MOUNDRIDGE — Noah Eichelberger and Dillon Vogts made quite the one-two punch for Moundridge High School Friday night against Pretty Prairie.
Eichelberger, a 6-foot-3 forward, and Vogts, a 6-foot guard, combined for 34 points in a 64-44 Moundridge win to kickstart the season. The Wildcats, now 1-0, jumped ahead early and never allowed Pretty Prairie to crawl back in to the game.
While Moundridge head coach Vance Unrau was a bit disappointed with the way his team closed the game, the Wildcats looked sharp early on and put the game away quickly.
“It gives us something to work on,” Unrau said, “Gotta give credit to Pretty Prairie, they played hard the entire game. Not that we didn’t — I thought we played hard too. But when we got a bit of a cushion, we stopped being fundamental. We need to be better than that.”
The Wildcats raced out to a 20-10 lead after the first quarter and led by 17 at halftime. Moundridge constantly beat Pretty Prairie up and down the floor, led by a speedy Vogts who was in command at point guard.
The Wildcats led by 28 points heading into the fourth quarter before ultimately winning by 20.
“This team can play both in the half court and in transition,” Unrau said “but I’ve got some guys that really run the floor well. Dillon has invested a lot of time into his game; I was very pleased with his decision making tonight.”
Eichelberger had a game-high 18 points with Vogts close behind him with 16. Jerod Kaufman added 11 points while Dan Kaufman (nine) and Brady Helms (eight) each pitched in offensively.
The Wildcats are back in action on Tuesday when they host their annual pre-season tournament. The Wildcats will play Hillsboro, Inman, and Lyons over the span of next week.
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