MOUNDRIDGE — Give Moundridge boys basketball coach Vance Unrau a win over a loss any day.
“I’d rather win ugly than lose pretty,” said Unrau, after his team outlasted arch-rival Inman 55-48 on Thursday in the second night in the Moundridge Tournament.
“Inman junked us defensively and it disrupted some flow with the offense,” Unrau said. “We had looks with what we did, but had a tough time making shots. I tell our guys that junk defenses show that they have high regard for certain players and the others are disrespected. Take it personally and knock down shots. I have the confidence that our guys can make those shots and they will.”
While Dillon Vogts scored 24 points and Noah Eichelberger had 15 for Moundridge, it was another player who earned Unrau’s praise.
“Peyton Fast did a great job on the glass for us tonight,” Unrau said. “Not a big guy, but he had good position and went after the rebound. We have to do a better job of running clock late. Too many turnovers when pressured and we panicked a bit. We have played some meaningful early season games. That's how we learn and that's how we get better.”
The Wildcats jumped out to a 20-10 lead in the third quarter and never gave it up.
Payton Froese was sensational in defeat with 33 points for the Teutons. Moundridge did a good defensive job on Mason Thiessen, holding him to 7.
The Inman girls pulled off a bit of a surprise with a 38-37 win, fending off a Moundridge rally in the fourth quarter. The Teutons used an 11-4 third-quarter advantage to vault into the lead after trailing 21-18 at the half.
Macy DeWitt scored 10 points to lead the Teutons. Bethany Stucky and Kaela Helms were most of the offense for Moundridge with 15 and 12 points, respectively.
Moundridge plays Lyons tonight and Inman takes on Hillsboro to complete the tourney.