Minus top scorer, MHS girls still roll

By Steve Sell
January 03, 2017

BUHLER — The cat was out of the bag about an hour before tip time on Tuesday.

It was evident to everyone at that time McPherson High was going to be without leading scorer and All-Stater Taylor Robertson, who was sporting a cast on her shooting hand to accelerate the recovery from a broken finger.

Fortunately, the Bullpups are more than just Robertson as her teammates picked up the slack in a 52-31 victory over arch-rival Buhler as they improved to 6-1 with their fourth straight success.

Mandi Cooks, the other half of MHS' vaunted junior duo, was up to the challenge as she made 10 of 13 shots and scored 21 points, as the Bullpups were in control of the game early by scoring the first 8 points.

"I thought the girls had a pretty good week of practice leading up to this. Getting used to playing without Taylor was an adjustment," MHS coach Chris Strathman said. "Fortunately we had a few days to get ready for that. I thought Buhler competed very hard tonight and did some nice things with their young kids. But overall I think our experience level, out of certain players anyway, showed through."

While it was only a 10-point game at the half, 26-16, MHS was never in any serious trouble as its defense kept Buhler from putting together any semblance of a run. The Bullpups had a whopping 50-28 advantage in field goal attempts as the Crusaders seemingly turned it over almost every other possession as they fell to 1-5 on the year.

While Cooks had a huge game, the other Bullpups chipped in with timely baskets as they were able to survive without their leading scorer. There's a chance, however, Robertson could be back on Friday if she gets released.

MHS now returns home after playing its last three games on the road to take on a dangerous Circle team that Strathman thought before the season could very well be the Bullpups' nearest challenger in AVCTL Division III.

In the JV game, MHS stayed perfect as 10 players scored in a 53-35 victory. Megan Eisenbarth led the way with 12 points and Jaycee Burghart added 10.

Only two quarters were played in the C-game, but the Bullpups scored at a blistering pace as they were a 34-14 winner. The scoring was balanced as Cassie Cooks and Andrea Sweat led the way with 9 points apiece.

MHS (52) — E. Yowell 2-8, 0-0, 5; C. Yowell 1-5, 2-2, 5; Burghart 0-5, 1-2, 1; Hageman 0-3, 0-0, 0; Schieferecke 3-4, 0-0, 6; Hett 1-7, 0-0, 3; Sweat 2-3, 0-0, 5; Bruner 1-1, 4-6, 6; M. Cooks 10-13, 1-1, 21; Leaf 0-1, 0-0. 0. Totals — 20-50, 8-11, 52. 3-pointers — E. Yowell 1, C. Yowell, 1, Hett 1, Sweat 1.

Buhler (31) — Cunday 0-0, 2-2, 2; Miller 1-4, 0-0, 2; McLean 2-4, 0-1, 4; Schulz 0-1, 1-2, 1; White 1-4, 3-4, 5; Epp 4-8, 4-5, 9; Owens 4-8, 0-0, 8. Totals — 10-28, 10-14, 31. 3-pointers — White 1.


MHS JV (53) — C. Yowell 3, Burghart 10, Beam 3, Schieferecke 4, Hein 4, Sweat 2, C. Cooks 5, Ellet 4, Leaf 6, Eisenbarth 12.


MHS C (34) — Beam 8, Schieferecke 4, Stout 2, Collins 2, Sweat 9, C. Cooks 9.