MHS girls shut down Steffen, Buhler

By Steve Sell
January 12, 2016
Kendall Shaw

For all of Jessica Steffen's individual greatness, one player can simply not beat five.

The All-Stater Steffen tried everything she could to keep her Buhler Crusaders in the game here Tuesday, but a terrific McPherson High team defensive effort kept her in check, leading the undefeated Bullpups to a 53-18 rout.

Emma Yowell led off MHS' endless wave of defenders against Steffen, who was 0 of 10 from the field in the first half and finished 2 of 14. She did most of her damage at the foul line to score 12 points as she constantly drove into the MHS defense to initiate contact in her final Roundhouse appearance.

"Emma did a nice job," said MHS coach Chris Strathman, whose team is now 5-0 in AVCTL Division III and 8-0 overall. "I know she had a couple of fouls in the first quarter and Kamryn (Collins) came in. Jordan (Bruner) spent some time on her and Paige (Schmidt) did, too, but primarily it was going to be Emma. Overall they did a pretty good job."

Taylor Robertson's 3-pointer at the first-quarter buzzer gave MHS a 10-6 lead and was the firestarter for the rout. It was still a relatively close game early in the second quarter, but Rylee Schrader came off the bench to hit back-to-back 3-pointers and MHS was off and running.

"As soon as they came out in a triangle-and-two (on Robertson), I turned to Rylee and said, 'you need to be ready to go," Strathman said. "She drained those two and they were really smooth."

Robertson finished with 18 points, even though she took just eight shots. Mandi Cooks had her way inside with a fine game, just missing a double-double with nine points and 11 rebounds. Also inside, Ashtyn Schieferecke contributed seven points and four rebounds.

The Crusaders other than Steffen managed to make only 3 of 21 shots.

MHS is back home on Friday to take on Rose Hill, the only AVCTL Division III team the the Bullpups haven't played.

Just two quarters were played in the JV game due to lack of numbers for Buhler. MHS was a 21-7 winner behind 11 points by Riley Hett.

The ninth-grade girls overwhelmed the Crusaders 53-13 as Lauren Hein led nine players in the scoring column with 13 points. Kari Ellet also was in doubles with 11.

MHS (53) — Yowell 0-1, 0-0, 0; Schmidt 1-7, 0-0, 2; Schieferecke 3-7, 1-3, 7; Robertson 6-8, 2-2, 18; Cooks 4-5, 1-2, 9; Collins 3-6, 0-1, 7; Hein 0-0, 0-2, 0; Schrader 2-2, 0-0, 6; Hett 0-2, 0-0, 0; Bruner 1-2, 0-0, 2; Ulsaker 1-2, 0-0, 2. Totals — 21-42, 4-10, 53. 3-pointers — Robertson 4, Schrader 2, Collins 1.

Buhler (18) — Steffen 2-14, 8-10, 12; Reiss 1-3, 0-0, 2; Schultz 0-2, 0-0, 0; White 0-8, 0-0, 0; Rohr 1-7, 0-0, 2; Stutterheim 1-1, 0-0, 2. Totals — 5-35, 8-10, 18. 3-pointers — None.


MHS JV (21) — Hageman 5, Schrader 1, Hett 11, Howard 4.


MHS 9th (53) — Burghart 6, Hein 13, Stout 4, Dossett 3, Jones 4, Yowell 9, Ellet 11, Leaf 1, Eisenbarth 2.