In a showdown of Central Kansas League boys basketball teams that have been ranked this year, Hesston turned the tide in the third quarter and then held off Smoky Valley 50-41 on Tuesday.
Cameron Cox had a huge third quarter for Hesston with 10 points, as the Swathers outscored the Vikings 18-5 in the period. He finished with 22, while Reese Nebel added 15.
Smoky Valley, playing without standout Brett Heitschmidt who missed another game with a knee injury, was led by Nick Reinert with 16 and Ben Weldy added 11.
• Hesston girls 54, Smoky Valley 25 — It didn’t take long for the Hesston girls to bounce back from their first loss of the season.
The Swathers, who lost their first game on Saturday, did have to shake off the doldrums as they led the Vikings only 6-4 after a quarter. But they outscored the Vikes 22-8 in the second quarter and were well on their way.
Kailey Jo Ince led the Swathers with 14 points and Elise Kaiser added 10. Three Vikings scored 5 points each.
• Inman boys 49, Canton-Galva 20 — The Teutons came out on the offensive, sprinting to a 20-8 lead, then turned to their defense by allowing only 12 points over the final three quarters.
“We played pretty well,” Inman coach Brett Froese said. “We saw a lot of different zones and I thought we moved the ball fairly well against them. I was also proud of how we defended most of the night.”
Teuton stars Mason Thiessen and Payton Froese had impressive lines. Thiessen poured in 21 points and yanked down 13 rebounds as the Eagles had nobody close to him in size. Froese scored 20 points, dished for 7 assists and came up with 4 steals.
Coach Froese also lauded Jordan Friesen for hustle and energy plays.
“He has been outstanding the last few games for us,” he said.
C-G was led by Landon Everett with 7 points.
“Rough night all around,” C-G coach Shane Duncan said. “It's the same story, different game. We had multiple open looks that we didn't knock down. Thiessen and Froese played very well. We weren't able to contain either one of them. Their size and athleticism gave us fits all night.”
• Inman girls 45, Canton-Galva 14 — Defense has been a strength so far for the Inman girls, who held the Eagle girls scoreless in both the second and third quarters.
Olivia Clark had a career night for Inman with 16 points. Lauren Maurer added 10.
Tia Moddelmog was much of the C-G offense with 9.
• Little River boys 50, Central Christian 32 — The Redskins had one of their most solid games to date, as they pulled away in the second half for the victory.
Freshman Jayden Garrison led a balanced offense with 13 points. Brother Jace Garrison added 11 and Levi Swenson furnished 10. Swenson and Graham Stephens snagged 5 rebounds apiece and Peyton Harvey had 5 assists.
• Central Christian girls 46, Little River 42, OT — Central Christian outscored Little River 6-2 in overtime in a game that was tight all the way.
Emma McBride kept the Redskins in it with 17 points, including 5 3-pointers. She scored all 8 of Little River’s points in the third quarter.
The Redskins are still playing without leading scorer Melanie Renken, expected to be out until after Christmas with a foot injury.
• Note — Elyria Christian and Moundridge did not play on Tuesday.