Wildcat girls clinch share of HOA crown

By Steve Sell
February 14, 2015

The Moundridge girls clinched a share of the Heart of America League championship on Friday by outlasting Remington 42-37 in a battle of league unbeatens.

The Wildcats have just one league game left and three overall as they are 15-2 and will be the No. 1 seed in their sub-state.

Moundridge dominated early as the final score was somewhat misleading. MHS led 23-11 at the half and still was up by double digits going into the fourth quarter as the Broncos finished fast.

Ashley Holler scored 12 of her 20 points in the first half for the Wildcats, while Michelle Schrag chipped in with 13.

• Moundridge boys 65, Remington 50 — Maybe the Wildcat boys have turned the corner.

Moundridge, after an early January slump, is finishing strong. It scored 38 points in the second half for the win against a quality Remington team.

Anthony Otte and Colton Frazer were unstoppable with 21 and 20 points, respectively. Otte made 9 of 12 shots and Frazer 10 of 13. Alejandro Jimenez added 10 points and had a great floor game with 10 assists.

“We put together a quality effort tonight,” MHS coach Vance Unrau said. “We played hard from start to finish and shot a high percentage from the floor because we executed and got the ball in the paint.  We also converted steals into transition points.  Jimenez had a double-double tonight. Our guys know they had better be ready when he dishes. We had trouble playing man because of match up issues so we went zone and extended it out. Good team win tonight.”

• Peabody boys 55, Elyria Christian School 44 — While the Eagles have won only three games, they have been very competitive in their losses.

Peabody led 29-13 at the half, but charged back in the second half with some strong play. Matthew Gemmer scored 12 points and Ethan Price added 11.

“We had lots of opportunity in the first half, but couldn't find our stroke and found ourselves down 29-13,” ECS coach Ben Starburg said. “We finally started hitting our shots late, but came up short.”

• Elyria Christian girls 43, Peabody 32 — It wasn’t one of the sharpest Eagle efforts of the year, according to coach Greg Fields, but when he looked up at the scoreboard after the game it was yet another “W” in the win column.

“This was one of those nights where it seemed like nothing could go right for us, but we somehow walked away with a win,” Fields said. “Anna (Adamyk) made her shots under the basket and we played adequate defense to get some steals.  We will definitely need to improve in order to have a strong finish to the season.”

Adamyk made 8 of 14 floor shots and scored 24 points, while her sister Rachel scored 11.

• Smoky Valley boys 59, Halstead 51 — The Vikings, down one at the half, came out of the locker room determined by scoring 23 points in the third quarter to pull ahead and they never let up.

Cole Norberg and Nick Reinert, who have developed into a nice 1-2 combo, scored 20 points apiece for the Vikings.

• Smoky Valley girls 41, Halstead 36 — It was a great night to be a Viking as the Smoky girls also won.

Like the boys, the third quarter was the key as the Vikes held the Dragons to four points.

Allison Rose’s 11 points led the Vikes. Hannah Hattabaugh added 10 and just missed a double-double with nine rebounds.

• Canton-Galva boys 50, Trinity Catholic 45 — The Eagles stormed back in the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late.

The Eagles outscored the Celtics 14-5 in the final period.

“I felt Trey Moddelmog and Zach Snow played extremely well,” C-G coach Shane Duncan said. “Moddelmog hit some big shots for us in the fourth quarter.  Snow had his best defensive game of the year.  He had four blocks and numerous deflections. We lost the game in the first half.  I'm proud of the boys for the resolve they displayed tonight. They played tough for 32 minutes.”

• Trinity girls 38, Canton-Galva 21 — The Eagles’ offense was shut down by some great Trinity defense.

Cassidy Enns was much of the C-G offense with 11 points. The Eagles were held without a field goal in the fourth quarter.

• Rural Vista girls 49, Little River 32 — The Redskins hung tough for a half, but then went dormant in the second half.

Carley Tomlin’s 13 points led Little River.

• Little River boys 55, Rural Vista 23 — It was no problem for the Redskins in a dominating performance. Scoring was not available.

• Sedgwick boys 47, Inman 39 — No game information available.

• Sedgwick girls vs. Inman — No report available.

• Hesston girls 40, Haven 26 – It was a methodical win for Class 3A’s No. 1-ranked and undefeated team.

Cami Richardson led Hesston with 15 points and Kelsey Unruh furnished 10.

• Hesston boys 53, Haven 34 — No game information available.