Area roundup: Wildcats cagers sweep Lyons

By Steve Sell
December 09, 2016

MOUNDRIDGE — Moundridge’s boys bounced back in a big way on Thursday as they rolled to a 56-27 rout of Lyons during the second night of the Moundridge Classic.

The Wildcats, coming off their loss on Tuesday to arch-rival Inman, led only 21-15 at the half, but overwhelmed the Lions with a 35-12 second-half explosion.

Noah Eichelberger made four 3-pointers on his way to 21 points to lead the Wildcats, while Anthony Otte tallied 15 and Lantonio Unruh nailed a trio of 3-pointers and scored 11. Unruh also had 7 rebounds and 4 steals.

“Sluggish start again for us tonight,” Moundridge coach Vance Unrau said. “I'm disappointed in our inability to get out of the gate and execute early in games. We’re going to have to change against the next several opponents or they will bury us early. We have to find some rhythm to our game. Some more consistent flow. I know what we are capable of and I am confident that we will get the results in our offense that we are seeking. Defensively we still have a ways to go, but we defended better tonight, especially in the second half.  We played without Parker Lange tonight because of illness. We missed him especially on the defensive end and on the boards.”

Moundridge goes up against Hillsboro tonight.

• Moundridge girls 60, Lyons 36 — Lexi Lorimor was on fire from 3-point range as she buried 7 of them on her way to a game-high 23 points.

Natalie Kaufman added 12 points for the Wildcats, who had nine players score.

MHS is now 3-0 on the year.

• Hillsboro boys 44, Inman 37 — Also at Moundridge, Inman’s boys suffered their first loss of the year as they got down 26-17 at the half and could never get over the hump.

Payton Froese topped the Teutons, now 2-1, with 16 points. No other Teuton hit for double figures.

“We did not shoot it particularly well, but their defense had a lot to do with that,” Inman coach Brett Froese said. “They’re really athletic and their ball pressure bothered us especially early. Our effort was really good and despite not shooting well we had it to one possession with 40 seconds left. We were 9 of 20 from line and that won't work, either.”

• Hillsboro girls 49, Inman 39 — The Trojans erupted for 19 fourth-quarter points after leading just 30-26 going into the final quarter.

Inman, now 0-3, had led 22-21 at the half.

MaKayla Michael and Olivia Clark tallied 10 points apiece for the Teutons.

• Hesston boys 54, Rose Hill 41 — The No. 1-ranked Swathers stayed perfect at 3-0 behind 18 points apiece by Zach Vogt and Zach Esau.

Hesston’s defense was stifling at times as twice the Rockets scored just 6 points in a quarter.

• Rose Hill girls 42, Hesston 37 — The third quarter was the difference as Rose Hill outscored Hesston 14-8 in those deciding 8 minutes.

Hesston had a 21-18 halftime lead, but then Rose Hill took charge.

Kailey Jo Ince topped the Swathers with 15 points, 10 of those in the first half. Hesston is now 2-1 on the year.