Showdown a mowdown for MHS girls

By Steve Sell
January 05, 2018

TOWANDA — Apparently the gulf between No. 2 and No. 4 in Class 4A Division I is much wider than had been believed.

McPherson High's girls, the No. 2 team, dominated No. 4 Circle in the first half to blow out to a 31-15 lead and rode that advantage to a 62-37 victory Friday in a showdown of teams that entered the night undefeated in AVCTL Division III play.

"I thought they were very focused and very sound," MHS coach Chris Strathman said as his team was as sharp as it has been all year. 

Especially focused was MHS guard Riley Hett, whose tremendous defense on Circle star Carissa Beck was tremendous, especially in the first half.

"I don't think she even attempted a 3 in the first half," Strathman said. "(She was) Very frustrated. My hat's off to Riley, that was her main matchup. I know Jaycee (Burghart), Claire (Yowell), Emma Ruddle, they all took their turns on her and did a fantastic job."

Beck was held to 8 points (just 1 in the first half) after coming into the game averaging 14.  Alyson Potter, the T-Birds' outstanding 6-2 transfer from Neodesha, started red-hot with 9 first-quarter points, but finished with 11 as MHS tightened up defensively on her.

 It was Circle's first loss as it had won six straight to start the season against arguably weaker competition while the Bullpups moved to 7-1 as they continue to jockey for one of the top seeds for the Mid America Classic later this month. Three of MHS' wins have now come against ranked teams.

MHS, which struggled mightily from 3-point against Buhler on Tuesday, was dialed in during the first half by draining 6 of 13 and finished the game 9 of 23.

Taylor Robertson was highly efficient for the Bullpups with 24 points on just 13 field goal attempts, as she made 8 — 5 of them from beyond the arc.

MHS received 15 points from the post duo of Cassie Cooks (9) and Maggie Leaf (6) as they dominated inside despite giving away some size.

The MHS JVs stayed unbeaten and untested with a 59-24 rout behind 12 points by Leaf, and 10 apiece by Andrea Sweat and Kari Ellet.

MHS’ C-team was pushed in its game before coming away with a 45-36 victory. Kassidy Beam led the Bullpups with 18 points, Emma Malm tallied 15 and Grace Pyle furnished 10.

The Bullpups return home on Tuesday to take on Augusta.

MHS (62) — Yowell 2-3, 0-0, 6; Burghart 1-2, 0-0, 3; Hett 1-3, 0-0, 3; Ruddle 0-1, 0-0, 0; Hageman 0-5, 0-0, 0; Schieferecke 2-4, 3-4, 7; Pyle 1-3, 0-0, 2; Sweat 1-4, 0-0, 2; Robertson 8-13, 3-3, 24; C. Cooks 4-4, 1-5, 9; Leaf 2-3, 2-2, 6. Totals — 22-45, 9-14, 62. 3-pointers — Robertson 5, Yowell 2, Burghart 1, Hett 1.

Circle (37) — Perry 0-4, 0-0, 0; Kelly 3-7, 1-4, 8; Beck 3-7, 2-4, 8; Potter 4-9, 2-4, 11; Hammer 0-0, 2-2, 2; Galloway 1-3, 0-0, 2; Cowman 3-4, 0-4, 6. Totals — 14-34, 7-18 37. 3-pointers — Kelly 1, Potter 1.

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MHS JV (59) — Yowell 7, Burghart 5, Ruddle 2, Godwin 3, Pyle 2, Sweat 10, Malm 4, Ellet 10, Leaf 12, Eisenbarth 4.

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MHS C (45) — Beam 18, Stout 2, Pyle 10, Malm 15.


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