Check out the action from this past week in the Heart of America league.
The boys kept it close but couldn’t get over the hump, losing 51-43 at Marion Feb. 11. Zach Fief led the Bulldogs with 13 points. Shelby Modin scored 10 points as Bennington’s girls lost 52-32.
Berean’s No. 4 girls held Hutch Trinity to four points in the middle quarters, none in the third, and pulled away to a 48-224 win Feb. 11 at home. Mallory Zuercher and Libby Witte each scored 10 points in the middle quarters. Zuercher finished with 17 and Witte 14 for the 14-1 Warriors.
Both teams were shocked Feb. 7 at Moundridge. The Wildcat girls handed Berean its second loss of the season, 40-36. The Warriors trailed by seven at halftime, tied the game after three quarters but only scored five points in the final quarter. Mallory Zuercher had 11 points for Berean.
The top-ranked boys were down by one at halftime and fell behind by six after three quarters. The fourth quarter was even on the scoreboard as Moundridge hit 10 of 12 free throws to ice the victory. Karlin Wiebe scored 14 points as Berean lost its first game of the year.
The girls came from behind for a 42-41 win Feb. 11 at home against Sedgwick. Kimmy Voth had 11 points and Darci Enns 10 for the Eagles. C-G’s boys rallied in the fourth quarter for a 42-39 win. The Eagles outscored the Cardinals 17-11 in the final quarter for the win. Taylor Myers scored 14 and Caleb Dailey 12 for C-G.
The girls were outscored by Remington 19-8 in the fourth quarter and lost to the Broncos 48-38 Feb. 11 at home. Emily work had 11 points for Ell-Saline and Darriane Wikoff 10. Remington had three players in double figures.
It was all Cardinals in the third quarter of the boys game. They blanked Remington 14-0 and hit four 3-pointers in the third quarter to erase a double-digit deficit, edging the Broncos 43-40. Ell-Saline also hit 6 of 8 free throws in the final quarter to preserve the win. Ryan Sprinkle led all scorers with 14 points while Cade Hays added 10 for the Cardinals.
Trinity’s and third-ranked Berean’s girls were tied after the first quarter. But the Celtics scored only four points in the second quarter and none in the third, losing 48-28 Feb. 11 at Elbing. Lizzie Degner scored eight points for Trinity, which had only six field goals on the night.
Trinity dropped a pair of close games Feb. 7 at Whitewater.
The girls trailed Remington by eight points in the third quarter and rallied to forge a four-point advantage (47-43) midway through the fourth. But four straight Celtic turnovers resulted in eight Bronco points as Remington pulled in front 51-47, en route to a 55-49 victory Feb. 7. Ashley Zrubek scored six of her team-high 14 points in the third quarter to help give the Celtics a 41-38 lead. Kennedi Smith scored 12 points before fouling out midway through the fourth quarter.
The boys rallied from a 13-point third-quarter deficit but fell short, losing 51-48. Michael Mesh, who led all scorers with 18 points, sparked the Celtics comeback. He hit back-to-back 3-pointers that tied the game at 47 with 4:38 to play. Derek Racette, who had 11 points, hit a free throw to give Trinity its only lead of the game, 48-47, with 3:45 to play.
The Teutons lost twice to Moundridge Feb. 11 at home. The girls outscored the Wildcats in the first and fourth quarters, but the Wildcats owned the middle two quarters. They outscored the Teutons 30-17 and went on to win 42-33.
“Their press was giving us trouble in the first quarter and we kind of just survived it, but in the second quarter their press started to really give us trouble,” said Inman coach Jeff Friesen.
The Teutons had trouble hanging onto the basketball, as they committed 27 turnovers. They pulled to within six, 39-33, with just under two minutes to play but could get no closer. Freshman Kaitlynn Goalden scored 15 points for Inman.
Inman’s boys trailed by three late in the third quarter before Moundridge pushed its advantage to seven by quarter’s end. The Wildcats went on to outscore the Teutons 19-8 in the fourth quarter for a 64-47 win. Bryce Case led Inman with 14 points.
Whitney Gordon turned in a dominating performance with 24 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shot in Marion’s 52-32 victory over Bennington at home Feb. 11. Katey Ehrlich added 15 points and four steals for the Warriors.
The boys nursed a two-point lead after the first quarter to an eight-point win, 51-43. Jordan Hett had 26 points and Alex Versch 12 for the Warriors, who shot 48 percent from the field.
Trey Unrau scored 22 points and Moundridge outscored Inman 19-8 in the fourth quarter as the Wildcats won 65-47 Feb. 11. Unrau, averaging 27 points per game, was 0 for 11 from behind the arc. Daniel Ratzlaff added 14 points and Cooper Wedel 11, while Joel Sugars snagged 11 boards.
The girls turned up the defensive pressure and forced 27 Teuton turnovers in a 42-33 win. Tiffany Fisher scored 16 points and had 11 rebounds to lead Moundridge, while Taylor Schrag had a game-high 17 points.
The Wildcats pulled off the upsets of the year Feb. 7, as they beat both the Berean girls and boys teams.
Moundridge’s girls got it started, handing No. Berean its second loss of the season, 40-35. The Wildcats led by seven after the first quarter, but the Warriors evened things after the third quarter. Moundridge outscored Berean 10-5 in the final quarter for the win. Taylor Schrag scored 13 points to lead the Wildcats, while MacKenzie Suderman added 11.
Trey Unrau exploded for 35 points as the boys edged the No. 1 and previously unbeaten Warriors 48-42. Moundridge led at halftime, 24-23, but Unrau hit a pair of 3-pointers in the third quarter for a little breathing room. Moundridge iced the win by hitting 10 of 12 from the line in the fourth quarter, with Unrau knocking down the last of his seven treys as well.
Jessi Green and McNeil each scored 12, while Quin Tillotson had 11, as Remington took a 48-38 win Feb. 11 at Ell-Saline. The Broncos iced the victory with a 19-8 fourth quarter advantage. The boys led by 11 at halftime, but were blanked 14-0 in the third quarter and lost 43-40. Jake Green scored 13 and Tanner Claassen 11 for the Broncos.
Remington’s girls overcame a four-point deficit in the fourth quarter for a 55-49 win over Hutch Trinity Feb. 7 at home. Trinity led 47-43 midway through the quarter but turned the ball over four straight times. The Broncos converted all four turnovers into baskets for a 51-47 lead with 1:30 to play.
The boys were up by 13 midway through the third quarter, but had to hold on for a 51-48 win. Jake Green, who had 15 points, hit the go-ahead basket for Remington with 1:09 to play in the game. Green and Matt Jacobs each hit one free throw in the last 31.1 seconds for the final score. Tanner Claassen also scored 15 for the Broncos, and pulled down eight rebounds.
Canton-Galva’s girls outscored Sedgwick by two in the fourth quarter and eked out a 42-41 win Feb. 11 at Galva. Sandra Douvier scored 14 points and Haley Bright 12 to lead Sedgwick. Douvier was the only Cardinal to make a field goal in the second half. The boys led by four points after three quarters, but let it slip away in a 42-39 loss. Thompson had eight for the Cardinals.