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LINDSBORG – While both the Smoky Valley boys and girls basketball teams put in an motivated effort on Tuesday evening when they both hosted Central Kansas League rival Hesston, the team down south – the Swathers – in the end managed to pull away to gain victories in both games.


While the Smoky Valley Lady Vikings stayed pretty consistent for all four quarters in their scoring, it was not consistent enough to out match the Lady Swathers as Hesston pushed out to a final six-point win, 40-34.

It was an inspired battle that had the two rivals tied at 11-11 when they finished out the first quarter, then Hesston just edged out Smoky Valley by two points in the second eight minutes of action to take a slim 19-17 lead going into the halftime break.

The third quarter was much the same as the Lady Vikings put nine points in the scorebook only to have the Lady Swathers add 11 to their total and hold a 30-26 advantage going into the final eight minutes of battle. Once again, while both teams were consistent in getting between eight and eleven points during the quarter, it was once again Hesston that held the advantage with 10 to Smoky Valley’s eight, giving the Lady Swathers that final 40-34 victory.

Kerington Haxton led eight Lady Vikings who put points in the scorebook by hitting for an even dozen at 12 while McKinley Johnson just missed double digits with nine, all of which were scored from beyond the three-point line.

“I was pleased with our effort but in the end, we have to learn how to defend without fouling,” noted Lady Viking Head Coach Larry Van Der Wege. “We were unable to slow down Hesston’s Alise Kaiser who ended up with 19 points, 16 of which came at the free throw line. All night we were limited by having our leading scorers on the bench with foul issues.”

Coach Van Der Wege concluded his post-game reflections by saying, “They also bothered us with their pressure defense and made it difficult to get into our offense. Credit goes to Hesston and we will work to get better and handle it next time around. Again, our effort is there, we just need to execute better on both ends.”


After the first quarter of play in the battle of the Hesston and Smoky Valley boys, the Swathers held just a two-point, 10-8, edge over the host Vikings and things seemed to look pretty good for Smoky Valley as they tangled with the unbeaten and third-ranked team in Class 3A.

But then the Swather’s Cason Richardson dropped in two of this three three-pointers on the night in the second quarter and Hesston put 20 points on the scoreboard in the second eight minutes of play compared to just 13 for Smoky Valley, giving the Swather’s a more comfortable 30-21 advantage as the two teams headed to the halftime break.

While Hesston out scored Smoky Valley once again in the third, this time by just three points it gave the Swathers the necessary lead to not sweat the final eight minutes of action when the Vikings out scored them by three as Hesston held on for the nine-point, 54-45 win.

While Richardson had the game high for Hesston with 21 points, Cade Schneider was the lone Viking to reach double digits by scoring 13, though Johann Rauchholz and Trey Kennedy came close with nine and eight points respectively. Schneider and Kennedy also connected on the only Viking three-pointers for the evening by hitting for three and two respectively.


With the losses the Lady Vikings drop to 2-2 for the season while the Viking boys go to just 1-3 as they both prep to close out the pre-Christmas break section of their schedule on Friday with a road trip to Halstead.




Hesston                     11       8          11       10       = 40

LADY VIKINGS         11       6          9          8          = 34

LADY VIKING INDIVIDUAL SCORING (34 total points): Kerington Haxton – 12; McKinley Johnson – 9; Ellie Brumbaugh – 4; Breanna Priddy – 2; Abby Rose – 2; Kaylie Ryan – 2; Ashlyn Bryant – 2; Claire Broxterman – 1. Three-pointers Made (5): McKinley Johnson – 3; Kerington Haxton – 2.



Hesston         10       20       12       12       = 54

VIKINGS        8          13       9          15       = 45

VIKING INDIVIDUAL SCORING (45 total points): Cade Schneider – 13; Johann Rauchholz – 9; Trey Kenney – 8; Matt Lucas – 6; Haven Lysell-Stewart – 5; Bruster Bengtson 4. Three-pointers Made (5): Cade Schneider – 3; Trey Kennedy – 2.

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