LANDON KAUFMAN HITS FOUR 3’s, SCORES 14

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MOUNDRIDGE – It was a frustrating way to head into the holiday break for the Moundridge boys’ basketball team as they gave away a big lead in the final eight minutes of play on Friday and lost to Conway Springs by just two points, 44-42.

The Wildcats held a slim three-point lead after the first eight minutes of action at 9-6, before giving up 15 points to Conway Springs in the second quarter and only scoring six, leaving the Wildcats at a six-point, 21-15 disadvantage going into the halftime break.

Moundridge came out of the break on fire and dropped in 18 third-quarter points while the defense shutdown Conway Springs, holding them to just four to give the Wildcats an eight-point, 33-25 lead as they headed into the final quarter of play.

Unfortunately, midway through the final eight minutes of play the Wildcats somehow managed to turn the ball over on seven of ten possessions while Conway Springs took advantage and scored 19 final quarter points to nip the Wildcats at the end by two-points.

Playing without starter Corbin Unruh, who was out sick, the Wildcats were led on offense by Landon Kaufman and Brady Helms who scored 14 and 11 points respectively. Landon was helped by his ability to connect on four three-pointers in the game, while he and Helms also led the team in assists with three and four. Helms was the top Wildcat under the boards as he pulled down seven rebounds with Jon Schlosser and Korbin Wedel each grabbing six and five.

As a team, the Wildcats shot a solid 45% from the field compared to Conway Springs connecting on just 30%, but Conway Springs had 12 more free throw attempts than Moundridge did, and they connected on 11 to just four for the Wildcats. Though the Wildcats outrebounded the visitors 29-23, they also turned the ball over 18 times compared to Conway Springs only giving it up seven times.

“Found a way to lose this one,” noted Wildcat Head Coach Vance Unrau in his post-game reflections. “To say that I am disappointed would be an understatement. Battled through adversity with one of our best players, Corbin Unruh out sick and not available. We had an eight-point lead midway through the fourth only to turn the ball over on seven of ten possessions and then have to foul late to give ourselves a chance. Not how I envisioned going into the Christmas break. We will continue to work hard to get where we want to be.

The Lady Wildcats did not have a game scheduled for Friday.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE WILDCATS?   

As both the Wildcat boys and Lady Wildcats head into the Christmas break, the boys sit at 1-5 for the season and the girls are even at 3-3.

Both teams will be back on the competitive court in two weeks on Friday, January 3, when they travel to Oxford.

CONWAY SPRINGS at MOUNDRIGE SCORING:

Conway Springs      6          17       2          19       = 44

WILDCATS                9          8          16       9          = 42

TEAM STATS:         

Field Goals: Conway Springs 14-46 for 30%; WILDCATS 16-35 for 46%.

3-Point Shots: Conway Springs 5-13 for 38%; WILDCATS  6-12 for 50%.

Free Throws: Conway Springs 11-21 for 52%; WILDCATS 4-9 for 44%.

Rebounds: Conway Springs 23 (9 offense/14 defense); WILDCATS 29 (3 offense/26 defense).

Steals: Conway Springs 14; WILDCATS 3.

Turnovers: Conway Springs 7; WILDCATS 18.

WILDCAT INDIVIDUAL SCORING (42 total points): Landon Kaufman – 14; Brady Helms – 11; Korbin Wedel – 4; Joe Schrag – 4; Jon Schlosser – 4; Logan Churchill – 3; Dan Kaufman – 2. Three-pointers Made (6): Landon Kaufman – 4; Joe Schrag – 1; Logan Churchill – 1. Leading Rebounders: Brady Helms – 7; Jon Schlosser – 6; Korbin Wedel – 5. Steals Leader: Dan Kaufman – 2. Assists Leaders: Brady Helms – 4; Landon Kaufman – 3.

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