MHS girls improve to 6-0

By Steve Sell
January 05, 2016
File-Kendall Shaw

WINFIELD — Winfield girls coach Jason VenJohn would dearly love to send McPherson High's Taylor Robertson a graduation present.

The only problem is he's going to have to wait two more years.

Robertson, for the second time this year, torched the Vikings as she almost couldn't miss in a 60-18 MHS rout on Tuesday.

The sophomore Robertson was 9 of 11 from the field, including 7 of 9 from 3-point, and made all four of her free throws for 29 points. She had scored 30 in the first meeting, but this performance was more impressive because VenJohn threw a myriad of defenses at the Bullpups and it came on the road.

"She did a great job," MHS coach Chris Strathman said. "I was proud of Taylor, the biggest reason was the mental approach to it. They were throwing all kinds of different stuff at us in the first half. They went box-and-1, they went extended zone, they went man-to-man. A lot of that was to throw us off rhythm."

The teams had played a relatively close game last month in the Roundhouse, but it was a mismatch this time. Winfield was within shouting distance after a quarter, trailing 16-9, but MHS went on a 22-5 second-quarter tear to blow it open. By the time the fourth quarter rolled around, the clock ran non-stop as MHS was up 52-16.

"I didn't anticipate that margin, for sure, but I did feel like we were going to play really well tonight," Strathman said. "We've had two good practices on Saturday and Monday, a film session built in Monday morning to point out things we did not do well against Winfield last time. They scored 52 on us the first time and 18 tonight. We were definitely locked in and did a much better job defensively."

Kamryn Collins continued her great play off the bench as she provided a spark with 10 points, eight in the first quarter when Robertson was the only other Bullpup able to locate her shot.

"Kamryn had a really good week of practice," Strathman said. "She's starting to get more consistent."

The MHS JVs came away with a 46-32 victory behind 10 points by Hannah Hageman and nine by Emma Ellet, one more than Riley Hett.

In the ninth-grade game, the Bullpups permitted just two first-half points to key a 33-11 rout. Megan Eisenbarth topped the balanced MHS attack with nine points.

The 6-0 Bullpups head on the road for the sixth time in seven games on Friday when they travel to Augusta.

MHS (60) — Yowell 0-2, 3-4, 3; Schmidt 1-3, 2-2, 4; Collins 4-7, 2-3, 10; Schieferecke 0-1, 1-3, 1; Schrader 0-1, 0-0, Robertson 9-11, 4-4, 29; Bruner 1-2, 0-0, 2; Cooks 4-8, 0-2, 8; Ulsaker 0-3, 3-6, 3; Hett 0-0, 0-1, 0. Totals — 19-38, 15-24, 60. 3-pointers — Robertson 7.

Winfield (18) — Salsman 1-3, 1-5, 3; Bertholf 1-5, 0-1, 3; Seahorn 0-1, 0-2, 0; Byerley 1-3, 0-3, 2; Price 0-3, 0-1, 0; Meier 2-5, 5-6, 9; Henning 0-1, 0-0, 0; Wingett 0-4, 1-4, 1. Totals — 5-25, 7-22, 18. 3-pointers — Bertholf 1.

MHS JV (46) — Collins 5, Hageman 10, Crist 5, Schrader 3, Hett 8, Howard 4, Heidebrecht 2, E. Ellet 9.


MHS 9th (33) — Burghart 5, Hein 7, Jones 2, Yowell 7, K. Ellet 3, Eisenbarth 9.