Bring on the beast.
And the beast incarnate, Dean Wade.
By rolling past Peabody 52-31 Monday night in their Class 2A sub-state opener, the Moundridge boys have earned a shot at No. 1-ranked and undefeated St. John, led by All-State All-Class center Dean Wade, a Kansas State signee.
Colton Frazer scored 14 points in the first half and went on to finish with 21 as the Wildcats improved to 14-7 on the year.
Anthony Otte added 13.
“We came out aggressively at both ends of the floor and it set the tone for the evening,” Moundridge coach Vance Unrau said. “Having played them less than two weeks ago, teams have a very fresh idea of what worked and didn't work. We knew we gave up too many easy transition baskets, so that was really a point of emphasis for us. I thought we did a much better job of getting back. We executed in the halfcourt better tonight, but still not where we need to be. Defensively, we forced 17 turnovers.”
The Wildcats will be facing a beastly St. John team that dismantled Medicine Lodge 72-35 Monday, a game that featured a running clock. The Tigers were the undefeated state champions last year and are 21-0 this year. The 6-9 Wade has been a man among boys throughout the year and gets a lot of help from Cole Kinnamon.
“We have a big task ahead of us Thursday night versus St. John,” Unrau said. “Anything is possible.”
That game will be played at 7:30 p.m. in Inman.
• Moundridge girls 62, Peabody 9 — Wildcat coach Vicky Kessler was able to rest her starters extensively as Moundridge was all over Peabody to improve to 19-2.
It will be a polar opposite game at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Inman as the top-seeded Wildcats play Berean Academy, always a dangerous opponent.
All the Wildcats who played scored, led by Ashley Holler with 14 points and Bethany Stucky with 10.
• Hesston girls 54, Halstead 33 — The No. 1-ranked Class 3A Swathers rode 18 first-half points by Caylee Richardson to a 28-17 lead and she finished with 22 overall as Hesston is now 21-0.
The Swathers will host 16-5 Southeast of Saline at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Jessanna Nebel had a seven-point third quarter for the Swathers, who scored 21 points in the period. Coach Matt Richardson went to his bench in the final period.
• Berean boys 55, Inman 35 — Inman’s hopes for an upset were dashed early when the Warriors stifled it in the first quarter for an 11-3 lead.
It was 25-12 at the break.
Blayne Konrade’s nine points led the Teutons. It was a rare losing season for Inman, which finished 6-15.
• Berean girls 55, Inman 41 — There will be no Inman team playing in the Inman sub-state as the Teutons were ousted by the Warriors.
Inman trailed only 35-30 going into the fourth quarter, but Berean pulled away with a 20-point period.
Inman, which finished the year 10-11, received 14 points from Krystal Miller.
• Plainville boys 55, Little River 40 — Having the homecourt advantage didn’t help the Redskins, who finished the year 11-10.
Little River led after a grinder of a first half, 18-17, but Plainville caught fire, including a monster 25-point fourth quarter.
Chord Zeller’s 13 points led Little River and Zach Galyon tallied 12. Grant Harvey made three 3-pointers to finish with nine.