Stag girls defeat MHS for English's 800th win

By Steve Sell
December 09, 2016
Kendall Shaw

McPherson High's girls must have felt like there were 10 Bishop Miege defenders on the floor in the first half instead of five.

A suffocating and omnipresent Stags defense forced 22 Bullpup turnovers to speed to a 36-11 lead here Friday and they went on to present coach Terry English with his 800th career victory, 62-45.

It also was Miege's 62nd straight victory and sent notice to the rest of the teams in Class 4A Division I that it could very well win its fourth straight state championship.

To their credit, the Bullpups won the second half 34-26 and turned it over only 7 times. 

"We did play much better in the second half, for sure," MHS coach Chris Strathman said. "We wanted to end the game on a positive. We handled their pressure better in the second half. There were a lot of times we got past their front line of their press in the first half, but then we turned it over in the second line. We weren't able to get into our offense. When you're turning it over and they're scoring, they were just starting all over again."

MHS had no answer for 5-9 guard Hunter Bentley. After playing in the shadows last year of a tremendous senior class, Bentley showed just what she's capable of as she poured in 29 points, making 9 of 18 shots and 9 of 10 free throws, while grabbing 6 rebounds.

Twins Johnni and Jordynn Gonzalez were devastatingly quick on the defensive end for the Stags and contributed 13 and 10 points, respectively.

Taylor Robertson scored 24 points for the Bullpups and came up with 4 steals on the defensive end as MHS did force 20 turnovers. But no other Bullpup scored more than 7.

Miege scored the first 8 points of the game and led 15-6 after 8 minutes. It then forced MHS into 13 second-quarter turnovers and for the half had a 26-2 advantage in points off miscues.

The rest of the night went well for the Bullpups.

The JV team outlasted the Stags 52-49 in overtime behind 12 points by Andrea Sweat and 11 by Lakyn Schiefercke.

In the ninth-grade game, MHS’ Katelyn Beam was white-hot as she poured in seven 3-pointers to pace the Bullpups to a 73-37 victory. Sweat added 18.

MHS, now 2-1, stays at home on Tuesday to play always-competitive Abilene.

MHS (45) — E. Yowell 1-5, 0-0, 3; Hett 2-6, 2-4, 7; Robertson 9-14, 4-4, 24; Bruner 1-4, 1-4, 3; M. Cooks 1-5, 0-o, 2; C. Yowell 0-1, 0-0, 0; Hageman 3-4, 0-2, 6; Leaf 0-1, 0-0, 0. Totals — 17-40, 7-14, 45. 3-pointers — Robertson 2, E. Yowell 1. Hett 1.

Miege (62) — Jord. Gonzalez 3-4, 4-5, 10; John. Gonzalez 5-10, 2-5, 13; Bentley 9-19, 9-10, 29; Harms 0-1, 0-0, 0; Verhulst 3-4, 0-0, 6; Mannebach 0-2, 0-0, 0; Russell 1-1, 0-0, 2; McDonald 0-1, 2-2, 2. Totals — 21-41, 17-22, 62. 3-pointers — Bentley 2, John. Gonzalez 1.

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MHS JV (52) — C. Yowell 9, Burghart 9, Beam 3, Hageman 3, Schieferecke 11, Sweat 12, Ellet 1, Leaf 4.

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MHS 9th (73) — Mayfield 7, Beam 21, Schieferecke 9, Strathman 5, Sweat 18, Jones 4, Cooks 7, Stout 2.


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