By William

BENNINGTON – Consistency was the key to the Moundridge boys’ basketball team on Friday as they scored nearly the same points in three of four quarters on their way to a commanding 24-point, 60-36 road victory over Bennington.

The Wildcats jumped out to a six-point, 14-8 lead by the end of the first quarter, then dropped in another 20 points in the second quarter to hold a comfortable 13-point, 34-21 advantage as the two teams hit the locker rooms for the halftime break.

Moundridge kept up the consistency in offense in the second half as they put 13 points on the scoreboard in each of the final two quarters of play while holding host Bennington to single digits in both on their way to the final 24-point, 60-36 win.

“We rebounded well at both ends of the floor and hit the perimeter shots against their zone defense which opened it up inside for our Bigs to score,” explained Wildcat Head Coach Vance Unrau during his post-game reflections. Defensively our guards had steals for quality transition baskets. We haven’t always played well at Bennington, so it was nice to come home with a win.”

While both teams shot the play at 42%, the Wildcats held a huge advantage in the paint by outrebounding the home team 35-19, including a whopping 19 offensive rebounds which parlayed into many second chance points. Moundridge also turned the ball over just eight times while forcing Bennington to miscue on their offensive runs 17 times.

Brady Helms and Logan Churchill led the Wildcats in scoring with 19 and 17 points respectively as Churchill connected on five three-pointers. Corbin Unruh just missed double digits as he hit for nine.

Helms almost had a double-double as he collected nine rebounds. Landon Kaufman guided the offense and dished out eight assists as the team totaled 17 assists on 24 made field goals. Unruh helped lead the defense by swiping five of the Wildcats 12 steals.

Coach Unrau looked ahead as he concluded his reflections on the game, saying, “Looking ahead to next week we will really have to be ready to play as Hutchinson Trinity Catholic comes to town on Tuesday. They have size and guard play that is among the league’s finest.”

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE WILDCATS? With the victory the Wildcats are now within one game of .500 for the season at 7-8 as they prep for a huge game at home on Tuesday when they host Hutchinson Trinity Catholic in a key Heart of America League contest.


SCORING:                    1          2          3          4          FINAL

WILDCATS                   14        20        13        13        = 60

Bennington                  8          13        7          8          = 36

TEAM STATS:              WILDCATS       Bennington

Shooting                      24-57 (42%)     16-38 (42%)

3-Pointers                    5-18 (28%)       3-14 (21%)

Free Throws                7-12 (58%)       1-4 (25%)

Rebounds (Off/Def)    35 (19/16)       19 (6/13)

Assists                          17                    7

Turnovers                    8                      17

Steals                           12                    5

Blocked Shots              2                      0

Personal Fouls             11                    11

MOUNDRIDGE WILDCATS INDIVIDUAL SCORING & STAT LEADERS (60 total points): Brady Helms – 19; Logan Churchill – 17; Corbin Unruh – 9; Jonathon Schlosser – 6; Landon Kaufman – 5; Daniel Kaufman – 4.

Three-Pointers Made (5): Logan Churchill – 5.

Rebound Leaders (Off/Def): Brady Helms – 9 (3/6); Logan Churchill – 6 (3/3); Daniel Kaufman – 5 (5/0).

Assists Leaders: Landon Kaufman – 8; Brady Helms, Corbin Unruh – 3.

Leader in Steals: Corbin Unruh – 5; Landon Kaufman – 3.

Leader in Blocked Shots: Brady Helms – 2.

(Post is SPONSORED by CrossDove Writers)

(Follow us at www.mcpherson-county-ks.com or on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/mcphersoncountyks/)