AREA HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL ROUNDUP

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Goessel boys?The Bluebirds fought back from a 14-point halftime deficit against Hutchinson Trinity Friday night only to fall agonizingly short of a victory. Trinity prevailed 56-54.

Goessel (4-5) trailed 39-25 at the half, but refused to give up. Lyndl Duerksen and Winston Goertz-Giffen each scored 15 points to lead the Bluebirds and Landon Jordan added 14.

In a night when most area teams were snowed out, the Bluebirds jumped off to a hot 19-8 lead over Peabody-Burns after one quarter, then expanded the lead in each succeeding quarter en route to a comfortable 70-47 win Jan. 4.

Goertz-Giffen poured in 25 points to pace Goessel.

Steven Morgan was the only Warrior to break into double figures for Peabody-Burns (4-3), scoring 10 points.

Goessel girls?The Bluebirds dominated Hutchinson Trinity in overtime for a 60-50 win Friday night.

Goessel (3-6) led 32-24 at the half, but managed only five points in the fourth quarter to let the Knights back into the game.

Annika Schulze poured in 22 points to fuel the Bluebirds and Karry Jay added 13.

Last Tuesday, Goessel jumped out to a 16-8 lead after one quarter, then held off a Peabody-Burns charge in the fourth quarter to beat the Warriors, 56-39, in Peabody.

Goessel led 31-13 at halftime and were never seriously threatened by the Warriors (2-5), although they were outscored 17-13 in the final period.

Three Bluebirds finished in double figures: Tara Goerzen had 13, Megan Withiam 12 and Jay 10.

Shelby Plummer scored 11 to pace Peabody-Burns.

Centre boys?Greg Klenda scored 14 points and John Herbel added 11 to lead the Cougars to a 66-56 win over Solomon Friday night.

Centre held a commanding 40-20 lead at half, then held off a furious Solomon rally in the fourth quarter to preserve the win.

The Cougars Jan. 4 game with Chase County was postponed because of bad weather.

Centre girls?The Cougars exploded for 34 points in the first quarter and waltzed to an easy 52-22 win over Solomon Friday night.

Team leader Erica Hatterman scored 19 points for Centre (3-3). Rene Eckland added 16.

Solomon never scored in double figures in any of the four quarters.

The Cougars? Jan. 4 game with Chase County was postponed because of the weather.

Peabody boys?After opening with four wins, the Warriors lost their fourth straight game Friday night, falling to the Moundridge Wildcats 67-51.

The Warriors lost the game in the middle two quarters, when they were outscored 37-18. A furious rally in the fourth quarter proved to be too little too late.

The Warriors probably wished for a bit more snow Jan. 4, losing to Goessel 70-47 on a night when most other area games were cancelled.

Steven Morgan scored led Peabody with 10 points.

Peabody girls?The Warriors encountered the state?s most dominating team and player Friday night, falling hard to the top-ranked Moundridge Wildcats 82-21 behind 37 points from the ?Cats Laurie Koehn.

Peabody-Burns trailed by only 10 after one quarter, but Moundridge blew the game open by outscoring the Warriors 33-7 in the second quarter.

Sheena Chapman scored 10 points to lead the Warriors.

Peabody-Burns fared slightly better Jan. 4, losing at home to Goessel 56-39. They trailed 31-13 at the half.

Shelby Plummer scored 11 to pace Peabody-Burns.

Marion-Florence boys?The Warriors won the second and fourth quarters of Friday night?s game with Herington, but the Railers prevailed in end, 73-58 in Marion.

Steve Janzen paced Marion (0-8) with 19 points and Blake Conyers added 10.

The Warriors? Jan. 4 game with Sacred Heart was postponed due to snow.

Marion-Florence girls?The Warriors rode a balanced scoring effort to a 36-34 low-scoring win over Herington Friday night.

Jessica Moore led Marion-Florence with nine and Tiffany Tajchman and Melissa Moffitt added eight to pace the Warriors (2-6).

The girls? game with Sacred Heart was postponed because of the weather.

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