CANTON — There’s swings and then there are wild swings.
Last Friday, Moundridge’s boys were routed 68-52 by Sedgwick, but it was a learning experience for the Wildcats.
On Wednesday in the Canton-Galva Invitational, the teams strangely enough were matched again, but this time it was the Wildcats doing the routing, 53-33, meaning it was a 36-point turnaround.
In two separate quarters, the Wildcats held the Cardinals to just 3 points as their defensive effort was sensational.
Offensively, Dillon Vogs scored 19 points and Noah Eichelberger added 15 to lead the ‘Cats.
Obviously, MHS coach Vance Unrau was more than pleased.
“They controlled the pace of the game (last Friday) so I knew we had to dictate tempo,” Unrau said. “I knew we had to be more patient on offense and the kids carried out the game plan and we got good shots within the offense. Dillon Vogts got us into our halfcourt and he took care of the ball versus pressure. Dan Kaufman gets the blue collar award tonight and the rest of the team fed off of his energy coming off the bench. We turned the tables on the glass tonight and outworked them for the 50-50 balls, something we didn't do the first time we played.”
The Wildcats play once-beaten Bennington in today’s 6:00 semifinals. The Bulldogs routed St. John’s Military, 76-21.
• Wichita Warriors 63, Canton-Galva 37 — Canton-Galva outscored the Warriors in the second and fourth quarters 22-19, but the first and third were a problem for the Eagles.
The Warriors sped to a 22-4 first-quarter lead, then doubled C-G 22-11 in the third period.
Nick Pearson led C-G with 14 points and Landon Everett pulled down 7 rebounds.
“Attitude and effort just wasn't there consistently across the board tonight,” C-G coach Shane Duncan said. “I was very pleased with (Kinser) Colgin tonight. He played tough against a much bigger team tonight. I was also happy with the effort of the guys who played in the fourth quarter.”
C-G plays Wichita Classical at 4:30 today.
In the other game, Ell-Saline eased past Wichita Classical, 63-60. Ell-Saline and the Wichita Warriors play the 7:30 game, with St. John’s Military taking on Sedgwick at 3:00.