MHS girls prevail despite injury to Cooks

By Steve Sell
January 19, 2016
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It was admittedly anxious times at halftime for the undefeated and second-ranked McPherson High girls here Tuesday.

The Bullpups led sub-.500 Andale only 18-15 at the half. To make matters worse, sophomore standout Mandi Cooks was lost late in the first half with a possible concussion after hitting her head on the floor, while bookend sophomore Taylor Robertson was going through what was her first struggles of the year, making just 3 of 10 shots.

But the Bullpups received contributions from several other players, Robertson as you would expect found her shooting eye after halftime and MHS ripped off a 19-4 third-quarter sizz to key a 49-32 victory on Ladies Night at the Roundhouse.

MHS takes a perfect 10-0 record into the Mid America Classic as it will play the late game a week from Thursday, most likely against Shawnee Mission South.

Senior Ashtyn Schieferecke assumed considerable responsibility by stepping up with eight points and nine rebounds, as well as four steals, in easily her best game of the year. Also coming up big was super sixth girl Kamryn Collins, who had 11 points off the bench and knocked down a couple of 3-pointers. Emma Ellet and Morgan Howard also supplied some key minutes after basically only playing at ends of games when the outcome had been decided.

“Without having Mandi in there, you have to make some adjustments,” MHS coach Chris Strathman said. “So we were defending ball screens and just defending their straight-up post-up situations. I thought we did a good job of that.”

The MHS defense was superb as top Andale scorers Kadey Dreiling and Jaiden Easter were held to two points apiece. Tyler Winter scored 10 for the Indians,

Robertson keyed the decisive third quarter for the Bullpups with 10 of her 19 points. She finished 6 of 17 from the floor, but used her creativity to get untracked by taking the ball more to the basket.

What was really good to see what Schieferecke’s play. A three-year starter, she snagged six rebounds alone in the first quarter.

“Just very, very active,” Strathman said. “We thought she had more than nine boards. It seemed like they were racking up. She just did a great job.”

The MHS JVs were a 46-21 winner behind 14 points by Hannah Hageman and 10 by Morgan Howard. The freshmen received 13 points from Katelyn Beam, and 12 apiece from Lauren Hein and Claire Yowell to key a 56-33 rout.

MHS (49) — Yowell 1-5, 0-0, 2; Schmidt 0-3, 0-0, 0; Schieferecke 3-5, 2-4, 8; Robertson 6-17, 4-4, 19; Cooks 1-4, 0-0, 2; Collins 4-8, 1-3, 11; Schrader 1-2, 0-0, 3; Howard 0-1, 0-0, 0; Bruner 0-0, 0-1, 0; Ulsaker 2-2, 0-0, 4. Totals — 18-47, 7-12, 49. 3-pointers — Robertson 3, Collins 2, Schrader 1.

Andale (32) — Easter 1-6, 0-0, 2; Dreiling 0-2, 2-2, 2; Winter 3-8, 3-3, 10; Chavez 2-6, 0-0, 4; J. Bergkamp 3-8, 0-0, 6; Geis 0-1, 2-2, 2; R. Bergkamp 0-1, 0-0, 0; Walther 2-3, 0-0, 4; Leep 1-1, 0-0, 2; Gutschenritter 0-1, 0-0, 0. Totals — 12-37, 7-7, 32. 3-pointers — Winter 1.

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MHS JV (46) — Collins 7, Hageman 14, Schrader 5, Hett 6, Howard 10, Bruner 4.

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MHS 9th (56) — Beam 13, Lauren Hein 12, Stout 5, Yowell 12, K. Ellet 5, Leaf 6, Eisenbarth 3.


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