AREA PREP HOOPS: Peabody-Burns boys off to a fast 6-0 start

The Peabody-Burns boys closed their pre-Christmas schedule with a perfect 6-0 mark following a 60-51 win over Canton-Galva Tuesday night, Dec. 19, in Peabody.

Canton-Galva (1-6) led after one quarter, 15-8, but the Warriors came back with a 21-point second quarter to take a 29-28 lead at intermission.

Peabody-Burns then outscored the Eagles 14-8 in the third quarter, which gave them sufficient cushion going into the home stretch.

Jeremy Sheffler led the Warriors with 15 points.

For Canton-Galva, Ryan Schmidt scored 15, Darren Anderson 12 and Shelby Hoppes 11.

In the girls’ game, Peabody-Burns came out on top 72-46. Keri Wedel scored 18 for the Eagles in a losing cause.


Boys-Marion kicked in the after-burners in the second half and pulled away from Hope, 62-46, Tuesday night, Dec. 19, to finish their pre-Christmas schedule with a 4-3 mark.

The Warriors led 10-8 after one quarter and actually trailed by a point at intermission, 23-22.

But Marion (4-3) outscored the visitors 20-10 in a pivotal third quarter, then added to their margin with a 20-13 fourth quarter.

Braxton Skiles led his team with 14 points and 15 rebounds. Jamey Cooper added 10 points and Steven Janzen and Heath Tajchman each chipped in nine.

Girls-The Warriors started strong but couldn’t keep pace with a strong Hope team, losing at home, 59-40, Tuesday, Dec. 19.

Marion led 15-12 at the end of the first quarter, but the visitors edged ahead by four, 26-22, by halftime. The second half belonged to Hope as they held Marion to nine points in each of the last two quarters while scoring 16 and 17 points for themselves.

Melissa Moffitt led Marion with 17 points. No one else broke double figures.


Boys-The Bluebirds played tough against state-ranked Inman for two quarters, but the Teutons dominated the second half to secure a 59-36 win over Goessel Tuesday night, Dec. 19.

Goessel, 4-3 overall and 2-2 in the Heart of America League, trailed only by five points, 29-24, at intermission. But the Teutons held the Bluebirds to only six points in each of the final two quarters to pull away.

Kent Peters and Landon Jordan paced Goessel with 14 and 13 points, respectively.

Girls-The Bluebirds couldn’t stop the Schierling sisters and lost to Inman, 67-40, Tuesday, Dec. 19, in Goessel.

Dinae and Brenna Schierling each score 19 to pace the Teutons.

Inman led 23-11 after one quarter and were well in command, 38-16 at intermission.

Melinda Stucky scored 16 for the Bluebirds and Tara Goerzen added 10. Goessel dropped to 0-4 in the HOA.


Boys-The Cougars got off to a hot start and never looked back as they rolled over Wakefield, 71-51, Tuesday night, Dec. 19, at home.

Centre led 16-8 after one quarter but inflated the lead to 21 points, 42-21 by halftime. The two teams played even in the second half.

Greg Klenda, shooting a perfect four-for-four from the field, scored 18 to lead Centre. Todd Stahlecker, with 13 points and three 3-pointers, was the only other player to break double figures. Ten Cougars contributed points to the win.

Girls-A balanced scoring attack lifted the Cougars past Wakefield for a lopsided 59-32 win at home.

With Stephanie Hajek scoring nine points and Andrea Stahlecker and Erin Smith six each, Centre streaked to a 28-8 lead after one quarter.

After a fairly even second quarter, the Cougars removed all doubt with an 18-5 third-quarter romp.

Wakefield scored all 12 of its fourth-quarter points at the free-throw line, hitting 12 of 18 attempts.

Four girls scored in double figures for Centre, led by Hajek and Smith with 11. Stahlecker and Renee Ecklund each added 10. Stahlecker also contributed nine rebounds and eight steals.

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