Huge Dodge rally stuns Bullpup girls

By Steve Sell
February 06, 2016
File Photo-Kendall Shaw

DODGE CITY — It's generally a lead-pipe cinch that McPherson High's girls are going to come away with a victory when they have a 10-point lead in the second half.

But Dodge City, after scoring an unsightly eight points in the first half, exploded for 37 in the second, including 21 during a fourth-quarter charge that led to a 45-39 upset, handing the Bullpups only their second loss in 14 games.

MHS was up 30-20 late in the third quarter before the Red Demons, a team that has been ranked at times in Class 6A, closed the period with the final four points. That was a tipoff of things to come as three 3-pointers and two old-fashioned 3-point plays enabled Dodge to catch and pass the Bullpups. It finished the game on a 9-2 run, with the backbreaker being a bankshot 3-pointer by Brianna Bradshaw that appeared to have no chance of going in when it left her hand.

"The bad part was that their post players could step out and shoot, but generally not that well," MHS coach Chris Strathman said. "I think their post players had three of them (3s). That bank 3 was a huge momentum swing there. Those things happen."

Strathman was disappointed with his team in the paint as Dodge City took full advantage of its size. The Red Demons had 12 offensive rebounds and 35 for the game, while the smaller Bullpups had only 25 total, six of those by guard Taylor Robertson.

"It's a miracle, honestly, that they scored only eight in the first half because they were  just destroying us on offensive boards," Strathman said. "They were getting second, third and fourth opportunities sometimes. How we held them to eight in the first half I have no idea."

Robertson did her best to keep the Bullpups in the game with 17 points, including making 6 of her first 7 shots, but was just 1 of 6 in the final quarter.

Jessie Harshberger led Dodge City with 11 points. The Red Demons were just 4 of 24 from the field in the first half, but 13 of 24 in the second half as Strathman said the Bullpups made it too easy by not getting out on shooters at times.

The MHS JVs continued to cruise with a 45-26 victory behind nine points by Jordan Bruner, one more than Kamryn Collins.

The ninth-grade girls were a 38-22 winner behind 12 points by Jaycee Burghart. Nine Bullpups in all scored.

MHS returns home on Tuesday as it plays four of the next five in the Roundhouse. It will be another member of the Western Athletic Conference as Great Bend comes to town.

MHS (39) — Yowell 1-3, 0-0, 3; Schmidt 0-2, 0-2, 0; Schieferecke 1-7, 0-0, 2; Hett 0-1, 0-0, 0; Robertson 7-13, 0-0, 17; Bruner 1-4, 0-0, 2; Cooks 2-5, 2-2, 6; Collins 4-9, 0-0, 8; Ulsaker 0-0, 1-2, 1. Totals — 16-47, 3-6, 39. 3-pointers — Robertson 3, Yowell 1.

Dodge City (45) — B. Bradshaw 2-3, 0-0, 5; Nelson 3-7, 1-1, 7; T. Bradshaw 2-10, 0-0, 5; Maple 1-2, 0-0, 3; Harshberger 4-11, 3-3, 11; Shelor 3-5, 0-0, 8; Nichols 2-7, 1-3, 6. Totals — 17-48, 5-7, 45. 3-pointers — Shelor 2, B. Bradshaw 1, T. Bradshaw 1, Maple 1, Nichols 1.


MHS JV (45) — Collins 8, Burghart 1, Hein 3, Schrader 6, Hett 5, Howard 4, Bruner 9, K. Ellet 6, Leaf 3.


MHS 9th (38) — Burghart 12, Beam 2, Hein 3, Dossett 1, Jones 2, C. Yowell 8, K. Ellet 4, Leaf 2, Eisenbarth 4.