MOUNDRIDGE — Vance Unrau could not have asked for a better start.
His Moundridge boys, the No. 2 seed in the Ell-Saline Class 2A sub-state, dashed any upset hopes of Ell-Saline on Tuesday by exploding out of the gates with a 24-2 first quarter.
MHS went on for a 56-34 rout as it will now play Hillsboro at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the semifinals at Brookville.
“We played relentless defense and hit shots early and that pretty much sums it up,” said Unrau, whose team is now 15-6 and has not lost since the Rupp Classic. “I just can't get over how these guys hawk the ball and anticipate in the passing lanes to get steals. It's such a great attitude they have about it. I truly believe nobody on the floor wants to be the weakest link at the defensive end. They guard hard and rotate so well. We will need to continue this kind of effort the rest of the week.”
Noah Eichelberger scored 17 points to lead the Wildcats and just missed a double-double with nine rebounds. Anthony Otte and Kyle Stucky scored 13 and 12 points, respectively. Parker Lange had four steals on the defensive end and Eichelberger had three.