Wildcat girls, Swather boys triumph

By Steve Sell
March 07, 2014

The Moundridge girls are halfway through the Final Four gauntlet.

The Wildcats once again survived an incredible game with Remington Thursday night in the Elbing Class 2A sub-state, needing overtime for a 45-40 semifinal victory to advance to Saturday’s 6 p.m. championship game against Hillsboro, which defeated Sterling 68-59.

The Wildcats were down 10-2 early in a battle of Heart of America co-champions, only to come back to get the game tied at 16-all by halftime. MHS then went up by six at the end of three quarters, but this time it was the Broncos who came back and forced extra basketball.

Moundridge outscored Remington 9-4 in the extra session. It sealed the deal when MacKenzie Suderman made four straight free throws.

“It was a fierce battle from start to finish,” said MHS coach Vicky Kessler, whose team is now 20-2. “I was so proud of the effort the entire team gave. They really supported each other and fought for this win.”

Brooke Holloway was immense with 16 points and 10 rebounds. 

• Hesston boys 49, Marion 35 — The Swathers made it 22 in a row, allowing the Warriors just 10 points in the first half.

Grant Raleigh tossed in 16 points to lead the winners, while Ryan Schadler added 13. Wyatt McKinney also was in doubles with 10.

Hesston will play Sacred Heart at 7:30 p.m. Saturday for the right to advance to Hutchinson for the 3A state tourney.

• Concordia girls 47, Smoky Valley 38 — Take away the first quarter and the Vikings were the better team in this 4A sub-state clash.

Smoky Valley was down 13-2 after eight minutes, but scratched and clawed the rest of the way.

Hannah McBride capped a terrific season with 16 points.