MARION — The Moundridge boys have had some amazing defensive performances during Vance Unrau’s storied tenure, but Tuesday night may have been among the best.
The Wildcats held the Warriors scoreless in the first quarter, to just two points for the half (to lead 23-2) and it wound up being 44-14 as Marion made just five field goals all night.
“It was a combination of good defense by us and just a horrific shooting night for Marion,” Unrau said. “Although we were up big at half, I felt the lead could've been more as we missed on numerous transition opportunities. But no letdown in the second half. Parker Lange continues to get it done at the defensive end and on the glass for us. Kyle (Stucky) and Joel (Holloway) are playing solid for us as well.”
Anthony Otte made 9 of 14 floor shots on his way to 18 points and Noah Eichelberger was 5 of 8 to score 12. The patient Wildcats made 20 of 38 floor shots.
Marion was without Tyler Zinn, who has been out with an ankle injury after getting off to a hot start after Christmas following his transfer from Olathe South.
The Moundridge girls doubled Marion 16-8 in the third quarter to pull away from the Warriors, 48-37.
Ashley Holler scored 11 points in the decisive third quarter and 17 in the second half to key her 28-point outburst. Kassidy Kaufman knocked down three 3-pointers to score nine points.