HALSTEAD — Moundridge High School head coach Vance Unrau knows the struggles of playing a consolation game.

After starting the Adolph Rupp Classic with back to back losses, the Wildcats found themselves battling Douglass for seventh place. Moundridge played like a team that wanted a win, and in doing so pulled out a 44-31 win on Saturday.

“It’s the game nobody really wants to play in but both teams really want to win,” Unrau said. “I was happy with how inspired we played and pleased that we were able to come away with the win. I told the kids that we had to stop dribble penetration better and we had to get on the glass, and we did both on Saturday.”

Both teams were able to score in the first quarter, but the second quarter was like a barren wasteland on offense. Moundridge led 19-14 after one, but scored only two points in the second quarter. But they held Douglass scoreless to take a 21-14 lead into halftime.

Both offenses picked it up a little bit in the second half, but the Wildcats closed the door with a 16-7 fourth quarter.

Three Wildcats scored in double figure with Anthony Otte’s 15 leading the way. Noah Eichelberger and Lantonio Unruh each had 10.

The Wildcats have been participating in the Adolph Rupp Classic the past 10 years, but will not do so anymore as the tournament has expanded almost exclusively to Class 4A and 3A schools. Next year Moundridge will play in the Canton-Galva Invitational.