Area teams roll back into action after Christmas break

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Goessel 62, Bennington 40- The Bluebirds got 14 points from Garrett Hiebert and 12 from Nathan Amstutz to defeat the Bulldogs Friday night in Goessel.

Goessel hit Bennington with a 22-8 first-quarter blitz and led 40-14 by halftime.

The Bluebirds connected on 22 of 46 (47.8 percent) from the field while limiting Bennington to only 15 of 44 (34.1 percent).

Goessel converted 15 of 19 free throws while the Bulldogs made only seven of 19.

Hiebert and Nathan Ensz led the Bluebird rebounders with seven each as Goessel held a 32-21 team edge.

Sunrise Academy 71, Centre 32- Just about everything that could go wrong did for Centre in Friday night’s 39-point loss.

Alfonse Klenda was the lone Cougar to reach double figure with 11 points.

Centre made only 10 of 54 shots (18.5 percent) from the field, including one of nine from behind the 3-point line.

Klenda was Centre’s leading rebounder with nine of the Cougars’ 32 rebounds.

Moundridge 68, Peabody-Burns 63- The Warriors led 26-22 at halftime but Moundridge outscored Peabody-Burns 46-37 in a wide-open second half.

PBHS’s Derek Benson led all scorers with 24 points while Derrick Simmonds added 16, including three 3-point baskets. Nathan Bishop chipped in 10.

Inman 58, Canton-Galva 38-The Eagles struggled to score points Friday night in Canton.

Canton-Galva trailed 14-11 after one quarter but fell behind 29-15 by halftime.

Travis Myers led the Eagles with 11 points. Canton-Galva connected on only 12 field goals in the game, including four 3-pointers.

Goessel 67, Peabody-Burns 47-The Bluebirds opened 2006 with an impressive 20-point win over the Warriors Tuesday night in Goessel.

Garrett Hiebert led the Bluebirds with 18 points, hitting eight of 13 field goal attempts (61.5 percent). Jordan Voth added 15 points and Travis Buller 12 points and five assists.

Goessel won the battle of the boards 33-23. Nathan Ensz hauled in 10 rebounds.

Goessel made 53.2 percent (25-47) of its field goal attempts while Peabody-Burns made only 17 of 56 (30.4 percent).

Goessel made eight of 15 (53.3 percent) shots from behind the 3-point arc while Peabody-Burns made three of 15 (20 percent).

Derrick Simmonds led the Warriors with 19 points, including a pair of 3-point baskets.

Goessel led 28-27 at halftime but used a 39-20 second half advantage to secure the victory.

Little River 55, Canton-Galva 50- The Eagles led Little River 22-13 at halftime, but the Redskins outscored them 42-28 in the second half for the five-point win Tuesday night in Canton.

Derek Bair was the lone Eagle to score in double figures with 14.

Elyria Christian 58, Centre 55-Seth Jirak and Alfonse Klenda each scored 11 points Tuesday night, but it wasn’t enough to beat Elyria Christian at Lost Springs.

Centre led 32-28 at halftime but was outscored 33-26 in the second half.

Centre made only one of seven free throws while Elyria made seven of 12. The Cougars made only 26 of 74 shots from the field (35.1 percent).

Seth Jirak and Tad Remy led Centre rebounders with six each.

Moundridge 57, Peabody-Burns 25- Moundridge scored early to open a lead and then cruised to a 32-point win over the Warriors Friday night in Moundridge.

Moundridge led 19-8 after one quarter and 31-15 by halftime. The Wildcats clinched the win with a 13-2 third-quarter advantage.

Jessi Hilliard led the Warriors with 14 points, 11 coming in the first half.

“Our offensive execution was way off in the third quarter,” Peabody-Burns coach Darren Schroeder said. “Our shots weren’t falling and we had too many turnovers.

Inman 46, Canton-Galva 27- The Eagles stayed within reach of the Teutons, trailing 29-23 after three quarters, but Inman outscored Canton-Galva 17-4 in the final eight minutes.

Kylie Haines led the Eagles with 10 points.

Goessel 39, Bennington 25- The Bluebirds used a balanced scoring effort to down the Bulldogs Friday night in Goessel.

Kory Hiebert led Goessel with 10 points but five other Bluebirds scored at least four points.

Goessel led 16-10 at halftime and 26-14 after three quarters.

The Bluebirds made 15 of 27 free throws while Bennington made only seven of 18.

Goessel scored only one field goal in the fourth quarter, but connected on 11 of 13 free throws.

Centre 29, Sunrise Academy 28-The Cougars defeated Sunrise Academy in a defensive struggle Friday night in Wichita.

Centre trailed 13-10 at halftime before outscoring the Buffaloes 19-15 in the second half.

Selena Seifert scored 10 points while Teaira Turner added nine for the Cougars who connected on only 11 of 50 (22 percent) field-goal attempts.

Sunrise made only 12 of 47 (26 percent) shots in the contest.

Centre forced the Buffaloes into 20 turnovers, with Turner snatching four steals.

Alyssa Luna led the Cougar with 11 rebounds as Centre won the battle of the boards, 40-35.

Little River 49, Canton-Galva 29-Little River jumped to a 13-0 lead after one quarter and was ahead 30-10 by halftime Tuesday night in Canton.

Canton-Galva connected on nine of 12 free throws while Little River made only five of 12.

Alyssa Koehn and Dani Bair each scored nine points for the Eagles.

Goessel 48, Peabody-Burns 36-The Bluebirds trailed 15-13 at halftime, but used a 35-21 advantage in the second half to capture their first win of the 2006 calendar year.

Kory Hiebert scored 13 of her team-high 17 points in the second half to lead Goessel while Ronda Duerksen added 15.

“Coach Holloway made some good halftime adjustments,” Peabody-Burns coach Darren Schroeder said. “We lost focus for a little while and let Hiebert get some shots in the lane.”

Peabody-Burns was led by Jessi Hilliard’s game-high 19 points, including nine of 13 free throws. Goessel converted only seven of 15 free throws while Peabody-Burns made 12 of 18.

Centre 46, Wichita Homeschool 31-Alyssa Luna scored 12 first-half points on the way to a game-high 16 to lead Centre over Wichita Homeschool Tuesday night at Lost Springs.

Selena Seifert added 10 points for the Cougars, who led 29-12 by halftime. Centre connected on 17 of 55 (30 percent) of its field goal attempts while Wichita Homeschool made 13 of 47 (27 percent).

Centre was outrebounded, 39-33; Luna pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.

Key to the win was Centre’s aggressive defense that forced 39 turnovers. The Cougars recorded 31 steals and were led by Teaira Turner’s nine.

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