On a night Inman honored its 1993 Class 2A girls state championship basketball team, the Teutons responded accordingly with a pair of wins over Sedgwick.
The Teuton girls played like that title team from 25 years ago with a 41-28 victory, clamping down on the defensive end.
The Teutons shook off a slow start offensively to record the impressive win. Inman outscored Sedgwick 14-4 in the second quarter.
MaKayla Michael scored 12 of her 16 points in the second half to top the Teutons. The rest of the scoring was balanced.
• Inman boys 53, Sedgwick 44 — You’ll be hard pressed to find many duos better than the Teutons' Mason Thiessen and Payton Froese.
The 6-8 Thiessen dominated all phases of the game with 21 points and 16 rebounds, while Froese was the floor general, scoring 13 points and dishing off for 10 assists for a double-double.
“A huge win for us tonight,” Inman coach Brett Froese said. “Can’t be more proud of my guys. They doubled Mason and Payton all night and tried to get the ball out of their hands. Mason passed it extremely well out of the double team and the other kids really made some nice cuts to the basket. Just a tremendous team effort. Sedgwick wants to really get out and go and I thought other than a few times we really controlled the tempo for the most part. We got some scoring from the other kids and that was the difference. Big league win for us.”
• Elyria Christian School boys 57, Wakefield 31 — Class 1A Division II’s No. 2-ranked team kept humming along as it showed no signs of a 3-week layoff.
“It is always nice to get a road win and play well the first game after break,” ECS coach Zach Goodrich said. “The first game after the break is a little concerning because we are coming off a couple days off, getting our legs back and trying to shoot the ball well. I was pleased with our effort on the defensive end, Wakefield had shot the ball well before break and we wanted to make sure we guarded the 3 and make them more of a driving team. Our rotations were not as clean, we gave up a few traditional 3-point plays because we were late, but that is something we will try to get squared away before our next game.”
Caleb Froese tossed in 16 points to lead the Eagles, while Tyler Thiessen scored 15 points and Aidan Fields chipped in with 12.
Elyria jumped out to a 16-6 lead after a quarter and was never pushed.
• Elyria Christian School girls 33, Wakefield 31 — Welcome back, Melea Redenbaugh.
Elyria’s center had missed the first month of the season with a foot injury, but she made a major impact upon her return as the Eagles charged back in the fourth quarter after being down after three quarters.
“Melea Redenbaugh made her first appearance this season in dramatic fashion,” ECS coach Greg Fields said. “We were down by 8 with 3 minutes left in the game. Our posts had all fouled out, so Melea came in and finished with 6 points, 3 rebounds and a steal. She is a special player and definitely a difference-maker. We're looking by forward to getting more minutes from her as she continues to recover from her foot injury.”
Claire Adamyk led a balanced Eagle offense with 7 points as six players scored at least 4 points.
“Claire Adamyk had a solid game tonight off the bench,” Fields said. “She led the team in scoring and most importantly, didn't have a turnover. She drew a foul in the final minute and had a 3-point play to give us the lead.”
• Little River boys 58, Canton-Galva 23 — The Redskins dominated the depleted Eagles from start to finish, jumping out to a 13-4 lead after a quarter and really put the game out of sight with a 21-6 margin in the third quarter.
Freshman Jayden Garrison again was the real deal with 18 points to lead Little River, but received nice support from Jace Garrison with 13 points and Graham Stephens chipped in with 10.
Dylan Wood and Brayden Collins led the Eagles with 6 points apiece. It was a tough night for C-G as it was down two starters to begin the game (Kinser Colgin and Jonah Sargent) and then lost Wood and Landon Everett to injury in the third quarter.
“Little River is a well-coached, athletic team that gave us fits in transition and on the glass all night,” C-G coach Shane Duncan said. “We got it to 11 in the third, lost Wood and Everett, then the wheels fell off. We had a number of kids forced in to playing varsity minutes who never have before. I was proud of their effort under the circumstances.”
• Little River girls 34, Canton-Galva 30 — It was a stunning reversal of fortunes.
Little River did not score in the first quarter as it found itself down 11-0 and still trailed 22-14 at the half.
But it stormed back in the second half and held C-G scoreless in the fourth quarter.
“Once again we came out slow in the first quarter and that is on me as the coach not having them prepared,” Little River coach Trey Look said. “We were working hard, but our shots weren’t falling and we just seemed to be in the wrong position defensively. But I’m proud of my girls and the way they fought back. We calmed down after Canton Galva’s great first quarter and really focused on our defense. That was key for us, taking away the driving lanes and it seemed to get them out of their rhythm. It was good to have Melanie Renken back from injury, but I thought our team as a whole played tremendous defense the second half and we were more patient on offense. Isabelle Eberle really stepped up in the fourth quarter and hit two big shots for us that got us the lead and we found a way to hold on.”
Emma McBride led the Redskins with 8 points and Renken had 7 after missing a handful of games with a foot injury. Kaysha Unruh led C-G with 9, all in the first quarter.
• Berean boys 43, Moundridge 42 — It was another classic, down-to-the-wire game for these two rivals and it took a 3-pointer by Kiegan Vogt with 6 seconds left in the game for the Warriors to prevail.
"We trailed all first half, but battled back to tie it after 3 and we went ahead several times in a back-and-forth 4th," Moundridge coach Vance Unrau said. "This one stings. Kids played hard and I thought defensively we played solid except for a few breakdowns that led to easy scores for Berean. In a game like this one missed opportunity can cost you the game. I still love these guys and feel we have a high ceiling to improve. We will continue to work hard to get better."
Dillon Vogts had a tremendous game for the Wildcats with 21 points and Noah Eichelberger chipped in with 11.
• Berean girls 43, Moundridge 25 — The Wildcats couldn't shake off the rust as they didn't score more than 8 points in any quarter.
Berean led 20-11 at the half and continued to shut down the Wildcats in the second half.
Kourtney Kaufman, Bethany Stucky and Kaela Helms all scored 6 points for the Wildcats.
• Hesston boys 59, Lyons 18 — Hesston coach Greg Raleigh had an inkling it might be an easy night for his Swathers as he suited up 16 players.
All of them got in as this was a no-contest from start to finish.
Reese Nebel led the Swathers with 21.
• Hesston girls 53, Lyons 34 — Elise Kaiser fired in 21 points to lead the Swathers and Kailey Jo Ince added 10 as Hesston had no trouble.
It was only 24-16 at the half, but the Swathers erupted for 18 points in the third quarter to break the game open.
• Halstead boys 57, Smoky Valley 34 — Smoky Valley coach Doug Schneider said it was a matter of his team not being able to knock down shots.
The undefeated Dragons used a huge third quarter to break open what had been a competitive game for a half.
The Vikes' top scorer Nick Reinert was held to 4 points, but they did welcome back Brett Heitschmidt, who had missed several games with a knee injury.
Jacob Adams was the top Smoky scorer with 12.
• Halstead girls 45, Smoky Valley 40 — The Vikings were much more competitive with the Dragons than the first time around as coach John Bellah said he was pleased with the improvement his team made from the December meeting.
The Vikings exploded out of the chute with a 10-2 first quarter, but the Dragons dominated the next two quarters, 31-12.
Amanda Behanna led the Vikes with 12 points.