Area Hoops Roundup (January 24, 2018)


CENTRE—The Cougar girls claimed third place at the Cougar Classic midseason tournament with a 57-36 win over Herington on Saturday.

The two teams were tied at 13 after one quarter. By halftime, the home team held a 23-19 lead. Centre took charge in the third and fourth quarters with a 17-point burst in both.

Emily Schlesener led the Cougars with 17 points while Kelsey Hett and Kate Basore each added 16 as the Cougars improved to 7-5 for the season.

The home team met its match in the semifinal round, when Marion, the eventual tournament champions, defeated the Cougars, 59-31.

Marion jumped to a 17-4 lead after one quarter, but Centre fought back with a 13-6 advantage to pull within 23-17 by halftime.

Marion took charge in the third quarter with a 15-6 surge on the way to the Warriors’ 18-point win. Basore led the Cougars with 10 points for the game.

Centre opened tournament play Jan. 18 with a 40-26 win over Solomon. Centre led 6-5 after one quarter and 23-14 by halftime. The lead grew to 33-20 after three quarters on the way to the 14-point victory.

Hett scored 11 points to lead the team, Samantha Espinoza added 10.

Centre (7-5) will take a break this week from game competition. The Cougars will host Solo­mon on Jan. 30 for a Wheat State League contest.

GOESSEL—The Bluebird girls, ranked No. 7 in Class 2A, suffered their second defeat of the season in a 45-28 loss Jan. 19 at Mound­ridge.

The Wildcats led 13-11 after one quarter and 22-13 by halftime. Moundridge took control with a 17-3 third quarter. The Bluebirds outscored Moundridge, 12-6, in the fourth quarter, for the final 17-point difference.

Brittney Hiebert was the only Bluebird to reach double figures with 11 points.

Goessel will be competing this week in the Berean tournament. The Bluebirds will meet Minneapolis in the first round at 6 p.m.

PEABODY-BURNS—The Warriors competed at the Cougar Classic last week which was hosted by Centre, but did not come away with their first win of the season.

On opening night, Rural Vista won, 59-18. The next game went to Herington, 39-21, and the final game ended with Wakefield winning, 48-17.

Peabody-Burns (0-10) will take a week off from games this week, but will return to action Jan. 30 when the Warriors host Elyria Chris­tian.


CANTON-GALVA—The Eagles defeated St. Johns’ Military on Jan. 19, 58-45. The Eagles jumped to a 20-15 lead after one quarter, but fell behind 25-24 by halftime.

The Eagles took the next two quarters, 16-12, 15-8 for the 13-point victory. Pearson led Canton-Galva with 18-points, including four 3-point baskets. Colgin and Wood each added 11 points.

On Thursday, the Eagles lost to Wichita Classical, 65-34. Classical jumped to a 21-10 lead after one quarter, then took control with a 21-6 second quarter for a halftime score of 35-19.

A 21-6 third quarter put the Saints well out of reach with a 56-25 lead heading into the final quarter. Ca­n­ton-Galva edged the Saints in the final quarter, 9-8.

The Eagles opened tournament play Jan. 17 with a 63-37 loss to the Wichita Warriors. The Warriors established a 22-4 lead by the end of the first quarter. The lead expanded to 38-18 by halftime and 60-29 after three quarters.

CENTRE—The Cougar boys won two out of three games a their home tournament last week.

Centre defeated Hering­ton, 65-60, on the first night of play, then defeated Marion, 77-71 before losing to undefeated Elyria Chris­tian, 60-57.

Centre (9-3) will take a break this week from games. The Cougars will host Solo­mon Jan. 30 for a Wheat State League game.

PEABODY-BURNS—The Warriors competed last week at the Cougar Classic tournament hosted by Centre. The team came home with an 0-3 record for the tournament.

The first night ended in a 51-42 loss to Rural Vista. The next night, Peabody-Burns came up short against Herington, 64-45, and the final game was a 63-27 loss to Wakefield.

Peabody-Burns (0-10) will take a week off from games this week, but will return to action Jan. 30 when the Warriors host undefeated Elyria Chris­tian.

Basketball coaches, please send game scores and stats to don@hillsborofree­

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