MARION — Moundridge High School can count on Anthony Otte and Noah Eichelberger for offensive production each night. The Wildcats are at their best when a third scorer steps up to alleviate some of the work load.
Tuesday night, Dillon Vogts came off the bench to lead the team with 20 points as the Wildcats picked up a 58-44 Heart of America League win over Marion.
“Dillon started for us earlier this year and he struggled offensively, so we brought him off the bench and he still struggled offensively, so then we had him play a little junior varsity, so it feels really good to see him come out and do what we see him do in practice every day,” head coach Vance Unrau said. “It hurts us as coaches to see him get out on the floor and not see the same productivity and confidence we see in practice. I was really proud of him in that regard.”
Vogt scored 11 of his 20 in the second quarter, but the Wildcats were just fine without him in the early stages.
Moundridge jumped out to a 10-2 lead to start the game before Marion settled in. The Wildcats led 17-10 at the end of the first quarter and let Vogts carry the team to halftime.
Vogts drilled four 3-pointers, three of them in the second quarter, as the Wildcats seemingly were able to score from inside the paint and outside on the perimeter.
Down by eight at halftime, Marion was able to create some minor momentum in the early stages of the second half, but the Wildcats never allowed them to come any closer than four points.
The Wildcats led by 15 entering the fourth quarter and settled for a 14 point win.
“Defensively we had a couple of breakdowns tonight and we gave up too many offensive rebounds, so that gives us something to work on,” Unrau said. “We didn’t come up with many loose balls as we should’ve and certainly did not block out on the boards the way we need to.”
Vogts accounted for all the 3-point shooting, minus one Lantonio Unruh triple in the first quarter, and led all scorers with a season high 20 points. Otte scored 13 points, eight in the first half, while Eichelberger scored 10.
The Wildcats are back in action on Friday when they travel to Hutchinson Trinity.
“We’re in a position to go down to Trinity with a little momentum and take care of business down there,” Unrau said.
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