Defense propels MHS girls to lopsided victory

By Steve Sell
December 08, 2015

ANDOVER — For now, it's all about defense for the McPherson High girls.

As the offense continues to slowly develop, the defense has been the constant for the Bullpups, who again were stifling in a 54-25 rout of Andover Tuesday night.

"That (defense) has kind of been our modus operandi," MHS coach Chris Strathman said. "You should always be able to count on your defense. Take away some free throws and transition baskets they got against our press when we broke down and they had a hard time scoring."

A couple of early Taylor Robertson 3-pointers sent the Bullpups off and running as they led 14-5 after a quarter and pushed it to 28-13 by the half. The lead swelled to as many as 28 in the second half, but the Bullpups couldn't quite get to running clock, which was probably for the better anyway as it gave Strathman more time to his backups.

Robertson scored 20 points to lead the Bullpups and was again the model of efficiency, needing only 11 shots. She was 6 of 11 from the field and 4 of 4 at the line.

Mandi Cooks furnished 11 points, making 5 of 7, while Ashtyn Schieferecke chipped in with eight.

Andover was held to 7 of 31 from the field as it had all kinds of problems against the MHS pressure. Even though she didn't score, reserve Kamryn Collins' defense in the second quarter sparked the Bullpups on their deciding run as she time and again got deflections that led to steals. Ally Ulsaker also had a nice game off the bench with seven points.

Strathman still believes the offense has a ways to go to catch the defense.

"We've just got to pick up the pace a little bit," he said. "It was a just a very methodical game offensively."

The MHS JVs strolled to a 56-31 victory behind 14 points by Emma Ellet and 10 by Collins.

In the ninth-grade game, running clock came into play in a 52-18 MHS rout. Maggie Leaf led a balanced Bullpup attack with 13 points.

MHS finally makes its much-anticipated home debut Friday when Winfield comes to town. It's the only home game in December and it's Wall of Fame Night.

MHS (54) — E. Yowell 1-5, 0-0, 2; Schmidt 0-4, 0-0, 0; Collins 0-1, 0-0, 0; Schieferecke 3-9, 2-5, 8; Schrader 1-1, 0-0, 3; Hett 1-1, 0-0, 3; Robertson 6-11, 4-4, 20; Bruner 0-2, 0-0 0; Cooks 5-7, 1-2, 11; Ulsaker 3-5, 1-4, 7. Totals — 20-46, 8-15, 54. 3-pointers — Robertson 4, Schrader 1, Hett 1.

Andover (25) — Henry 3-8, 2-5, 9; Jones 0-7, 0-0, 0; Helmer 0-1, 1-2, 1; Evenson 0-1, 2-2, 2; Geddeis 3-5, 0-0, 6; Showalter 0-3, 0-0, 0; Siebuhr 0-1, 1-2, 1; Reynolds 1-5, 2-4, 4; Seabrook 0-, 2-3, 2. Totals — 7-31, 10-18, 25. 3-pointers — Henry 1.

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MHS JV (56) — Collins 10, Hein 2, Hageman 7, Crist 3, Hein 2, Schrader 6, Hett 4, C. Yowell 3, Bruner 3, Heidebrecht 2, E. Ellet 14.

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MHS 9th (52) — Burghart 6, Beam 8, Hein 6, Yowell 8, K. Ellet 9, Leaf 13, Eisenbarth 2.


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