MHS cagers head to Winfield Friday

By Steve Sell
December 15, 2016
Kendall Shaw

McPherson High boys basketball coach Kurt Kinnamon doesn’t like to hear that going on the road to Winfield works against his team since it’s nearly a 100-mile trip.

“That’s a bad excuse, long trip,” Kinnamon said emphatically on Tuesday after his team polished off previously undefeated Abilene, 71-55. “These kids are lucky they get to put on the best uniforms in the state and go out and represent McPherson High School. If they can’t get ready to play, their heart is not where it needs to be for us to get as good as we think we can be.”

The girls start the action on Friday at 6 p.m., with the boys to follow. Catch all the action on 96.7 KBBE-FM with Voice of the Bullpups Matt Cole.

The Bullpup boys, coming off a brutal three-game 1-2 stretch against Derby, Bishop Miege and Abilene, return to AVCTL Division III action.

“I don’t know if it (the three games) told us anything that we didn’t already know,” said Kinnamon, whose team is 2-2 on the season. “We knew we’re going to have to do a better job of guarding the ball off the bounce. We have to be better defensively and we will. These kids are good kids, smart kids and they want to do what we want them to do.”

Winfield is 1-2 on the year and was thumped 52-27 by Augusta on Tuesday. Johnny Hill led the Vikings with nine points as he made three 3-pointers.

After the game with Winfield, the Bullpups have another road trip to finish out 2016 when they travel Tuesday to Andover.

The Winfield girls started 2-0, but they were dominated on Tuesday by Augusta, 45-23.

"They usually do a nice job of mixing up their defenses from man, zone traps and some junk," MHS coach Chris Strathman said. "We will have to be ready to adjust on the fly to that approach and hopefully we can put a full game together on Friday night. They did struggle scoring the ball against Augusta, so hopefully our defense can cause them some trouble.  Hopefully that will lead to some transition, but when it doesn't we need to a much better job of executing in our halfcourt offense as well."

The Bullpups are 3-1 after handing Abilene its first loss of the year on Tuesday, 55-39. MHS socked the Cowgirls with a devastating pressure defense that produced a 27-5 first-quarter lead.