Hot-shooting Spires sweep Mac

By Steve Sell
December 14, 2016
McPherson College Sports Information-file

LEAVENWORTH — McPherson College’s basketball teams apparently forgot to bring along their defense for the long bus ride on Tuesday.

Saint Mary used blistering shooting in both games to hand the Bulldogs a pair of setbacks.

The Saint Mary women lit up the sky by making 36 of 56 shots, including 10 of 21 from 3-point, to hit the century mark, 101-74. The teams had entered the night with identical 3-4 KCAC records.

It was a three-pronged attack for the Spires as Candy De Los Reyes scored 29, Kelsey Switzer tallied 26 and Imani White was 7 of 7 from the field on her way to 23 points as they combined for 78.

The Bulldogs were plagued by 23 turnovers as they lost their fourth game in a row to drop to 7-6, 3-5 in the KCAC.

Cami Richardson scored 12 points to lead the Bulldogs and Brooke Racette came off the bench to add 10.

Mac heads to Southwestern Christian on Thursday for its final game before Christmas.

Mac (74) — Richardson 12, Coe 9, Battle 8, Holt 4, Zimmerman 4, Racette 10, Harlow 8, Milum 8, Van Donselaar 6, Kelly 3, Bacon 2.

Saint Mary (101) — De Los Reyes 29, Switzer 26, White 23, Hinkle 6, Scheckel 6, Harbert 4, Tate 4, Frantz 3.

• SAINT MARY MEN 96, MAC 84 — The slumping Bulldogs, who were a sparkling 6-2 after eight games, lost their sixth in a row and are now 1-7 in the KCAC and 6-8 overall.

The Bulldogs again showed grit, though, as they sliced into Saint Mary’s 17-point halftime lead by scoring 52 points in the second half.

MC’s DeAndre Henson broke out of his slump in a big way by pouring in 27 points. Chris Crook scored 17, Thomas Butler had 13 and Aaron Bachura tallied 12.

The Bulldogs lost despite doing a sensational defensive job on Saint Mary All-American Grant Greenberg, who was held to 12 points on 3-of-12 shooting. He has a 43-point game to his credit this year.

But the other Spires picked him up as five players scored in double figures, led by Isaiah Coddon with 16 points off the bench. The Spires were blazing from 3-point, drilling 14 of 27 while Mac was 7 of 28.

Mac plays its final pre-Christmas game Thursday at Haskell.

Mac (84) — Henson 27, Crook 17, Bachura 12, Raleigh 3, Rowell 3, Butler 13, Owen 4, Gurley 3, Munsen 2.

Saint Mary (96) — Young 13, Greenberg 12, Sauer 11, Marsh 9, Denson 3, Coddon 16, Titus 10, Plein 7, Banks 6, Meek 6, Beecher 3.