Robertson breaks her own record with 43 points in MHS win

By Steve Sell
February 09, 2016
Kendall Shaw

McPherson High's Taylor Robertson had been frustrated the past few games as opposing defenses were being rigged to stop her, many times with two players getting right in her face.

But Tuesday night at the Roundhouse, Great Bend played her straight up.

Bad move.

Robertson started fast and never let up, breaking her own school record with 43 points to lead the Bullpups to an 80-65 victory in a wildly entertaining offensive game. Her previous record had been 41 points against Rose Hill.

And she's just a sophomore.

"We (the coaches) really had no idea (she had scored 43)," MHS coach Chris Strathman said. "When I get the stat sheet, the first things I'm always looking at are rebounds and turnovers. Then as I was walking up the stairs (Coach Mike) Reith says, did you see this (the 43 points)? Neither of us had any idea."

Robertson scored 13 points in the first quarter, six in the second, 12 in the third and 12 in the fourth in a virtuoso performance. She made 8 of 9 shots from 3-point, 14 of 18 overall and all seven of her free throws. She was one point off the MHS overall school record of 44 by George Czaplinski, who didn't have the benefit of the 3-point line when he achieved his feat in 1962.

Robertson's huge first quarter keyed a 27-13 lead and MHS never gave it up, though Lauren Welsch did her best to keep the Panthers within arm's length by scoring 26 points, 22 of those in the second half.

Strathman said the other Bullpups did a good job of recognizing that Robertson was in the zone as they set solid screens and got her the ball in prime scoring position.

Kamryn Collins came off the bench to add 11 points. MHS was 26 of 55 from the field and 18 of 23 from the line and needed that hot shooting because Great Bend was pesky and wouldn't go away.

"They like to work in space and they do a good job with their dribble drive offense," Strathman said. (Carley) Brack and Welsch can really shoot the ball. Brack didn't make any 3s tonight, but she did a great job of breaking us down and getting to the foul line."

The MHS JVs also had the hot hand by blazing to a 75-23 victory. Rylee Schrader poured in 17 points, Bailea Crist had 14, and Hannah Hageman and Riley Hett tallied 12 apiece. The 3-point shooting was prolific in this game as well as MHS poured in 10, three apiece by Hett and Laiken Hein.

In the ninth-grade game, 10 Bullpups broke into the scoring column in a 50-17 rout. Lauren Hein’s 10 points were tops.

The Bullpups continue their string of games against quality teams when they travel Friday to Rose Hill.

MHS (80) — Yowell 2-5, 0-0, 5; Schmidt 3-7, 2-2, 8; Schieferecke 3-7, 2-3, 8; Robertson 14-18, 7-7, 43; Cooks 0-3, 3-5, 3; Collins 3-7, 4-6, 11; Schrader 0-1, 0-0, 0; Burner 1-5, 0-0, 2; Ulsaker 0-2, 0-0, 0. Totals — 26-55, 18-23, 80. 3-pointers — Robertson 8, Yowell 1, Collins 1.

Great Bend (65) — Welsch 10-18, 1-4, 26; Kottas 2-4, 1-2, 6; Dunekack 3-7, 1-3, 9; Dreiling 2-5, 5-6, 9, Brack 3-9, 9-12, 15; Ireland 0-2, 0-0, 0; Warren 0-1, 0-0, 0. Totals — 20-46, 17-29, 65. 3-pointers — Welsch 5, Dunekack 2, Kottas 1.

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MHS JV (75) — Collins 1, Hein 9, Hageman 12, Crist 14, Schrader 17, Hett 12, Howard 4, Bruner 2, Heidebrecht 2, E. Ellet 2.

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MHS 9th (50) — Burghart 3, Beam 3, Hein 10, Stout 2, Dossett 2, Jones 2, C. Yowell 4, K. Ellet 9, Leaf 7, Eisenbarth 8.


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