INMAN — Friday night between visiting Moundridge High School and host Inman High School was everything expected in a rivalry.
While the Wildcats led the entire game, often a double digit lead, Inman never quit and made its rivals fight until the final whistle. The Moundridge girls came away with a 49-41 victory, but it took all 32 minutes to secure the win.
According to Moundridge head coach Brian Holloway, whose team dropped the first match up to Inman back on Dec. 7, the Wildcats needed to experience a hard-earned win.
“We wanted to get this win as a confidence booster,” Holloway said. “Probably should have won the first one, so it’s nice to get the win over here.”
Inman had no answer for Bethany Stucky, who led all scorers with 18 points. Stucky dominated in the paint and knocked down mid range jumpers, while Ellen Durst drained three 3-pointers for 11 points.
But it was Kaela Helms who put Moundridge on the board first with a 4-point play. Inman battled back to tie the game at four before Moundridge scored the game’s next four points to double the Teutons up, 8-4.
Moundridge led 12-9 after one and began to put the pressure on Inman in the second quarter. The Wildcats went on a 9-3 run before the Teutons closed the gap to eight points at halftime.
After Moundridge extended its lead to 14 points, Inman went on a 12-6 run to close the third quarter, but still trailed 37-29 heading into the fourth.
The two teams were back in forth in the final quarter. On two occasions, Inman cut the lead down to four points, but Moundridge was always there with an answer.
The Wildcats made their free throws down the stretch to hang on for an eight-point win.
“We need tough games like this as we make a sub-state push,” Holloway said.
Along with Stucky and Durst, Hailey Unruh finished in double figures with 10 points for Moundridge.
Inman was led by Macy DeWitt’s 14 points, while MaKayla Michael scored nine.
The Wildcats return home on Tuesday when they host Remington. Inman is at Marion on Tuesday.
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