CHURCHILL, KAUFMAN, SCHLOSSER LEAD MOUNDRIDGE

By William

MOUNDRIDGE – Consistent play for the all four quarters helped the Moundridge boys basketball team pull away and score a 16-point, 67-51 victory over Marion at home on Friday.

The Wildcats held a slim two-point advantage, 15-13, at the end of the first quarter before pulling away in the second quarter to take a more commanding 11-point, 40-29 lead into the halftime break.

While the Warriors hung tough in the third quarter, Moundridge put another 18 point on the board and followed that up with nine in the final quarter to earn the win.

“We had numerous opportunities to put these guys away with double digit leads but allowed them several runs that kept things interesting,” commented Wildcat Head Coach Vance Unrau. “In the first half we allowed them to get open looks and offensive stick backs because we did not make it a priority to defend and rebound. A huge part of what I told the kids was going to be crucial coming back off an extended layoff and what we emphasized in our week of practice.”

Where Moundridge held the big edge was at the free throw line as Marion only had four free throws the entire game and made just one while the Wildcats made 17-of-20. The Wildcats also held a decisive edge in the paint as they out rebounded the Warriors 32-21.

Logan Churchill and Landon Kaufman had huge games as they led the Wildcats in scoring with 27 and 26 points, respectively. Churchill connected on four three-pointers and went nine-for-nine at the free throw stripe while Kaufman hit seven-of-nine free throws and scored three three-pointers. Kaufman led the team with five assists and five steals as well, while Churchill swiped four Marion passes.

Jon Schlosser just missed a double double as he scored nine points and led the team in rebounds with nine. The domination on the boards was a team effort as Churchill grabbed seven and both Kaufman and Joseph Schrag each pulled down six.

Coach Unrau finished his reflections on the game by saying, “I was pleased with how we shared the ball tonight. Give Marion a lot of credit as they played hard and crashed the boards and knocked down shots when they were open. We will need to be more defensive minded, but it was good to back playing!”

The victory moves the season mark to 3-4 for the Wildcats as they prep for a road trip on Tuesday, January 12 to Bennington.

Marion at MOUNDRIDGE

SCORING:     1          2          3          4          FINAL

Marion          13       16       19       3          51

WILDCATS     15       25       18       9          67

TEAM STATS:           Marion          WILDCATS

FGM-FGA                  21-48             21-45

3PTM-3PTA              8-19               8-19  

FTM-FTA                   1-4                  17-20

ASSISTS                     10                   11

REBOUNDS               21                   32

TURNOVERS             15                   11

STEALS                       8                      15

BLOCKED SHOTS     0                      0

FOULS                        19                   9

MOUNDRIDGE WILDCATS INDIVIDUAL STATS:

Logan Churchill = 27 points with 4 3-pointers, 9-9 on free throws, 7 rebounds, 4 steals, 1 assist

Landon Kaufman = 26 points with 3 3-pointers, 7-9 on free throws, 6 rebounds, 5 steals, 5 assists

Jon Schlosser = 9 points with 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals

Joseph Schrag = 3 points with 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals

Korbin Wedel = 2 points with 2 rebounds

Garrett Doherty = 2 rebounds, 2 steal

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