The Bennington boys remain unbeaten with two more wins in week nine. The Remington basketball teams combined for a perfect 6-0 week.
The No. 3 Bulldog boys remain unbeaten, improving to 15-0 with two more wins in week nine. Tuesday, Bennington downed Sedgwick 55-34. Friday, the Bulldogs got by Ell-Saline 43-32. Tuesday, Bennington cruised through three quarters of play against Sedgwick leading 10-2 after one quarter and 44-23 after three quarters. Senior Zach Fief led the way with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Jacob Arnold added eight points and six rebounds, and Drake Juenemann contributed seven points to the win.
The Lady Bulldogs still have just two wins on the year following a 44-37 loss to Sedgwick, and a 38-26 loss to Ell-Saline. Tuesday, Bennington outscored Sedgwick 25-21 in the second half to keep things close but could not erase a 23-12 deficit. Aubreale Favors hit two threes to lead the team with 11 points.
The Lady Warriors dropped out of the latest Class 2A rankings. They will likely stay out following a 43-35 loss to Moundridge on Tuesday. Friday, the girls (11-3) bounced back to hand Marion a 42-26 loss. Friday, the Warriors did all their damage in the first half, leading the other Warriors 7-3 after one quarter and 23-8 at the half. Xannie Quiring had the big game with 20 points. Hannah Webber and Abbi Landis each added six points.
The Berean boys (7-7) had to battle two ranked squads, falling to No. 6 Moundridge (2A) 44-38, then losing to No. 9 Marion (3A) 36-20 on Friday. In that loss, the Warriors managed just 11 points through the first three quarters to fall into a 12-point hole. Colt Broadie paced the team with six points, followed by five points from Clark Busenitz.
The No. 9 Warriors boys picked up two more wins, improving to 13-2 with a 50-26 win against Canton-Galva on Tuesday, and a 36-20 drubbing of Berean Academy on Friday. Friday, the Warriors won a defensive struggle, outscoring Berean 9-1 in the first quarter and 8-4 in the third quarter to build a 23-11 lead with one quarter to play. Jacob Harper and Jordan Hett were the only players in the game to reach double-figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
The Lady Warriors (4-11) were able to get by Canton-Galva 30-27 before falling to Berean 42-26.Barring a big third quarter in which Marion scored 13 of its 26 points, the Lady Warriors struggled to score with just three first quarter points and five points in each of the second and fourth quarters. Kirsten Hansen’s seven points were second most in the game, and Katey Ehrlich finished with six points.
The Wildcat basketball teams remain in the hunt for an HOA title following two wins apiece in week nine. The No. 6 boys (11-4) defeated Berean Academy 44-38, and downed Hutch Trinity 70-49 on Friday. Moundridge sits at 6-1 in conference play. The Lady Cats (12-3) are undefeated in the HOA at 7-0 following a 43-35 win against Berean, and a 40-33 win at Trinity.
The boys already led Trinity by nine points at the half before outscoring the Celtics 48-36 in the final two quarters for the 21-point win. Daniel Ratzlaff hit 7-of-10 shots in the second half for a game-high 22 points. Tyler Kaufman added 13 points and Ryan Lorimor 11 points. The Lady Cats outscored Trinity 34-20 in the final three quarters to escape with a win. MacKenzie Suderman led the team with 12 points, and Tiffany Huxman hit three triples to finish with 11 points. Brooke Holloway added eight points.
The Lady Cardinals sit on the outside looking in of the Class 2A rankings despite an 11-3 record. That includes a 42-40 win against Inman on Tuesday, and a 38-26 win over Bennington on Friday. In the latter win, the Lady Cards had to play catch-up after falling behind 13-3 in the first quarter. Ell-Saline went on to lead 22-18 with a quarter to play. Darriane Wikoff was the lone player in the game to reach double-figures with 16 points. Taylor Albers just missed with nine points.
The Cardinal boys dropped both of their games on the week, falling 59-32 to Inman, and 43-32 to a tough Bennington squad. Ell-Saline hung with unbeaten Bennington all night, trailing just 26-21 heading into the final quarter. Lucas Base scored 11 points in the loss, and Kaleb Whitehair finished with seven points.
The Lady Cardinals came up about eight minutes shy of a 2-0 week. Tuesday, Sedgwick (6-9) downed Bennington 44-37. Friday, the girls outscored Remington 21-12 in the middle quarters to take a 27-24 lead into the final frame. Remington had the answer there to down the Cards 39-37. In Tuesday’s win, Annabelle Little led the team with 13 points. Audrey Bebermeyer finished with 12 points, and Lora Bebermeyer added eight points.
The Cardinal boys went 0-2 on the week, falling 55-34 to Bennington, then giving up a big fourth quarter in a 45-38 loss to Remington. Friday, Sedgwick outscored the Broncos 16-9 in the third quarter to take a 31-26 lead into the final quarter. Remington put up 19 points in the final eight minutes to take the seven-point win. Logan Thompson scored 12 points in the loss, and Chris Agee hit three triples on the way to an 11-point game.