Bulldogs flashed to a 13-5 first-quarter lead and doubled up the Teutons by the half, 32-16.
Keaton Case led Inman with seven points.
• Inman girls 39, Bennington 36 — The Teutons held off the Bulldogs after leading by six going into the fourth quarter.
Abby Ropp couldn’t be stopped as she made a couple of 3-pointers and scored 21 points to lead the Teutons to the road win.
Inman led 18-17 at the half and then pushed it out to 32-26 at the end of three quarters.
Naomi Williams added 13 points for Inman.
• Elyria Christian School boys 68, Centre 54 — After going 0-10 to start the season, the Eagles now have won three of their last four.
“We came out and played with good energy even though we are still fighting illness in several players,” ECS coach Ben Starburg said. “Our bench came in and gave good defensive effort helping us hold Centre a talented shooting team to 20 first-half points.”
Elyria delivered a 1-2 punch in the form of Matthew Gemmer (21 points) and freshman Tyler Thiessen (20). Spencer Kaufman added 10 points.
• Centre girls 35, Elyria Christian School 29 — The Cougars, who defeated the Eagles in the finals of the Cougar Classic, duplicated that win.
The difference in the game was the second quarter, as Elyria was outscored 14-9.
Anna Adamyk scored 10 points to lead ECS.
“We were down a starter because of sickness and our girls still battled hard to the end of this one,” Elyria Christian coach Greg Fields said.
• Sedgwick boys 37, Moundridge 30 — The Wildcats shot just 23 percent in losing to the Cardinals.
Moundridge was held to 11 points in the second half. Colton Frazer and Noah Eichelberger scored eight points apiece to lead MHS.
“I knew tonight would be tough, but we didn't help ourselves at all,” Moundridge coach Vance Unrau said. “We shot 23 percent from the floor. We got the ball where we wanted it and again could not finish. We are making plays a lot tougher than they need to be. Something that we have tried to correct, but obviously we still revert back to old habits. Still a lot to play for and we have to find a way to bring out our best basketball, because tonight is not acceptable.”
• Moundridge girls 44, Sedgwick 27 — The Wildcats bounced back from their numbing loss to Central Plains by shackling the Cardinals.
MHS strafed Sedgwick in the first quarter, holding the Cardinals to a single free throw.
Michelle Schrag and Bethany Stucky scored 10 points apiece for MHS.
• Hesston girls 56, Sterling 46 — In what was expected to be one of the last tough tests for the undefeated Hesston girls, the Swathers held the Black Bears to just two points in the second quarter, which turned the game in their favor.
Hesston led 25-18 at the half and pushed it out to 11 points after three quarters.
Caylee Richardson scored 19 points and snared 10 rebounds to lead Hesston. Cami Richardson chipped in with 13 points.
• Hesston boys 60, Sterling 33 — A 26-point second-quarter eruption sparked the Swathers to yet another victory.
It was 41-21 by half.
Tyler McCartney scored 24 points to lead the Swathers and Grant Raleigh added 13.