Area teams conclude pre-Christmas basketball schedules

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AREA BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Goessel 37, Berean 32-The Bluebirds prevailed in a low-scoring game Tuesday night at Goessel.

After a 14-14 to the first quarter, the Bluebirds used a 12-2 second quarter to take a 26-16 lead by halftime.

Berean outscored the Bluebirds 16-11 in the second half, but Goessel hung on for the five-point victory.

Garrett Hiebert led Goessel with 10 points and pulled down 10 of Goessel’s 25 rebounds.

The Bluebirds connected on 36 percent (14-39) of its field goal attempts and made five of seven free throws.

Brett Goerzen was responsible for four of Goessel’s nine steals.

Hutch Trinity 61, Goessel 47- In a battle of undefeated teams, it was the Celtics who left the gymnasium in Hutchinson Friday night with a perfect slate.

Hutch Trinity (6-0) jumped to a quick 23-9 lead only to see Goessel (5-1) battle back to within two points, 24-22, before the Celtics opened a 37-28 third-quarter lead.

Hutch Trinity won the contest at the free throw line, converting 21 of 25 free throws.

Tyler Schroeder led the Bluebirds with 14 points and Garrett Hiebert added 11.

Hutch Trinity 61, Canton-Galva 40-The Eagles struggled early and often Tuesday night, falling last Tuesday to undefeated Hutch Trinity by 21 points.

Joel Hardman was the lone Eagle to score in double figures with 10 points.

Canton-Galva made only 10 of 19 free throws while the Celtics made 15 of 25.

“In every game we have shot under 50 percent from the line, we have lost,” coach Chuck Kern said. “That includes two games we could have won if we had just hit 60 percent from the line.”

“Our shooting reflected our shot selection,” Kern said. The Eagles 26 percent (14-53) from the floor.

Canton-Galva 48, Ell-Saline 38– The Eagles evened their record at 3-3 heading into the holiday break with a 10-point win over the Cardinals on Friday.

Canton-Galva eased its way to a 25-18 lead by halftime.

Seth Moddelmog led the Eagles with 18 points and eight rebounds while Travis Meyers hit five 3-point baskets on the way to 17 points.

“Stephen Jowers did a great job of getting the ball to our shooters, earning nine assists,” coach Chuck Kern said. “Defensively we were able to put some pressure on Ell-Saline, forcing them into 19 turnovers.”

Cameron Mapes was responsible for four steals.

The Eagles hit 19 of 47 (40 percent) from the field, including six of 15 from behind the 3-point arc.

“We did a much better job reading the defense and making a variety of cuts coming off screens for open shots.”

Wakefield 62, Centre 58– The Cougars shot only 32 percent from the field Friday and suffered a four-point loss at Wakefield.

Centre trailed 18-15 after one quarter, but Wakefield outscored the Cougars 19-8 in what turned out to be a decisive second period.

Dustin Burnett and Bryant Gutsch each scored 19 points to pace Centre, who made only 14 of 74 shots from the field, including three of 15 from the 3-point arc.

Burnett also led the Cougars in rebounding with 12.

Seth Jirak and Burnett both contributed three assists.

Centre committed 11 turnovers in the loss.

Peabody-Burns 51, Sedgwick 49– The Warriors picked up an impressive road victory Tuesday night at Sedgwick.

After falling behind 17-8 after one quarter, Peabody-Burns cut the deficit to 24-23 by halftime.

Derek Benson led the Warriors with 15 points; Jason Carroll chipped in 10 points.

Peabody-Burns converted 12 of 18 of its free throws while Sedgwick was good on 15 of 27.

Peabody-Burns 61, Little River 45-The Warriors opened a 24-8 lead after one quarter and were never headed on the way to a 14-point win over the Redskins Friday night at Peabody.

Peabody-Burns led 49-30 going into the final quarter of play.

Derek Benson led the Warriors with 19 points while Derrick Simmonds added 14 and Jason Carroll 13.


AREA GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Berean 49, Goessel 35– Kory Hiebert poured in 26 points Tuesday night but her teammates added just nine to the cause as Goessel fell to Berean.

Goessel trailed 25-17 by halftime.

Hiebert hit eight of nine free throws and nine field goals as Courtney Berkholz had eight points and Katie Flaming added one to round out Goessel’s scoring.

Cathryn Wiebe scored 16 points to lead Berean.

Hutch Trinity 53, Goessel 33– The third-ranked Celtics proved their worth with a 20-point win over Goessel on Friday.

Hutch Trinity forced 39 Bluebird turnovers, and led 39-17 by halftime.

Rinda Duerksen scored 16 of Goessel’s 33 points.

Hutch Trinity 62, Canton-Galva 32– The Eagles trailed 31-8 at halftime and never recovered Tuesday at Hutchinson.

Canton-Galva hit five of nine free throws while the Celtics converted only nine of 25.

Shannon Williams led the Eagles with nine points.

Canton-Galva 43, Ell-Saline 42– The Eagles picked up their second win of the season Friday with a win over the Cardinals.

After a 5-2 first quarter with Ell-Saline leading, Canton-Galva exploded for 18 second-quarter points and led 20-14 by halftime.

Dani Bair led the Eagles with 11 points as Canton-Galva connected on 12 of 21 attempts from the foul stripe.

Centre 48, Wakefield 33– The Cougars picked up a big win Friday when they defeated Wakefield by 15 points.

Centre jumped on top 16-9 after one quarter and led 30-16 by halftime behind eight points from both Megan Gutsch and Selena Seifert.

Seifert finished with a game -high 14 points while Gutsch 12.

The Cougars made nine of 13 free throws while Wakefield made only three of 13.

Centre hit 19 of 68 (27 percent) of its field-goal attempts while Wakefield hit 14 for 53 (26 percent).

Gutsch led Centre with 10 rebounds while Alyssa Luna hauled in eight.

Gutsch was also credited with six steals and Teaira Turner five. The Cougars forced 33 Wakefield turnovers in the game.

Sedgwick 49, Peabody-Burns 40– The Warriors got 17 points from Alaina Newell and 16 from Jessi Hilliard, but still lost at Sedgwick Tuesday night.

Both teams struggled in the opening quarter, with the Warriors limping to a 6-3 lead.

The game heated up in the second period when Peabody-Burns outscored Sedgwick 21-15 to carry a 27-18 lead into halftime.

But Sedgwick was the aggressor in the second half, outscoring the Warriors by 12 en route to the nine-point win.

Peabody-Burns connected on 14 of 20 free throws compared to Sedgwick’s six for 16 effort.

Little River 47, Peabody-Burns 30– For almost the entire first half, Peabody-Burns played toe to toe a tough Little River squad, and led 20-18 with two minutes left in the first half.

But a 10-0 run gave the Redskins a 28-20 halftime lead that Peabody-Burns could not overcome.

“It we could have held off the run the last 2:00 in the half, we could have stayed with our game plan,” coach Darren Schroeder said. “Besides that time span and not getting some shots to fall, we played a solid game.”

As usual, Jessi Hilliard provided most of the Warriors’ offense, pouring in 20.

Hilliard was four for seven from the foul line, but was the only Warrior to step to the stripe.

Amara Nelson and Lynne Wright each scored 12 points for Little River.

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