ELBING — A nine-minute, 41-second scoring drought for the Moundridge Wildcat girls was too much to overcome in a 45-29 loss to Berean Academy Friday night in Heart of America League play in Elbing.
Moundridge went most of the second and third quarters without scoring to turn a close game early into a blowout win for the Warriors.
“We were really trying to get out and stop the open threes,” Berean Academy coach Kristen Wiebe said. “They are just tremendous 3-point shooters from what I’ve seen. We felt like that was the key. We wanted to have a lot of ball pressure and prevent open looks. They are a very good team.”
“We couldn’t get a bucket or anything,” Moundridge coach Brian Holloway said. “We were trying to run some sets. Berean plays a very physical defense. We’re so little and they’re so big. We didn’t get some calls and things kind of snowballed. They took us out of it. We’re a little disheartened. If some of those shots go in at all, we have a chance in this game.”
Ashtyn Wiebe led the Warriors with 21 points. Bethany Stucky led Moundridge with eight points.
“We started off on defense,” Ashtyn Wiebe said. “Our offense feeds off our defense. We got some stops and that got us going on offense. I was able to read the pass and get some steals. I feel like this is a real breakout win for this team. They are a good team.”
“Ashtyn was good tonight,” Holloway said. “We were able to hold her in check the last couple of years, but she came through tonight.”
Moundridge jumped out to a 7-0 lead early in the game and led 9-4 at the end of the quarter. Moundridge was four of 13 shooting in the period, while Berean was two of 13.
Berean was able to get some steals for transition baskets in the second quarter, making a 13-3 run in the first 4 1/2 minutes of the period. Moundridge took a time out, but couldn’t score in the remaining time. Berean added three more points to the run to lead 20-12 at intermission.
The Warriors scored the first nine points of the third quarter. Kaela Helms broke the Wildcat drought with a trey with 4:27 left in the third quarter. Lexi Lorimor added a trey for Moundridge. An Ashtyn Wiebe bucket with 22 seconds left in the period put Berean back up by 14, 33-19.
Brooke Wiebe opened the fourth quarter with a three-point play for the Warriors to spark a 7-0 run. Kassidy Kaufman broke the run with a trey with 2:08 to play.
Berean plays Tuesday at Sedgwick. Moundridge plays Tuesday at Ell-Saline.
“Sedgwick is like a lot of teams in the Heart of America,” Kristen Wiebe said. “They like to run. They have good shooters. We expect more of the same.”
“We have to find a way to get our shooters Lexi and Kass a little more confidence,” Holloway said. “We have to find a way to get them the ball and get them to knock down something.”