MOUNDRIDGE — The Moundridge girls basketball team strug- gled to make baskets in the first half, but a bal- anced offense led them to a 60-48 win against Hutchinson-Trinity on Friday night.

The Lady Cats now have a 9-6 record for the season.

The first quarter was fast-paced as the Cats and Celtics went back and forth with several 3-point baskets with an ending score of 17-16.

The Cats hit a rough patch in the second quarter, unable to score on Trinity's defense. The only points in that

quarter came from jun- ior Ellen Durst scoring a late 3-pointer, and Moundridge trailed Trinity 20-28 at the half.

With good offense and rebounding, the Lady Cats were able to go on an 18-0 run for most of the third quar- ter. The Cats closed the third quarter with a 7- point lead, 38-31.

The Cats stayed calm under the Celtics defen- sive pressure in the fourth quarter to bring the final score to 60-48.

Sophomore Hailey Unruh led Moundridge with 15 points on the night. Junior Kaela Helms and Durst fol- lowed her with 10 points each.

“I would say we played better defense in the second half, which allowed us to turn steals into layups,” head coach Brian Holloway said. “Once we found some confidence in getting shots to fall, it spurred our defense even more and provided us more confidence to knock down some outside shots, as well.”

Junior Olivia Shank contributed a majority of the Celtics points with three 3-pointers, two 2-point shots, and six free-throws, ending with 21 total points.

The Moundridge girls basketball team will travel to Bennington on Feb. 6, hoping to im- prove their record.