The HOA squads had a nice showing in mid-season tournament week with three tournament titles. No. 3 Bennington can take a breather with a perfect 13-0 record.
The Bulldogs were tested at the Canton-Galva tournament last week but ultimately escaped with a perfect 13-0 record still intact. Bennington blasted Canton-Galva 62-30 on Monday, then outscored Southeast of Saline 33-16 in the middle quarters of a 61-44 semifinal win. Friday, the No. 3 Broncos (2A) barely got by Class 4A’s Rock Creek 58-54 for the title.
The Bulldogs again had success in the middle quarters. Trailing the Mustangs 19-18 in the first quarter on Friday, Bennington won the middle quarters 26-18 to build a big enough lead to ride to the finish. Senior Derek Stanley hit a pair of threes to finish with 13 points. Senior Zach Fief added 13 points, and junior BJ Glanton went 5-of-7 from the floor to also finish with 13 points. Stanley added six assists and six rebounds, and Glanton grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.
The Warrior teams were in competition at the Centre Tournament last week. The boys claimed the title with a 42-33 win against White City on Saturday. The Warriors went relatively untested to improve to 11-1. Tuesday, they defeated Elyria Christian 75-28. In Friday’s semifinal, the Warriors beat Solomon 75-65. The Warriors led 9-0 before White City got on the board Saturday. Marion went on to lead 20-14 at the half and 30-23 after three quarters. Jacob Harper scored 10 of the final 12 Warrior points as No. 10 Marion held on for the win.
The Lady Warriors (3-9) struggled to two losses in the Cougar Classic before downing Wakefield 60-43 to salvage seventh place. Prior to that, the girls fell to White City 43-33, and lost to Solomon 42-39. Saturday, the Lady Warriors led 23-14 by halftime, then pushed the gap to 28-21 over the next eight minutes. Kelli Hess led Marion with 15 points. Corey Shields added 11 points and Katey Ehrlich 10 points.
The Cardinal boys picked up just one win in the Canton-Galva Invitational last week. Monday, Southeast of Salina handled Sedgwick (6-5) 49-28. Thursday, Sedgwick downed the host Eagles 49-28. In Friday’s finale, the Cardinals fell to the other Cardinals in the league in a 41-27 loss to Ell-Saline.
In the Ell-Saline loss, Sedgwick struggled to score in the first half to trail 25-13 at the half. The Cardinals answered with 12 points in the third quarter to cut a point from the lead, but the Ell-Saline defense held Sedgwick to just two fourth quarter points. Logan Thompson led the Cardinals with eight points. Drake Standefer hit two threes for his six points.
It took a few games but the Eagles were able to double their win total on Friday with a 53-43 win against St. John’s. Canton-Galva entered its own tournament with just one win on the year and now sits at 2-11 following a 62-30 loss to Bennington on Monday, and a 49-28 loss to Sedgwick on Friday.
Friday’s win was never a given. The Eagles trailed 8-7 after one quarter and 20-13 at the half. Then they turned on the offense, taking a 31-29 lead in the third quarter, and adding 22 more points in the fourth quarter to complete the double-digit win. Cody Savage hit three three-pointers to pace the Eagles with 18 points. Austin Bullinger added 12 points, including two triples, and Connor Farnham finished with nine points.
The Teutons took a two-game win-streak into the Burrton tournament last week and more than doubled it. Inman opened the tournament on Tuesday with a 60-48 win against Central Christian. In the semifinals, the Teutons (8-5) handled Pretty Prairie 45-31. In Saturday’s title game, Inman knocked off Berean Academy for the second time in eight days with a 44-43 score.
Senior Josh Miller was named the tournament’s most valuable player, likely because of his effort in Saturday’s win where three steals led to seven points that all but sealed the win for Inman. The Teutons opened the fourth quarter with a 12-2 run to build a 42-31 lead. Berean did storm back, getting within one and missing a three-point try that would have won it at the buzzer. Miller and Justin Friesen each scored 10 points in the win. Tyler Cottam added nine points.
The Broncos dropped to 6-6 with a 1-2 showing at the Sterling Invitational last week. All three games were decided by three points or less, starting with a 65-62 loss to Maize South on Tuesday in which Remington was outscored 25-18 in the final quarter. Thursday, the Broncos were beat at the buzzer in a 48-46 loss to host Sterling. In that one, Sterling’s Tanner Stallings made his first field goal of the season for the win. Finally, Remington topped HOA-foe Trinity 50-48 in Friday’s seventh-place game.
In Tuesday’s first-round game, Maize South took an 18-13 lead after one quarter, but the Broncs battled back with a 12-4 third quarter to take a 44-40 lead. That advantage evaporated in the final eight minutes. Senior Caleb Tanner led the team with 26 points and five steals. Senior Kyle Regier added 16 points and four assists, and seniors Grant Claassen and Paul Janzen each contributed eight points.
The Cardinal boys were one of four HOA teams competing at the Canton-Galva Invitational last week. After a first-round 55-47 loss to Wichita Homeschool, the Cardinals rebounded to beat St. John’s 68-26, and Sedgwick 41-27.
In Friday’s win, the Cardinals (6-7) outscored Sedgwick in three of the four quarters, leading 25-13 at the half, then winning a sluggish fourth quarter 5-2 to hold on for the win. Kaleb Whitehair paced the Cards with 13 points, and Toby Omli finished with 12 points. Keegan Hays and Dylan Nelson were the other Ell-Saline scorers with nine and seven points, respectively.
The Celtic boys were in action at the Sterling Invitational last week. The squad fell to 4-8 with three straight losses. In Tuesday’s opener, Trinity fell victim to a running-clock in a 49-24 loss to Lyons. From there, they got close, falling to Bluestem 56-54 on Tuesday, then losing another close 50-48 battle with Remington on Friday.
The Celtics seemed to have game two in the books. Trinity outscored HOA-foe Remington in each of the first three quarters to take a 28-18 lead in the half and a 41-29 lead into the final quarter. They didn’t finish off the Broncos who rallied to score 21 points in the final eight minutes to take the win. Nathan Eisenbarth was the lone Celtic to reach double-figures with 15 points. Chance Clark added nine points.
For the second time in eight days, the Warrior boys could not get past Inman. Saturday, Berean improved on a 10-point loss to the Teutons earlier this month with a 44-43 loss in the championship game of the Burrton Tournament. To reach that game, the Warriors downed Goessel 37-34 on Monday, then defeated Little River 42-36 on Thursday.
Saturday, the Warriors had to battle back to be in position to win. Berean still held a slight lead before a 12-2 run early in the fourth quarter put Inman ahead 42-31. The Warriors were still not finished. Kameron Wiebe’s three cut the gap to three with 1:26 to play. T.J. Guhr added a basket and Wiebe scored again for a 44-43 score with 22 seconds to play. After an Inman miss at the free throw line, Berean was in position to win but missed a three-point try at the buzzer. Loren Pearce was an All-Tournament selection and paced the Warriors with 15 points. Dallas Wiebe finished with 11 points.
The Wildcat boys were the lone HOA team competing at the Rupp Tournament in Halstead. No. 5 Moundridge (2A) reached the finals with a 54-39 win over the host Dragons on Tuesday, and a 53-40 win against Rose Hill on Friday. Saturday, the Cats were pitted against newly ranked Andale. The Class 4A Indians took the title in a 64-46 game.
Andale led 11-8 after one quarter, and Moundridge would stick around for another quarter trailing 25-20 at the half. The Indians added 13 points to that gap in the third quarter to lead 47-29. In Friday’s semifinal win, Daniel Ratzlaff scored 24 points in the final 24 minutes of the game. Ryan Lorimor added 12 points, and Tyler Kaufman finished with seven points.