GREAT BEND — Area schools Little River and Moundridge will meet for third place today in the Hilltop Hoops Classic after both lost to top-notch teams in Thursday’s semifinals.
St. John put the defensive clamps on Little River as the Tigers handed the Redskins a 42-24 setback. Melanie Renken was much of the offense for Little River with 10 points.
The Redskins couldn’t get untracked with just 9 first-half points.
“We really struggled tonight,” Little River coach Trey Look said. “Give St. John credit, their pressure really took us out of the game. We just couldn’t get anything going offensively. I thought we played better in the second half but with 32 turnovers, it’s hard to win any game.”
Moundridge got its chance to see Central Plains sophomore wunderkind Emily Ryan up close and personal. While the Wildcats seemingly did a good job on her, she still scored 31 points and defensively came up with an amazing 10 steals to lead the Oilers to a 61-34 win.
Ryan was only 10 of 21 from the floor, but was 8 of 8 at the line as she conjured up memories of another former Central Plains (then Claflin) All-Stater Jackie Stiles.
Kassidy Kaufman and Bethany Stucky scored 11 points apiece for MHS. Central Plains, which is the probable state champion in 2A, led 41-14 at the half.
Moundridge and Little River meet at 6:15 today for third.