Area Hoops Roundup (February 14, 2018)

GIRLS

Centre—The Cougars outscored Wakefield 4-0 in overtime to claim a 30-26 victory on Friday at Wakefield.

Center got off to a slow start and found themselves trailing 14-5 at the end of the first quarter. The Cougars rallied for a 9-6 quarter to narrow the halftime deficit 20-14.

With both teams scoring four points in the third quarter, the two teams finished regulation play with a 26-26 tie when Centre outscored the home team 9-2 in the final period.

In overtime, Samantha Espinoza scored a basket and teammate Kelsey Hett made two out of three free-throws for the four-point win. Espinoza led the Cougars with eight points in the victory.

The win improved Centre’s record to 4-5 in the league and 9-7 for the season.

◼ On Tuesday, Feb. 6, a fourth-quarter surge by Elyria Christian led to a 39-34 victory over the Cougars on their home court.

The visitors led 9-5 after one quarter and 17-15 at halftime. At the end of three quarters, the game was tied at 19. Both teams had their most productive quarter in the fourth. Centre scored 11 points, led by Emily Schlesener with six, but Elyria responded with 15 for the four-point win.

Schlesener led Centre with 12 points while Kate Basore contributed 11. Elyria improves its record to 5-3 in the Wheat State League and 8-7 for the season while Centre slipped to 3-5 and 8-7.

Canton-Galva 65, Pea­body-Burns 13—The Eagles took advantage of their home court crowd in a 65-13 win over the Warriors Feb. 6.

The game was competitive in the first quarter as the Eagles led 11-5. But a 20-7 burst in the second quarter, followed by a 22-1 third quarter, put the final outcome strongly in Canton-Galva’s favor. The Eagles finished the game with an 11-0 final quarter.

Tia Moddelmog led all scorers with 25 points. Kaysha Unruh broke double-digits with 13 points. Eight players scored during the game.

Tori Pickens led the Warriors with five points.

The Eagle girls improved their league record to 3-4 and their season record to 5-8. The Warriors are 0-7 in the league and 0-14 for the season.

Goessel 84, Peabody-Burns 13—Friday’s matchup between first-place Goessel and winless Peabody-Burns ended with an 84-13 Bluebird blowout on their home court.

Goessel jumped to a 28-2 lead after one quarter and then added a 23-6 second quarter for a 51-8 score at halftime.

A 25-3 third quarter kicked in a running clock with Goessel outscoring the Warriors 8-2 in the final quarter.

Eden Hiebert led the assault with 27 points for the Bluebirds. with Brittney Hiebert adding 21 and A. Hannon adding 18. Nine Bluebirds contributed points.

For Peabody-Burns, Precious Kerr led her team with seven points. Tori Pickens added four and Sydney Hodges 2.

Goessel leads the Wheat State League with a 9-0 record and improved to 14-3 for the season. Peabody-Burns is 0-8 and 0-17.

◼ Tuesday, Feb. 6: The Bluebird rolled past Hering­ton 66-28 on Goessel’s home court

The outcome was determined early in the game when the home team claimed an 18-6 advantage. An 18-7 second quarter brought the halftime score to 36-13.

The third quarter turned into a route as Goessel outscored the Railers 20-3. Herington did gain a moral victory by winning the fourth quarter, 12-10.

Eden Hiebert had a huge night for the Bluebirds, pouring in 30 points and pulling down 12 rebounds during her three quarters of action. Brittney Hiebert contributed 12 points. Nine Goessel players scored before the night was over.

Carrie Roe led Herington with 14 points.

The win left Goessel undefeated in the Wheat State League at 8-0, and improved its season record to 13-3. Herington stands at 2-6 and 5-11.

BOYS

Canton-Galva 70, Pea­body-Burns 65—The Eagles survived a high-scoring pace against the Warriors in a game that was close from start to finish.

Peabody-Burns led 20-18 after one quarter, but Canton-Galva claimed a 37-36 lead at halftime with a 19-16 edge in the second quarter effort. The scoring slowed somewhat in the third quarter to 10-6 for a 47-42 Eagle lead heading into the final period. Both teams lit up the scoreboard, but the Eagles’ 25-23 edge secured the 70-67 victory.

For the Eagles, four players reached double digits: Nick Pearson with 20, Kinser Colgin 13, Brayden Collins 12 and Jonah Sargent 10.Three Warriors scored in double figures, led by Elliott with 17. Parks added 12 and Weerts 10.

Canton-Galva’s record improved to 4-4 in the league and 6-8 overall. The Warriors (0-8, 0-16) are still looking for their first win.

Goessel 40, Peabody-Burns 27—The Bluebirds defeated Peabody-Burns Friday in Goessel. The win improved Goessel’s record to 3-14 for the season while Peabody-Burns remained winless at 0-17.

Goessel held a narrow 12-10 lead after one quarter with Jordan Griffin scoring nine points.

The Warriors claimed the second quarter advantage, 15-13, on the strength of 10-for-16 shooting at the foul line. Griffin scored 10 of Goessel’s 12 points.

Coming off the 25-25 halftime tie, baskets came hard to come by with the Blue­birds holding a 7-2 edge by the end of the third quarter. Goessel secured the win with an 8-0 fourth quarter.

Griffin led all scorers with 22 points and Dylan Lindeman added 13. Entz led Peabody-Burns with eight points.

◼ On Tuesday, Feb. 6, a 12-4 fourth quarter by Hering­ton earned the Railers a 38-29 victory against the Bluebirds Feb. 6 at Goessel.

The Railers jumped to a 10-4 lead after one quarter, but Goessel rallied with an 11-8 second quarter to shrink Herington’s lead at halftime to 18-15.

Both teams scored eight points in the third quarter, setting up the fourth quarter finale. Herington took charge with a 12-6 finish to claim the win.

Gabe Backhus scored 12 to lead Herington with Keegan Osburn adding 10. Goessel’s Dylan Lindeman led all scorers with 14 points. The Blue­birds made only six of 21 free throws while Herington made four of 10.

Basketball coaches, send game scores and stats to don@hillsborofreepress.com.