The HOA had a nice opening day to tip-off the basketball season. Moundridge, Hutch Trinity, Bennington, Berean Academy, and Inman each began the season with sweeps.

Moundridge

The Lady Wildcat basketball team entered the season as the No. 6 team in Class 2A. Friday, the girls downed Little River 48-31. Moundridge outscored the Redskins 28-13 in the first and third quarters combined. Brooke Holloway led all scorers with 15 points. Anna Stucky and Michelle Schrag also reached double-figures with 10 points apiece.

The boys won a high-scoring 70-59 affair with the Redskins. The Wildcats did most of their damage in the first two quarters, taking a 36-27 lead into the half. Colton Frazer scored 21 points for team-high honors. Garrett Higgins swished three threes en route to a 19-point night. Anthony Otte hit a pair of threes and added 12 points, and Hunter Enyart finished with 10 points.

Hutch Trinity

The Celtic basketball teams jumped right into league play to open the 2013-14 campaign. Friday night was a success. The Trinity boys pounded Ell-Saline 58-32, and the Lady Celtics took advantage of 24 turnovers in a 39-24 win over the Lady Cardinals.

Senior CJ Watson paced the Celtics with 11 points. Logan Hughes added 10 points, and Dillon Walls finished with nine points. For the Lady Celtics, Ricky Snyder picked up his first win as head coach. Junior Brooke Racette poured in 15 of the team’s 39 points.

Bennington

Dogs vs cats. Friday night, the Bulldogs opened the basketball season on the road at Lincoln. The Leopards proved to be no match as Bennington jumped out to a quick 20-2 lead. The Bulldogs went on to lead 44-12 after three quarters and won 44-15. Senior Drake Juenemann made 6-of-11 shots from the floor to lead the way with 16 points. He also pulled down a team-high seven rebounds. Senior BJ Glanton made 5-of-7 shots to finish with 12 points. Trevor Wood and Cyrus Haynes each scored five points.

The Lady Bulldogs had to work a little harder, establishing a 24-12 lead by halftime and holding on to that lead for a 44-37 win.

Ell-Saline

The Cardinal basketball teams opened the 2013-14 campaign on the road at HOA-foe Hutchinson Trinity. Both squads struggled offensively as the boys managed more than nine points in just one quarter, falling to the Celtics 58-32. The Lady Cardinals turned the ball over 24 times and scored more than six points in a quarter just once in a 39-24 loss.

LuizAntonio Arceo paced the boys with a game-high 13 points. Ethan Steinbruck hit two threes and finished with eight points. Senior Aubrey Wilson scored 11 points for the Lady Cardinals. Paige Johnson added five points and Darby Wikoff scored four points.

Sedgwick

The Lady Cardinals ran into a state power in Friday’s season-opener. Olpe, the No. 5 team in Class 2A, showed why they are a perennial-power, holding the Lady Cardinals to just 11 first half points and winning 55-21. The boys lost their game 51-44.

The Lady Cardinals converted just nine field goals in the loss. Junior Audrey Bebermeyer made nearly half of those field goals to lead the team with nine points. Junior Taylor Bevan scored four points and grabbed a team-high five rebounds. Sophomore Meghan Liby also scored four points.

Remington

The Lady Broncos dominated both ends of the floor in Friday’s season-opener, slaying the Halstead Dragons 63-35. Remington actually trailed 11-6 after one quarter before outscoring Halstead 40-13 over the next two quarters to regain control. The Bronco boys fell 58-34 in their opener.

Kristyn Wedel went big in her first game of the season. The junior went 8-of-13 from the floor to lead the team with 18 points. She also grabbed 15 rebounds to complete a double-double. Ten Lady Broncos scored in the game. Senior Kylee Schunn was next on the list with nine points. Senior Kaylee Laham added seven points, and Kelley Hinz, Ellie Entz, and Jasmine Ingalsbe each contributed six points to the win.