TOURNEY CHAMPS! Moundridge girls win title

By Steve Sell
February 03, 2014

It just continued to get better and better for the Moundridge girls.

Coming off the emotional high of stunning Class 5A, state-ranked Buhler on Friday in the semifinals of the Haven Wildcat Classic, Moundridge didn't let up Saturday as it captured the championship with a 49-40 victory over No. 8 Class 3A Cheney.

"The team continues to play well defensively and run multiple defenses, creating havoc for opponents," MHS coach Vicky Kessler said. "It was a game of runs and fortunately we were able to put a few more together than Cheney. We were able to finish out both the first and third quarter with some big runs that really gave us momentum. Cheney is a well-coached, aggressive team that likes to press."

There was no hiccup at the start like Friday, as the Wildcats grabbed the game by the throat with a 16-6 first quarter and kept on the gas through three quarters, up 38-22. Cheney did make a bit of a run, but Moundridge was simply too stout defensively.

"We weathered the final storm with about 4 minutes left when Cheney pulled within six," Kessler said. "We faced great competition all three rounds and rose up to that competition."

Brooke Holloway and Ashley Holler scored 11 points apiece to lead MHS. Holloway and MacKenzie Suderman made the All-Tourney Team, Holloway for the third year in a row and Suderman for the second..

"The leadership of our two seniors, Brooke Holloway and MacKenzie Suderman, was a big part of those wins," Kessler said. "However, everyone contributed and followed their lead.  I was so proud of the team and their efforts.  Also a big thank you to the community for traveling to Haven through snow and ice to support the team."

Elsewhere:

• Inman girls 50, Wichita Independent 34 — In the third-place game at Sedgwick, Kaitlynn Goalden broke out with 15 points, while Abby Ropp chipped in with 12 more as the Teutons had a good tourney.

Inman doubled Independent 20-10 in the second quarter, then pitched a 10-0 shutout in the third.

• Sedgwick girls 47, Canton-Galva 24 — In the fifth-place game at Sedgwick, a pair of two-point quarters doomed the Eagles.

Cassidy Enns was much of the C-G offense with 14 points. The Eagles scored just two points in both the second and fourth quarters. The game turned when Sedgwick scored 18 points in the second period.

• Hesston girls 51, Hoisington 25 — In regular-season action, the Swathers shook off the rust to more than double Hoisington.

Cami Richardson and Caylee Richardson led the way with 16 and 15 points, respectively. The Swathers were up only 14-9 after a quarter, then outscored Hoisington 26-8 over the middle two quarters. Only two players scored for Hoisington.

• Hesston boys 57, Hoisington 25 — Grant Raleigh fired in 20 points and Wyatt McKinney added 10, as the Swathers jumped all over Hoisington early to stay unbeaten.

Hesston piled up 20 first-quarter points and never looked back.

• Clay Center girls 39, Smoky Valley 25 — From Friday, the Vikings struggled offensively all night in losing to the Tigers.

Hannah McBride led the Vikings with seven points.

• Clay Center boys 43, Smoky Valley 26 — No game information reported.


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