It’s Ladies Night on Tuesday at the McPherson High School Roundhouse.
The Bullpup girls take center stage when they host Andale, their final tune-up before next week’s Mid America Classic. The game also should help Andale, as it’s in the Classic field as well.
The ninth-grade girls start the action at 4 p.m., the JV girls play at 6, with the varsity girls to follow. Coverage on 96.7 KBBE-FM, with Chris Swick on the call, begins 15 minutes before tipoff of the varsity game.
The Bullpups will be looking to run their season-opening winning streak to 10 games. They are coming off a surprising 70-39 rout of Rose Hill, a game that was tied with under 4 minutes left in the first half, yet ended up with running clock at the end.
Mandi Cooks and Taylor Robertson both scored 18 points to lead the Bullpups, while Kamryn Collins came off the bench to furnish nine.
Andale, a perennial power, suffered heavy graduation losses after last season and it has been a rebuilding year. The Indians were defeated 41-36 in their most recent outing by Augusta, a team that also gave McPherson a tussle for a half. Kadey Dreiling led Andale with 17 points. That snapped a three-game winning streak for the Indians, who had gotten off to a rocky start with four straight losses.
Andale has a new coach in Ted Anderson, who replaced longtime coach Mark Kerschen as he stepped down after 24 years. Anderson is no stranger to the Roundhouse, as he formerly coached the Valley Center girls from 1998 to 2009 when the Hornets and the Bullpups were in the same division of the AVCTL.
“They’re kind of getting used to his system,” MHS coach Chris Strathman said Friday after his team had knocked off Rose Hill. “He had a lot of success at Valley Center. He’s definitely one of those who’s not afraid to try anything. He’ll throw everything at you in the book. So who knows what we’re going to see on Tuesday night.”
This will seem like a brand-new team as there’s no Brittany Meyer, no Lauren Rowland and no Rachel Friedrichs, all of whom averaged in double figures for a team that was 19-4 last year. The Indians do have some size, led by the 5-11 Dreiling.