HELMS HITS FOR 22, BRAKE DROPS IN 12!

By William for www.mcpherson-county-ks.com

MOUNDRIDGE – The Moundridge Pre-Season basketball tournament set up for a cross county battle on Tuesday between the Inman Teutons and the Moundridge Wildcats, and a battle it was with the both the Teuton boys and girls teams leaving the court with a clean sweep set of wins.

In the boy’s game, the Teutons used three quarters of consistency to hold off the Wildcats one man scoring machine named Brady Helms and record a 40-36 victory.

For the girls, once again the Lady Teutons played some outstanding defense to score a 15-point, 40-25 win over the Lady Wildcats.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE TWO TEAMS?

The Teutons, with both teams now 2-0 for the season, will now get ready to play Hillsboro on Thursday, then Lyons on Friday as they finish out the Moundridge Tournament.

The host Wildcats are scheduled to play Lyons on Thursday and then Hillsboro on Friday.

A summary of both games:

TEUTONS HOLD OFF WILDCATS

Moundridge for a brief moment held a two-point, 14-12, advantage over Inman at the end of the first quarter before suffering through a second quarter in which they could not score a single point. Granted, the Teutons only scored five in the second quarter, but it was enough to take a three-point, 17-14, lead into the halftime break.

While the Wildcats pulled to within one at 28-27 after three quarters, the Teutons held them off to give Inman the final four-point, 40-36, cross county victory.

Of course, the Wildcats would not have stayed in the game if not for Brady Helms as he was a one-man machine with his double-double by pouring in 22 points and dominating play under the basket with 10 rebounds. Only one other Wildcat scored more than two points and that was Corbin Unruh who chipped in for seven, including the team’s only three-point score of the game.

During his post-game reflections, Wildcat Head Coach Vance Unrau was pretty blunt, saying, “Other than Brady Helms, we didn’t find a way to score and until someone steps up to create some offense we are going to struggle. I was disappointed that we didn’t do a better job on the boards. We got caught out of position and gave up multiple second chance opportunities. This shouldn’t and can’t happen with this group. But we still had a chance to win. We will find out how this team can manufacture points. A lot of upside with this group and they will continue to work hard and make progress to get where we want to be.”

For the Teutons, seven players put points in the scorebook to give them lots of offensive balance to play with. Of those seven, Kolby Blank was the only one to reach double digits with 11 which included two made three-pointers. Jace Doerksen just missed double digits with nine points while leading the Teutons in the paint with seven rebounds.

“We played hard again tonight,” noted Teuton Head Coach Brett Froese. “They are an older, more physical style team with some big dudes inside. We really battled all night on the boards. (Brady) Helms was able to have his way a few times, but I was also impressed by the way he stepped out and hit some jumpers. We attacked well again tonight as we were able to knock some three’s down at different key moments in the game.”

Coach Froese concluded his post-game reflections by adding, “I was super impressed by our defensive effort, players like Kendyn Blank really helped keep their guards out of rhythm offensively while Jace (Doerksen) made it hard for them by containing any drives with the ball. Just a great overall effort by a really young team. I am so proud of them.”

TEAM SCORING (all stats from digitalscout.com):

INMAN            12        5          11        12        = 40

MOUNDRIDGE 14        0          13        9          = 36

TEUTON BOYS SCORING (40 total points): Kolby Blank – 10; Jace Doerksen – 9; Derick Johnson – 7; Mason Carter – 5; Kendyn Blank – 4; Kyler Konrade – 3; Brenton Thiessen – 2. Three-pointers Made: Derick Johnson – 2; Kolby Blank – 2; Jace Doerksen – 1; Kyler Konrade – 1.

WILDCAT BOYS SCORING (36 total points): Brady Helms – 22; Corbin Unruh – 7; Korbin Wedel – 2; Landon Kaufman – 2; Dan Kaufman – 2; Jon Schlosser – 1. Three-pointers Made: Corbin Unruh – 1.

LADY TEUTONS DEFENSE SCHACKLES LADY WILDCATS

For the second game in a row, the Lady Teutons defense put shackles on their opponent as they held Moundridge to just 25 points in scoring their 15-point, 40-25 victory.

Inman jumped out on top early and took a 10-3 lead at the end of the first quarter and while Moundridge outscored the Lady Teutons in the second quarter, 13-12, Inman still held a six-point lead going into the halftime break.

Neither team did a bunch of scoring in the third as the Lady Wildcats only mustered five points while the Lady Teutons scored just seven, it was the final eight minutes of play where the Lady Teutons put the game away by scoring 11 while holding the Lady Wildcats to just four to score their victory.

Eight Lady Teutons put at least a pair of points in the scorebook with Reagan Brake leading the way with an even dozen.

As for the Lady Wildcats, they shot a paltry 24% for the night as Kourtney Kaufman led the team with nine points.

TEAM SCORING (stats from digitalscout.com):

LADY TEUTONS           10        12        7          11        = 40

LADY WILDCATS          3          13        5          4          = 25

LADY TEUTON SCORING (40 total points): Reagan Brake – 9; Dantlie Raney – 6; Lauren Maurer – 5; Hannah Martisko – 4; Raegan Neufeld – 4; Ashtyn Schroeder – 4; Emma Froese – 3; Rachel Harman – 2. Three-pointers made: Lauren Maurer – 1; Emma Froese – 1.

LADY WILDCAT SCORING (25 total points): Kourtney Kaufman – 9; Kate Eichelberger – 7; Erin Durst – 7; Kenzie Elmore – 2; Katie Stucky – 1. Three-pointers Made: Kourtney Kaufman – 2.

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