Big 2nd half sparks MHS girls

By Steve Sell
January 15, 2016
Kendall Shaw

Don't let the 70-39 final score fool you. McPherson High's girls were given their best push of the season by an AVCTL Division III team here Friday.

MHS and Rose Hill were dead even with just under 4 minutes left in the first half, 25-25, but then the Bullpups put on a clinic to move to 6-0 in D-III and 9-0 overall.

"We really did play pretty well after the first quarter," MHS coach Chris Strathman said. "I think our girls trust me and believe me, but I'm not sure they totally bought into how much better I thought Rose Hill was than last year. A year ago we beat them on this floor 84-32 and three of their best players were sophomores last year. They've grown up a lot and added that big girl (6-1 Kylie Woods) at the semester. That's their first loss since Christmas since she transferred in."

MHS used a 9-2 run to close out the first half up 35-26 and then ripped off a 15-3 stretch to start the second half to seal the Rockets' fate.

Bullpup sophomores Taylor Robertson and Mandi Cooks were immense. Robertson stuffed the stat sheet with 18 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals, while Cooks, perhaps energized by going up against Woods, had her most impressive game of the year with 18 points and six rebounds.

"Getting the ball inside to Mandi was really good," Strathman said. "She had her best game of the year… she was 8 of 12 from the floor and did a nice job of finishing. She really went after some things and did a good job of slowing herself down."

Robertson was her usual patient self.

"We know what we're going to get offensively from her, but would you believe she's our leading defensive rebounder on the season?" Strathman said. "Nobody would believe that, but she knows where it's (missed shots) going."

The Bullpups, though, were much more than their sterling sophomores.

"I thought Emma (Yowell) did a good job on the (Mackenzie) Herman girl," Strathman said. "She's been a good scorer and she went 0-fer. And Kamryn (Collins) guarded here some, too."

Collins also scored nine points off the bench and provided her usual energy.

Senior guard Paige Schmidt also had her best all-around game of the year, scoring six early points and coming up with some defensive gems.

"She did a nice job," Strathman said. 

MHS finished 27 of 51 from the field, 6 of 13 from 3-point, 10 of 14 from the line and committed only 11 turnovers, a stat line that seldom results in a loss.

The MHS JVs were a 48-31 winner as Riley Hett buried three 3-pointers and scored 11 points. Emma Ellet added nine, while Hannah Hageman and Rylee Schrader scored eight apiece.

The ninth-grade girls blew by the Rockets 54-22 as the team had nice balance. Jaycee Burghart was the only MHS player in double figures with 11 points, but Claire Yowell, Kari Ellet and Maggie Leaf all had nine and Katelyn Beam added eight.

MHS remains at home on Tuesday for a girls-only game with Andale.

MHS (70) — Yowell 2-5, 0-0, 5; Schmidt 3-4, 0-0, 6; Schieferecke 0-2, 2-2, 2; Robertson 6-12, 2-2, 18; Cooks 8-12, 2-4, 18; Collins 3-7, 3-4, 9; Schrader 1-1, 0-0, 3; Hett 1-1, 1-2, 3; Bruner 1-1, 0-0, 2; Ulsaker 2-5, 0-0, 4; Ellet 0-1, 0-0, 0. Totals — 27-51, 10-14, 70. 3-pointers — Robertson 4, Yowell 1, Schrader 1.

Rose Hill (39) — Simoneau 5-13, 2-4, 13; Herman 0-8, 3-6, 3; Van Driel 3-5, 3-4, 9; Woods 4-6, 0-0, 8; Collins 0-1, 0-0, 0; Kill 0-1, 0-0, 0; Linot 0-1, 0-0, 0; Sissel 1-4, 3-3, 4, Yardley 0-0, 2-3, 2. Totals — 13-39, 12-21, 39. 3-pointers — Simoneau 1.


MHS JV (48) — Collins 2, Hageman 8, Schrader 8, Hett 11, Howard 2, Bruner 6, Heidebrecht 2, E. Ellet 9.


MHS 9th (54) — Burghart 11, Beam 8, Hein 2, Yowell 9, Ellet 9, Leaf 9, Eisenbarth 6.