MOUNDRIDGE — The Moundridge boys rebounded from a bumpy week to hand Canton-Galva a 57-36 setback on Tuesday.
The Wildcats, who lost two games last week to Bennington and Berean Academy, started to shake away from the Eagles late in the second quarter to lead 28-21 at the half. Moundridge then doubled C-G 14-7 in the third quarter before finishing the game strong with a 15-8 run.
“We led early, but C-G battled back with (Anthony) Otte and (Kyle) Stucky on the bench with foul trouble,” Moundridge coach Vance Unrau said. “C-G was up late in the second quarter, but we were able to finish the half on an 8-0 run primarily jumpstarted with steals and transition baskets. We continued to build on the late first-half momentum with solid defense and we continued to attack their zone and get shots to fall.”
Unrau said it was nice to see a team effort as many players contributed.
“We had to have some kids step up tonight with Otte on the bench and I was very pleased with how (Noah) Eichelberger stayed aggressive at both ends of the floor,” Unrau said. “Joel (Holloway), Kyle (Stucky) and (Dylan) Sugars put great pressure out front to create steal opportunities. But I'm not pleased with how we have been rebounding and tonight was no different. We gave up numerous second-chance opportunities and we were pretty much one-and-done on every possession. That has got to change. Credit C-G for being more aggressive on the glass.”
Eichelberger led the Wildcats with 16 points, while Otte scored 12 and Sugars added 10. Zach Snow led C-G with 14 points and Travis Unruh tallied 10.
“We played well in the first half till the 1:30 mark,” C-G coach Shane Duncan said. “Moundridge forced us into some turnovers... that was the momentum swing that we never could recover from. Their pressure really caught up to us in the fourth (quarter). We got some easy looks, but really struggled to get anything to fall.”
• MOUNDRIDGE GIRLS 46, CANTON-GALVA 33 — Once-beaten Moundridge and twice-beaten Canton-Galva were expected to play down to the wire given their lofty records.
But the Wildcats took charge early as their defense didn’t allow the Eagles to get into a flow.
Ashley Holler scored 20 points for Moundridge, including 8 of 10 at the foul line in the fourth quarter. Peri Lange and Lexi Lorimor added eight and seven points, respectively.
Cassidy Enns scored nearly half of the Eagles’ points with 16. Zoe Unruh was next with nine.