8th girls ease by Valley Center twice

By Steve Sell
January 28, 2016

McPherson’s eighth-grade girls were given a push in both basketball games here Thursday by Valley Center.

The A-team prevailed 30-28 in overtime to move its record to 11-1. Lakyn Schieferecke was immense with 14 points.

“The girls competed against a very good team, which was a lot faster than us and one which knocked down five 3-pointers,” MMS coach Jay Crawford said. “We never quit and we competed with great passion and effort. Valley Center hit two back-to-back 3s to go up six with a little over 3 minutes in fourth quarter and we talked in the huddle that we were going to score, but we needed three straight stops and that we needed to rebound the ball and the girls did just that. We got it to overtime and we only scored two points in overtime, but we shut them out,  which very tough to do to a team that had already hit so many 3s. The girls really guarded great in overtime. So proud of them.”

The B-team is now 11-1 as well after prevailing, 26-22. Kaliah Tice’s nine points were tops.

“The B-team girls played a very tough, physical game,” Crawford said. “This group has gotten better as the season has gone on. They compete well. In practice they work very hard and it has shown in our games.”

MMS plays Monday at Maize.

MMS A (30) — Pham 1, Sweat 6, Cooks 9, Schieferecke 14.

MMS B (26) — Collins 2, Hedlund 2, Johnson 4, Mayfield 4, Carlson 5, Tice 9.