Wildcats lose in Rupp Classic finale

By Steve Sell
January 24, 2016

HALSTEAD — It seemed like the Moundridge boys brought out the best in everyone they played this week in the Adolph Rupp Classic.

On Saturday, the Wildcats dropped a 55-39 decision to the host Dragons in the seventh-place game. MHS finished the week 0-3, though it played all bigger-class schools and the experience certainly will help it as it goes into the second half of the season.

Halstead came out on fire with 20 first-quarter points and the Wildcats spent the rest of the game trying to dig out of the hole. Moundridge actually was outscored by just one point after the initial outburst.

“Second time this week we ran into a hot-shooting team,” Wildcat coach Vance Unrau said. “We got good looks, but the shots just wouldn't fall for us. We battled and didn't quit by making several runs to get back in the game, but the lead was too much. Tough week. We have to get better individually and as a team. We still have a lot of season left with something to play for. There’s no quit with these guys, so I am confident that they feel the same way that I do.”

Kyle Stucky led the Wildcats with 13 points and Anthony Otte just missed double figures with nine. Noah Eichelberger had a good night rebounding with nine.