It was almost unfathomable how well the Moundridge girls played in the middle two quarters Friday against Class 5A’s No. 9-ranked team, Buhler.
After falling behind 15-6 early on, the Class 2A Wildcats stunningly shocked the Crusaders in the second and third quarters with a 37-10 run, keying a shocking 56-43 victory in the semifinals of the Haven Wildcat Classic.
MHS plays Cheney at 3:30 p.m. today for the championship.
“I can't say enough about how well the girls played defense,” MHS coach Vicky Kessler said. “They did a great job locating Buhler's shooters and getting a hand up. This was a good win for the team and they deserved it.”
Ashley Holler and Brooke Holloway led the Wildcats with 15 and 14 points, respectively. MHS constructed a 20-point lead, 47-27, after three quarters and outrebounded the Crusaders all night.
Kessler said Peri Lange made some key contributions and scored six points in her best game of the year.
MHS limited Buhler star Jessica Steffen to 10 points. Alex Keller led the way with 13 points and Taryn Togerson added 12.
• Moundridge boys 53, Goessel 30 — While the Wildcat girls were excelling, so too were the Wildcat boys.
Garrett Higgins scored 15 points and Kyle Huxman added 13 as MHS had no worries against the Bluebirds.
Coach Vance Unrau said defense and offensive rebounding were the keys, as Goessel simply couldn’t get much going. MHS was up 18-7 after a quarter and took the suspense out of the game.
• Smoky Valley Home School boys 36, Elyria Christian 28 — It was tight all the way, but a slow start was tough for the Eagles to overcome.
Baxter Knackstedt had his best game of the year for the Eagles with 12 points.
• Elyria Christian School girls 56, Smoky Valley Home School 18 — It was a happy homecoming for the Eagles, who got back to .500 for the season behind 12 points by Camille Anderson and 11 by Anna Adamyk. Elyria led 30-9 at the half.
“I was really proud of Camille Anderson tonight,” ECS coach Greg Fields said. “I only played her in the first half so she would have more time to get ready for the homecoming festivities between the girls and boys games. She came out and played with intensity and toughness with 12 points and six rebounds in only 14 minutes.”
• Ness City girls 50, Little River 42 — Little River finished the Hilltop Hoops Classic with a 1-2 record. No scoring was available.
Smoky Valley at Clay Center. No game information available on either game.