MOUNDRIDGE — The Moundridge High School girls basketball team held Pretty Prairie without a field goal for the first 13 minutes of the season. The Wildcats never let up on the defensive end and received 16 points from Bethany Stucky, cruising to a 43-10 season-opening win.

The offense was a little slow out of the gate, but the defense never faltered. Moundridge head coach Brian Holloway was pleased with the way his team stayed gritty and rebounded the basketball.

“We knew we would have to come up with a great defensive effort because we are just not the scoring threat we have been in years,” Holloway said. “I don’t think they got an offensive rebound; we pretty much owned the boards on that end.”

Stucky jump-started the offense early, scoring the first five points for the Wildcats. Pretty Prairie got on the board with 2:38 left in the first quarter on a free throw, but that’s all the Wildcats would allow that quarter.

Moundridge led 10-1 after the first quarter and extended its lead to 18-1 before Pretty Prairie recorded its first field goal of the game — a contested layup with three minutes left in the half. The Wildcats would end the half on a 6-0 run to take a 24-3 lead into the break.

The second half allowed the varsity players to finish strong while younger players were able to get substantial varsity minutes.

It didn’t matter who was out there on the court, however, as the Wildcats stifled the Pretty Prairie offense all night long. Moundridge held Pretty Prairie to four points in the third quarter and three points in the forth quarter en route to a blowout win.

Pretty Prairie did not have an answer for Stucky, who finished with a game-high 16 points. Holloway said Stucky will get every team’s best shot, meaning other players will need to step up offensively as the season progresses.

“Bethany is going to get a lot of attention,” Holloway said, “and I think she can handle it. She’s ready to step up and be a leader.

Moundridge is back home on Tuesday when they host their annual pre-season tournament. The Wildcats will play on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

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