Defense keys MHS' girls victory

By Steve Sell
February 12, 2016
File -Kendall Shaw

ROSE HILL — McPherson High's girls relied on their offense for their victory Tuesday over Great Bend.

Friday, it was the defense's turn.

With Rose Hill bottling up top MHS scorer Taylor Robertson for three quarters with a box-and-one defense, the Bullpups found themselves involved in a defensive slugfest until she could finally shake loose.

MHS kept the Rockets in check until Robertson scored eight of her team-high 13 points in the fourth quarter as it took command of the AVCTL Division III race with a 48-41 victory.

MHS is now 7-0 in league games, while Rose Hill is 4-2 and the closest challenger to the Bullpups.

The 'Pups, who won the first meeting 70-39, knew that it would be much closer this time as Rose Hill has a quartet of players that can match up with anybody.

"I was very, very pleased with our defensive effort," MHS coach Chris Strathman said. "The last two days we've worked against the ball-screen action, their handoff action, their high-low stuff… we had a lot to prepare for. And our girls were really pretty locked in on how to guard certain people."

MHS actually was down 21-20 as Rose Hill's Kayla Simoneau drained a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer. The Bullpups, however, really went into lockdown mode in the third quarter to lead 29-25, then put the game away in the final period as Robertson started to make her way to the foul line, making 6 of 7 as, yes, she actually missed one.

Several Bullpups were in the four- to seven-point range as they stepped up when Robertson couldn't seem to get free from two defenders. In fact, she took only six shots through three quarters and eight for the game.

Mackenzie Herman led Rose Hill with 13 points and Kylie Woods added 10. Both are just juniors, as are two other starters, so close games between the teams could be the norm in the future

The MHS JVs also were pushed, prevailing 44-34. Riley Hett had a huge game with 17 points.

In the freshman game, the Bullpups crushed the Rockets 52-7 behind 15 points by Claire Yowell, 13 by Katelyn Beam and 11 by Jaycee Burghart.

MHS is back home on Tuesday to take on El Dorado in the first of three straight games in the friendly Roundhouse confines.

MHS (48) — Yowell 2-10, 0-0, 6; Schmidt 1-7, 2-2, 4; Collins 1-2, 4-6, 7; Schieferecke 2-4, 2-3, 6; Schrader 1-1, 0-0, 3; Robertson 3-8, 6-7, 13; Bruner 1-1, 0-1, 2; Cooks 3-6, 1-2, 7; Ulsaker 0-1, 0-0, 0. Totals — 14-40, 15-20, 48. 3-pointers — Yowell 2, Robertson 1, Collins 1, Schrader 1.

Rose Hill  (41) — Linot 1-1, 0-0, 3; Simoneau 3-11, 0-0, 7; Herman 2-7, 7-8, 13; Van Driel 2-6, 0-4, 4; Woods 5-11, 0-0, 10; Adler 2-2, 0-0, 4. Totals — 15-38, 7-12, 41. 3-pointers — Herman 2, Simoneau 1, Linot 1.


MHS JV (44) — Collins 5, L. Hein 3, Hageman 4, Schrader 3, Hett 17, Howard 7, Bruner 3, K. Ellet 2.


MHS 9th (52) — Burghart 11, Beam 13, Stout 3, Jones 3, Yowell 15, K. Ellet 2, Leaf 2, Eisenbarth 3.