Moundridge girls fall in sub-state finals

By Steve Sell
March 10, 2014

ELBING — The Moundridge girls are all dressed up with nowhere to go.

The Wildcats were defeated 53-36 by Hillsboro Saturday night in the Class 2A sub-state championship game. That ended their season with a 20-3 record, which is better than four of the teams that advanced to Manhattan this week for the state tournament. Two of their three losses were to Hillsboro.

Moundridge trailed only 24-21 at the half, but a 15-6 third quarter sent the Trojans on their way.

MacKenzie Suderman and Brooke Holloway, in their final games for MHS after being four-year standouts, scored 12 and 10 points, respectively. They were part of MHS’ last state championship team their freshmen year.

“This was an extremely competitive sub-state and finishing second was an accomplishment, but it was still a disappointing loss,” first-year MHS head coach Vicky Kessler said. “Hillsboro is a talented, physical and well-coached team that will make a great run in the state tournament. Our players invested so much this year to improve their game on an individual level and as a team. I am so proud of what they accomplished.”

Kessler said it will be tough to say goodbye to her seniors.

“Brooke Holloway and MacKenzie Suderman led the team throughout the year statistically and in leadership,” she said. “They will be hard to replace, however, the nucleus coming back holds promise to continue the strong tradition of Lady ‘Cat basketball.”