Fairfield and Burrton each had nice starts to the season. The Charger basketball teams took care of Chase on Friday, and the Falcons picked up a sweep of HOPL-foe Central Christian.
The Charger basketball teams opened the 2013-14 campaign on the road at Chase on Friday. Both squads returned home with a win. The Charger boys led by as many as 33 points in the fourth quarter, ultimately winning 68-37. The Lady Chargers led most of the way, then trailed by as many as three points with 2:30 to play. They found just enough offense to win 46-42.
Junior Nathan Harper swished five of his first three-point tries for the boys, and junior Kris Lane added six first quarter points as Burrton opened a 36-20 halftime lead. Harper went cold in the third quarter, missing all five tries behind the arc, but Lane stayed active with seven more points, six rebounds, and two assists in the frame. Harper hit two more threes in the fourth quarter to finish with 21 points. Lane added 18 points and 14 rebounds. Junior Daniel Bingham scored 12 points. For the Lady Chargers, junior Abbie Winter had the hot hand all night to finish with 17 points and seven boards. She scored eight points in the final quarter, including four-of-five shots from the stripe. Brea Dick added nine points and seven rebounds, and Bailey Terry scored eight points.
The Central Christian boys graced the cover of the Hutchinson News’ basketball preview. Fairfield was not intimidated. The teams battled back-and-forth all night, but the Cougars took a 40-39 lead with less than two minutes to play. Ryan Ewy and Austin Smith each scored to give the Falcons the lead at 43-42. With 20 seconds on the clock, Wayne Schoenecker stepped to the line for two free throws to ice a 45-42 win. Schoenecker finished with a team-high 13 points. John Dealy added seven points, and Ewy finished with seven points.
The Lady Falcons had to work plenty hard, but had a much more comfortable 41-30 win after out-scoring the Lady Cougars in each of the four quarters. Fairfield opened the season with a quick 8-1 lead, and still led 21-16 by halftime. Megan Serviss was the lone Falcon to reach double-digits with 13 points. Rachel Ibarra added eight points, and Mayte Menchaca scored seven points.
The Thunderbird basketball teams opened the season against perennial-power St. John. Both Tiger squads arrived in Pratt ready to play. The St. John boys won state a year ago and debut as the No. 1 team in Class 2A. They played like it, leading 62-14 by halftime and winning 95-35. The Lady T-Birds fared little better in a 49-19 loss.
The boys fell behind 36-8 after just eight minutes of play. Brandon Abbott managed 14 points in the loss as the lone Skyline player to reach double-figures. Dustin Weber added six points, and Dan Hacker scored four points. Taylor DeWeese paced the girls with seven points and eight rebounds. Betsy Giles chipped in with six points, and Payje Orler finished with five points.
Last fall, Attica joined with Argonia to form the Titan football team. Friday, the two schools squared off on the basketball court. The Bulldog boys left as 56-43 winners. Sophomore Devon Newberry started his season with a bang, throwing down 28 points to account for half of his team’s score. Junior Daymon Howell just missed double-figures with eight points, and senior Jack Deviney scored six points. Senior Austin Newberry finished with five points, and sophomore Alec McDaniel added four points.
The Lady Bulldogs fell in a hole in the first quarter of a 49-38 loss to Argonia. The Red Raiders led 12-3 after eight minutes of action, and held a 37-23 lead going into the fourth quarter.
One game in and both Cougar teams already have close games under their belts. The boys battled back-and-forth with Fairfield, taking a one-point lead late in the fourth quarter but eventually coming up short in a 45-42 loss. The Lady Cougars nearly erased an early 8-1 deficit, cutting the gap to 16-14 late in the first half. Fairfield was able to pull away for a 41-30 win.
Three Central Christian players graced the cover of the Hutchinson News basketball preview. Two of the three put up numbers accordingly as Noah Starkey scored a game-high 18 points, and Ben Krehbiel finished right behind him with 17 points. Only two other Cougars scored in the loss. Kalin Coffey paced the Lady Cougars with nine points, followed by five points from Rachel Hagen, and five points from Taylor Gottschalk.
The Bulldog basketball teams played up in Friday’s season-opener. The Class 1A, Div. I squads proved to be no match for Class 3A Haven. The boys lost their battle to the Wildcats 71-28. Three Haven players hit double-figures to combine for 44 points. The Bulldogs were led by seven points from sophomore Nick Lampe. Senior Paul Crum and junior Tim Webb each added five points.
The Lady Bulldogs fared little better against the Wildcats, ranked No. 9 in Class 3A. Haven put four players in double-figures for a 63-34 win. Pretty Prairie outscored the Cats 11-1 in the second quarter to cut into a 17-point deficit, but Haven bounced back to outscore the Dogs 40-18 in the second half. Shanay Wewe paced the Bulldogs with 11 points. Kristin Haflich finished with eight points and 11 rebounds, and Selena Wapelhorst added seven points and 11 rebounds.
The Wildcat basketball teams split their season-openers at home against Minneola on Friday. The boys fell 58-34. The girls used defense early on, taking a 13-4 lead into the half. The Lady Cats found their offensive rhythm in the third quarter to establish a 32-12 lead. They went on to win 42-22.
Mikaela Meyers led all scorers with 14 points. Kortney Ricke was next on the list with 10 points. Heather Kerschen scored six points, Corban Hansen and Madalene Wegerer each scored five points, and Andrea Vierthaler accounted for the other two Cunningham points.