It’s been quite a turnaround for the Elyria Christian School boys.
After starting the year 0-10, the Eagles have now won five of nine as they picked off Tescott 68-40 on Tuesday night.
Remember the name: Tyler Thiessen. The 6-4 freshman continued his recent surge by scoring 21 points to lead the Eagles, while Matthew Gemmer scored 16 and Spencer Kaufman added 10.
“We scored well both inside and out tonight,” ECS coach Ben Starburg said. “We passed the ball as well tonight as any game this season. Three in double figures and two (Ethan Price and Quentin Pease) finished with eight.”
The Eagles have one more game to play, hosting Central Christian on Thursday.
• Elyria Christian School girls 46, Tescott 18 — The Adamyk sisters were back for the Eagles after they were out for the last game.
Rachel scored 16 points and Anna 15 as Elyria is now 13-6 on the season as it’s had a strong second half.
Elyria gave up 3, 2 and 4 points in the first three quarters.
“It was nice to have the Adamyks back tonight,” ECS coach Greg Fields said. “We played nice team defense that created some easy offense for us. Our freshmen and sophomores got some quality time tonight and it was great to see them get comfortable.”
• Little River boys 46, Canton-Galva 44 — It was yet another punch-in-the-gut loss for the Eagles, as Little River’s Zach Galyon sent the crowd home happy by scoring with .08 on the clock for the winner.
The Eagles seemingly had control of the game, up 28-20 at the half, but Little River unloaded for a 15-2 third-quarter run.
“The third quarter we went away from everything that was successful in the first half,” C-G coach Shane Duncan said. “We gave up a 13-0 run to start the second half. We forced the issue offensively, and didn't have any continuity when we had the ball.”
Duncan said the difference was Little River’s big man Chord Zeller, who had 22 points and 14 rebounds. “We played him hard, but he was just too big and physical for us tonight,” Duncan said.
Travis Unruh scored 10 for C-G and also led in rebounding with seven.
• Canton-Galva girls 51, Little River 26 — The Eagles closed the regular season out strong, as a 21-point third quarter keyed the win.
Cassidy Enns scored 27 points in the first three quarters for the Eagles, as she was virtually unstoppable. Melanie Renken led Little River with 10.
• Hesston boys 65, Pratt 50 — The Swathers had a terrific first half, piling up 39 points for a comfortable lead. Three Swathers scored in double figures, led by Tyler McCartney with 21. Grant Raleigh scored 12 and Scott Duerksen furnished 10.
• Hesston girls 45, Pratt 34 — The Swathers completed a perfect 20-0 regular season and are on pace to defend their 3A state title. Scoring was not available.
• Kingman boys 70, Smoky Valley 42 — The Vikings wasted a 20-point game by Cole Norberg.
The Eagles jumped on the Vikes for 20 points in the first quarter.
Nick Reinert chipped in with 11 points for the Vikes.
• Kingman 48, Smoky Valley 39 — Smoky Valley got off to a great start with a 13-5 lead, but it went downhill from there.
It was tied at 22 going into the half, then Kingman hit for 19 points in the third quarter.
Hannah Hattabaugh’s 17 points paced the Vikings and Katie Bellah chipped in with 10.
• Inman boys 50, Herington 42 — The Teutons may be playing their best basketball of the season at the right time.
Inman outscored the Railers 15-9 in the first quarter to pull away. Wyatt Regehr’s 22 points paced the victory.
• No information was available on the Inman-Herington girls.
• Solomon boys 39, Moundridge 33 — It was a defensive slugfest, but the taller Gorillas prevailed despite 10 points by Colton Frazer and nine by Alejandro Jimenez.
“We defended our tails off, but a tough shooting night didn't help our cause,” Moundridge coach Vance Unrau said. “Solomon is a very good team, having lost only four games this season and three of those four losses have come to state-ranked teams. They have size (starting only one player under 6-3) and length that really creates some matchup problems. We got the ball into the post just like we wanted, but we couldn't get to the line. That's frustrating. But in the end it was poor shooting from the perimeter that made it difficult for us to have some space in the paint for consistent scoring. Now it's on to a new season. This is an exciting time of year. Our young players have really made steady improvement throughout the season and they need to help our veterans take the next step.”
• Moundridge girls 54, Solomon 24 — The Wildcats put the wrap on an 18-2 regular season with another stellar defensive effort.
The Wildcats held the Gorillas without a point in the first quarter.
Ashley Holler fired in 18 points for MHS and Michelle Schrag chipped in with 15.