MHS girls blitz Abilene; JVs win 50th in a row

By Steve Sell
December 13, 2016
Kendall Shaw

McPherson High's girls took a page out of Bishop Miege's book here Tuesday.

The Bullpups' relentless defense right out of the chute led to 13 Cowgirl first-quarter turnovers and a 27-5 MHS lead before it went on for a 55-39 bounce-back victory.

The Cowgirls shook off their first-quarter shellshock to cut into the lead to make it respectable as the Bullpups followed up their flawless 42-point first half with a choppy final 16 minutes that included a drought that saw Abilene score 12 uninterrupted points. 

"It was a tremendous start by our kids," said MHS coach Chris Strathman, whose team is now 3-1 on the year as it lived off the 42-16 halftime lead. "We really came out aggressive. We got a lot more out of our press than I expected us to. Real proud of the kids' focus coming out. We did let our foot off the gas. We talked about human nature at halftime. Now we've got to avoid that."

Taylor Robertson and Mandi Cooks sent MHS off and running early as they combined for 27 first-half points, 16 by Robertson as she made 7 of 9 floor shots, scoring more on layups than her customary 3-point barrage.

Robertson went on to finish with 23 points and Cooks added 13.

The Bullpups had the scotch tape out on Abilene star McKenzie Funston, who was held to 5 points and didn't make her first basket until there were 90 seconds left in the game.

MHS makes the long road trip to Winfield on Friday as it gets back into AVCTL Division III action.

 A milestone was reached in the JV game as the Bullpups' 64-45 win was the 50th in a row for JV coach Mike Reith.

Claire Yowell topped the chart with 13 points and Megan Eisenbarth tallied 10.

MHS’ C-girls had no trouble once again as they sprinted to a 44-23 victory behind 10 points apiece by Katelyn Beam and Cassie Cooks.

MHS (55) — E. Yowell 2-7, 0-0, 6; Hett 1-6, 0-0, 2; Robertson 9-12, 3-3, 23; Bruner 0-1, 0-0, 0; M. Cooks 5-11, 2-2, 13; C. Yowell 1-1, 0-0, 2; Burghart 2-4, 0-0, 5; Hageman 2-6, 0-0, 4; Schieferecke 0-1, 0-0, 0; Hein 0-1, 0-0, 0; Sweat 0-2, 0-0, 0; Ellet 0-1, 0-0, 0; Leaf 0-0, 0-0, 0; Eisenbarth 0-0, 0-0, 0. Totals — 22-53, 5-5, 55. 3-pointers — E. Yowell 2, Robertson 2, M. Cooks 1, Burghart 1.

Abilene (39) — Clark 0-1, 0-0, 0; Gassman 0-3, 0-0, 0; Hayes 3-3, 0-2, 6; Funston 1-8, 3-4, 5; Hess 3-5, 0-2, 6; Burton 1-2, 2-2, 4; Roth 2-3, 1-1, 5; Walters 2-3, 0-0, 4; Willey 3-6, 3-4, 9. Totals — 15-36, 9-15, 39. 3-pointers — None.

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MHS JV (64) — C. Yowell 13, Burghart 9, Beam 3, Hageman 6, Schieferecke 2, Hein 6, Sweat 9, Leaf 6, Eisenbarth 10.

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MHS C (44) — Mayfield 2, Beam 10, Schieferecke 4, Stout 9, Strathman 2, Sweat 7, C. Cooks 10.


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