It was close Tuesday night, but the Moundridge girls held on to defeat Ell-Saline 41-40.

MOUNDRIDGE — It was close Tuesday night, but the Moundridge girls held on to defeat Ell-Saline 41-40.

The Wildcats led trailed 15-12 after the first quarter, but poured on 19 second quarter points while holding the Cardinals to only six to claim a 31-21 halftime lead.

Moundridge came out flat in the second half, however, as Ell-Saline mounted a comeback, trailing 36-29 entering the fourth quarter.

The Cardinals outscored Moundridge 11-5 in the final period, but didn’t have enough time on the clock to complete the comeback.

Brooke Holloway led the Wildcats with 16 points, eight of which came in the first quarter.

Tiffany Huxman added a trio of three-pointers for nine points.

Moundridge is at home Friday as they play host to Peabody-Burns.

Marion 34
Inman 31

MARION — The Inman girls hung tough against Marion Tuesday night in Heart of America League play, but came up short 34-31.

The Teutons jumped out to a 10-7 first quarter lead, but found themselves tripped up by the Warriors’ zone defense in the second. Inman managed only three points in the quarter and trailed 15-13 at the half.

The second half was back and forth, with Marion never really able to put Inman away.

The Teutons managed to cut the lead to two in the fourth quarter off a Kaitlynn Goalden three-pointer, but the Warriors hit their foul shots down the stretch to hold on for the 34-31 win.

“We got off to a pretty good start, which we hadn’t done lately,” Inman coach Jeff Friesen said.

Goalden finished with 13 points, while Naomi Williams had nine and Abby Ropp added eight.

Inman hosts Little River Friday night.

Lyons 52
Smoky Valley 25

LINDSBORG — Lyons set the tone Tuesday night with a 22-6 first quarter against the Smoky Valley girls, as the Lions rolled to a 52-25 win.

The Lions kept up the onslaught in the second and third quarters, before the subs took over in the fourth.

Lyons’ Brenna McClure had 11 of the Lions’ first quarter points. She finished with a game high 20.
Hannah McBride led Smoky Valley with seven points, while Emily Norberg added six.