Hesston, Moundridge girls in title games

By Steve Sell
March 13, 2015

What a glorious Saturday of basketball it’s going to be for our area.

In addition to McPherson High’s boys playing Basehor-Linwood for the Class 4A Division I state title, the Hesston and Moundridge girls also will be trying to mine for some gold.

The Hesston girls, like McPherson’s boys, will be attempting to complete a perfect season.

The 25-0 Swathers continued their utter decimation of the Class 3A State Tournament Friday with a 53-28 dismantling of Sabetha.

Hesston will play 25-0 Cimarron at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Sports Arena.

It was the second quarter that turned the tide, as Hesston left Sabetha behind with a 16-2 blitz that turned a tie game into a comfortable 25-11 lead.

The Swathers continued their stifling defense in the second half, which has been their trademark. Sabetha finished the game 9 of 36.

Katelyn Hageman was huge off the bench for Hesston with a team-high 14 points, while Caylee Richardson scored 12 and Kelsey Unruh added 10.

The Moundridge girls get their much-anticipated rematch with Central Plains in the 4 p.m. championship game Saturday at Manhattan’s Bramlage Coliseum.

The 23-2 Wildcats dispatched with game Valley Falls 56-48 on Friday and are seeking their 2A record eighth championship in their 20 trips to state. They last won in 2011.

Ashley Holler was again fabulous for MHS with 25 points and she also grabbed eight rebounds. She was 11 of 12 at the line after going 6 for 6 on Thursday.

The Wildcats erupted with 20 fourth-quarter points to win the game.

Moundridge and Central Plains met earlier this year, with the Wildcats leading by as many as 17 points in the fourth quarter before the Oilers staged one of the state’s most remarkable rallies of the year for a 61-59 triumph.