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Canton-Galva. CGHS boys opened the season Friday with a 42-39 win over Bennington despite struggling from the free-throw line.

“There is no doubt that this particular game was the ugliest win I have ever been a part of,” coach Chuck Kern said. “(Like) the old saying goes, it is better to win ugly than not at all.”

The Eagles made only two of 15 free throws and committed 17 turnovers. On the plus side, the Eagles out-rebounded Bennington, 34-20. Travis Myers and Joel Hardman had 12 rebounds and eight, respectively.

Defensively, the CGHS boys played well.

“We contested nearly every shot and made their leading scorer-Wyatt Norris-work incredibly hard for every point he earned,” Kern said. Norris scored 13 points.

The Eagle girls defeated Bennington, 42-29, but details were not available at press time.

<P Centre. The girls defeated Southeast of Saline 58-55 Friday. Three Cougars scored in double figures. The stretch run defined the game, as SES led by four at the half, but Megan Gutsch scored 10 in the third as part of a 13-8 run.

Centre held a one-point lead going into the fourth quarter. Kylie Burhoop finished with 12 points.

The boys had a tougher go. SES’s Bryson Flax scored 28 points on 11 field goals-four from 3-point range. Flax scored 12 points in a 29-point fourth quarter that left the CHS trailing 54-24.

Alfonse Klenda led Centre with nine points. The Herington Tournament is up next for Centre with games on Dec. 5, 8 and 9.

<P Goessel. The Goessel girls lost to Moundridge 29-28 on Friday. Rinda Duerksen led Goessel with nine points. The boys fared better against Moundridge. Garrett Hiebert scored 20 points, Jordan Voth added 12 in a 52-32 rout.

Next for Goessel is the Oxford tournament followed by a Dec. 12 game with Berean Academy.

<P Peabody-Burns. The Peabody-Burns boys lost to Berean, 63-53, and the girls lost, 70-47. No other results were not available at press time. The PBHS teams are set to meet Sedgwick at 6 p.m. Dec. 12.

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