Rivalry postponed, but week ends well for girls teams
The basketball season is young, but Marion and Hillsboro girls teams might already have missed their biggest games of the regular season since their head-to-head tilt in Marion was postponed to a later date Tuesday due to COVID-19.
After a rocky start, Hillsboro girls have grabbed three consecutive victories, including a decisive 41-28 victory Thursday over Lyons, and 39-23 Friday against Inman.
Thursday’s match against Lyons was close through two quarters, with the Trojans leading 23-21 at the half.
Hillsboro turned it on in the second half. The Trojans scored nine points the third quarter and again in the fourth, but it was more than enough because they allowed just seven points the second half.
Hillsboro used a similar blueprint Friday. Inman held an 8-7 lead after one quarter but the Teutons scored 15 points the rest of the game.
The Trojans had no trouble scoring, with 13 in the second quarter, 10 in the third, and 9 points in the fourth. They were led by a balanced attack, with Reese Hefley tallying nine points, and Teegan Werth and Savannah Sahan each adding eight. While no one reached double figures for Hillsboro, seven players scored and six had at least three.
The Marion Classic was canceled Friday for the first time in the tournament’s 13-year history, so Marion girls last played Dec. 8 in a 56-30 loss to Berean Academy, in the Warriors’ first game of the tournament.
Despite starting 0-2, Marion can hang its hat on the work of Chisholm Waner, who won the tournament’s free throw contest.
Her 14-point performance in the contest’s first round led all athletes.
The competition’s final round was scheduled to take place Saturday. Since the final round was canceled, Waner was named the winner thanks to having the highest round one tally.
Goessel girls finish strong
Goessel lost 49-31 to Burrton on Friday in the Bluebird Classic but rebounded Saturday with a 45-39 victory over Canton-Galva to place fifth.
Goessel led 10-9 for a short time Friday, but Burrton had eight unanswered points and never relinquished the lead.
The Bluebirds went scoreless for more than five minutes in the third quarter until Elizabeth Schmucker broke the ice with a 3-pointer, but the Chargers opened up a 24-point lead and held on for the victory.
Bethany Herrel was open from close range in Saturday’s game against Canton-Galva she and capitalized with 17 points and 10 rebounds to secure victory.
Goessel scored 14 straight points to take a 21-9 lead, but the Eagles put up a 10-point push of their own.
Two Canton-Galva 3-pointers allowed them to get as close as 23-21 late in the game, but Herrel and Sarah Spurlin responded with scores to secure the six-point victory.
Goessel girls lost 56-24 Tuesday at Rural Vista. The Bluebirds’ next game will be Friday at Udall.
Reporter Delbert Peters contributed to this story.