Hoisington will be the site of a tournament this week. Cardinal senior Cody Stetler grabbed 28 rebounds in a win in week 6, and junior Jordin Greer scored 30 points for the Lady Cards.
The Cardinal basketball squads will host an eight-team tournament next week. They needed some momentum going in. The Hoisington boys are trying to get back into the Class 3A rankings. A 55-49 win against No. 4 Ness City (2A) on Friday might help. The Lady Cards also won in a 59-46 contest.
In the boys game, Ness City went off for 21 points in the second quarter to lead 30-20 at the break. The Cardinals (6-2) regained their composure to outscore the Eagles 35-19 in the second half, including 18-9 in the fourth quarter, to take the win. Six-foot-nine senior Cody Stetler was unmatched inside with 25 points and 28 rebounds, including 18 boards on the offensive end. Freshman Jacob Warnken and senior Anthony Broeder each finished with seven points. Junior Jordin Greer poured in 30 points for the Lady Cardinals in the Ness City win. Abi Rziha added 10 points.
The TMP boys picked up another win in dominating fashion Friday with a 58-13 win against Russell. Tuesday, the Monarchs fell to No. 8 Abilene 68-43. The Cowboys entered that game with just one loss on the year and jumped out to a 22-10 lead after one quarter and 43-27 lead at the half. Abilene went on to win the second half 35-16. Cameron Fouts paced the Monarchs with 14 points and six rebounds.
The Lady Monarchs (1-8) could not pick up their second win of the season against two tough opponents in week 6. Tuesday night, the girls came up short in a 45-38 battle to Abilene (7-1). Friday night, Russell (7-2) downed TMP 53-45. Tuesday, Abilene won the first half 22-17. The Monarchs stayed close by cutting two points from that gap in the third quarter, then got as close as three points late in the fourth quarter. Senior Heather Ruder led the team with 16 points, including three three-pointers. Jenna Schuckman added eight points.
The Lady Eagle win streak had to end some time. Tuesday, the girls faced off against No. 3 St. John (Class 1A, Div. I). The unbeaten Lady Tigers had their way with Ellinwood in a 54-24 blowout. St. John (10-0) led 21-14 after one quarter, and 51-16 after three quarters. Sophie Hayes finished with eight points for the Lady Eagles (6-3). Brooke Panning and Kelsea Ward each added five points.
The Ellinwood boys (3-6) were without two key seniors in a 77-29 loss to the No. 1 Tigers. The explosive Tiger offense opened with a 9-0 lead, riding that stretch to a 40-14 halftime lead. Junior Tanner Swank still had a nice game with 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting and five rebounds. Derek Ward scored six points, and Patrick Ringering and Marc Waite each contributed four points.
The Indian basketball squads had a rough week with a combined four losses. It did not help that Class 1A power St. John rolled through town on Friday. Tuesday, the boys (2-8) fell to Cimarron 73-44. Friday night, the Indians had a shot at No. 1 St. John, coming up short 67-40. The Tigers outscored Larned 35-22 in the second half.
The Lady Indians dropped to 2-8 after a 77-34 loss to No. 4 Cimarron (3A) on Tuesday, and an 80-25 loss to No. 3 St. John on Friday. Tuesday, the Blue Jays showed why they are unbeaten by dominating both ends of the floor, leading 22-4 after one quarter and 46-13 by halftime. Shay Shepherd, Bailey Schartz, and Reagan Quick all scored six points in the loss. Tiara Diaz added five points. Quick was one of three Lady Indians to grab a team-high three rebounds.