No sweat for Bullpup girls, 64-34

By Steve Sell
January 09, 2018

It's just been a matter of time before McPherson High's Andrea Sweat had a breakout game.

The 6-1 sophomore has been on the cusp of contributing in a big way offensively to the high-flying No. 2-ranked McPherson High girls and Tuesday against No. 10-ranked Augusta that potential turned into production.

Sweat scored 9 points off the bench in the first half to spark the Bullpups to a 33-20 lead and MHS went on to finish the first time through the AVCTL undefeated with a 64-34 running-clock victory as Sweat led a strong 27-point performance by the MHS bench with 11.

"It was really good to see Andrea Sweat get going tonight," MHS coach Chris Strathman said. "She was making plays and just looked real comfortable. That's really good to see out of Andrea. She had a few boards and 3 steals and she's always active in our press and causes problems. Definitely her best game of the season."

MHS, up just 17-13 with 5:28 left in the first half, went on a 16-7 run to close it out, with the bench playing a big role. The 'Pups then started the second half on a 7-0 sizz and it was turn out the lights, the party's over.

Also off the bench, Emma Ruddle helped key the second-quarter run by coming up with 3 steals and contributing 4 points before finishing the night with 6.

Then, of course, 2016 Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year Taylor Robertson filled it up for 16 first-half points and finished with 24 to pace the Bullpups.

The MHS defense was outstanding on top Oriole scorer Jayden Marlnee, who was kept out of the book until the final seconds of the first half when she scored off a steal, with much of the defensive work being done by Hannah Hageman. She wound up with just 5 points after entering the night as the Orioles' leading scorer.

"Marlnee with only 5 points was a big key for us," Strathman said. "Hannah guarded her and Emma Ruddle was on her a lot. We did a good job of keeping Marlnee from getting comfortable. She can really get going, especially going to the basket."

Abbee Rhodes led the Orioles with 12 points.

The Bullpups will take an 8-1 record to Andale on Friday and are 5-0 in Division III to sit atop the standings.

The MHS JVs were remarkable offensively as they exploded for an 84-32 victory. Ruddle, Kari Ellet and Maggie Leaf all scored 12 and Megan Eisenbarth added 10.

The C-girls also were overwhelming, clipping the Birds 58-13 as Emma Malm tossed in 19 points, Kassidy Beam added 15 and Kenzee Godwin furnished 11.

MHS (64) — Hageman 0-4, 0-0, 0; Schieferecke 1-2, 0-0, 2; Hett 3-5, 0-0, 7; Robertson 11-15, 1-1, 24; C. Cooks 2-5, 0-0, 4; Yowell 0-1, 2-2, 2; Ruddle 3-5, 0-2, 6; Pyle 1-3, 0-0, 2; Sweat 5-10, 0-0, 11; Ellet 1-1, 0-0, 2; Leaf 1-3, 0-0, 2; Eisenbarth 1-1, 0-0, 2. Totals — 29-55, 4-5, 64. 3-pointers — Hett 1, Robertson 1, Sweat 1.

Augusta (34) — Livingston 1-2, 2-2, 4; Wheeler 2-7, 1-2, 7; Rockers 1-5, 0-2, 3; Marlnee 2-5, 1-2, 5; Rhodes 4-6, 4-4, 12; Divine 1-1, 1-1, 3; Jackson 0-1, 0-0, 0; Steinkamp 0-2, 0-0, 0; Cantu 0-1, 0-0, 0. Totals — 11-30, 9-13, 34. 3-pointers — Wheeler 2, Rockers 1.

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MHS JV (84) — Beam 4, Yowell 5, Burghart 8, Ruddle 12, Stout 2, Del Campo 2, Pyle 8, Sweat 7, Malm 2, Ellet 12, Leaf 12, Eisenbarth 10.

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MHS C (58) — Beam 15, Godwin 11, Del Campo 4, Pyle 9, Malm 19.


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