Vance Unrau gives all the credit to the players he’s coached and his assistants for reaching the 450-win mark as he did on Friday.
But certainly Moundridge fans have to give a lot of credit to the man who has led them to that many victories over the past three decades.
No. 450 came after a hard-fought 44-40 road victory over Trinity Catholic.
“We got off to a slow start, down 11-2 to start the game,” Unrau said. “We had trouble keeping 6-8 Conner Remar out of the paint and off the glass. But we settled in and battled back to close the gap to 3 at halftime. Came out strong in the third and took the lead that we would not relinquish. Closed out the game shooting free throws. We played with a lot of energy and effort tonight. Truly the difference in the outcome of the game. Trinity Catholic has a very nice team and to get the win on the road made tonight even more satisfying.”
An 18-10 third quarter swung the game in favor of the Wildcats. Noah Eichelberger and Anthony Otte were a 1-2 punch for the ‘Cats with 18 and 17 points, respectively.
• Moundridge girls 37, Trinity Catholic 28 — The Wildcats again turned to their defense, giving up just 5 points in the first and second quarters and 4 in the third as the Celtics scored half their points in the final quarter.
The Wildcats’ Bethany Stucky continued her recent streak of strong games with 14 points, one more than Natalie Kaufman.
MHS was up 22-10 at the half.
• Inman boys 56, Berean 41 — The Inman boys are starting to garner a lot of attention in Class 2A.
After a huge win over Sterling on Tuesday, the Teutons followed that up with a convincing win over Berean Academy. Few teams ever put 56 points on a Lewis Wiebe-coached team, but the Teutons had it all going.
“Just a great all-around effort again tonight by the kids,” Inman coach Brett Froese said. “Very good defensively and we controlled the boards, which we didn't do earlier this year when we played them. Really got out in transition well some and forced the pace in our favor. It was a huge week both mentally and physically for us. The kids were exhausted after the game and so am I. Been a great week for us.”
Ethan DeWitt fired in 21 points, 13 in the second half. Mason Thiesen scored 18, 12 in the second half as the Teutons put up 34 points after the break.
“Ethan DeWitt was absolutely a monster for us tonight with 21 points and 6 rebounds,” Froese said “Taiten Winkel was really good defensively once again on their shooter. Lucas Barlow was really really solid inside and Mason Thiessen was once again really good. Payton (Froese) had 8 points and 9 assists.”
• Berean girls 56, Inman 34 — Inman was still within shouting distance at half, down just 22-14, but Berean broke it open after the break.
MaKayla Michael led the Teutons with 9 points. Inman hurt itself at the foul line by making just 11 of 25.
• Hesston boys 55, Smoky Valley 24 — The Swathers avenged an earlier-season loss to the Vikings.
Hesston led 12-2 before the crowd had settled into their seats and the focused Swathers denied the Viking offense at every turn.
Zach Vogt scored 17 points to lead Hesston and Cole McCreary added 14. Reece Nebel chipped in with 12.
Nick Reinert led the Vikes with 9.
• Hesston girls 50, Smoky Valley 20 — Hesston coach Matt Richardson said it may have been the Swathers’ most complete game of the year.
Smoky Valley was OK after the first quarter, down 11-5, but a 16-6 second quarter led to a 23-9 second half.
Kailey Jo Ince was hard to stop in the paint with 14 points to lead Hesston and Elise Kaiser added 10 for Swathers.
Amanda Behanna and Kate Deterding led the Vikes with 6 apiece.
• Wakefield boys 45, Little River 36 — Another excellent game for Clay Zeller went for naught.
Zeller scored 22 points for Little River, but didn’t get much help. No other Redskins scored more than 5.
A 15-5 second quarter swung the game Wakefield’s way.
• Little River girls 39, Wakefield 24 — Little River held the Bombers to just 9 points in the second half to pull away.
Melanie Renken’s 12 points led the winners and Madison Loder chipped in with 10.