There is so much going on surrounding the McPherson High girls basketball game with Bishop Miege on Friday it makes one’s head spin.
The two Class 4A Division I blue bloods meet at the legendary Roundhouse, with the Stags bringing to town a 61-game winning streak that includes back-to-back-to back state titles.
Also of importance for head coach Terry English, now in his 40th year, a Stags victory would be his 800th at the school.
The action begins at 6 p.m. and a full house is expected at the start of the game as this is the premier game in Kansas on Friday. It’s also Wall of Fame Night at MHS as a new class will be inducted.
MHS is 2-0 on the year and coming off an impressive 49-36 road victory over Class 6A’s No. 4-ranked team Derby and its dynamic 1-2 duo of 6-6 Kennedy Brown and guard Tor’E Alford, both big-time recruits.
Miege is 1-0, routing Kansas City Sumner 74-43 last Friday.
The Stags have four quality players back in 5-9 Hunter Bentley, 5-6 Ashley MacDonald and the 5-6 sophomore twins, Jordynn Gonzalez and Johnni Gonzalez, a pair of 3-point snipers. And you can always count on the Stags adding some new players that may not be familiar yet but soon will be.
While MHS coach Chris Strathman is concerned about the Stags, he’s focusing more on his own team.
“We want to see our girls improve on some little things that we didn't do well on Tuesday,” Strathman said. “Some of our positioning on defense was poor and timing on some of our sets was off. That will need to be more crisp versus a more-balanced offensive and better defensive team in Miege. I want to see our girls compete against the best our class has to offer to see how far we have to go. We beat a good Derby team on Tuesday, but we must not get complacent and comfortable or Friday could be a long night.”
It’s also a good measuring stick for McPherson standouts Taylor Robertson and Mandi Cooks to see how they measure up against the best of the best. Robertson is averaging 25.5 points and must have a big night for MHS to be in the game, while Cooks has averaged 12 points a game and has been even better as a defender.
Strathman is excited about the possibility of his team playing before a huge audience as it will be stunning if the Roundhouse isn’t packed by game time at 6:00.
“I surely hope we have a tremendous atmosphere in the Roundhouse, starting at 6:00,” he said. “These two girls’ programs have combined for 27 state titles. We have never seen a regular-season matchup with Miege, so this should be a great event and a great opportunity for both teams to play each other in a special venue.”