MOUNDRIDGE – On Monday, November 21 the Moundridge Middle School boys and girls basketball teams went to battle with cross-county rival Inman and closed out the day with a split as the Moundridge girls scored a dominating 50-16 win while the boys succumbed to Inman by 12, 37-49.
Next up for the Junior Wildcat hoopsters will be on Tuesday when they go on the road to tangle with Little River.
The JUNIOR LADY WILDCATS dominated their game with Inman, using a solid transition game with solid defense to score take a 29-6 advantage by the halftime break before finishing out with the final 34-point, 50-16 victory.
The win gives the Junior Lady Wildcats a 1-0 mark in league play and 2-0 overall.
“After a competitive first couple of minutes, we stepped on the accelerator and never looked back,” noted Junior Lady Wildcat head coach Andrew Scheef. “We used team speed, a strong transition game and some stellar defensive possessions to build a big lead.”
Hattie Hecox led Moundridge in scoring with 16 points which included hitting on two-of-four from beyond the three-point arc. Hallie Hecox used some aggressive play under the basket to help score 12 points while Aspyn Stos led the Junior Lady Wildcats transition game by getting her hands on a game high six steals to go with some solid defensive play in the post. According to the coaches, guards Izzy Durst, Keira Stucky, Ashtyn Patrick and Harper Rierson all contributed to the win with energetic play – especially on the defensive side of the game.
Coach Scheef concluded his post-game reflections by adding, “This was a complete team effort.”
In the JUNIOR WILDCAT BOYS game, Moundridge fought until the very end only to succumb to the tall and lengthy Inman team in losing by 12, 49-37.
“We fought for rebounds and loose balls even though we were not as tall,” explained Junior Wildcat head coach Peyton Fast. “Our defense played really well in the half court.”
For Moundridge, Josh Koehn had a huge game in scoring all but 11 of the team points by hitting for 26 while Logan Greenwalt pitched in with seven.
Coach Fast finished off his reflections on the game by saying, “We are a quick team and we used that to get in the passing lanes quite a bit. During the end of the game, we began to hit some outside shots and close the gap a bit. Josh (Koehn) was huge for us, while Logan (Greenwalt) was a great facilitator as he passed the ball and ran our offense. Finn (Lintecum) played gritty defense and came up with a few loose balls.”
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