By William

HUTCHINSON – Falling behind by double digits early proved to be an unsurmountable number for the Moundridge boys’ basketball team as they fell behind early to Hutchinson Trinity Catholic in their Class 2A sub-state battle on Tuesday and ended up losing by just five, 43-38.

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR THE WILDCATS? With the loss the season is over for the Wildcats and they will close out the 2019-20 schedule with a 9-12 overall mark. With the win, Hutchinson Trinity Catholic will move forward and the number three seed will now tangle with number two seeded Sterling who beat Ellsworth, 57-39 in their first-round game. The loss also means the end of the line as Wildcats for Brady Helms and Daniel Kaufman, with both having had solid basketball games over their time in a Moundridge uniform.

THE GAME – The story of the game came in the first quarter where Trinity powered out to a 12-point, 18-6 advantage by the end of the first eight minutes of play. The Wildcats were able to chip away at the lead and went into the halftime break only trailing by seven at 23-16.

After Moundridge outscored Trinity 17-9 in the third quarter they went into the final eight minutes of the game holding a one-point, 33-32 lead. Unfortunately, Trinity was able to put 11 points on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter while holding the Wildcats to just five to earn the final five-point victory.

THE WILDCAT TEAM – With the help of hitting three three-pointers, Corbin Unruh led the Wildcats in scoring with 17 while Brady Helms closed out his career in double digits with 10 while also leading the team in rebounds as he pulled down seven for the night. Landon Kaufman directed the Moundridge offense and recorded five assists.

As a team, the Wildcats connected on 38% of their shots from the field while Trinity hit on 51%. Neither team dominated any one statistic except for points off turnovers where Trinity scored 11 and Moundridge scored seven.

WHAT DOES THE COACH SAY – “Proud of the gritty performance by our guys tonight,” noted Wildcat Head Coach Vance Unrau during his brief reflections on the game and season. “We were down 16 early and battled back to cut it to seven at halftime and then took a one-point lead by the end of the third quarter. We had our opportunities late, but just couldn’t get the shots to fall and then we had to foul. We are grateful to our seniors, Daniel (Kaufman) and Brady (Helms), for providing the leadership that our less experienced and young guys needed. I’m looking forward to working in the offseason with next year’s group.”

MOUNDRIDGE WILDCATS at Hutchinson Trinity Catholic

SCORING:                    1          2          3          4          FINAL

WILDCATS                   6          10        17        5          = 38

Trinity Catholic            18        5          9          11        = 43

TEAM STATS:              WILDCATS       Trinity Catholic

Shooting                      12-31 (38%)     16-31 (51%)

3-Pointers                    4-10 (40%)       5-13 (38%)

Free Throws                10-15 (66%)     6-9 (66%)

Rebounds (Off/Def)    16 (6/10)         18 (6/12)

Assists                          10                    11

Turnovers                    8                      8

Steals                           7                      4

Blocked Shots              1                      2

Personal Fouls             15                    14

Bench Points               3                      0

Second Chance Points 2                      4

Points off Turnovers   7                      11

MOUNDRIDGE WILDCAT INDIVIDUAL SCORERS & STAT LEADERS (38 total points): Corbin Unruh – 17; Brady Helms – 10; Jonathon Schlosser – 6; Logan Churchill – 3; Daniel Kaufman – 2.

Three-Pointers Made (4): Corbin Unruh – 3; Logan Churchill – 1.

Rebound Leaders (Off/Def): Jonathon Schlosser – 7 (3/4); Brady Helms – 4 (1/3).

Assists Leader: Landon Kaufman – 5; Corbin Unruh – 3.

Leader in Steals: Brady Helms – 3; Landon Kaufman – 2.

Leader in Blocked Shots: Brady Helms – 1.

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