Though several HOA teams boast solid records, and a few have climbed into their respective rankings, only the Bennington boys remain unbeaten one week into 2013.
A basketball team will occasionally blank an opponent for an entire quarter. Far more rare, a team can hold an opponent scoreless in two quarters. Friday night, the Lady Wildcats held Marion scoreless in the first and fourth quarters, improving to 5-2 overall with a 49-13 win. Moundridge, meanwhile, featured plenty of offense with a 33-8 halftime lead and five three-pointers in the win. Mackenzie Suderman hit two of those triples to lead the Cats with 12 points. Tiffany Huxman swished the other three triples to finish with nine points.
The Wildcat boys also improved to 5-2, handing Marion its first loss of the year in a 57-48 contest. Moundridge outscored the Warriors 37-26 in the first and fourth quarters combined. Two players from each side hit 20 points. Daniel Ratzlaff led them all with 25 points, and Ryan Lorimor put up 20 points for the Cats.
The Bronco boys opened the 2013 portion of the schedule with a 69-55 home win against Inman on Friday. Remington outscored the Teutons in each quarter, leading 27-17 by half time, then piling on 42 points over the next two quarters. Caleb Tanner’s game-high 14 points led five double-figure Bronco scorers in the win. Logan Schrag finished with 14 points, Paul Janzen 12 points, Grant Claassen 11 points, and Kyle Regier 10 points. Claasseen knocked down two threes.
The Lady Broncs also picked up a win, moving to 4-4 overall with a 57-47 victory against Inman. Remington led 14-9 after one quarter but could not pull away, adding just one point to that lead over the next three quarters. The Broncos won the final frame 14-10 to secure the win. Junior Kylee Schunn hit 8-of-12 shots inside the arc to lead the team with 20 points. Sophomore Kristyn Wedel added 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Kylee Laham finished with eight points. Senior Rose Dollarhide went scoreless but dished out six assists.
The Bulldog boys had to put their perfect record on the line Friday against perennial power Berean Academy. Bennington escaped, outscoring the Warriors 32-14 in the first and third quarters combined in a 44-31 win. The No. 4 Bulldogs are now 8-0 on the year. Junior BJ Glanton led the team with 15 points. Zach Fief added eight points and three steals, and seniors Jacob Arnold and Derek Stanley each finished with six points.
The Lady Bulldog struggles continued, but barely. Bennington came up just short of a second win against powerhouse Berean in a 38-35 loss. The Bulldogs actually led 18-16 at the half and 28-26 with a quarter to play before the Warriors won the final quarter 12-7. Lindsey Curl paced the Bulldogs with six points.
The first game of 2013 looked to be a good one featuring HOA foes Marion and Moundridge. The Warriors entered the game undefeated as the No. 6 team in Class 3A. The Wildcats carried the No. 5 ranking in Class 2A. The Wildcats started big with a 16-9 lead, then finished strong with 21 points to down Marion 57-48. Jordan Hett poured in 24 points in the loss, and Jacob Harper scored 21 points. The Warriors are now 7-1 on the year.
The Lady Warriors simply struggled on offense, failing to find a point in the first and fourth quarters. Marion is 2-6 after a 49-13 loss to the Lady Cats. Megan Richmond scored five of the 13 points.
The Celtic basketball teams kicked off the second part of the season with a sweep against Canton-Galva on Friday. The Lady Celtics are 3-3 following a 55-26 win against the Eagles. Trinity converted 46 percent of its tries from the floor in the win. That effort resulted in a 27-17 halftime lead, and 38-23 lead after three quarters. Sophomore Brooke Racette had the big game with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Madison Watson finished with 12 points.
The Celtic boys are also 3-3 following a 66-29 thrashing of the Eagles. Trinity jumped out early to lead 20-8 after one quarter and 39-16 by the half. The boys had an even better shooting night than the girls at 56 percent. Senior Chad Pauly led the way with 25 points on 12-of-16 shooting.
The Lady Warriors improved to 7-1, but not without a battle from 1-6 Bennington on Friday. Berean fell behind 10-8 after one quarter, and that two-point gap remained at 28-26 with a quarter to play. The Warriors took over in the final frame, outscoring Bennington 12-7 to steal the win. Xannie Quiring led all scorers with 11 points. Carrie Unruh added 10 points, and Sara Hoover finished with eight points.
The Warrior boys were not as fortunate, falling 44-31 to unbeaten Bennington. Berean won the second and fourth quarters by a combined 17-12 score, but the No. 4 Bulldogs dominated the other quarters 32-14 for the double-digit win. Colt Broadie scored seven points in the loss, followed by five points from Clark Busenitz. The Warriors fall to 4-3 on the year.