It’s tradition that when Moundridge’s boys and Inman hook up, the outcome isn’t decided until the final minute.
But the Wildcats deviated from the script on Tuesday. Moundridge’s defense suffocated the Teutons all night in a 50-24 victory.
The first half seemed traditional as the teams were tied at 19-all going into the break, but Moundridge stunningly outscored Inman 31-5 in the second half.
Anthony Otte, who didn’t score in the Wildcats’ season opener, bounced back with 10 points to share team scoring honors with Colton Frazer. Hank Thiessen’s nine points led the Teutons.
Action in the Moundridge tournament continues on Thursday. Inman takes on Hillsboro and Moundridge clashes with Lyons.
The Wildcats are 2-0 and the Teutons are 1-1.
• Moundridge girls 49, Inman 32 — The Wildcats once again played good defense in running their record to 2-0.
Moundridge gave up only four points in the first quarter to open up a nine-point lead and never looked back.
Ashley Holler continued her solid play with 17 points and Cassidy Siemens added 13. Naomi Williams scored 17 for the Teutons, now 0-2.
Moundridge steps up in competition on Thursday when it plays Lyons, while Inman also has no bargain when it plays Hillsboro in the second leg of the Moundridge event.
• Elyria Christian School girls 34, Little River 15 —The Eagles advanced to the championship game of the Goessel Invitational with their second win in 24 hours.
The Eagles’ defense was outstanding all night. Elyria flashed out to a 13-3 first-quarter lead and cruised from there.
Rachel Adamyk and Micah Redenbaugh topped the Wildcats with nine points apiece.
“I was thrilled with our defense tonight,” said ECS coach Greg Fields, whose team is now 2-1 on the year. “I wish we could get more steals than turnovers every night. It would be great to score a few more points, but I was pleased with the balanced scoring from our starters.”
ECS will play for the title Saturday, with the opponent to be determined after Friday’s games.
• Little River boys 60, Elyria Christian 27 — Zach Galyon’s 17 points and 12 more by Chord Zeller led the Redskins to the victory as they are now 1-1.
Little River jumped out to a 16-6 first-quarter lead and turned to its defense the rest of the way.
Spencer Kaufman scored nine points for Elyria, now 0-3.
The Eagles will play on Saturday for fifth place, with the opponent yet to be determined. Little River and Canton-Galva hook up on Friday.
• Hesston boys 63, Rose Hill 50 — At Garden Plain, the No. 1-ranked Swathers piled up 35 first-half points and then held off the Rockets the rest of the way.
Three Swathers scored in double figures, with Tyler McCartney leading the way with 18 points. Grant Raleigh and Scott Duerksen scored 12 and 11, respectively.
The Swathers, 2-0, take on Emporia on Friday.
• Hesston girls 53, Rose Hill 35 — At the Garden Plain Round-Robin, the No. 1-ranked Swathers sprinted to a 30-10 halftime lead and motored to their second straight impressive win against a bigger school.
The Swathers had nice balance as four players scored in double figures. Caylee Richardson led the way with 12 points, while Jessanna Nebel, Cami Richardson and Kelsey Unruh all added 10.
The Swathers play their third straight bigger-class school on Friday when they take on Emporia, also at Garden Plain.
Smoky Valley and Canton-Galva had the night off.