By William for

MOUNDRIDGE – While the battle between Little River and Moundridge was in itself a game to see, the boys battle was as exciting as it can get as the Redskins and Wildcats went to double overtime before Little River got the best of host Moundridge 57-55 in Moundridge on Tuesday.

In the girl’s battle, the Lady Wildcats used a strong second and fourth quarters to out duel the Lady Redskins 51-40, giving the two team an even split for the evening.

Summary of each game:



After the first quarter of play it appeared that maybe Little River would slowly run away from Moundridge by the quarters as they held a solid six-point, 20-14 advantage. But then the Wildcats played them even in the second quarter, so the Redskins still held a six-point lead heading into the halftime break at 30-24.

Moundridge came out in the second half and nipped away at the narrow lead, outscoring Little River by three in the third to only trail by three going into the final eight minutes of play at 43-40. Holding Little River to just five points in the fourth quarter while putting eight on the scoreboard, the Wildcats forced the battle to continue as the score was knotted at 48-48 at the end of regulation time.

Both teams could only squeeze five points onto the scoreboard in the first overtime as both the Redskins and the Wildcats hit one three pointer and a single two-point bucket. In the second overtime, the Redskins Jayden Garrison managed to get two shots to go down while the Wildcats Landon Kaufman was the lone scorer of a single bucket, giving Little River the final, double-overtime 57-55 victory.

Garrison topped all scorers with 28 points for the Redskins while Trey Rolfs also reached double digits with 10.

For the host Wildcats, Corbin Unruh used four three-pointers to propel him to a team leading 20 points on the evening, while Brady Helms hit for 15.

The win for Little River gives them a mark of 4-1 on the season while the Moundridge boys now drop below .500 for the young season at 2-3.

“It took two overtimes to decide this one,” explained an exhausted Wildcat Head Coach Vance Unrau in his post-game reflections. “(Jayden) Garrison is a franchise player that makes everyone around him better. He has so many weapons in his game as he can handle it, shoot the three, take you on the drive and finish or stop, pull up and shoot the jumper. The young players on the floor with him are athletic and smart.”

Coach Unrau concluded his reflections discussing his Wildcats, saying, “I still think this team has a high ceiling and we got better tonight. Too many turnovers again and we missed some point-blank opportunities early that got us down by eight. The schedule doesn’t get any easier as we host an athletic Central Plains League team from Conway Springs on Friday.”



After trailing by two, 10-8, at the end of the first quarter, the Lady Wildcats put up three more points than the Lady Redskins in the second period, 17-14, to take a one-point, 25-24, advantage into the halftime break.

When Little River tied the game up at an even 34-34 at the end of the third quarter, Moundridge went back to work and had a very strong final eight minutes of play by putting 17 points on the scoreboard while holding the Lady Redskins to just six, giving the Lady Wildcats the final 11-point, 51-40 victory.

Moundridge a good balance in their offense as three Lady Wildcats hit for double digits led by Erin Durst with 19 while Kenzie Elmore scored 12 and Katie Eichelberger chipped in for 10. Eichelberger also helped the team in the paint as she not only pulled down five rebounds, but she blocked four shots as well. Both Durst and Kourtney Kaufman had some quick hands on defense as they each scored three steals during the battle.

Emma McBride led the Lady Redskins with 15 points while both Lily Boughfman and Isabelle Eberle just missed double digits with nine points each. McBride led Little River with three of the teams four three-pointers while having her hands in on three steals while playing defense.

Little River Head Coach acknowledged the game for what it was in his post-game reflections by saying, “It was a tough loss tonight. The girls worked hard and played well for most of the game. Once again, turnovers are what hurt us. We’ve got to do a better job of valuing the ball on a more consistent basis. We still have stretches where we look really good with great defense and well executed offense. I am proud of our effort and fight as we pulled back to within four late in the fourth but just couldn’t finish. I obviously need to do a better job of working on the little things in practice so we can finish and win this type of game.”

WHAT’S NEXT?      

For Little River the girl’s loss drops them to 3-2 for the season while the boys are now 4-1. They will close out their pre-holiday break schedule with a road trip on Friday to play Rural Vista.

For the Wildcats, the boy’s loss drops them to 1-4 for the year while the Lady Wildcats get above .500 at 3-2. Moundridge will host Conway Springs on Friday before taking their holiday break.



LITTLE RIVER            10       14       10       6          = 40

MOUNDRIDGE        8          17       9          17       = 51

LADY REDSKINS SCORING (40 total points): Emma McBride – 15; Lily Boughfman – 9; Isabelle Eberle – 9; Leah Ayers – 3; Mekenzie Renken – 3; Makinze Barta – 2. Three-pointers Made (4): Emma McBride – 3; Mekenzie Renken – 1; Leah Ayers – 1. Steals: Emma McBride – 3.

LADY WILDCATS SCORING (50 total points): Erin Durst – 19; Kenzie Elmore – 12; Katie Eichelberger – 10; Emily Durst – 6; Katie Stucky – 2; Kourtney Kaufman – 2. Leading Rebounder: Katie Eichelberger – 5. Blocked Shots: Katie Eichelberger – 4. Steals: Erin Durst – 3; Kourtney Kaufman – 3.


SCORING:                 1ST       2ND      3RD      4TH      OT       OT       FINAL

LITTLE RIVER            20       10       13       5          5          4          = 57

MOUNDRIDGE        14       10       16       8          5          2          = 55

LITTLE RIVER REDSKINS SCORING (57 total points): Jayden Garrison – 28; Trey Rolfs – 10; Keaton Richardson – 8; Braxton Lafferty – 7; Ty Herzog – 2; Rylan Konen – 2. Three-pointers Made (7): Jayden Garrison – 3; Keaton Richardson – 2; Trey Rolfs – 2.

MOUNDRIDGE WILDCATS SCORING (55 total points): Corbin Unruh – 20; Brady Helms – 15; Logan Churchill – 8; Landon Kaufman – 7; Dan Kaufman – 3; Jon Schlosser – 2. Three-pointers Made (7): Corbin Unruh – 4; Logan Churchill – 2; Landon Kaufman – 1.

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