After nearly two weeks off, a little rust was inevitable. The Moundridge boys shook it off quickly, though, and caught fire on their way to a 75-27 Class 2A sub-state win over Chase County Wednesday night.

After nearly two weeks off, a little rust was inevitable. The Moundridge boys shook it off quickly, though, and caught fire on their way to a 75-27 Class 2A sub-state win over Chase County Wednesday night.

“You always wonder about staying in shape, especially staying in game shape,” MHS coach Vance Unrau said. “I thought our kids did a nice job of maintaining their level of intensity and executing and not getting sloppy.”

The Wildcats led by only a bucket through the halfway point of the first quarter, fighting through a few mental errors. A 6-0 run at the 2:12 mark, though quickly stretched into a 13-3 swing that gave Moundridge a 21-5 advantage after the first quarter.

Daniel Ratzlaff dropped 11 points in the second quarter, putting Moundridge up by 30 with 1:09 left in the half and propelling the Wildcats to a 48-13 halftime lead.

Moundridge (18-3) had another 15 points in the third, necessitating the running clock for the fourth quarter. Even backing off slightly, the Wildcats still went on a 12-4 spree in the final period on their way to the win and setting up a showdown with Berean Academy in the Moundridge sub-state semifinals on Friday night. The Warriors advanced with a 49-26 win over Herington.

Ratzlaff finished the game with 17 points, while Garrett Higgins had a career night for Moundridge with 16 points.

“He’s capable of putting those numbers up,” Unrau said. “He’s that sixth or seventh man that comes off the bench, but, in different situations, he’d be a starter.”

Colton Frazer added 12 and Ryan Lorimer had 10 for the Wildcats.

Troy Higgs was the only Bulldog in double digits with 11, though he came out of the game with 6:41 left of the fourth quarter with what looked to be a rolled ankle and did not return. Chase County ends the season at 2-19.

Friday’s semifinal with Berean Academy will be the second time the Wildcats have faced off with the Warriors. Moundridge took the first game 44-38 on Jan. 29.

“They’re so well coached, they’re so methodical,” Unrau said. “They dictate jump balls so well. Getting pressure is going to be key for us. We’re going to have to be on the top of our game.”
Friday’s semifinal will tip off at 7:30 p.m.

The other half of the boys’ bracket saw Canton-Galva fall to Burden-Central 45-36. Cody Savage led the Eagles with 11 points, while Anthony Medley added 8. Canton-Galva ends their season at 1-20.

Cole Loewer led the Raiders with 16 points. Zachary Koppelman added 13 in the winning effort.

Burden will face Peabody-Burns, who fought off a furious second-half comeback by Oxford to win 45-42.

The Wildcats were down 15-4 after the first quarter, but kicked it into high-gear starting in the second and into the third, taking a 27-26 lead into the final quarter, where Peabody-Burns out-scored them 19-15 to advance.

 Oxford’s Gage Burkes led all scorers with 20 points. Cody Patterson and Kurt Sloan both added six points.

For the Warriors, they were led by Christian Gard and Seth Topham, who both had nine points.

Thomas Morris added seven.

The girls will take center stage starting this afternoon at Moundridge High School. Play begins this afternoon as No. 3 Chase County opens up with No. 6 Oxford at 3 p.m.

Berean Academy and Burden-Central go afterwards, at approximately 4:30 p.m.

The evening session will see No. 4 Herington take on Peabody-Burns, followed by top-seed Moundridge and No. 8 Canton-Galva at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Both the boys’ and girls’ semifinals will be held on Friday at Moundridge, beginning at 3 p.m.
The sub-state finals will be held Saturday evening starting at 6 p.m. with the girls’ game.

The boys’ championship will be at 7:30 p.m.

The winners of the Moundridge sub-state will advance to the Class 2A state tournament starting Wednesday.

The opening rounds from Bramlage Coliseum on the campus of Kansas State University will be held Wednesday and Thursday, with the semifinal rounds for both the girls and boys on Friday.

The finals will be held on Saturday.