Key test for MHS girls on Friday at Rose Hill

By Steve Sell
February 11, 2016
Kendall Shaw

Perhaps the scariest league game left for McPherson High’s girls takes place on Friday when the Bullpups go to Rose Hill.

In the first meeting last month at the Roundhouse, the Rockets went toe-to-toe with MHS until 6-1 transfer Kylie Woods went to the bench with foul trouble. In fact, with just under 4 minutes to go in the first half it was a 25-all game.

From that point on, MHS dominated for a 70-39 victory in what was one of its better all-round games of the year. Taylor Robertson and Mandi Cooks both scored 18 points to lead the Bullpups.

The rematch is set for 6 p.m., with the boys’ game to follow. Follow all the action with Chris Swick on 96.7 KBBE-FM beginning just about 5:45.

MHS’ girls have not played a league game since Jan. 15, which was against this same Rocket team. The Bullpups are 6-0 in league play and haven’t really been challenged. Overall, they are 13-2.

Robertson is coming off a school-record 43-point game on Tuesday against Great Bend, breaking her previous record of 41 against none other than Rose Hill.

But the Rockets have some really nice individual players, including Mackenzie Herman, Kayla Simoneau and Anna Van Driel, all of whom were starters on last year’s team.

Strathman said because of Robertson’s outburst on Tuesday and the fact she torched the Rockets last year, he wouldn’t be surprised to see a rigged defense.

“It just enhances the chances we’ll see junk again right away on Friday,” Strathman said Tuesday after the Bullpups’ offensive outburst. “Rose Hill did a little bit of that to us last time anyway. We’ll have to prepare for that type of stuff.”

Strathman says another key is Cooks, who has not been the same since hitting her head on the floor against Andale. She hasn’t been able to go for long stretches at a time as she’s had lingering effects of a neck injury.

“Her health is a big key for us,” said Strathman, who sent Cooks home right after Tuesday’s game so she could recover as she wasn’t feeling well. “Rose Hill has that big post player who transferred in and hopefully Mandi will be ready on Friday.”

In the boys’ game, MHS will be attempting to repeat its 68-35 rout of the Rockets. The Bullpups, 14-1 overall, can move to 7-0 in league play.

Rose Hill hasn’t been a place where the Bullpups have brought their A-game in the past, as they’ve plodded through the Rockets on their home court.

“They’re doing a better job of trying to do their stuff,” MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon said Tuesday after his team demolished Great Bend, 67-34. “They’re just a little bit limited with personnel. Honestly, since we’ve been playing them, I don’t ever remember playing well down at Rose Hill. Maybe there’s been a game in there, but for whatever reason we have not played well down there. And so, I’d really like to go down there and play well.”