INMAN — Just when Inman High School seemed to have finally put away its rival, Moundridge High School came firing back.
A combination of missed free throws by Inman and clutch 3-pointers by Moundridge allowed the Wildcats to hang in there until the final seconds, but the Teutons held on for a 49-47 win Friday night in Inman.
With the Inman win, the two McPherson County rivals split the regular season series, as Moundridge defended its home court back in early December. However, it may not be the last time these two foes face off this season, with a possible sub-state match up looming.
While the final score of Friday night’s game was close, Inman was in control the entire night.
Moundridge led 4-3 early in the first quarter, but Inman responded with a bucket and never trailed again. A fast-paced first quarter saw the Teutons leading, 15-11.
After Inman went on a 4-0 run to start the second quarter, Moundridge used a timeout. Coming out of the timeout, the Wildcats closed the second quarter on an 8-4 run, but Inman still led 23-19 at the break.
Inman opened the second half on a 7-2 run before Moundridge responded with seven straight points. Payton Froese knocked down a 3-pointer to halt the Moundridge momentum, but the Teutons’ lead was trimmed to 34-32 entering the fourth quarter.
The fourth quarter, especially the final three minutes, was back and forth and electric. With 2:38 remaining, Inman led 44-35.
But the Teutons went cold from the free throw line, and the Wildcats refused to go away.
Dillon Vogts drilled a contested, fadeaway 3-pointer with 34.6 seconds left which brought the score to 47-44.
Inman was fouled on its ensuing possession, but missed both free throws. However, Mason Thiessen was there for the offensive rebound and the put back, extending the Inman lead to five points.
Moundridge came up empty on its next possession, and Inman went back to the free throw line to put the game away. But the Teutons missed both free throws again, and Vogts made them pay with a 3-pointer with 3.4 seconds left.
Up 49-47 underneath their own basket, Inman’s Jordan Friesen snuck behind the Moundridge defense, caught a pass from Thiessen, and eluded Moundridge’s attempt at a foul to run out the clock.
Froese led all scorers with 19 points. Jaxon Eddy was terrific with 11 points, and Thiessen rounded out the double-digit scoring for Inman with 10.
Moundridge received 14 points from Vogts and Jerod Kaufman. Noah Eichelberger was held in check, but still managed to score nine points.
The Teutons face a tough Marion team on the road Tuesday, while the Wildcats will host Remington.
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