WINFIELD — McPherson High’s boys bookended Winfield with big first and fourth quarters on Friday to key a 67-44 road victory.
The win pushed the Bullpups back over the .500 mark at 3-2 with one game left to play before Christmas, a road date Tuesday against Andover.
The Bullpups jumped on the Vikings 20-7 in the first quarter, but over the next two periods MHS added just two points to its margin. The Bullpups regrouped with a big fourth quarter of what was a rough game, as they were a bandaged-up bunch at game’s end.
“I thought in the first half defensively we were pretty good,” MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon said. “I thought we got into the passing lanes and didn’t allow them to run their offense.”
Kinnamon said he tinkered with his defense in the third quarter, with Winfield’s Johnny Hill going off for 13 of his team-high 17 points. MHS went back to lockdown mode in the final period.
MHS had good balance. Jake Alexander led the way with 19 points, one more than Ben Pyle. Jayse Alexander hit some big 3-pointers and finished with a career high 13 points off the bench and Mason Alexander scored 11.
“I thought Jayse played really well. He hit some shots, which was good to see,” Kinnamon said.
JV and ninth-grade results will be posted when information is available.
MHS (67) — Jk. Alexander 19, M. Alexander 11, Jay. Alexander 13, Pyle 18, Diggs 4, Kinnamon 1, Labertew 1.