The McPherson High basketball teams will be on the road to El Dorado on Friday, but it will feel somewhat like being at home.
El Dorado also has a Roundhouse, even if it’s on a smaller scale.
The girls start the action at 6 p.m., with the boys getting under way approximately 7:30. For those who aren’t making the hour trip, catch all the action on 96.7 KBBE-FM with Voice of the Bullpups Matt Cole on the call. Pre-game is at 5:55.
Success has been somewhat fleeting for the El Dorado teams this season, but they do come in having swept Clearwater on Tuesday.
The MHS boys, now 11-4, will be seeking their sixth win in a row. After losing to Andale right before the McPherson Invitational, the Bullpups won three games in the tourney and since then have knocked off Newton and Great Bend in non-league games.
This is the first of five straight AVCTL Division III games to close out the season. MHS ripped through the division with a 5-0 record the first time through.
El Dorado’s boys offered little resistance in the season opener, but Bullpup coach Kurt Kinnamon is taking nothing for granted.
“They have struggled, but I see them getting better on film,” said Kinnamon, whose team is locked in a three-way battle for the top sub-state record with Hays and Buhler. “They are well coached and have good size. It is fun playing there because the shape reminds us of the Roundhouse with a very similar shooting background.”
The El Dorado girls won for only the second time on Tuesday when they raced past Clearwater. It’s been a tough year for former McPherson High standout Jordan Crawford as he has a young team that the Bullpups can’t afford to overlook.
MHS is 12-3 on the year and coming off an impressive running-clock rout of Great Bend. The Bullpups are 5-0 in the league and only Circle appears to be a challenger the rest of the way and the second meeting will be in Towanda.
“Hopefully we can receive contributions from everyone on Friday night and follow up a good overall performance at Great Bend,” MHS coach Chris Strathman said. “The girls know that they need to respect every opponent regardless of record, as we will get everyone's best shot. We don't want to overlook anyone at all and we just need to use every opportunity we have to get better for the postseason.”
After Friday’s games, MHS returns home next week for a pair of games as it hosts Winfield on Tuesday and arch-rival Buhler comes to town on Friday.