MOUNDRIDGE — The Inman High School girls basketball team will receive ever team’s best shot this season, especially teams in the Heart of America League.
For the third time this week, the Teutons won a game in Moundridge, this time against the host school, to capture the Moundridge Preseason Tournament Championship Friday night.
After a competitive first half, Inman outscored Moundridge 19-7 in the third quarter to turn a one-possession ball game into an eventual 15-point win, 47-32.
Inman, ranked seventh in 2A, has won all four of their games with lockdown defense.
“We’ve played really good defense every game this season,” said head coach Bill Maurer. “Moundridge played really well tonight, they just didn’t have many open looks, and I think that’s attributed to our defense.”
The Inman defense was on full display for most of the first quarter. Inman took an 8-0 lead through the first seven minutes of the game.
However, Moundridge went on a 7-0 run in the first quarter’s final 47 seconds to cut the deficit to one. The run began with a Kourtney Kaufman 3, followed by back-to-back strong takes to the hoop by Hailey Unruh.
Although the Wildcats never led in the game, they did tie the game up on two occasions in the second quarter. The Teutons closed out the half with a layup by Olivia Clark, assisted by Lauren Maurer, and gritty defense to take a 16-14 lead into the break.
From there the Teutons dominated the game, outscoring the Wildcats 31-18 in the second half.
Maurer led all scorers with 15 points, while Macy DeWitt chipped in 10.
The girls will have nearly a week off to prepare for traditionally-tough Wichita Trinity on Thursday.
“We’re pretty confident right now; we’re not overly confident, but we believe in what we’re doing,” Maurer said. “Anytime you can beat Moundridge at home, that’s a big win.”
For Moundridge, the Wildcats walk away from their home tournament with a 2-1 record and plenty to build on.
“We battled, but they got hot in the second half and we couldn’t bounce back,” Moundridge head coach Brian Holloway said. “They’re a good team; it was tough.”
The Wildcats are next in action on Tuesday at Little River.