BROOKVILLE — Whew!
The Moundridge girls nearly saw their basketball season end on Thursday in the Ell-Saline Class 2A sub-state, but the No. 1 seed Wildcats escaped with a 60-57 overtime victory over No. 4 seed Hillsboro, which is one of three teams to deal MHS a loss this year.
Moundridge had a great start with a 17-7 first-quarter lead, but the Trojans roared back and eventually led by one going into the fourth quarter.
Both teams put up a lot of points in the extra session, with Moundridge outscoring Hillsboro, 13-10. Nine of the Wildcats’ points came at the foul line as they made 9 of 12 in the 4-minute session.
The game was a shootout between two expected All-State players. Ashley Holler scored 11 points in the first quarter and seven in overtime to eventually finish with 29 to lead the Wildcats, who also received 10 points from Bethany Stucky and nine from Natalie Kaufman.
Alex Ratzlaff, who has signed with Nebraska for volleyball, poured in 27 points to single-handedly keep Hillsboro in the game.
Moundridge, now 19-3, plays old rival Berean Academy at 6 p.m. Saturday for the right to advance to Manhattan.