The Inman boys had a big week extending their win-streak to nine games and knocking off two ranked teams in the process. One of those teams was previously unbeaten Bennington.
It had to happen sometime. Tuesday night, Inman handed the Bulldog boys their first loss in a 61-53 contest. No. 3 Bennington got right back on track with a 52-41 win at Marion on Friday to remain atop the HOA standings. In Tuesday’s loss, the Bulldogs led 41-38 after three quarters of play. Inman put up 23 points in the final frame for the win. Senior Lane Thornhill hit 4-of-6 three point tries to finish with 13 points. BJ Glanton added 11 points, and Derek Stanley finished with eight points, seven assists, and four steals.
The Lady Bulldogs won both of their contests to double their win-total on the year. Now at 4-12, Bennington downed Inman 51-33 and defeated Marion 57-45. On Tuesday, the Lady Bulldogs outscored Inman in each of the four quarters. Lindsay Curl and Aubreale Favors each scored 10 points.
With Inman’s win over Bennington, the Warriors were in a prime spot to take over the HOA. Instead, No. 8 Marion fell to 14-3 with a 52-41 loss to the Bulldogs on Friday. Tuesday, the Warriors knocked-off Ell-Saline 38-23. In Tuesday’s win, Marion outscored the Cardinals 18-4 in the second quarter to lead 23-7 at the half. Jordan Hett was the only player to reach double-figures in the game with 13 points. Zach Robson finished with nine points.
The Lady Warriors dropped to 4-13 with a 47-30 loss to Ell-Saline and a 57-45 loss to Bennington. After leading Ell-Saline 7-6, Marion was outscored 31-14 over the next two quarters. Megan Richmond and Kelli Hess each scored eight points, and Katey Ehrlich finished with seven points.
The Lady Cats remain unbeaten in HOA play following a 70-13 win at Canton-Galva on Tuesday and a 56-23 win over Inman on Friday. Moundridge is now 14-3 on the year, 9-0 in league play. Friday’s game was all but over in the first half as the Cats led 16-2 after one quarter and 33-9 by halftime. Brooke Holloway paced all scorers with 17 points and Michelle Schrag hit two threes on the way to a 12-point night.
The No. 6 Wildcat boys dropped to 12-5 with a 60-56 loss to Inman. Tuesday, the squad handled Canton-Galva 75-29. After trailing Inman 28-20 at the break, the Cats used a big third quarter to establish a 44-33 lead. The Teutons regained control for 23 points in the fourth quarter for the win. Hunter Enyart led all scorers with 17 points. Tyler Kaufman finished with 11 points.
The Teutons are on fire. After a five-game skid that ended just after the new year, Inman has put together nine-straight wins. Last week, that meant beating No. 3 Bennington 61-53. Friday, the boys improved to 12-5 with a 60-56 win against No. 6 Moundridge. In both wins, the Teutons used a 23-point fourth quarter to get the come-from-behind win. In the Inman win, Josh Miller and Alex Ropp both scored 16 points. Justin Friesen also hit double-figures with 12 points.
The Lady Teutons continue to slide, falling to 5-12 with a 51-33 loss to Bennington and a 56-23 loss to Moundridge. In the Moundridge loss, Inman managed just three points combined in the first and fourth quarters. Kaitlynn Goalden still managed to reach double-figures with 12 points.
At 6-1 in the league and 13-3 overall, the Lady Warriors are not so far removed from the hunt for a league title. Tuesday, the girls stepped out of the HOA to down Chase County 47-39. Friday, Berean stepped back into league play for a 39-30 win against Hutchinson Trinity. The Lady Warriors blanked Trinity in the first quarter and led 21-4 by halftime. Xannie Quiring again led the team with 10 points. Wynette Sommerfield added eight points and Carrie Unruh seven points.
The Warrior boys also picked up to wins, defeating Chase County 47-31 and downing Trinity 44-31. The Berean defense held the Celtics to seven points or less in each of the first three quarters as the Warriors built a 31-16 lead. Clark Busenitz and Dallas Wiebe accounted for most of the scoring with 14 and nine points, respectively.
The Lady Cardinals are still flirting with the Class 2A rankings at 13-3 after two more wins in week 10. Tuesday, the Cards downed Marion 47-30. Friday, the girls picked up another league win, beating Remington 59-47 to move to 7-1 in the HOA. In Friday’s win, Ell-Saline trailed 26-21 at the half before outscoring the Broncos 38-21 in the second half for the double-digit win. Brittany Clancy led a trio of high scorers with 14 points. Darriane Wikoff and Taylor Albers each added 12 points.
The Cardinal boys went 0-2 on the week to fall to 6-11. They fell to No. 8 Marion 38-23, and dropped a 57-46 contest to Remington on Friday. In that game, Ell-Saline led 9-7 after one quarter, but trailed 20-17 at the half. The Cards were outscored 37-29 in the second half. Keegan Hays was the lone Cardinal to reach double-figures with 12 points. Lucas Base finished with eight points.