By William

HUTCHINSON – After trailing Hutchinson Trinity for most of the first half, the Moundridge girls basketball team made the needed adjustments and powered back in the second half to score a final 10-point, 47-37, road victory on Friday.

Trinity took a one-point, 13-12 lead at the end of the first quarter and pushed out to a five-point, 25-20 advantage over the Lady Wildcats going into the halftime break.

Moundridge made adjustments and outscored Trinity by 10 in the third quarter and carried a five-point lead into the final quarter where they again outplayed Trinity to earn the final 10-point, 47-37 win.

“The Lady Wildcats had to come from behind to beat a feisty Trinity Celtics team tonight,” explained Moundridge Head Coach Vicky Kessler. “We struggled defensively to cover Haley Hughes as she finished the first half with 17 points, but during the halftime break, we made some adjustments and were able to slow her down and hold her to just a pair of points. In the second half, we outscored Trinity 27-12 and were able to turn some steals into points. The team did a better job attacking the basket, which also led to some points at the free throw line.”

Kate Eichelberger and Kourtney Kaufman were a tandem to reckon with for the Lady Wildcats as they both recorded double-doubles on the night with Eichelberger scoring 18 points while grabbing 10 rebounds, and Kaufman hit for 14 points while also pulling down 10 rebounds. Eichelberger was also a perfect six-for-six from the free throw line down the stretch.

Erin Durst also hit for double digits in the scorebook with 11 points while also playing a strong defensive game which saw her make six steals.

Coach Kessler concluded her reflections on the game by adding, “Defensively, we created havoc on Trinity with 11 steals while also dominating the boards as we out rebounded them 33-20.”

The win gives the Lady Wildcats a sparkling 8-1 record now for the season as they have nearly a week off before returning to the hardwood next Friday with a road game at Goessel.


SCORING:                 1          2          3          4          FINAL

LADY WILDCATS      12       8          18       9          47

Hutchinson Trinity  13       12       8          4          37


Kate Eichelberger = 18 points with 6-of-6 in free throws, 10 rebounds.

Kourtney Kaufman = 14 points with 10 rebounds.

Erin Durst = 11 points with 6 steals.

Kindall Elmore = 4 points.

Emily Durst = 2 steals.

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