McPherson High girls cruise past Buhler

By Steve Sell
January 02, 2018
Kendall Shaw

It took the McPherson High girls more than a half to knock off the holiday rust.

The Bullpups led Buhler by a comfortable 14 points at the break here Tuesday, 28-14, but there was a general feeling the margin should have been much larger since the Crusaders turned it over a whopping 19 times.

But shooting only 26 percent — and All-Stater Taylor Robertson taking only 4 shots — led to a plodding half against a team that entered the game winless and barely averaging 35 points a game.

MHS coach Chris Strathman kept his team in the locker room for a long time at the halftime break and it responded with a big second half for a 60-29 victory to improve to 6-1 on the season.

The Bullpups hit 9 of 15 shots in the third quarter to score 20 points after making just 9 of 34 in the first half. To its credit, Buhler didn't let the game get into running clock until there were 34 seconds left.

"We were able to start off up 14-0, but the rest of the half wasn't very good on our part," Strathman said. "They were junk defensing Taylor and we couldn't get much going. But we hit a couple of 3s to break things open a bit. 9 of 28 from 3-point (for the game) and 22 of 61 overall is not very good based on the kind of shots we were getting."

The 5-10 Robertson, guarded by quick 5-0 Haley Miller, was held to 15 points (on just 10 shots) as the Bullpups spread the wealth. Nine MHS players scored, with Lakyn Schiefercke having her best game with 9 points.

"She just looked a lot more comfortable," Strathman said. "She looked really good with the ball coming out of her hands. That's the Lakyn we know and it's good to see her shoot the ball like that."

Buhler sophomore center Alyvia Owens showed that she could be a force in the future as she had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out.

The MHS JVs continued their domination with a 58-19 rout. Grace Pyle led a balanced attack with 11 points, while Maggie Leaf chipped in with 10.

In the C-game, the Bullpups raced past the Crusaders 64-22 as Emma Malm erupted for 27 points, Kassidy Beam funneled in 19 and Pyle added 14.

The Bullpups, ranked second in Class 4A Division I, head to Towanda on Friday to take on the fourth-ranked Circle T-Birds in a statement game.

MHS (60) — Hageman 4-9, 0-0, 8; Schieferecke 3-7, 1-1, 9; Hett 3-7, 0-0, 9; Robertson 6-10, 0-0, 15; C. Cooks 1-4, 1-4, 3; Yowell 0-2, 0-0, 0; Ruddle 2-9, 0-0, 4; Pyle 1-6, 3-4, 6; Sweat 2-4, 0-0, 4; Leaf 0-2, 0-0, 0; Eisenbarth 0-1, 2-2, 2. Totals — 22-61-7-11, 60. 3-pointers — Robertson 3, Hett 3, Schieferecke 2, Pyle 1.

Buhler (29) — Miller 0-1, 2-4, 2; Marchione 2-6, 0-0, 5; Owens 4-10, 3-4, 12; Epp 0-3, 1-2, 1; Stutterheim 0-1, 0-0, 0; Schmidt 1-2, 0-0, 2; Schultz 1-4, 2-2, 5; Hutton 1-2, 0-0, 2. Totals — 9-29, 8-12, 20. 3-pointers — Marchione 1, Owens 1, Schultz 1.

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MHS JV (58) — Beam 2, Yowell 3, Ruddle 4, Del Campo 2, Pyle 11, Sweat 7, Malm 5, Ellet 8, Leaf 10, Eisenbarth 6.

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MHS C (64) — Beam 19, Godwin 2, Pyle 14, Collins 2, Malm 27.


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