MHS girls pick up key road win

By Steve Sell
December 06, 2016

DERBY — At last look, basketball was still a game of 5-on-5.

While McPherson High and Derby both have super-dynamic duos, it was the Bullpups who had the more complete team on Tuesday as No. 3-ranked (4A D-I) MHS knocked off No. 4 (Class 6A) Derby 49-36 in a game that wasn't as close as the final score indicates.

MHS ballooned a 25-17 halftime lead into a 22-point bulge going into the fourth quarter and only a late Derby run touched it up cosmetically for the Panthers.

MHS has now started 2-0 heading into the colossal showdown at home on Friday against No. 1-ranked and defending state champion Miege. It certainly looked ready on the defensive end.

"I thought the kids played well," said MHS coach Chris Strathman, whose team will enter the Miege game on an emotional high. "We had some very specific ways we wanted to guard the ball screens and most of the time we did it right. Those are just things we worked on going into this game."

Taylor Robertson continued her early season bombing by knocking down 5 3-pointers and finished with 25 points for the Bullpups, 17 of those in the first half.

 MHS received nice contributions from several other players, as Riley Hett hit a couple of key 3-pointers in the third quarter and scored 8 in addition to playing great defense, while Mandi Cooks also had 8 points while doing a terrific defensive job on 6-6 Derby star Kennedy Brown, who had 13 points but didn't dominate the game as one might expect. And Jordan Bruner scored 6 points in addition to making nice passes and coming up with some clutch steals.

Tor'E Alford, the other half of Derby's standout tandem, led the Panthers with 15 points, but 10 of those came in the second half when the outcome had been determined.

The Bullpup JVs exploded to a 65-40 victory as Andrea Sweat led the way with 14 points, while Kari Ellet and Maggie Leafchipped in with 10 apiece.

In the C-game, the Bullpups blazed to a 60-20 rout, scoring 40 points in the first half.

Andrea Sweat fired in 16 points to lead the Bullpups. while Lakyn Schieferecke chipped in with 11.

Now it's on to Miege, which has been Kansas' dominant program for decades.

"The bluest of the blue (bloods). It's going to be a great experience for our kids," Strathman said.

MHS (49) — E. Yowell 0-2, 0-1, 0; Burghart 0-3, 0-0, 0; Hageman 1-2, 0-1, 2; Hett 3-5, 0-0, 8; Robertson 7-16, 6-6, 25; Bruner 2-3, 2-3, 6; M. Cooks 3-9, 2-2, 8. Totals — 16-41, 10-13, 49. 3-pointers — Robertson 5, Hett 2.

Derby (36) — Young 0-2, 0-0, Winkel 0-1, 0-0, 0; Nilles 2-4, 0-0, 4; Johnson 0-2, 0-0, 0; Alford 6-15, 36, 15; Henson 2-3, 0-0, 4; Brown 5-10, 2-3, 13. Totals — 15-37, 5-9, 36. 3-pointers — Brown 1.


MHS JV (65) — C. Yowell 5, Burghart 9, Hageman 8, Schieferecke 4, Hein 3, Sweat 14, Ellet 10, Leaf 10, Eisenbarth 2.


MHS C (60) — Mayfield 8, Beam 7, Schieferecke 11, Strathman 6, Collins 4, Sweat 16, Jones 2, C. Cooks 6.