The offense came and went Thursday for Elyria Christian School’s girls, but the defense remained a constant.
The Eagles moved into Saturday’s Class 1A Sub-State finals with a 44-27 victory over Central Christian. They are now 15-6 and play tourney host Sylvan-Lucas for the right to advance to state in Dodge City.
It was 14-4 after a quarter, but the Eagles’ offense went dormant for a while before resurfacing in the second half.
“We got off to a great start in the first quarter tonight and then we just fell asleep offensively in the second,” ECS coach Greg Fields said. “The girls were really down at halftime, but I reminded them that our defense is what will carry us through the postseason and that we had just held them to nine points in the first half.”
Rachel Adamyk poured in 19 points to lead the Eagles, while Anna Adamyk and Micah Redenbaugh scored eight apiece. Fields said it as one of Redenbaugh’s best games of the year as she also yanked down eight rebounds.
Sylvan-Lucas defeated Wilson 50-41 in the other game. Elyria is the No. 1 seed.
• Hesston girls 52, Southeast of Saline 37 — The undefeated and No. 1-ranked Swathers were pushed, but pulled away to advance to the sub-state championship game, where they’ll go up against the team they defeated for the state title last year, Lyons.
Hesston fans were a little nervous early as the Swathers — now 22-0 —trailed after a quarter, 15-12. But they unfurled a 26-15 advantage over the next two quarters.
Caylee Richardson led the way with 14 points and Katelyn Hageman was big off the bench with 12.
Lyons and Sterling played a wildly entertaining game, with the Lions winning 82-78 in overtime. The teams entered the game with a combined seven losses.
• Clearwater boys 63, Smoky Valley 42 — The Vikings’ offense couldn’t get untracked early and by the time it did, it was took late.
Smoky Valley managed only 12 first-half points, but put up 30 in the second half.
Freshman Nick Reinert gave hope for the future by scoring nearly half of the Vikings’ points with 20.
The Vikings improved over the course of the season to finish with a 6-15 record.
• St. John boys 50, Moundridge 27 — Moundridge coach Vance Unrau has been in the game for a long time and he’s seen very few players like the Tigers’ Dean Wade, the 6-9 All-State All-Class Kansas State commit
Wade scored 21 points despite the Wildcats surrounding him. Seventeen of those came in the first half.
“Dean Wade is the real deal,” Unrau said. “The game plan was to be very patient and methodical on offense to limit their possessions and I thought we did a nice job of spreading the floor. Hondo (Alejandro Jimenez) kept us in it early and then we got down and went to more of what we have been running all season.”
The Wildcats trailed 11-6 after a quarter and it was still just 24-12 at the half, about as close as a team has played the Tigers this year.
St. John, now 22-0 after going 26-0 last year, plays Berean for the title Saturday in Inman.
Jimenez led the Wildcats with 12 points.
Moundridge finished the year a highly creditable 14-8.
“So proud of these kids’ effort this season.” Unrau said. “I will miss Colton (Frazer) and Hondo. They provided so much of what we were able to do both offensively and defensively. And they are both kids of high character. Great role models. The only disappointment I have is that Hondo will head back to Spain at the end of the year and I won't get a chance to coach him anymore. I told all the other underclassmen that next season starts tomorrow. We have to invest so that we can return to a state-caliber team. Honestly, I wasn't sure how good we were going to be this season. I think 14 wins based on the competition that we faced is an accomplishment that these guys can be proud.”