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Hesston Record 1.29

Hesston Record 1.29

Trojan Classic Champs at Last Lady Swathers Extend Winning Streak to 28 Games

Posted 1/29/2015

By Blake Spurney

Hesston Record Staff

HILLSBORO — Winning all three games gave the Hesston Lady Swathers their first-ever Trojan Classic title.

They also extended their winning streak to 28 games, tying the boys team's record that was broken in the third game this season.

But maybe more importantly, they showed they could handle good competition comfortably even while their main post presence was riddled with foul trouble. Kelsey Unruh, a 6-foot-1 senior, went to the bench with two fouls Saturday evening when only 100 seconds had ticked off the clock. She also picked up her third and fourth fouls fairly quickly, but Hesston soundly beat Clay Center 53-31.

"We had been talking about this scenario all year and knew we would have to go to the bench," said head coach Matt Richardson.

"They're a big, physical team," he added. "We needed to have a game like this."

Hesston made it to the finals by downing Riley County 54-27 on Friday. The Lady Swathers beat Flint Hills Job Corps 78-2 on Tuesday, which sounds brutal until one considers that Holcomb, which finished sixth, beat the same team by 78-3.

Richardson said the bench players did a better job of communicating on the court against Clay Center than at any other point in the season, particularly Ally Short, Kylie Brenneman, Katelyn Hageman and Kailey Jo Ince. He had to go deep into the bench due to Unruh's foul trouble.

"The refs picked on me a little bit," she said. "I didn't think they were fouls, but I don't know — nothing you can do about it."

Unruh said Ince and others did a good job even though they're not used to doing the "dirty work" of guarding the big girl.

"It wasn't pretty, but I think we improved in a lot of areas," she said.

Freshman Kailey Jo Ince said she was surprised that she got to play so many minutes (11), and she held her own against the big Clay Center squad.

"It was way more aggressive and it was more competition, and I just liked playing out there a lot," she said. "They all told me to step up and work hard."

Senior Caylee Richardson turned in a typical outstanding stat line with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Clay Center's leading scorer was Courtney Hammel with nine.

On Friday, junior Cami Richardson didn't take long to shake off the rust after sitting out the first-round game with an ankle injury. She sank a three-point 17 seconds into the Riley County game. The Lady Swathers raced to a 16-4 lead and never were challenged. Hageman's basket and free throw in the fourth quarter triggered the running-clock rule after Hesston led by 31 points.

"Second half, we really started moving the ball much better, and we got more comfortable from the perimeter," he said. "And everything is easier when your perimeter shots are going down."

Hesston shot 62 percent from inside the arc (16-26) and 33 percent from beyond (4-12). The Lady Swathers held the ball for more than a minute while playing for the last shot in the third quarter, and Nebel drained a long two-pointer — her foot was on the line — from the corner on a set play.

"She'd had two before then. Feed the hot hand," Richardson said about the play.

Caylee did an exceptional job working the glass. She finished with 11 rebounds, and her work at constantly fighting for position led to teammates getting rebounds.

Richardson said the Flint Hills coach didn't say "Good game" after Tuesday's blowout. Instead, they said, "Thanks for playing us."

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HMS League Champions: Eighth Grade Girls Bring Home Title

Posted 1/29/2015

By Record Staff

The Hesston Middle School Lady Swather eight grade team took the League matchups by storm and came away the 2014/15 Champions. 

Head Coach Stephanie Simpson said she was impressed with her team and the girls’ progress throughout the season and their talent came through in the end. 

“I was incredibly happy with the way that the girls played throughout the tournament.  They played with class, determination and intensity, putting Smokey Valley on their heels from the tipoff and never let up,” she said. 

Simpson said the Lady Swathers aggressiveness on defense rocked the competition.  

“Whenever you have three players with more than 10 rebounds in a game, that shows the intensity in which we crashed the boards.  Morgan had 13 rebounds, Rylie 12 and Mary 10, never allowing Smokey to get a second chance for a score.  Defensively our girls played amazing,” she said. 

Outside the lane, the Lady Swathers continued to shut down the oppositions’ offense. 

“Liz, Kylie, Mary and Mikala attacked their guards, never allowing them to set up and shoot the three point shots that caused us trouble in the first game against them.  Rylie and Morgan controlled the paint, working well together to create points inside,” said Simpson. 

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HMS League Champions: Eight Grade Boys Bring Home Title

Posted 1/29/2015

By Record Staff

The Hesston Middle School Swathers have taken the top spot as League Champions.  Coach Dave Woodward said re-gaining the title has been a long time coming for the HMS Swather boys. 

“The last time we won the league was with this year's senior class.  It feels good to be back on top!”  

The climb up to the Championship spot was not easy. 

“Both games challenged us. We had double digit leads in both games and I thought we might be able to put them away.  Halstead kept fighting and put together some runs to keep it close.  Then we would have our own run,” said Woodward. 

The Dragons worked hard to shut down the Swathers’ leading scorer, Cameron Cox. 

“They stayed in a zone to stop Cameron Cox from getting to the basket.  With a couple minutes left, we pulled it out and made them play man,” said Woodward. 

The Swathers clung to their lead and the clock wound down to a Swather victory.   

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Lark Men Looking Short On Talent On The Court

Posted 1/29/2015

By Rusty Whitcher

With a bench quickly looking like a hospital ward, the Hesston College men’s team took its depleted ranks on the road.
Fortunately for the shorthanded Larks, they were able to use one game to figure out their new positions as injuries sidelined Jordan Tanner and Jake Hansen. Using a 112-36 thumping of Kansas State-Salina as a blueprint on Jan. 21, the Larks took their skeleton crew on the road and scored a huge win against Southeast Community College on Jan. 24 coming away with an 80-55 victory.
“It was nice to have a full game with the group that we were going to play on Saturday,” Head Coach Dustin Galyon said. “We really talked about the different schemes we wanted to do with that group. Saturday, I thought, we defended incredibly well. In our last 11 games we’re holding teams to something like 57 points.”

Early on, the Larks were trailing before ramping up the effort on the defensive end as Hesston took a 39-32 advantage into the intermission. The second half saw the smaller, quicker Larks run past the Storm, shooting 57 percent for the contest while holding Southeast CC to just 37 percent from the floor. 

“They had a size advantage, but we did a great job of using our speed and quickness,” Galyon said. “We spread them out and shared the basketball. It was just different guys at different times. We trailed early and it took us some time to get on the same page. I thought we wore them out.”
Austin Mitchell led the Larks with 19 points as Michael Lindauer scored a career-high 18. Ty Jordan came off of the bench for 16 points while Malcolm Mann dished out 10 assists.
Hesston’s win came on the heels of a dismantling of Kansas State-Salina which saw the Larks score in bunches. The Larks blistered the Wildcats for 67 first half points even without Tanner, the Larks’ leading scorer.
Mitchell scored 25 points as five Larks reached the double digit scoring plateau. Cody Halvorson dumped in 16 points, with both Peyton Thompson and Jordan scoring 15 points apiece. Matt Sanders scored a career-high 12 points and Kaden Vanderpool chipped in with 10.

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