PERFECTION! MMS 8th girls finish 15-0

By Steve Sell
February 10, 2017
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DERBY — From the first game of the basketball season to the last, it was total domination for McPherson’s eighth-grade girls.

And it was all about defense.

The Bullpups blazed to a 37-18 rout of Newton in a no-doubt-about-it championship game of the Pioneer League Tournament on Thursday.

Grace Pyle led a balanced attack with 12 points.

Amazingly, this class did not lose an A- or B-team game in two years of middle school competition, going 55-0. This year’s A-team finished 15-0 and the B-team was 12-0.

“We talked often about making history and to finally do it is a great accomplishment,” MMS coach Jay Crawford said.

This team will be special to Crawford, who coached his final MMS game.

“The Lady Pups won the league tournament because they just wanted it more, our effort was very good even if things did not go way,” Crawford said. “I have spoken to them all season about competing and playing as a team and tonight that is what they did. The girls got ready to play as they sat and watched our seventh-graders come from behind and win their championship. We proved doing the regular season that we were the best team in the league and we said we wanted to leave no question that we would win our tournament. Like all our other games, our defense made it very difficult for Newton to settle in and get too many good looks at the basket.”

MMS (37) — Kynaston 2, Berg 3, Godwin 4, Beam 7, Malm 9, Pyle 12.