Cherryvale girls survive off night offensively against Riverton
CHERRYAVLE — A brutal night on offense, highlighted by just two points from leading returning scorer Kelsi Lantz, was salvaged thanks to a stingy defense by the Cherryvale Chargers as they beat the Riverton Rams 46-38 in their season opener.
Coming off back-to-back sub-state championship berths, Cherryvale was slow out of the gate as it trailed Riverton 18-15 at halftime. But a surge in the third quarter saw Cherryvale live up to expectations in Game 1.
“We couldn’t hit a shot to save our lives in the first half,” Cherryvale head coach Kelsey Overacker said. “But we played defensive well enough to keep us in the game and went on a little run at the end of the half to get some momentum.”
Morrigan Catlin led Cherryvale with 20 points.
“She came up huge for us and knocked down several shots in the second half,” Overacker said.
Jailee Reister, a freshman guard making her career debut, added eight points for the Chargers.
“She shut down one of their best shooters and caused turnovers,” Overacker said.
Cherryvale was also without the services of star post player Mariah Monroy, who was quarantined.
Monroy will return to the lineup when Cherryvale travels to the Yates Center Tournament on Tuesday to face Olpe, one of the best teams in the state regardless of class.
“We saw some several things we needed to fix,” Overacker said, “but as the same time we have several weapons that we can look to. We have a big matchup on Tuesday, so right now we need to find a way to go 1-0 every night. We found a way to do that tonight, so I’m proud of them.”
IN THE BOYS GAME…Cherryvale fell to Riverton 65-46 in Rodney Vigil’s coaching debut for the boys team.
A 23-point second quarter by Riverton coupled with a 19-point second half by the Chargers doomed Cherryvale.
Landon Bennett led Cherryvale with 16 points while Devin Sawyer added nine.
“I thought our kids played hard,” Vigil said. “Riverton did a good job putting us into difficult matchups.”
Cherryvale’s boys will also face Olpe on Tuesday at the Yates Center Tournament.
Cherryvale 46, Riverton 38
Cherryvale: 5 10 18 13 — 46
Riverton: 9 9 8 12 — 38
Cherryvale: Jailee Reister 8, Lauren Raida 2, Kelsi Lantz 2, Morrigan Catlin 20, Katie Plumley 5, Harley Allen 3, Bethany Umbarger 6
Riverton: C. Parker 9, Higinbotham 6, Nowlin 1, Wells 4, Thomasson 18
Riverton 65, Cherryvale 46
Cherryvale: 15 12 11 8 — 46
Riverton: 14 23 14 14 — 65
Cherryvale: Landon Bennett 16, Devin Sawyer 9, Bryce Sallee 2, Chet Linn 2, F. Hey 4, Briggs Adkison 5, R. Wright 4
Labette County girls, boys drop openers to Emporia, Bonner Springs
ALTAMONT — The Class 4A Labette County Grizzly girls basketball team held its own against a good Class 6A Emporia team on Friday night, but the Spartans won 44-31.
Friday’s season opener for Labette County’s girls was held in Altamont against Emporia after their originally scheduled game at Bonner Springs was canceled as Bonner Springs went into a team-wide quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Labette County head coach Kristi Snider was pleased with her team’s effort and determination.
“We played very hard, and we continued to battle all the way to the end. They finally pulled it out and ran out the clock to finish the game,” Snider said.
Snider said if the Grizzlies could have made a few 2-foot shots early on, they would would have had a little more continuity and made a run at the Spartans earlier.
“I think their pressure just affected our confidence at the rim. However, I know this group will continue to work hard and play for each other, and I am excited to see them grow this season,” Snider said.
Karsyn Stewart led the Grizzlies in scoring with eight points. Madison Brannin and Elsie Sorrell added six points each.
In the junior varsity game, the Grizzlies lost 49-30. Ridley Lynn scored 12 points for Labette County.
Alle Martin led the freshmen Grizzlies with 13 points in a 54-31 loss.
LABETTE COUNTY’S BOYS traveled to Bonner Springs and fell 52-42.
Tray Vinson scored 23 points to lead the way for the Grizzlies, while Alex Meister and Tray Vinson added eight and six apiece.
Both the Labette County boys and girls travel to Collegiate on Tuesday for the first round of a remote T-Bird Classic.
Shorthanded Chetopa girls lose to Sedan
A short-staffed Chetopa High School girls basketball team had trouble scoring in the season-opener, falling to Sedan 58-24.
Chetopa coach Jaunc Bradshaw said the team suited up only six of its nine players because of illness and injury. Bradshaw was pleased with the effort of those who were able to play. He said although the first game obviously didn’t turn out they way they wanted, the girls played hard.
“I am proud how hard the six competed the whole game,” Bradshaw said.
Bradshaw said confusion played a role in the loss.
“You could tell with small numbers they were confused on either the defense, offense or a set play we were trying to run. That comes down to me, and I have to do a better job teaching that in practice,” Bradshaw said.
Bradshaw is hopeful that at least two if not all three players who had to sit will be back next week for the St. Paul tournament.
Brali Conard was the only Chetopa player to break double digits in scoring on Friday. She hit 8-of-16 free throws and four field goals, including two 3-pointers, for 18 points. Tabby Pierce led the team in rebounding with seven.
CHETOPA: Tabby Pierce 0 3-6 3, Brali Conard 4 8-16 18, Tayler Beard 0 2-2 2, Gracie Shertz 1 0-0 3. Totals 5 13-24 26.
Three-pointers: Chetopa 3 (Conard 2, Shertz).
Erie boys keep form from last year, rout Southeast
ERIE — In the Erie Red Devils’ first game of a new season after making the KSHSAA 3A State Tournament a year ago, they routed Southeast 69-51 on Friday night.
Guard Mark Bogner and forward Eric Dillinger each led Erie with 20 points on the night while Dawson Lehman added 16.
"I thought we came out focused and ready to compete especially on the defensive end early. We did a great job on the boards in the first half,” Erie head coach Nick Pfeifer said. “The third quarter we went through a bit of a rough stretch and they made some shots but we were able to get going a bit in the fourth and finished pretty solid."
Erie will face Colony-Crest on Tuesday.
Erie 69, Southeast 51
Erie: Garrett Ruark 4, Mark Bogner 20, Caden Eads 1, Eric Dillinger 20, Dawson Lehman 16, Tanner Smith 8
Southeast: H. Wilson 3, C. Burdette 10, E. Renn 2, N. Jacobs 3, W. Scales 2, C. Hamblin 2, M. Fleck 3, J. Coltrane 23