Bullpups host Augusta on Tuesday

By Steve Sell
January 08, 2018
Kendall Shaw

It’s not often this late into the season that McPherson High’s boys are playing a basketball team with a better record.

But that’s the case on Tuesday when the 7-1 Bullpups host undefeated Augusta, with first place in Division III of the AVCTL on the line.

Both teams are 4-0 in league play and the game wraps up the first time through the 10-game D-III schedule.

The girls start the action at 6 p.m., with the boys to follow around 7:30. As always, catch all the action on 96.7 KBBE FM with Voice of the Bullpups Jim Joyner calling the play-by-play action.

Augusta, 6-0 overall, is having one of its best seasons in many, many years under former Canton-Galva coach Jake Sims.

“They have Jonny Clausing, who is huge inside at 6-8 and has signed with Washburn,” MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon said. “The wild-card for their team is Chance Whitehead, who has not even started in some games to scoring 6 3-point shots in the second half against Buhler. We will have to win the battle on the glass and make sure we give great help and find the shooters. Augusta is well coached and they have played a variety of defenses. We had 23 assists against Circle, which is really an outstanding number that we look to continue.”

The Bullpups are coming off a great week in which they knocked off D-III teams Buhler and Circle. This is a week they play two undefeated teams, as they go to Andale on Friday, which also is perfect.

The Augusta girls are also better than they have been, off to a 4-2 start. Their losses are to Abilene and Circle, teams the Bullpups have defeated.

“They are better this year, as their top two players Jayden Marlnee and Abbee Rhoades have been their mainstays for three years now, so they do have some good experience out of their top players,” MHS coach Chris Strathman said. “Marlnee is a very aggressive driver and loves to get to the basket and foul line, while Rhoades is an effective post player inside as she is about 6-0 and a good athlete.”

MHS, 4-0 in league play and 7-1 overall, is coming off its most complete game of the year, a 62-37 rout of No. 4-ranked Circle.

“We can hopefully build on the momentum started on Friday at Circle, as the girls really played well that night, so we want to put a streak of good games together as we get ready to face Augusta, Andale and Newton,” Strathman said. “All three teams have strong records and will be good challenges as we head into the midseason tournament here before too long.”