Forget the in-between.
The start and finish were great Friday night for the Moundridge girls.
The Wildcats opened their Class 2A sub-state semifinal game with Berean Academy on a 12-0 run and outscored the Warriors 18-10 in the final period.
The end result was a 48-37 victory and 20th win of the season against just two losses. The Wildcats play South Central at 6 p.m. today in Inman for the right to advance to state.
Ashley Holler had her usual tremendous game for the Wildcats by scoring 16 points, including 10 in the final surge. She was 6 of 6 from the line in the clutch.
South Central was impressive with a 50-26 rout of St. John in the other semi.
• Smoky Valley girls 33, Clearwater 25 — The Vikings have a shot of advancing to state if they an pull off a major upset tonight against Wichita Trinity Academy in Nickerson.
The Vikings plodded their way past Clearwater behind a 19-11 run over the middle two quarters as the teams were even in the other two.
Kelsie Anderson led the balanced Vikings with eight points and she also pulled down nine rebounds.
Trinity Academy was a 55-39 winner over Nickerson in the other semi.
• Hesston boys 53, Hutchinson Trinity 31 — The Swathers didn’t have one of their more prolific scoring nights, but their defense more than made up for it.
The Swathers gave up just 16 points in the first half and 15 in the second to move to 20-2 on the year and they face Southeast of Saline in tonight’s 7:30 title game.
Grant Raleigh scored 17 points to lead Hesston and Tyler McCartney scored 10 of his 12 after intermission.
An 18-8 third quarter broke the game open, as Raleigh scored seven points in the period.
Southeast of Saline was a 69-59 winner in its game.
Prior to the Swathers taking on the Trojans, the 22-0 Hesston girls take on 19-3 Lyons at 6:00 for the championship. The teams met last year for the state title.
• Ellinwood girls 81, Canton-Galva 63 — The C-G Eagles were exceptional offensively, but Ellinwood had its running shoes on.
Ellinwood outscored C-G 31-17 in the fourth quarter to break open the game, as an upset was in the air for a while.
Cassidy Enns’ 14 points led C-G and Keana Haydon scored 12.
It was a really nice year for Kelly Unruh’s C-G girls, who were 11-11, more than doubling their five wins of last year.
• ECS girls go for state spot — Elyria Christian School’s girls, who were a winner on Thursday over Central Christian, take on host Sylvan Lucas at 6 p.m. today for the right to advance to Dodge City.
The Eagles are the No. 1 seed and have a 15-6 record.