By William

It was a low-scoring, first half struggle for the Moundridge girls basketball team on Thursday before they broke loose in the final two quarters to gain a 26-point, 56-30 victory over cross county rival Inman in the Moundridge Preseason Tournament.

Both teams struggled on offense in the first two quarters and were deadlocked at 15-15 going into the halftime break. When the third quarter began, the Lady Wildcats exploded for 22 points while holding the Lady Teutons to just six, giving them a commanding 16-point, 37-21 advantage heading into the final quarter of play where they dropped another 19 on the scorebooks to gain the final 26-point win.

“The Lady Wildcats struggled in the first half to get in sync on the offensive end, but defensively they played an entire game,” pointed out Moundridge Head Coach Vicki Kessler in her post-game reflections. “We had trouble finding our rhythm. We scored 15 points in the first half and 41 in the second half and definitely had trouble finding our rhythm.”

While Erin Durst led the Lady Wildcats in scoring with 19, it was Kate Eichelberger who had the dominating game in the paint as she put recorded a double-double with 14 points in the scorebook and 10 rebounds. Also reaching double digits in scoring was Kourtney Kaufman who chipped in with 14 while grabbing six rebounds. Kenzie Elmore may have only scored three points, but she had the quick hands-on defense and led Moundridge with five steals.

Coach Kessler concluded her reflections on the game by saying, “Once we began to score, we relaxed and moved better on the offensive end. Getting three players in solid double digits made us harder to guard. The team also got the ball out quickly on the rebound and we were able to get some transition points.”

The Lady Wildcats will conclude their games in the Moundridge Preseason Tournament on Friday when they tangle with Lyons.


SCORING:                    1          2          3          4          FINAL

LADY WILDCATS          6          9          22        19        56

Inman                         6          9          6          9          30


Erin Durst = 19 points with 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.

Kourtney Kaufman = 14 points with 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.

Kate Eichelberger = 14 points with 10 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal.

Kindall Elmore = 4 points with 3 steals.

Kenzie Elmore = 3 points with 2 assists and 5 steals.

Emily Durst = 2 points with 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.

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