1. Inman boys, girls cruise – Inman boys, ranked No. 1 in Class 2A, moved to 7-0 with a dominating 82-29 victory against Burrton on Friday. Payton Froese finished with 30 points and Mason Thiessen tallied 17. Both players are excellent shooters, and Froese went over 1,000 career points earlier this year.
At the end of the first half, Froese hit a 30-footer and then sunk a half court shot to end the third quarter. The big win came after two close games in the last eight days with a 34-33 road win versus Kingman and then a 45-41 home victory against Berean Academy on Tuesday.
The Inman girls are ranked second in 2A and earned a big 51-19 win versus Burrton. Dantlie Raney delivered 11 points to lead the 7-0 Teutons. Inman ended the first half on a 16-0 run.
2. Garden City girls win, GC boys upset- GCHS made the long road trip to Junction City. This week, Garden City boys were ranked tenth in 6A after its best start since the early ‘70s. Garden City girls are 5-1 and have nearly matched last year’s win total from a 6-win season.
GC defeated Junction City, 64-41, and forced 35 turnovers versus winless Junction City. Three players scored in double figures, led by 15 from Elyssa Salazar.
However, the GC boys took its first loss of the season with a 54-39 defeat to Junction City. The Bluejays led throughout the contest, including 26-16 at halftime and led by 17 with 3:15 left in the contest. The GCHS boys are 5-1 heading into the holiday break.
3. Plainville’s Dewey clears 1,000 in big win –Plainville junior Aubree Dewey went over 1,000 career points this week. She accomplished the feat in just 49 career contests and has had a huge role in turning around the Cardinal program.
Plainville girls are 5-2 and earned a big win, 35-34, at home against Thunder Ridge on Thursday when Dewey eclipsed the mark. TR was ranked No. 10 in 1A. She entered the contest with 994 career points. It marked the first meeting between the teams since 2012 and the first win for Plainville against Thunder Ridge since ’09.
In the first six games, Dewey averaged 30.5 points a contest. Last Tuesday, in a 54-51 victory against Victoria, she delivered 34 points on 15 of 26 shooting.
4. Otis-Bison girls with great defense; highlight strength of 1A – Class 1A, especially on the girls’ side, have enjoyed a great first month and is the one prevailing storylines thus far in the season.
While Central Plains has continued their dominance with wins over ranked Smith Center (2A) and Haven (3A), multiple other teams have had big years. Coldwater-South Central remains undefeated against Kansas schools, and South Gray owns a win against Meade, ranked in 2A. Otis-Bison girls (7-0) are arguably the best unranked team in Kansas.
The Cougars with 6-foot junior Cora Anderson and 6-1 junior Maddie Wiltse ended a long series losing streak with a 36-26 home win against St. John on Thursday. O-B has permitted 31 points per contest.
They have allowed under 30 points in every game except one, a 49-41 win against South Haven in the Falcon Classic on Dec. 8. SH banked in several 3s late in the contest when O-B was in control of the contest.
5. Riley Sides with big game – Almena-Northern Valley earned a big 67-44 home win against Wilcox-Hilderth (Neb.) last Tuesday. Northern Valley is 5-1 and ranked ninth in Class 1A. Senior Riley Sides, the reigning 1A-II player of the year and one of the state’s top shooters, enjoyed a big game with 28 points on 9 of 18 shooting, including 3 of 8 from 3-point range. This year, Sides averages 19.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.7 steals.
On Dec. 14, Sides enjoyed a massive performance in an 83-40 victory against Golden Plains. He had 37 points on 12 of 19 shooting, including 10 of 17 from 3-point range. It marked a career high and the second 30-point game of his career.