Area teams look to build momentum for post-season

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Peabody-Burns 59, Bennington 56-Peabody-Burns used a strong third quarter to pick up a win over the Bulldogs Friday night at Peabody.

Derrick Simmonds took game honors with 25 points; Derek Benson added 10.

Peabody-Burns trailed by a point at halftime but outscored Bennington 17-11 in the third period.

Bennington stayed in contention from the free-throw line, converting 18 of 23 attempts compared to 10 of 13 for the Warriors.

Moundridge 54, Canton-Galva 35-Moundridge led 18-11 after one quarter in Canton on Friday and stretched its advantage to 29-16 by halftime.

Derek Bair led Canton-Galva with 11 points as the Eagles converted two of eight from the free-throw line.

Goessel 80, Sedgwick 35- Goessel had no trouble Friday night at home. The Bluebirds led 28-16 at halftime but outscored the visitors 52-19 in the second half.

Garrett Hiebert led four Bluebirds in double figures with 18 points. Jordan Voth, Nathann Ensz and Sheldon Goerzen each added 11.

Goessel shot 29-for-54 from the field (54 percent) while limiting Sedgwick to 13-for-62 (21 percent) including two of 18 from the 3-point arc. Goessel converted 20 of 26 free throws compared to seven of 16 for Sedgwick.

Hiebert pulled down a team-high 12 rebounds while Ensz added 10.

Canton-Galva 40, Moundridge 34-The Eagles proved Friday night in Canton that they’re no longer a team to be taken lightly.

Canton-Galva survived being shut out in the second quarter where they failed to score, transforming their 14-9 first-quarter lead into a 19-14 halftime deficit.

But the Eagles outscored the visitors 26-15 in the second half to capture the victory.

Aubrey Koehn and Kylie Haines each scored 12 points to pace the Eagles.

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Bennington 44, Peabody-Burns 22-Little went right offensively for the Warriors Friday night in in their home loss to the Bulldogs.

Trailing 17-13 at halftime, Peabody-Burns was outscored 17-2 in the third quarter.

Jessi Hilliard scored 12 of Peabody-Burns’s 22 points.

White City 56, Centre 53-Centre led at White City on Tuesaday after three quarters, 47-37.

But the fourth quarter turned into the St. Valentine’s Day massacre as White City outscored the Cougars 19-6 in the final eight minutes to capture the victory.

Jackie Klenda led Centre with with 14 points and Selena Seifert added 13 as the Cougars shot 20-for-59 (34 percent) from the floor.

Centre was outrebounded 40-33. Krista Heiser led the Cougars with nine boards.

The Cougars forced 27 turnovers as Seifert, Klenda and Teaira Turner all made four steals. Centre committed 21 turnovers.

Goessel 46, Sedgwick 38- The Bluebirds rode the broad shoulders and adept free-throw shooting of Rinda Duerksen Friday night in Goessel .

Duerksen, who scored 23 points, made 13 of 18 free throws while Goessel as a team made 17 of 28.

Goessel led 23-19 at halftime and 32-25 after three quarters.

Kory Hiebert added 10 points for the Bluebirds.

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