MHS girls survive Trojans' upset bid

By Steve Sell
December 19, 2017

The Andover girls would just not go away.

McPherson High was pushed to the limit by the Trojans on Tuesday at the Roundhouse as the Bullpups' normally reliable 3-point shooting took the night off and All-Stater Taylor Robertson was limited to just 3 points in the second half after ripping it up for 17 in the first half.

But good teams find ways to grind it out and the Bullpups made just enough plays to hold on for a 48-45 victory to finish December with a 5-1 record.

The Trojans' Shanti Henry had a wide-open look at a game-tying 3-pointer in the final seconds, but it missed, and Hannah Hageman snagged the winning rebound.

"It was a struggle offensively," MHS coach Chris Strathman said. "We never did get that patented run and we couldn't get any separation at all. There were zero ties and zero lead changes, so I guess we led the entire time. We just couldn't get going."

It was a game where both teams lived behind the arc, with the Bullpups making just 7 of 30 from 3-point and the Trojans could manage just 4 of 24.

"That's pretty unusual for us," Strathman said. "It's a lot of attempts, but definitely a poor percentage for us. We've got to do a better job offensively of attacking and then kicking it out."

MHS had a 9-point lead in the first half, but Andover — hitting both 3-pointers and scoring on a couple of old-fashioned 3-point plays — trailed only 28-23, with Robertson making a trey just before the buzzer to up what had been a 2-point lead.

The teams spent the first half playing behind the arc, combining for 36 3-point attempts, but only 7 of those went in. 

The Bullpups led by as many as 9 in the second half, but every time it appeared they were about to pull away, Andover would go on a run of its own.

Robertson had a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Perhaps the key spark came from freshman Grace Pyle, who knocked down a couple of treys and scored 8 points in her 8:44 of playing time.

MHS finished the game 18 of 59 from the field and won the rebound battle 41-36. Hageman and Cassie Cooks had 8 and 7 rebounds, respectively, to augment Robertson.

Henry scored 20 points to match Robertson and lead the Trojans.

MHS won its 68th straight JV game, 61-17. Emma Ruddle fired in 19 points, while Claire Yowell furnished 14. 

In the C-game, Kassidy Beam was unconscious in the first half with 21 points and finished with 30 as the Bullpups were a 59-22 winner. Pyle chipped in with 11.

MHS comes back from the Christmas break to host Buhler on Jan. 2.

MHS (48) — Hageman 1-7, 1-3, 3; Schieferecke 1-4, 0-0, 2; Hett 3-11, 2-4, 9; Robertson 8-20, 0-1, 20; Cooks 1-5, 2-2, 4; Yowell 0-2, 0-0, 0; Ruddle 0-2, 0-1, 0; Pyle 3-5, 0-0, 8; Sweat 0-2, 0-0, 0; Leaf 1-1, 0-0, 2; Eisenbarth 0-0, 0-0, 0. Totals — 18-59, 5-11, 48. 3-pointers — Robertson 4, Pyle 2, Hett 1.

Andover (45) — Jones 3-8, 0-1, 6; Henry 7-13, 3-4, 20; Gaddis 1-8, 0-0, 3; Showalter 2-10, 0-0, 4; Reynolds 3-5, 2-3, 8; Day 1-1, 0-0, 2; Woolston 0-1, 0-0, 0; Conley 0-0, 0-2, 0; Ralston 1-1, 0-0, 2. Totals — 18-50, 5-10, 45. 3-pointers — Henry 3, Gaddis 1.

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MHS JV (61) — Yowell 14, Burghart 8, Ruddle 19, Pyle 3, Sweat 6, Ellet 5, Leaf 2, Eisenbarth 4.

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MHS C (59) — Beam 30, Pyle 11, Stout 6, Godwin 4, Collins 8.


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