Peaking at No. 4 in the Class 3A rankings following an overtime loss to top-ranked Hays (5A), Hoisington was an unlikely No. 3 seed in its own Winter Jam Tournament. Yet there the Cardinals sat in Friday’s semifinal, trailing Ellsworth by nine points in the third quarter.
Six-foot-two sophomore Ava Jones entered Friday’s game in Hoisington averaging 25 points and 11 rebounds a night. The rebounds came early but Jones had just six points at the half. By night’s end, Lady Panther coach Jon McLean got 21 points from sophomore Josie McLean and 17 points from Jones as Nickerson cruised to a 61-25 win.
A 29-point swing in the final 15 minutes. Fourth-ranked Hoisington (3A) found itself trailing 42-27 against a lights-out shooting performance by Nickerson Friday night. The Cardinals needed just four minutes to erase that deficit and roll to a 71-57 win.
Almost a month into the high school wrestling season, Buhler’s defending state champion Sam Elliott is off to a 15-0 start. After bringing home a state title at the 152 weight class as a sophomore, Elliott moved up to 160 this season where he’s ranked first in class 4A.
Ellinwood’s successful 18-5 season a year ago largely began on a December night when the Eagles dropped then-No. 5 Ellis 47-43 to open the year at 5-0. Friday night the tables turned. The teams again met with perfect records. This time, the Railers led by as many as 16 points and hit the break at 6-0 after a 56-44 win over No. 8 Ellinwood.
In a game out of the HOA/CPL Challenge, Trinity got off to a fast start and never looked back, as they knock off Inman 68-40 Friday night at Trinity High School. Trinity outscored the Teutons in every quarter.