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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Moundridge advances to 2A semis

  • Of all the Wildcat’s strengths, jump shooting is one head coach Kenroy Wilson was counting on from the start of Thursday afternoon’s state quarterfinal matchup against Northern Heights.
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  • Of all the Wildcat’s strengths, jump shooting is one head coach Kenroy Wilson was counting on from the start of Thursday afternoon’s state quarterfinal matchup against Northern Heights.
    After a sluggish start from the field, Moundridge used a 15-0 run to push ahead of Northern Heights and the Lady Wildcats never looked back.
    Behind 17 points from junior MacKenzie Suderman, the Wildcats (21-3) will move on to face No. 1 seed Jefferson County North (22-2) in Friday’s semifinals at 3 p.m.
    Inconsistent shooting plagued the Wildcats, allowing Northern Heights to build an 18-10 lead with 5:49 left in the first half.  
    “They brought a little bit better defensive intensity than I thought they would,” Wilson said. “I’ve underestimated a couple of teams this year on that but they came to play and they’re a very good team.”
    Wilson said there was some tense feelings in his team but they were eased with the scoring run.
    “We executed a little bit better and we hit a couple shots,” Wilson said. “Then you loosen up a little bit. We were tight offensively to begin with and we didn’t rebound well early. We started rebounding better and locking down and getting into the flow of the game.”
    Northern Heights’ leading scorer, guard Lakin Preisner, easily weaved through the Wildcat defense in the first half scoring eight points.
     The sophomore guard was limited to four points in the second half and finished the night on 4-14 shooting.
    “Once we hit a couple shots, our defense improved and we were able to take control of the ballgame,” Wilson said. “We really felt like if we could come down, lock down on defense and give them one shot, we could execute on offense and get the looks we wanted.”
    Suderman, the Wildcats’ leading scorer, finished 6-12 from the field, grabbed eight rebounds and shot 5-6 from the free throw line.
    “The key for us was to attack on offense,” Wilson said. “We really needed to break them down and we were able to hit her in the high post a couple times for those little jump shots. She was able to break them down on the dribble.”
    Following the lead of the Moundridge boys, the Wildcat girls will also take on one of the stronger teams in their classification and the top-seeded team.
    Returning to the state tournament as the 2011-2012 state champions, Jefferson County North will present a steady and strong attack offensively.
    Sharp-shooting guard Jacee Kramer knocked in 32 points in the Chargers‘ quarterfinal game and presents a difficult matchup for the Wildcats.
    Page 2 of 2 -  “We’re going to have to find a way to limit her points,” Wilson said. “She’s going to get some but we’re going to try to lock her down.”
    Jefferson County North advanced with a 62-42 win over Meade.

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