Moundridge boys basketball coach Vance Unrau called it “ugly.”
But he could also call it a victory.
The Wildcats remained unbeaten at 3-0 Thursday night by outlasting the Lyons Lions 44-40 in the second round of the Moundridge Preseason Tournament.
It was a white-knuckler all the way. MHS was down 20-19 at halftime, but inched ahead 29-26 after three quarters.
Hunter Enyart nailed down the win by making 6 of 6 free throws in the fourth quarter.
Garrett Higgins drained four 3-pointers to lead Moundridge with 12 points. Enyart and Colton Frazer scored 10 points apiece.
Moundridge plays Hillsboro tonight in a battle of teams that are 2-0 in tourney play.
• Moundridge girls 34, Lyons 33 — The Wildcat girls were in trouble after three quarters.
Moundridge trailed 31-21 and appeared headed for its first loss in three games.
But the Wildcats clamped down on the defensive end and outscored the Lions 13-2 over the final eight minutes to pull out the emotional victory.
Brooke Holloway led a balanced Moundridge offense with nine points. The Wildcats will have a major test tonight when they play Hillsboro.
• Hillsboro boys 61, Inman 52 — A 22-point fourth quarter enabled Hillsboro to hold off Inman in the Moundridge Preseason Tournament.
The Teutons, who were down 23-16 at the half, fell to 1-2.
Barkley Williams continued his solid play for Inman with 16 points. Wyatt Regier added 15 and Justin Friesen furnished 10. Inman plays Lyons tonight as it tries to salvage one tourney win.
• Hillsboro girls 62, Inman 22 — The athletic Trojans jumped on the Teutons for a 33-14 halftime lead and dealt Inman its second loss in three games.
Abby Ropp and Naomi Williams paced the Teutons with seven points apiece. Inman and Lyons are matched tonight as Inman seeks its first tourney success.