MOUNDRIDGE — Moundridge boys coach Vance Unrau said he wouldn’t have expected anything less as it was a typical Moundridge-Inman headknocker on Friday.
In a wildly entertaining game, the Wildcats outlasted the Teutons 62-56 as Unrau said it was well played by both teams.
“I said earlier this year that Inman would be the most improved team in the league as the year progressed,” he said. “And I was right. (Inman) Coach (Brett) Froese does some really nice things offensively and defensively with this young group.”
Moundridge led 26-23 at the half, but Inman came out on a 7-0 run.
“When Inman started the second half on a 7-0 run, we switched to a 1-3-1 (defense) and got a couple of steals to turn stop the run,” Unrau said. “I knew it would come down to the wire and when we went up five with 3 minutes left in the game, I decided to run clock and shoot free throws. Fortunately the line was friendly to us tonight.That's what I want to do to close out games.”
The Wildcats, a 55-percent team from the line, were 20 of 26. Anthony Otte, who scored a career-high 27 points, was nails by making 12 of 13. Noah Eichelberger scored 12, making four 3-pointers.
The Teutons had nice balance. Payton Froese led Inman with 16 points, Walker Strange scored 14, Keaton Case added 12 and Lucas Barlow scored 11. Unrau said his team did a solid defensive job on Inman standout freshman Mason Thiessen, holding him to three.
• MOUNDRIDGE GIRLS 55, INMAN 37 — The Teutons scored on the opening tip, but the rest of the night belonged to the Wildcats.
Fifteen points apiece by Ashley Holler and Bethany Stucky, along with 12 by Lexi Lorimor, spaked the Wildcats, who were up only 21-17 at the half.
Moundridge coach Brian Holloway, who played against Inman coach Bill Mauer in their Wildcat and Teuton days, praised the effort by Inman as his team had to ramp up its game in the second half.
Holloway said he was pleased with the distribution of the basketball, as Holler had a nice floor game and got everybody involved.
Naomi Williams’ 16 points led Inman.