By William

MOUNDRIDGE – Holding close in the first half did not extend into the second half for the Moundridge girls basketball team as they lost a home game on Friday, 51-36, to Berean Academy.

Trailing by seven, 12-5, at the end of the first quarter, the Lady Wildcats fought back to pull within four at 21-17 heading into the halftime break.

Coming out in the third quarter Moundridge scored nine points but gave up 15 to the Lady Warriors to fall behind by ten by the end of the third quarter at 36-26 before playing out to the final 15-point loss.

“The Lady Wildcats lost to Berean 51-36,” said Lady Wildcats Head Coach Vicky Kessler. “Berean is always a physical team and this year proved no different as we struggled to match their physicality. We fought back from a 12-5 first quarter deficit to go into halftime down by just four. Once Berean got a ten-point lead, they went into a delay and we had to foul them, and they made their free throws.”

Erin Durst was the lone Lady Wildcat to reach double digits in the scorebook as she led the team with 11 while doing a nice job attacking the basket according to Coach Kessler. Kate Eichelberger had a solid overall game as she scored seven while pulling down 11 rebounds and blocking nine shots. Katie Stucky directed the offense and dished out five assists.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE MOUNDRIDGE LADY WILDCATS? With the loss the Lady Wildcats head into the final few games of the regular season at 8-10 overall. They will be back on the competitive hardwood on Tuesday when they travel to Ell-Saline.

Berean Academy at MOUNDRIDGE LADY WILDCATS       

SCORING:                    1          2          3          4          FINAL

Berean Academy         12        9          15        15        = 51

LADY WILDCATS          5          12        9          10        = 36

TEAM STATS:              Berean Academy         LADY WILDCATS

Shooting                      15-34 (44%)                 13-37 (35%)

3-Pointers                    3-9 (33%)                     1-10 (10%)

Free Throws                18-27 (67%)                 11-13 (85%)

Rebounds (Off/Def)    21 (6/15)                     14 (4/10)

Assists                          8                                  8

Turnovers                    9                                  12

Steals                           11                                8

Blocked Shots              0                                  10

Personal Fouls             14                                17

MOUNDRIDGE LADY WILDCATS INDIVIDUAL SCORING & STAT LEADERS (36 total points): Erin Durst – 11; Kate Eichelberger – 7; Katie Stucky – 6; Kourtney Kaufman – 4; Kenzie Elmore – 4; Kindall Elmore – 4.

Three-Pointers Made (1): Erin Durst – 1.

Rebound Leader (Off/Def): Kate Eichelberger – 11 (3/8).

Assists Leader: Katie Stucky – 5.

Leader in Steals: Kate Eichelberger – 3.

Leader in Blocked Shots: Kate Eichelberger – 9.

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