MOUNDRIDGE — Moundridge boys coach Vance Unrau was concerned that his Wildcats had burned up too much emotional energy in their monster comeback victory on Thursday against Hillsboro.
He didn’t know if his team had enough left in the tank for Friday’s game with arch-rival Inman.
However, the Wildcats persevered.
The winless Teutons pushed the Wildcats for most of the game, but in the end Moundridge gradually pulled away for a 47-40 victory.
“I would rather win ugly than lose pretty,” Unrau said. “We had foul trouble that put (Anthony) Otte and (Parker) Lange on the bench.”
He also gave Inman a lot of credit, as he noted the Teutons showed a lot of fight despite their young years.
Moundridge had a 14-point lead at one point, but the Teutons pulled within two. The Wildcats made just enough plays to hang on to improve to 3-1 overall.
Otte scored 20 for the ‘Cats, 13 of those in the first half. Payton Froese, a freshman, scored 16 for Inman and Lucas Barlow added 12.
• Moundridge girls 51, Inman 18 – The Teutons were able to slow down the speedy Wildcats in the first quarter, trailing only 11-8.
But Moundridge’s afterburners kicked in and the rout was on.
Ashley Holler continued her All-State season for Moundridge with 20 points, including three treys. Bethany Stucky tallied 10.
Freshman Maci DeWitt tallied seven to lead Inman.
Moundridge coach Brian Holloway said once his team was able to get into transition, it played much better.
Both Moundridge teams were 2-1 in the tourney. The Inman girls were 1-2 and the Teuton boys were 0-3.