MAIZE — A big first half propelled the McPherson seventh-grade A-girls to a 33-17 basketball victory over Maize South on Thursday, their second straight to open the season.
MMS was up 20-12 at the half and then gave up only 5 points in the second half. Cameron Pelzel topped the Bullpups with 12 points and Ella Schmid just missed doubles with 9.
“The girls stepped up tonight and played a better overall game against better competition,” MMS coach Jacque Gehrt said. “I was proud of our energy and hustle on defense. I liked how we shared the ball and got after it on rebounds. We still have a lot to improve upon, including being more patient on offense and developing players coming off the bench to give our starters a break. Everyone is getting a little bit better each day.”
The B-team was edged 16-12, with Kori Courtney and Sophia Herrera scoring 4 points apiece.
“Losing is never fun, but early in the season it becomes a great opportunity to learn,” Bullpup coach TJ Jackson said. “We need to improve on some basic things and if we do that, I don't think this game would have even been close. The girls fought until the last second, played strong defense and hustled. The girls have improved a lot.”
The B-team is 1-1.
MMS is home Monday against Goddard Eisenhower.
MMS A (33) — Pelzel 12, Schmid 9, Howard 7, Labertew 5.
MMS B (12) — Courtney 4, Herrera 4, Wells 2, Zeitlow 2.