Tournament week keeps area basketball teams jumping


Moundridge 57, Canton-Galva 49- The Eagles saw their season record fall to 1-1 with a loss at Moundridge Tuesday night.

Although the Eagles played the Wildcats even in the second half, a 31-23 halftime deficit was too much to overcome.

Seth Moddelmog led the Eagles with 16 points, followed by Stephen Jowers with 10 points including a pair of 3-point baskets.

Canton-Galva hurt its chances for victory by missing 11 of 17 free throws.

Canton-Galva 56, Hesston 48- The Eagles used strong free-throw shooting in the fourth quarter (14-20) to fend off Hesston Thursday night.

Seth Moddelmog led the Eagles with 16 points while Derek Bair added 12.

The Eagles led 22-17 at halftime.

Sunrise Academy 53, Canton-Galva 53- The Eagles rode a poor first half to a 30-17 halftime deficit before closing the gap only to lose a heart breaker at the Moundridge Tournament.

Travis Myers scored 14 fourth-quarter points and 17 overall to lead Canton-Galva while Seth Moddelmog added 15.

Hope 62, Centre 41- The Hope Lions proved who was king of the forest Friday night, defeating Centre by 21 points.

Centre trailed 27-18 at halftime before Hope outscored the Cougars 17-9 in the third quarter.

Dustin Burnett led the Cougars with 16 points as Centre connected on 31 percent (18-58) of its field-goal attempts.

Burnett was also Centre’s top rebounder with six.

Northern Heights 68, Centre 58- Centre finished the Herington Pre-season Tournament with a loss and a 1-2 record Saturday night.

Northern Heights used a 22-10 second quarter to open a 35-28 halftime lead.

Dustin Burnett led Centre with 18 points, hitting six of his 18 (33.3 percent) field-goal attempts. Seth Jirak added 17 points on 5-of-17 (29.4 percent) shooting.

As a team, Centre hit only 27.4 percent (17 of 62) from the field.

Burnett hauled down 13 rebounds including six offensive.

Centre 62, Herington 60-Centre opened the Herington Pre-season Tournament Tuesday with a win over Herington.

Centre trailed 36-34 at halftime before rallying for the win.

Dustin Burnett led the Cougars with 15 points on 7-of-18 shooting while Bryant Gutsch added 14 and Setih Jirak 12.

Centre hit 38.6 percent (22-57) from the floor and 2 of 7 (28.6 percent) from the 3-point arc.

Devin Mueller led Centre with 11 rebounds while Gutsch recorded four assists.

Peabody-Burns 87, Norwich 42- The Warriors opened the game outscoring Norwich 26-8 in the first quarter and never looked back Tuesday night at Oxford.

Jason Carroll led the Warriors with 17 points and Derrick Simmonds and Nathan Bishop added 10 points each.

Peabody-Burns 37, Berean Academy 33- Peabody-Burns used 15 points from Derek Benson to defeat Berean Saturday at the Great 8 Tournament at Oxford.

The Warriors trailed 22-15 at halftime and 30-24 after three quarters before outscoring Berean 13-3 in the decisive fourth quarter.

Goessel 76, Peabody-Burns 53- Goessel jumped to a 15-2 lead over the Warriors Friday night at the Great 8 Tournament and never looked back on the way to a 23-point win.

Travis Buller led the Bluebirds with 16 points followed by Jordan Voth with 15, Garrett Hiebert had 14 and Tyler Schroeder added 10.

Derek Benson led the Warriors with 21 points including six of 10 free throws.

Goessel 65, Argonia 43- Garrett Hiebert scored 19 points and Jordan Voth 14 as the Bluebirds won in the opening round of the Great 8 Tournament held at Oxford Tuesday night.

Goessel broke open a close game that was tied 27-all at halftime by outscoring Argonia 38-16 in the second half.

Goessel 76, Norwich 52- Travis Buller scored 16 points to lead four players in double figures for Goessel in its 24=point win over Norwich.

Jordan Voth added 15, Garrett Hiebert 14 and Tyler Schroeder 10.

Goessel led 15-8 after one quarter and 36-19 by halftime.


Peabody-Burns 45, Caldwell 29-The Warriors won two of three games at the Great 8 Tournament. Their 16-point win over Caldwell erned them a fifth-place finish.

Jessi Hilliard led Peabody-Burns with 18 points and five rebounds.

Defensive pressure forced Caldwell into turnovers which the Warriors converted into easy buckets by Hilliard and Jessica Gillet.

By halftime, Peabody-Burns led 19-11. The Warriors extended that lead to 29-19 after three quarters.

Three-point baskets from Racquel Castillo and Elaina Newell gave the Warriors momentum down the stretch.

Laura Hoffman led Peabody-Burns with nine rebounds. Newell added 15 points.

Berean Academy 49, Goessel 38- The Bluebirds fell victim to a 16-3 second quarter advantage by Berean in losing the championship game of the Great 8 Tournament at Oxford Saturday night.

Courtney Berkholz was the lone Bluebird in double figures with 12 points.

Hesston 69, Canton-Galva 36- Hesston jumped on top of the Eagles 40-19 by halftime and cruised to an easy victory.

Kaycie Shearer led the Eagles with 13 points.

Peabody-Burns 39, Argonia 28-The Warriors jumped on top 12-3 only to see Jessi Hilliard, Traci Windsor and Elaina Newell relegated to the bench with foul difficulties.

But the Warriors persevered and managed to take the game to the fourth quarter nursing a slim advantage. Down the stretch it was Hilliard who drained six of eight free throws and Jessica Gillet who added a big basket to send Peabody-Burns to the fifth place matchup with Caldwell.

Hilliard led the Warriors with 20 points while hauling in 10 rebounds and grabbing four steals.

Newell added 10 points and three boards.

Goessel 54, Norwich 52- Goessel got 17 points from Kory Hiebert, 12 from Courtney Berkholz and 11 from Rinda Duerksen to defeat Norwich in the Great 8 Tournament.

Goessel outscored Norwich 19-11 in the second quarter to lead 25-19 at halftime.

The Bluebirds struggled at the free-throw line, hitting only 11 of 25 in the game.

Sunrise Academy 59, Canton-Galva 38- The Eagles fell behind 16-7 after one quarter and never recovered. Ashley Jones led the Eagles with 11 points.

Norwich 52, Peabody-Burns 36-The Warriors lost to Norwich in the first round of the Great 8 Tournament at Oxford on Tuesday night.

Peabody-Burns took a 20-19 lead into halftime but Norwich outscored the Warriors 17-6 in the decisive third quarter.

“We let them take control of the game and we had to get away from our plan,” Peabody-Burns coach Darren Schroeder said. “That played right into their strengths.

Jessi Hilliard was the lone Warrior in double figures, scoring 19 points while adding eight rebounds and four steals.

Elaina Newell added nine points and two rebounds.

Moundridge 60, Canton-Galva 38- A slow start by the Eagles led to a 40-9 halftime deficit as Canton-Galva lost its first game of the season. Kaycie Shearer led the Eagles with 13 points followed by Dani Bair with nine.

Centre 45, Hope 37- Centre defeated a familiar rival in Hope on Friday behind 12 points from Alyssa Luna, who hit 6 of 11 from the field, and 10 points each from Selena Seifert and Jackie Klenda.

Centre trailed 27-22 at halftime but a 14-2 third quarter Cougar advantage was the difference.

Centre hit 19 of 56 for 34 percent while Hope hit 12 of 44 from the field for 27 percent.

Centre came up with 21 steals led by six from Seifert.

Centre also out-rebounded the Lions 42-27 behind nine rebounds from Klenda and eight by Luna.

Centre 70, Herington 42-The Cougars picked up their first win of the season Tuesday night, defeating Herington as part of the Herington Pre-Season Tournament.

Centre opened the game with a 15-2 after one quarter and stretched the advantage to 34-18 by halftime.

Selena Seifert drained six of 16 shots including three 3-point baskets to lead the Cougars with 24 points. Seifert made all nine of her free throws.

Alyssa Luna added 13 points and Megan Gutsch 10 for Centre.

The Cougars hit 22 of 72 (31 percent) from the field and 22 of 27 (70 percent) from the foul line.

Centre out-rebounded Herington 37-34 behind a team-high seven boards from both Jackie Klenda and Gutsch.

The Cougars (1-2) committed 16 turnovers while forcing Herington into 30.

White City 48, Centre 42- The Cougars traveled to White City last Monday night but fell to the host team.

Centre trailed 11-10 after one quarter but a 16-8 second quarter advantage by White City sent the home team to the locker room at halftime leading 27-18.

The Cougars cut the deficit to 35-32 after three quarters but fell short in the bid for victory.

Jackie Klenda led Centre with 13 points while Selena Seifert added 11 in the loss.

Centre hit 17 of 76 (22 percent) from the field including three of 17 (17.6 percent) from the 3-point line while making seven of 10 free throws.

Centre (0-2) committed 17 turnovers and White City had 25.

Northern Heights 46, Centre 44-The Cougars lost a tight battle Saturday in a game where neither team gained a sizeable advantage throughout.

Megan Gutsch led the Cougars with 15 points and Alyssa Luna chipped in 14 points.

Centre connected on 11 of 16 from the foul stripe while Northern Heights made 15 of 23.

Selena Seifert added eight points, including a pair of 3-point baskets.

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