McPherson’s seventh-grade A-girls had the defense working on Thursday in a 27-15 victory over Valley Center.
After giving up 8 points in the first quarter, MMS pitched a shutout in the second quarter and outscored Valley 10-2 in the third quarter.
Lauren Labertew led MMS with 10 points.
“We finally came alive in the third quarter and were able to get some steals and layups off of our defense,” MMS coach Jacque Gehrt said. “The girls are continuing to get better at the little things and finding ways to score against tough teams.”
The Bullpups are now 9-3 and play their final regular-season game at home Monday against Maize.
The B-team was a 24-17 winner behind 11 points by Rhian Swanson to even its record at 6-6.
“This was a great way to finish our last away game for the season,” MMS coach TJ Jackson said. “We came out slow, but part of that was probably because we were trying to run a new offense and this team was a little more aggressive to the hoop than some other teams we've seen. We went back to man defense and our girls got some fire in them and everything started coming together. Always love to see the girls find out how a team can move together and what the result looks like. Great win and proud of how much improvement we have seen.”
MMS A (27) — Labertew 10, Schmid 8, Howard 5, Whorton 2, Pelzel 2.
MMS B (24) — Swanson 11, Pearcy 7, Smith 4, Wells 2.