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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Offensive struggles hamper Wildcats

  • The mental side of basketball can sure provide some head scratching moments and for the Moundridge girls, plenty existed in their 57-35 loss at the hands of the Sterling Black Bears.
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  • The mental side of basketball can sure provide some head scratching moments and for the Moundridge girls, plenty existed in their 57-35 loss at the hands of the Sterling Black Bears.
    In Saturday afternoon’s third-place game, the Wildcats (21-5) struggled finding the bottom of the net and finished at 25.5 percent shooting.
    “We just couldn’t get anything to fall,” Moundridge head coach Kenroy Wilson said of his team’s 12-47 shooting performance. “Maybe I didn’t play enough kids, I don’t know. We didn’t have any legs left and I think our shots were a little short.”
    Having not fallen behind by more than 11 points in the first half, Moundridge kept itself in the game but shot success was hard to come by for the Wildcats.  
    “Bottom line is we just didn’t make shots,” Wilson said. “If we shoot decent in the first half, we’re right in the game. (Tiffany) Huxman hit a few but other then that we really struggled.”
    After a competitive first quarter in which the teams were separated by a 13-10 margin, the Wildcats looked to open up its offense in the second quarter but an improved inside game anchored Sterling’s attack.
    Sterling was able to run its offense through the post, scoring consistently from the paint. The Black Bears only made three 3-point shots for the game and didn’t attempt any in the second half.
    Preparing for a unique defensive set from the their opponents on a quick turnaround was difficult but Wilson said the challenges were greater.
    “There is not any preparation for that 1-4 high set that they run,” Wilson said. “The pick and roll hurt us a couple of times too.”
    The Wildcats struggled from long distance and only knocked in three shots out of 19 attempts.
    Leading scorer and junior MacKenzie Suderman was unable to find success with her jump shot, missing all seven from long distance. Wilson said large quantities of minutes factored into Suderman’s shot selection and performance.
    Brooke Holloway continued her strong performance from the weekend and finished with 12 points and six rebounds.
    Although not finishing in the most desirable of spots, Wilson said that there is plenty of potential for his team that only graduates one senior.
    Both Holloway and Suderman will return to anchor the Wildcats’ offense and the Moundridge coach believes this tournament experience can do nothing but help his squad.
    “This bodes well for the future because we’ve been there and done that now with a lot of our kids,” Wilson said. “That primes the pump and I think it motivates us to get back here and when we do get back here, we’ve experienced it and hopefully that’ll give us a little bit of an edge.”
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